A focus on quality, consistency and community tops the agenda

  • New majority ownership
  • Hire of key process and quality engineer
  • Hire of Deschutes Brewery’s long-time assistant brewmaster

REDMOND—Cascade Lakes Brewing announced today a series of steps to enhance its operations, quality and consistency. The majority ownership of Cascade Lakes Brewing Company was purchased by Andy Rhine and his father, Bruce Rhine. Cascade Lakes Brewing president, Chris Justema, remains in his role and as a shareholder in the company.

Bruce Rhine has strong ties to Central Oregon, as a former resident and as the CEO of Bend-based Accent Optical Technologies, a process control measurement company which was acquired in 2006 by Nanometrics of Milpitas, Calif.

“We are humbled by the Rhine family’s vote of confidence in Cascade Lakes Brewing Company” said Justema. “Under this new structure, we will sharpen our focus on the quality of beer and the consistency of our products across the board. There’s a new energy here to make better beer and build a stronger local presence in Central Oregon. I love this company and am stoked to be a part of this new chapter for Cascade Lakes Brewing.”

As part of its renewed commitment to quality and consistency, Cascade Lakes Brewing announced Andy Rhine, a chemical engineer and process specialist, as Cascade Lakes Brewing Company’s director of brewing operations. Andy Rhine graduated from elite engineering college Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and subsequently took positions as a process engineer and quality manager while home brewing on the side.

“I came on board not only because I love the product but what the product creates,” Andy Rhine said. “Cascade Lakes creates a welcoming, friendly environment unlike other business I have seen. I want to help maintain that familial culture and deliver a product whose quality is second to none.”

Andy Rhine said that his top three reasons for joining the Cascade Lakes Brewing team were getting to learn the business from Chris Justema, moving back to Central Oregon where he spent many years before college and helping to improve the overall quality of the product.

Cascade Lakes, brewer of the regionally iconic Blonde Bombshell and Salted Caramel Porter, also announced Ryan Schmiege as its new head brewmaster. Schmiege had been the assistant brewmaster at Deschutes Brewery for fifteen years. His duties there included managing brewing operations, barrel aging beers, cider and whiskey projects among others.

“I look forward to working with a talented crew at Cascade Lakes and bringing my experience to stabilize the quality of our existing portfolio and to create new beers that go to the heart of quality and drinkabililty,” said Schmiege. “We have the potential to create a stronger bond with consumers through our beers, and we intend to do that one beer at a time.”

ABOUT CASCADE LAKES BREWING COMPANY

Founded in 1994, Cascade Lakes Brewing started in a 1994 with a 10-barrel system in Redmond, Oregon. Twenty-five years later, the long nights and drive for great beer plays out on a larger scale. Today Cascade Lakes Brewing includes a state-of-the-art, 25-barrel brew house system, two brewpubs (7th Street Brew House in Redmond and Cascade Lakes Lodge in Bend. Cascade Lakes beer is distributed and sold in six states including Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, Idaho and Montana. Cascade Lakes brews six beers year-round: Blonde Bombshell, 20” Brown, Pineapple Kush, Hopsmack IPA, Cyclops IPA and Salted Caramel Porter. Regular seasonals and specialties include: Slippery Slope, Elk Camp IPA, Cherry Blonde, Drop the MIC Pale Ale, Paulina Lake Pilsner, Silverback Imperial Stout, Angus MacDougal Amber, Rooster Tail Ale and others.

Cascade Lakes Brewing Company Contact: TJ Pressey tj@cascadelakes.com | 541.388.4998

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Not to toot our own horns or anything, but we have to say our Mardi Gras event was pretty killer! Kevin, Austin, Jill, Jorge, Lindsey, and Camille teamed up to make the delicious dishes above and drink specials to keep you warm during that snow storm.

Speaking of drinks, the Brewery did their part with coming out with their first ever Cascadian Dark Ale, Zero Visibility. This beautiful concoction of malt and hops blend together to create the PNW in a glass. A mild roast and chocolate character combine with hop bitterness seamlessly, leading to a resinous finish and a clean citrus exhale. Sure went down smooth with the Jambalaya!

Be on the lookout for something special for St Paddy’s Day!

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We got some shiny new toys in the Brewery we’d like to share with you! First is our new, stainless steel catwalk which will allow our brewers to do their “thang” safer than ever before.

We also put in a brand new Hot Liquor Tank to give the brewers a more efficient source of hot water in a safer environment. It’s the brewers, Alex and Blaine, who make our high quality beer and it’s about time we made their lives a little easier. 25 years and we’re just getting started!

