This week is a busy one for the folks at Little Beast Brewingas the Clackamas, Oregon based brewer releases three beers over the course of the next five days. These beers include Country Wizard Brett Super Saison, Tree Spirit, and Midnight Riot.
Two of the beers, Country Wizard, the brewery’s newest core beer and Tree Spirit, a limited release mixed-culture beer fermented with cherries will released on Wednesday, June 26th at 5:00pm at the Little Beast Beer Garden. Both of these beers will be available on draft and in 375mL bottles.
Midnight Riot, a dark, Imperial Bruin-style cherry beer brewed in collaboration with Oproer Brouwerij will make its draft debut on Saturday, June 29th at Kriekfest that takes place at Von Ebert Brewing – Glendoveer. The beer will be released on draft and its debut in 375mL bottles the following day, June 30th, at Little Beast Beer Garden.
Here are additional details from the press release provided to us by Little Beast Brewing…
Country Wizard represents Little Beast’s newest addition to their year-round lineup. Labeled a Brett Super Saison, the beer’s 8.5% ABV seems hidden in plain sight. German Pilsner malt, Belgian Munich malt and whole groats are fermented initially with several strains of Saccharomyces. In secondary fermentation, Country Wizard is finished with a proprietary, fruit-forward Brettanomyces strain, giving the beer both a dry finish and complex, juicy stone-fruit flavors.
“We wanted to add a fourth beer to our year round lineup so we went with something quite a bit bigger than our other core beers,” said Little Beast founder and brewmaster, Charles Porter. “Country Wizard has a lot of ‘goodies’ to it—the fruity Brettanomyces character is louder, the body is bigger, the flavors are less subtle, yet the alcohol level is a bit deceiving. We’re very happy to have this beer around at all times moving forward.”
Tree Spirit is one of Little Beast’s most sought after annual release mixed-culture fruit beers. Inspired by Belgium’s famous Kriek beers, Tree Spirit is aged in a foeder for more than six months where it picks up a variety of microflora before being racked onto un-pitted, sour Montmorency cherries from Walkdale Farms in Dayton, Oregon. The beer sits on the cherries for 6 months before being transferred for additional aging. Tree Spirit is dominated with flavors of vanilla, marzipan, and vibrant cherry.
Midnight Riot is a dark, Imperial Bruin-style cherry beer brewed in collaboration with Oproer Brouwerij, a small craft brewery in Portland’s sister-city–Utrecht, Netherlands. Deep amber in color, the beer was brewed with Pilsner malt, wheat malt, oats, melanoidin, and Carafa malts, and was racked onto pitted cherries and aged for six months. The beer was then bottled and kegged and conditioned for six months in the package. The beer is first available to the public for Kriekfest on Saturday, June 29th, and will be available on draft and in limited bottles the next day at the Little Beast Beer Garden in SE Portland.
Beer Releases: Country Wizard, Tree Spirit, and Midnight Riot Country Wizard & Tree Spirit: Wed. June 26th at 5:00pm Midnight Riot: Sun. June 30th Little Beast Brewing Beer Garden, 3412 SE Division St. Portland Join and Share the Facebook Event
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.