Freigeist • Germany
Freigeist/Monarchy brewer and historian Sebastian Sauer began experimenting with dry-hopped wines in 2012, and launched his first commercial batch in 2015. Coming from the grape-growing Rhineland, he was quite familiar with the fruity-dry and mineral tastes of the area’s traditional wines, while his extensive brewing background eventually led him to the idea of adding Citra hops, whose bitter & spicy qualities seemed the perfect compliment to the robust reds, whites, and Rosés of the Pfalz sub-region. To insure the highest standard of quality, Sebastian works directly with the local artisanal vintners and bottlers at Weingut Schenk-Siebert in Grünstadt to produce his simply-named Dry-Hopped Red, White, and Rosé wines.
Winery Website: http://www.braustelle.com/
Inspired by the rare and nearly-extinct eastern German tart wheat beer once known as “Lichtenhainer”, Abraxxxas is sour and complex, with a balancing smoky maltiness. As freakily drinkable as it is challenging, this ale was deemed an instant classic upon it’s release in the U.S….