Bend Resilience Fest               Chris Baus            Volunteers

The Bend Resilience Beer Fest last weekend was a huge success with 18 breweries from the Central Oregon area coming together to raise funds for the Camp Fire Relief Fund. For those that don’t know, Resilience IPA was created by Sierra Nevada Brewing of Chico, CA to help those suffering from losses at the hands of California’s Camp Fire. Over 1,500 breweries across the nation have come together to brew Resilience IPA and donate 100 percent of sales to the Relief Fund.

One fun highlight of the event was an auction of three 3L magnum bottles of Celebration Ale, Sierra Nevada’s fresh-hopped IPA. Our fearless leader, Chris Justema, was joined by Gary Fish of Deschutes and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada to auction them off. Each bottle went for over $1,500, with the last going for $2,100!! The fest was a resounding success, and we thank the amazing people of Central Oregon for making this happen!

Crimson Dawn

Here at Cascade Lakes we have a variety of beers to warm you up for the winter, but we’re really excited about our new India Red Ale, Crimson Dawn. Packed with Warrior, Centennial, and Amarillo hops, this balanced winter warmer is best enjoyed by the fireplace or with a friend at the bar. Deceptively sleighable at 7.6% ABV and 53 IBU’s, please remember to plan accordingly when going out to enjoy.

Who came up with this beautiful concoction of malty, caramel base flavor with a floral, citrus aroma? None other than our crimson-bearded brew stud, Blaine. Blaine has been with us since starting his brewing journey and the taste of Crimson Dawn shows how far he’s come as a brewer. We love Crimson Dawn almost as much as we love Blaine, which says quite a bit about this beer.

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We are very proud to say we will be joining Sierra Nevada and hundreds of other breweries across the country to brew Resilience IPA and donating all proceeds to the Camp Fire relief fund! We are honored to take part of this special movement and be a part of such an amazing community.

Resilience will be brewed Tuesday, November 27th and hitting our pubs in late December. We’d also like to thank Cascade West Ale House and Tumalo Tavern for putting the beer on as well.

Winter is here and we at Cascade Lakes could not be more excited. Last night’s Pass Party was a real hit – thanks to everyone for joining us and congratulations to the lucky winner! According to the lucky lady it was the first time she had ever won anything. We’re happy to be a part of her first big W and hope the string of luck continues. Hope you enjoyed the night and will join us next year. Keep snow dancing!

Where to Go Apres Ski

You don’t have to spend much time at the Lodge to know when we’re not at work, we’re at the mountain. It’s truly a special sight in the winter with snow pants, boots, and ski jackets galore. With lots of delicious beers to choose from and burgers to chow on, we think it’s a perfect place to end your day on the slopes.

We’ve been capping off our fun in the snow at the Lodge for years, and the Bend Bulletin has been kind enough to recognize us for it. Use the link below to vote for us as “Best Place to Go Apres Ski), we’d really appreciate it!

www.bendbulletin.com/wheretogo –> Food –> where to GO! apres ski

Colder Beer at 7th Street!

In the past couple weeks we’ve taken the time to dust off our pubs. Well, maybe a little more than that. We did a deep clean of both restaurants – shoutout to our amazing employees who came in early to make it happen. Barstools replaced, decorations dusted, and the kitchen looks brand new.

Because of these cleanings, we are proud to say our beer at the Redmond 7th St Brew House will now be served 8-10 degrees colder. We fixed our CO 2 tank, replaced the tap lines, re-arranged the refrigeration unit, and repaired the door. Don’t believe us? Stop by 7th St and take a look (and taste) of our beer in those frosty mugs. Again, a HUGE thank you to all of our employees that made this happen. Now get on down to 7th St for some great, COLD BEER!


Halloween is one of our favorite holidays here at CLBC. Take a quick glance around the Lodge or Brew House and you can find dozens of decorations, from carved pumpkins to spooky skeletons, witches brooms to pumpkin streamers, spooky season is alive and well at CLBC.

To celebrate this special holiday, we had employee pumpkin carving contests at both restaurants. You can vote for the best pumpkin by going to the front desk and writing which pumpkin you think is best! They’re definitely worth a look. Safe to say we have some pretty creative people here.

Want to bag the trick and just get a treat? Visit our pubs for our first ever pumpkin ale, “SMaSHed Pumpkin”. Coming in at 5.5% ABV and 25 IBU’s, this brew has cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and of course, pumpkin. Brewed for our long-time Halloween-loving rockstar, Violet, this beer is scary crushable. Cheers!