The craft beer industry has a diversity problem, which should be obvious to anyone who has ever seen the overwhelming amount of burly bearded white dudes (full disclosure: I am one of those dudes) roaming tap rooms or spraying down tanks in the brewery.
Though known for wild yeast, fruited and barrel-aged sours and farmhouse ales, Little Beast Brewing, is releasing Maiden West IPA as their new seasonal. This West Coast style IPA will be released in 16 oz 4-pack cans beginning Saturday, January 18 at the Little Beast Brewing Beer Garden, and throughout the brewery’s retail network on the West Coast.
More from a press release:
“In the Pacific Northwest there aren’t many beers that embody our ethos quite as well as the West Coast IPA,” said Little Beast Brewing co-founder and brewmaster, Charles Porter. “We modeled our Maiden West IPA after my favorite versions of the style, giving it a beautiful balance between bitterness, hop aroma, and malt sweetness.”
Maiden West pours a beautiful clear orangish-yellow with a bright white foam. The beer displays a complex, resinous hop flavor and lingering bitterness from Amarillo, Simcoe, and El Dorado hops, with a harmonious balance of Pilsner malt character. Dry-hopped with Citra and Simcoe, the beer also has a strong citrus bouquet.
Maiden West replaces Treasure Hunter, a dry-hopped sour ale, and is available alongside Fólkvangr Norwegian Farmhouse Ale until the Spring.
About Little Beast:
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.
Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding.