The Brew Site

Olde Saratoga Brewing

Short but interesting article about the Olde Saratoga Brewing Company, based in Saratoga Springs, New York, yet owned by Mendocino Brewing Company, which is based in California. By itself, I don’t find that to be unusual; but a third of the beer they brew is for Mendocino Brewing—so a microbrewery at one end of the country brews beer for one at the extreme other end? That sounds unusual.

The Olde Saratoga Brewing Co. has been a well-kept secret in the city, says Head Brewer Paul McErlean.

The company is owned by the Mendocino Brewing Company, which is based in California. McErlean said the company opened in 1996 and was originally called North Country Brewing….

McErlean said they make about 30 different kinds of beer throughout the year. They brewed 20,000 barrels last year.

He said a third of their business is through contractors, another third is through King Fisher and a third is through Mendocino. They are the sole brewery for King Fisher, he said.

‘Some contractors come up with some interesting ideas and brews,’ McErlean said. ‘This gives us a chance to make different beers. We’re in it for the fun.’