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    Cascade

    BREWING PROFILE

    Fresh orange sections, roses, piney hop resin. Classic American craft beer flavors.

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    Salmon-Safe

    95% of our hops are certified Salmon-Safe, reducing watershed impacts and protecting our wildlife.

     

    BREWING NOTES BY BEER STYLE

    Endless possibilities. Here are a few that are tried and true.

    Flavor Tip: New England IPA (Hazy)

    Probably not the first hop that comes to mind when working up another hazy recipe, but Cascade is a player in this popular style as well. The orange citrus and rose floral flavors are welcomed by hazy lovers, and judicious use of Cascade establishes a refreshing resinous platform that provides body for the medley of fruit and floral. And it sure doesn’t hurt to spend less money on part of your expansive hop bill!

    Flavor Tip: West Coast IPA

    Cascade brings the same citrus, floral and pine flavors to West Coast IPAs that it famously brings to American Pale Ales. The greater hop intensity of IPAs can also benefit from Cascade’s pleasant bitterness contribution, perhaps a trait less focused on than flavor and aroma, but also important to the drinkability of West Coast IPAs.

    Flavor Tip: Pale Ale

    This is a broad style category. For Cascade we are talking about American Pale Ale. Quite a departure from its British predecessors, classic American Pale Ale is defined by the Cascade hop, with citrus, mixed floral, and a distinctive piney resinous body that puts hop character more in the forefront than an English or Scottish Pale Ale. Our Oregon Cascade provides a beautiful balance of these characteristics, with the citrus component being a pleasant orange citrus that is generally unique to this growing region.

    Flavor Tip: Stout / Porter / Dark Ale

    With regard to dark roasted malt beers, Cascade hops are a natural in the Cascadian Dark Ale beer style. This may be more a regional USA beer style and not well known nationally, but suffice to say that many brewers in the Pacific Northwest have found Cascade’s orange citrus, rose floral and piney resinous characteristics to be delicious in a hop forward dark roasted malt beer.

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    PELLET PACKS
    Type 90 Pellets
    5 kg /11 lbs ; 10 kg /22 lbs ; and 20 kg /44 lbs
    Nitrogen flushed vacuumed-sealed foils
    WHOLE CONE HOPS
    Full 200 lb bales (synthetic woven covers)
    50 lb - ¼ bales in nitrogen flushed vacuum-sealed foils
    12 lb - Mini bales in nitrogen flushed vacuum-sealed foils

    Chemistry

    Alpha Acid
    5 - 8%
    Beta Acid
    4 - 7%
    Cohumulone
    40%
    Total Oil
    0.8 - 1.5mls/100g
    Myrcene
    45 - 60%
    Humulene
    10 - 16%
    Caryophyllene
    3 - 6%
    Farnesene
    4 - 8%

    Origins

    Cascade

    Originally selected as a supplement to Fuggle, Cascade’s aroma quickly distinguished the variety as independent from any previous hops, launching Cascade down a new path. One of the first distinctive aroma hops released by the USDA breeding program at Oregon State University (1972), Cascade defined “American Craft Ale” during the first decades of the craft brewing revolution.

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    Spot Ordering vs Contract

    From an agricultural standpoint, forward contracts are critical for stabilizing crops. It takes two to three years for a new hop field to mature and produce consistent quality. For brewers, contracting hops is the best way to secure supply and ensure quality via post-harvest selection. But you’re obligated to the hops, and it’s difficult to predict your future ingredient needs in a changing marketplace.

    Each brewery must determine how to manage their future supply risks based on their evolving business. We’re happy to be a resource in this area and answer your questions based on what we see going on in the hop industry. Our customers play a key role in helping us plan with growers to ensure consistent hop quality and supply.

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    Sean Farrell

    “The best part of brewing is enjoying the end product with others,” states Sean Farrell, Director of Brewing at Pizza Port. Farrell has plenty of refreshing beverage options to choose from including Swami’s, the iconic WC IPA that has been a mainstay for beer lovers for nearly three decades.

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