The Oast House Ale Series marks the beginning of another sub-journey that will Mad Fritz deep into an exploration of hop terroir and perhaps “old-school” varieties that yield incredible results. It is made with Lewelling (St. Helena) Spring water (which has a very high minerality), Full Pint from Madras, OR, as well as 30% White Wheat (from Alamosa, CO) and hops from Warm Spring Wind Farms in Occidental (in Sonoma’s West County). Barrel-aged for 2.5 months, it was then dry-hopped with more of the same Cascade Hops from Warm Spring. Mike’s hops are uniquely driven by melon-pear notes, as well as some tropical characteristics that are quite different than their other sites in the same county. It should be chilled upright (settles the yeast from natural carbonation) and poured carefully into your favorite wine stem or pint glass. These bottles are unique Belgian Swing Top bottles so if you prefer to have a glass and hold off, close the top and put it back in the refrigerator for 1-3 days.
Mad Fritz Brewing Co began as a collaboration in 2014 between Nile Zacherle’ s brewing background and the combined winemaking experiences he and his wife, Whitney Fisher of Fisher Vineyards, have had in Napa Valley, Sonoma and abroad. As for the name, they have two children: Madeleine and Fritz. Their concept is simple: the best wines come from a place, why shouldn’t beer, thus a journey to brew ‘Origin Specific Beer’ began. They craft ales and lagers with an emphasis on controlling the raw materials furthering the expression of a time, place and the people that make it happen. They are all barrel aged, bottled unfiltered and naturally carbonated.