Moon Dog Brewing

In the words of Monty Python: “And now for something completely different.” Why? Because the Moon Dog crew could not have set out into the beer world with an approach that was any less outlandish or that eschewed the advice to be found in any “How To Start Your Own Brewery” guide more completely. From the word go, the trio made up of two violin-playing brothers and their marvellously 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. Oh, and they’ve hung chandeliers from the ceiling of their factory unit too.

Prior to releasing their first full commercial release, they teased the market with beers ranging from ales featuring pineapple and coconut, highly smoky beers, an Imperial Gingerbread Stout and a whopping pale ale that counted rose and chrysanthemum water among its ingredients. Bearing names such as the The Artisan Poser, Perverse Sexual Amalgam and the George Freeth Memorial Brown Ale – and featuring suitably dramatic packaging – they’re unlike anything to grace the Australia beer market. Unsurprisingly, they’ve sharply divided opinion between those who seem them as crazed pioneers on a brave journey into uncharted waters and others who see them merely as crazed idiots. THE CRAFTY PINT