Charles Porter, a founding brewer from Logsdon Farmhouse Ales who cut his teeth at Indiana’s Upland Brewing launches Little Beast Brewing in Oregon this spring of 2017. As mentioned last week, Little Beast Brewing will take over the former Brannon’s Pub & Brewery in Beaverton that recently re-opened at The Westgate Bourbon Bar & Taphouse. Co-habiting the space, but as a separate business, Chuck will launch his rare farmhouse-style and sour/wild ales before finding a more permanent home and tasting room in Portland.
According to the official announcement from Charles and his wife Brenda Crow, Little Beast brewing will feature Chuck’s keen ability to craft complex beers by harnessing the “little beasts”, or microflora, that ferment beer. Porter’s newest project will include unique mixed culture fermentations oftentimes incorporating Oregon’s specialty agriculture, such as Balaton cherries, black cap raspberries and pinot noir grapes. Also a lifelong outdoorsman and forager, Porter plans to incorporate wild plants and fruits, like Oregon grape, sumac and salal berries.
Rooted in old world technique, influenced by American brewing ingenuity and inspired by Oregon’s abundant edible flora, Little Beast is crafting beer utilizing diverse cultures (Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, among other microflora), aging in stainless steel and wood barrels and bottle-conditioning to create a complex and refined finished product. Flagship beers will be available year- round in both bottle and draft, while seasonal beers, also in bottle and draft, will be more fleeting in nature and rotated annually. Limited release, oftentimes one-off beers will be exclusive to barrel club members and sold direct to consumers. Pacific Northwest distribution is expected to begin in mid to late 2017.
The Biological Artist and Brewer
Charles Porter has been in the brewing industry for over 23 years, bringing his background in biological sciences to the craft beer industry. In 2009, he founded Logsdon Farmhouse Ales with partner David Logsdon, and created a cult-like following for the deep character and impeccable quality of his beers. His degree in biology gives him an insider’s understanding of the scientific process behind yeast and bacteria. The result is a talent for combining science and art to coax out desired flavors and create a finished product that is unique, delicious and rare. Porter’s beers have won awards at the World Beer Cup, Great American Beer Festival, and the World Beer Championships.
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