Matt Ryan Named New Lead Brewer


For Immediate Release                                                                     

August 24, 2015

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Mad Fox Brewing Company Introduces New Lead Brewer Matt Ryan


FALLS CHURCH, VA – Bill Madden, CEO and Executive Brewer of the award-winning Mad Fox Brewing Company, has announced that Matt Ryan – most recently Lead Brewer for Capitol City Brewing Company – has joined the staff as Lead Brewer, replacing Brad Hulewicz, who left to become Head Brewer at Pro Re Nata, a new brewery opening in Crozet, VA, along the Blue Ridge Trail.


                  “We’re pleased to have Matt Ryan join our brewery team, and wish Brad the very best in his exciting new venture,” said Madden, who has mentored and guided many brewers over the years. “Matt approaches brewing with a passion I think is elemental, and he understands creating flavor combinations that are designed to complement Chef Travis Weiss’ culinary creations.”


“I approach brewing as an art form, with inspiration coming from virtually anywhere, whether it’s a song, a mood, or even something as simple as a shared moment,” said Ryan. “I like beers that surprise people, and make them smile.  I look forward to working with Bill, as I am well aware of his success and stature in the industry, particularly coming from one of the ‘houses that Bill built,’ at Capitol City.”


Ryan, originally from southern California, spent much of his youth in Hawaii, relocating to Seattle after high school and spending several years in the Pacific Northwest city known for its craft beer scene. He found his way East to Washington, DC in 2004, and in more recent years has honed his brewing skills at both Capitol City Brewing and Rock Bottom, eventually earning the title of Lead Brewer at the former, where he trained assistant brewers and brewed all of the beer for the Arlington and DC locations.


“I am excited to help Bill execute his vision of being one of the top breweries in the country and continue fostering a culture in the DMV as a top beer destination,” said Ryan, noting that Madden, “is a pioneer and leader in the industry and a rock star in the Mid-Atlantic brewing scene.  Great food needs great beer and I think Mad Fox does both incredibly well.”


Mad Fox Brewing Company brews all its British, Belgian and German style beers in-house on a 15-barrel Premier Stainless brewing system with 180-barrels of fermentation space, at its Northern Virginia brewpub located in the heart of the City of Falls Church at 444 West Broad Street.  Under the direct supervision of Madden, three Mad Fox beers have won international industry acclaim at the Great American Beer Festival® (GABF) in Denver, CO - the Kellerbier Kölsch (Gold), Elixir Maibock (Silver) and English Summer Ale (Bronze) have all brought home medals.


The company recently opened its second location, the Mad Fox Taproom, in the Glover Park neighborhood in Washington, D.C.  Learn more about the brews, the menu and the array of special events online at Follow Mad Fox on its Social Media at: Twitter: @MadFoxBrewing • Facebook: MadFoxBrewing • Instagram: MadFoxBrewing.  The brewpub is centrally situated between the East Falls Church and West Falls Church Metro Stations. Visit for details.


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