Little Dipper Brewing Company
Our Inaugural Beers
Kochab the Guardian Old Ale
7.2% ABV 47 IBUs
Kochab is the brightest star in the bowl of the "Little Dipper” and only slightly fainter than Polaris (the North Star). It is also referred to as one of the Guardians of the Poles as it shared the title of “North Star” over 1000 years ago. Our hail to this old star comes in the form of this Old Ale. These beers tend to be tilted toward a maltier balance. Deeper in color then brown ales and with somewhat significant alcohol percentages. “It should be a warming beer of the type that is best drunk in half pints by a warm fire on a cold winter’s night” – Michael Jackson
Our Old Ale has a deep, subtle aroma with notes of vanilla, oak and roasted malt. This leads into a complex sweetness that is characterized with vanilla, spice, rye, oak, caramel and a slight creaminess. We brewed this beer to pair well with bourbon. So enjoy it on its own or alongside your favorite whiskey.
Village Idiot Imperial IPA
10% ABV 102 IBUs
For our first IPA we didn’t want to disappoint. A massive imperial IPA with heavy handed hop additions, this beer has a very clean, resinous like bitterness. Flavors of pine, grapefruit and citrus dominate the palate while a light malt backbone provides the stage for this hop bomb. We have triple dry hopped this beast of a beer to acquire the beautiful, citrusy aroma that we wanted. When this beer is on tap be careful to not become the next “Village Idiot!”
Gary Gross and Mike O'Heron, LDBCO's new brewers
Meet LDBCO's Brewers
Introducing Gary Gross and Mike O'Heron who have taken over the helm of The Little Dipper Brewing Company, Northwood's in house nano brewery. Both Mike and Gary bring a wealth of knowledge, skill and passion to the job. Avid home brewers for the past 20 years, and brew partners for the past several, these two retired engineers (chemical and electrical respectively) are continuing their quest for the best beers of every variety. Their first efforts for LDBCO have met and surpassed all our hopes, keeping LDBCO's stellar reputation going strong.
Mike and Gary are local Battle Ground and Brush Prarie residents, dog lovers like us, and respected in other aspects of the beverage industry. Gary owns and operates Ethereal Meads and Mike is the craft brewery sales representative for Marks Design and Metal Works, makers of stainless kettles for brewing of all kinds. We love how all these connections weave together, enriching our Northwood family in so many ways. Next time you're in check out the brewhouse to see what's being brewed now, and if you happen to catch Mike and Gary at work feel free to stop and chat.