Little Beast Brewing , the Clackamas, Oregon-based brewery with a taproom in SE Portland, has announced the release of Country Wizard, Tree Spirit and Midnight Riot. Country Wizard Brett Super Saison is a new addition to the breweries core year-round lineup where it joins Bes and Fera in 375ml bottles. Tree Spirit is a limited release mixed-culture beer fermented with cherries. Country Wizard and Tree Spirit release at the Little Beast Beer Garden on Wednesday, June 26 at 5:00pm. Midnight Riot is a darker Belgian-style bruin with cherries and that will make it’s limited 375ml bottle debut on Sunday, June 30th and on draft at Kriek Fest.
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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
Founded by partners in life and work, Charles Porter and Brenda Crow, Little Beast is a family brewery with a passion for making great beer and sharing it with others. We craft wild, wood-aged, and blended beer naturally with diverse cultures, including Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and wild flora. By harnessing the little beasts that ferment our beer, we capture their untamed beauty and produce farmhouse beers that are diverse in flavor and rare in character.
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