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Portland’s Little Beast Brewing has just announced a special bottle cellar reserve club-style membership program called Guardians of Funk. Members of the club will get thirty-two exclusive bottles of sixteen different beers every year for $105 a quarter. The club features rare releases of all sorts of obscure barrel-aged beers from the likes of cognac and sherry oak and memberships go on sale August 13th at 10am at http://www.littlebeastbrewing.com/
More from a press release:
Little Beast Brewing may be one of Portland’s younger breweries but its Founder and Brewmaster, Charles Porter, is well known throughout the industry for his brewing experience in mixed-culture, Brettanomyces, and wild ales. Before striking out on his own to start Little Beast Brewing with Brenda Crow, Porter was the founding brewer at Logsdon Farmhouse Ales and earlier in his career he was the Head Brewer at Upland Brewing in Bloomington, Indiana.
Little Beast has quickly gained its own notoriety as the brewery has released highly approachable and balanced, yet nuanced and complex, farmhouse-style ales that make use of a diverse array of microflora. The brewery has also become well known for its fruit beer series, which features whole fruits from a variety of local farmers in farmhouse-style ales that age for months in oak.
The plan for the Guardians of Funk bottle club is to provide members with the most unique, special, and limited beers from the brewery. Porter says that he’ll build verticals from some of his favorite releases.
In the first quarter of the club, members can expect to have a bottle release event on September 21 with allocations of two bottles of the following beers:
2017 Sherry Brandy Cask Golden Stone – Made with peaches, nectarines, and apricots racked into a sherry brandy cask and aged for one year. 9.3% ABV
2017 Camus XO Cognac Barrel Aged Radical Forces — Ale fermented with whole cluster Pinot Noir grapes from Finnigan Hill Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains. Instead of aging six months on French oak like the Radical Forces released through the pub, this version was aged for a year in a Camus XO Cognac barrel. 11.8% abv
Game of Patience – A hefty Saison racked into French oak barrels that previously contained Oregon Pinot Noir. Rhubarb picked by Porter and Crow on Mt. Hood was added and they left it to age two years until perfection. 7.5% ABV
Funky Earthtones – A sour Brown Ale that started its journey with pale malt, dark wheat, oats, and Belgian chocolate malts and was fermented with Abbey yeast, Saison yeast, and Lactobacillus. It aged for a year and a half in Oregon Pinot Noir barrels. 8% ABV
“The bottle club has been a part of our plan since Brenda and I started Little Beast,” said Founder and Brewmaster, Charles Porter. “I love experimenting with barrels, diverse ingredients, and microflora to create new flavors and enjoy having an additional outlet for these small batch creations. The first year will start with a bang, as we’ve lined up some truly playful and phenomenal beers, and I’m really looking forward to building and evolving the program in the years to come.”
More Information About Little Beast’s Guardians Of Funk
Guardians of Funk are an adventurous group of beer lovers who have set out to explore Little Beast Brewing’s exclusive and most limited small-batch experiments in fruit, funk, fermentation, spirit barrels, single barrels, and blending. To become a member of Guardians of Funk, you must be one of the first to register at littlebeastbrewing.com beginning on August 13th.
See the full benefits, terms, and conditions information at littlebeastbrewing.com/club
8 members-only 375ml bottles per quarter (2 bottles of 4 different beers)
Attend club-only beer releases with special beer tastings
Exclusive shirt and glassware when you sign up
Quarterly complimentary beer sample tray at the Little Beast Beer Garden
Access to a members-only online shop page with:
Ability to purchase extra members-only bottles online when available
Access to a vintage bottle list with a 10% discount on bottles
First opportunity to purchase specialty releases at 10% discount
10% off non-member bottled beers
10% off bottles/cans to go from our beer garden with active membership
Membership Costs and Details:
$105 per quarter, plus a $25 one-time fee the first time you sign up
You will never have to pay the $25 sign up fee again, even if you cancel your membership and join again later
You will be automatically charged for membership every quarter until you cancel
How To Become A Member
Registration opens August 13th at 10:00am at littlebeastbrewing.com/club.
If you have questions, you can reach out firstname.lastname@example.org
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