Two years before Little Beast Brewing opened in Beaverton, Oregon, co-founder Charles Porter was brewing at Logsdon Farmhouse Ales in Hood River. The histories state such a fact, but we meet Porter in April 2015 while on a tour with the Craft Brewers Conference held down the highway in Portland. Porter, along with Dave Logsdon, showed us the archaic but highly functional brewing systems Logsdon used to craft their famous wild ales.
Porter left Logsdon and opened Little Beast Brewing with his business and life partner Brenda Crow, a cheesemaker, in April 1017. This week, Little Beast began distributing in Washington state, including Peaks and Pints bottle shop, taproom and restaurant in Tacoma’s Proctor District. Crow dropped by with several bottles; we chose her cock and caged bottles of multiple trains/foeder condition Animal Family sour and the same beer conditioned on hand-picked fresh Oregon strawberries called Dream State, as well as Bes Tart Wheat flavored with chamomile, Belgian malts and noble hops, this farmhouse wild ale is fermented with a blend of unique Saccharomyces yeast and conditioned with Lactobacillus. Bes’ yeast forward flavor profile has some of the banana, clove you might find in more Bavarian beers but with a funkier, earthier bite and notes of pineapple, lemon and coconut.