This week Little Beast Brewing is set to release its two latest mixed-culture beers that were fermented with wine grapes; Bière Gris and Radical Forces. The release will take place on Wednesday, February 20th beginning at Noon. Both beers will be available in a limited run of 375mL bottles at the Beer Garden and in small distribution in Oregon and California. Bière Gris, a collaboration with Boedecker Cellars will also be available on draft at the Beer Garden as Radical Forces will be a bottle-only release.
Then on Friday of this week, Little Beast Beer Garden will tap two new draft offerings with Wolf Camp Hoppy Saison and Country Wizard Brett Saison.
Here are additional details on Bière Gris and Radical Forces.
Bière Gris Brewery Description:
Bière Gris is a collaboration beer with Stewart Boedecker of Boedecker Cellars. Little Beast has aged beer in Boedecker wine barrels since they first started brewing, so when Boedecker visited the new brewing facility in Clackamas and sampled the brewery’s house lactobacillus culture, he proposed the idea of a collaboration. “We turned the art of wine and beer-making on its head a bit and the result is quite beautiful,” said Charles Porter, Little Beast Brewmaster and Co-Founder.
Porter and Boedecker began by inoculating Pinot Gris juice, from Finnigan Hill Vineyard, with lactobacillus–a process that is heralded in the making of tart and sour beers but typically avoided in winemaking. Once the fermented juice evolved it was blended into a base beer with a primary Saccharomyces fermentation. Brettanomyces was added for a secondary fermentation and the beer aged on oak where it developed for six months. The resulting beer has a soft vinous quality and pleasing floral aroma that parallels its delicate flavor and subtle tartness. The beer is 9.4% ABV.
Radical Forces Brewery Description:
Radical Forces is a 10.7% ABV adventuresome beer with a recipe that is rich in pilsner malt and loads of whole cluster Pinot Noir grapes from Finnigan Hill Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains of Oregon. Diverse microflora and a six month stint on French oak have transformed this unique blend to express bright notes of cherry, plum, green peppercorn, along with a warm smack of spirits, baking spice and vanilla.
Little Beast Brewing Beer Garden 3412 SE Division St. Portland, OR 97202
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.