The Commons Brewery began as Beetje Brewery when owner Mike Wright was brewing in his garage. One of the beers that Wright brewed during this time was Little Brother, a Belgian style dark strong ale. Now all grown up with a new name for the brewery and in a much larger facility, The Commons now offers up a barrel-aged version of Little Brother aptly named Bourbon Little Brother.
Bourbon Little Brother is a Belgian Dark Strong Ale partially aged in fresh Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for 6 months. It is then blended into a fresh batch of the Little Brother base, with the final ratio being 60% fresh beer and then 40% barrel aged beer. The result is a rich malt character with an assertive, but drinkable touch of bourbon character. This beer is can be consumed now or aged for up to 2 years.
The Commons Brewery will be releasing Bourbon Little Brother today, Thursday, December 19, 2013, beginning at 5:00pm in their Tasting Room. Bourbon Little Brother will be available in 750ml capped bottles at the Tasting Room and our Portland area grocery and specialty retailers.
Opened in December 2011, The Commons Brewery crafts approachable and balanced European-inspired beers. The tasting room is located at: 1810 SE 10th Avenue, Unit E (entrance on SE Stephens between 10th & 11th). Tasting room hours are Thursday 5-9pm, Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 2-9pm, and Sunday 2-6pm.
Bourbon Little Brother Stats:
Belgian Dark Strong aged in Bourbon barrels
Fermentables: Pilsner / 2-Row / Special B / Munich / CaraMunich 80 / CaraVienne / Roasted Barley / Sugar
Microorganisms: Belgian Ale
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This post was written by D.J. Paul on December 19, 2013