Master Cicerone
Certified Sommelier
à la Bière
Bozeman, Montana
Master Cicerone
Consultant à la Bière

Cascade Beer & Cheese Pairing

with Beer Reception & Meet-and-Greet

with Master Cicerone Rich Higgins and
Cascade’s Director of Brewery Operations Kevin Martin

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Session 1: 6 – 7:30 PM – SOLD OUT
Session 2: 7:30 – 9:00 PM

Contact Rich to be added to the Session 1 waitlist.



939 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR 97214

Logo: Cascade Brewing

Cascade Brewing is a pioneer in the sour beer renaissance since 2006 and the proud innovator of the Northwest Sour Ale: distinctive, fruit-forward, barrel-aged sour beer blends that feature Northwest-grown ingredients.

Photo: Cascade Beer Bottles

Rich Teaching - Photo by Ahna Kennedy

Why sign-up for a beer class with Rich?

Rich is one of 18 Master Cicerones® in the world, a former brewmaster, and a Certified Sommelier. He has taught over 100 beer classes in San Francisco, Portland, OR, New York City, Washington DC, London, Seoul, and Hong Kong. His classes are always super fun and incredibly informative, combining great information, personality, and beer into unforgettable classes.

Perfect for turophiles (cheese fans), sour heads, beer geeks, and wine and cheese fans prepared to have their minds blown!

Tickets make a perfect gift!

All class attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

Rich Teaching

Cascade Beer & Cheese Pairing with Reception

Thursday, 1/16/20, choose either session:

  • Session 1 6:00 – 7:30 PM – SOLD OUT!
  • Session 2 7:30 – 9:00 PM
  • Contact Rich to be added to the waitlist.

Ticket includes:

  • 4 beers, 4 cheeses, and accoutrements
  • plus special, cellared bottle pours during the reception
  • and you get to keep your Cascade tasting goblet!

All this for $36!
Tickets? Buy securely via Paypal.
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Cascade Beer & Cheese Pairing

Tasting Menu

Briar Rose Honnalee (Oregon): semi-soft, washed rind, organic cow milk

Cascade Kriek 2017: sour red ale aged in oak red wine barrels with Bing and sour pie cherries

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Cougar Gold (Washington): aged white cheddar, cow milk

Cascade Sang du Chêne 2017: sour, strong, blond ale aged in a variety of French and American oak barrels, unfruited

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The Smokin’ Goat (Canary Islands): semi-soft, goat milk

Cascade Framblanc 2017: sour blond ale aged in oak wine barrels with white raspberries

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Cambozola (Germany): soft-ripened, bleu brie style, cow milk

Cascade Manhattan 2015: sour, strong, amber ale aged in bourbon barrels with sour pie cherries and apricot noyaux

Cheese and beer are so incredibly delicious together! They’re the pinnacles of fermentation and flavor, history and mystery. They’re great on their own but when paired perfectly, they elevate each other to new heights.

Your host for this unique tasting event will be Rich Higgins — one of 18 Master Cicerones in the world, a former San Francisco brewmaster, an enthusiastic teacher, and a world traveler. He’ll introduce the different beers and cheeses, explaining their production methods and guiding you through the tasting. He’ll help you notice and describe the nuanced aromas, tastes and textures that interact to make the pairings sublime.

Photo: Rich Pouring Italian Ale
Photo: Cascade Barrels

Photo: Cheese and Beer Pairing

While having fun and tasting incredibly delicious beers and cheeses, you’ll hone your palate and learn tasting tips, beer and food pairing tactics, the brewing and oak-aging processes that make Cascade’s sour beers so special, why most wine and cheese pairings fail (gasp!) — and why beer is there to save the day!

After the hourlong tasting seminar, enjoy a half-hour reception to chat with Rich and Cascade’s Director of Brewing Operations, Kevin Martin. The Barrel House will offer pours of a few special, cellared bottles of Cascade beer. Mingle with the experts and your fellow beer and cheese fans — plus, keep your Cascade tasting goblet at the end!

Photo: Cheeses

Cascade Beer & Cheese Pairing

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