Tagged as a dark ale, it could just as easily be called a hoppy dark ale. That said, it steers away from the more citrusy, piney and orangey hops found in some hoppy dark ales and porters in favour of those of a softer melony and peachy bent. They come across most late on in the flavour – topped, tailed and wrapped up in more typically dark ale characters: a touch of dark chocolate, nuts and a splash of sarsaparilla.
Two violin-playing brothers and their marvelously monikered mate have set out to create beers that meld styles, use all manner of unusual ingredients and frequently get to see the inside of barrels before being unleashed. In keeping with their unique ethos, Josh and Jake Uljans and Karl van Buuren have also situated their microbrewery in a spot equidistant between Carlton United Breweries headquarters and the Duchess brothel. What’s more, they’ve put it together from parts that include those used for seaweed-based cosmetics and an open fermentation tank from the former Wagga Wagga brewery that hasn’t been operational in around 80 years.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Moon Dog Brewery and Bar in Abbotsford, VIC offers free popcorn, a giant projector screen which drops down during key sporting events and a table tennis table which gets wheeled out in quieter periods. Plus, there’s a Pizza van out the front! What more could you want?