A Belgian Wit brewed with American hops and infused with lemongrass. Inviting light pepper and fresh citrus aromas abound up front and blend well with lemon and grapefruit forward flavors as a result of the lemongrass infusion. This balanced and refreshing White IPA finishes with a touch of wheat that beckons you back for more.
The name Litta Bitta is a reference to the brutal feud between the two of the founding fathers of Milwaukee, Solomon Juneau and Byron Kilbourn. In the mid-1800’s, the respective leaders of Juneatown west of the river and Kilbourntown east of the river could not come to a resolution to unite their two settlements with a common bridge. The Bridge War, as it came to be known, resulted in a bloody feud lasting more than a year, until the two settlements came together for a unified resolution for the future of Milwaukee in 1846. Interestingly enough, this is why all of the bridges in Milwaukee are slightly askew and none run directly east and west.
From the Brewer
In 2013 we challenged ourselves to create a new IPA every month. This recipe was a stand out and made it to our seasonal line up. This is a relatively new beer style, so we were able to take the reigns and make it our own. The Litta Bitta is perfect for late winter early spring. The lemongrass adds a floral sweetness reminding me of fresh flowers while the citrus reminds me of the warmer weather to come.
Wheat in the malt bill lends a bready aroma, while orange peel and coriander adds citrus scents while brewing. But, the most exciting part of this brew is adding the copious amounts of hops, dropping in spice bags and adding the lemongrass “tea” to the tank.
We ferment this brew with a mix of our house ale yeast and an English dry yeast. The English dry yeast dries out the beer and makes the finished product very drinkable and crisp.