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Cascadia, for those not in the know, is a proposed country that would be carved out of the US and Canada in the form of BC, Washington and Oregon. There are a few other proposals, but most of them have these 3 regions on the list. This new country would, in theory, contain people with more in common than Vancouver and Toronto. The Doug Flag (horizontal bands of blue, white and green with a Douglas Fir superimposed) would fly proudly over our hippy-infested patchouli-stenched paradise.

Why am I talking niche politics on a beer blog? It turns out that brewers are more likely than most to be subscribers to this movement. Think I’m joking? Then look at this example from the top of a box of Phillips Phoenix Lager:

They’re the Bloc Quebecois of BC Breweries.

Washington’s Fish Brewing puts a similar declaration on their beers. But it’s not just limited to box art. Check this bad boy out:

Wait, why is West Linn, Oregon the capital?
I don’t get it.

That’s the awesomely screen-printed bottle for Hopworks Urban Brewery’s CDA, not-so-subtley titled Secession. Heck, even CDA itself is a nod to the movement; in other parts of the world CDAs are called dark IPAs, but here they’re Cascadian Dark Ales. A vague term which implies that us Cascadian-types can only imagine one kind of dark ale: one cram-packed with hops. OK, maybe they’ve got us there.

Ack! I’m doing it. I’ve lumped myself in with the separatists! I do suppose that removing that pesky border would make it easier to get Oregonian beer up here and… uh… that’s all I need, actually.

All hail Cascadia!

Written by chuck

June 9th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

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