First debuting from the Portland-based dedicated gluten-free brewery in late 2016, Cascadian Dark Ale is back at Ground Breaker for a 2017 release. The highest demanded beer yet in their Experiment Ale series, Cascadian Dark Ale carries a hint of roast and caramel notes and a heavy hop presence.
Ground Breaker’s Cascadian Dark Ale clocks in at 48 IBU and just over 6% alcohol by volume. The beer features late additions and dry hopping with Centennial and Cascade hops, giving it a forward Northwest hop aroma. Dark Belgian candi syrup provides a backbone to the beer that carries an aromatic hint of roasted caramel and dark fruit.
“This was a wildly popular beer when we released it for the first time last year,” remarked Tyler Kueber, Head Brewer at Ground Breaker Brewing. “We’re happy to meet the demand of our customers with this end-of-the-year seasonal. It combines the bittering and aromatic qualities prominent in an IPA with the body and texture of a darker ale. It’s perfect for fall and winter.”
The beer spent more than a year in development. “CDA spent a lot of time in our gastropub as a taproom exclusive,” remarked James Neumeister, Head of R&D. “It’s always been well received by customers. We knew it would do well when we distributed it widely, but it still surpassed our expectations. We get calls and messages for this beer constantly.”
Cascadian Dark Ale is available now at the Ground Breaker Brewing Gastropub on draft and in 22 oz bottles. It will be available in Ground Breaker distributed territories in the coming weeks.