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New York Times names Portland brew best sour beer in U.S.

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Cascade Brewing's 2014 Kriek (Photo: Cascade Brewing/Brian Gurney) Cascade Brewing's 2014 Kriek (Photo: Cascade Brewing/Brian Gurney)
Cascade Brewing's 2014 Kriek (Photo: Cascade Brewing/Brian Gurney) Cascade Brewing's 2014 Kriek (Photo: Cascade Brewing/Brian Gurney)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

If you love sour beers, Portland is the place to be.

A brew from Portland-based Cascade Brewing was just named the top sour beer in the U.S. by the New York Times.

In a blind taste test, Cascade's 2014 Kriek earned a perfect score, taking first place out of 20 sour beers.

The Times said the four-star rating is "rarely achieved," though Cascade's 2010 Kriek earned the same score five years ago.

“We are extremely grateful for this honor and to have lightning strike twice,” said Cascade's brewmaster, Ron Gansberg.

“This is a testament to our people, our brewing philosophy and our process, in which our staff takes great pride in making the best sour beers possible. To be held in such high regard by this esteemed panel is an honor and exemplifies the hard work and dedication put forth by the brewers and cellar staff at Cascade Brewing,” Gansberg said.

The Kriek, which the Times described as "bright, lively, distinctive and complex," is a blend of red ales flavored with cherries and aged in barrels for up to 14 months.

Bottles of the beer are available at Cascade Brewing's two retail locations for $24.

For more information, log on to cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com.

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