Moo Brew

As anyone who has visited MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, will readily attest, David Walsh doesn't do things by half. So it is with Moo Brew, the beer arm of his majestic empire on the banks of the Derwent River, just outside Hobart. Launched in 2005, Moo Brew come in uniquely designed bottles, feature exclusive artwork by Australian artist John Kelly and are crafted to an exceptionally high standard by a team of brewers led by Dave Macgill.

The original brewery, encased in a glass tower atop the main 'Ether' building, enjoys what could well be the best views of any in Australia - back along the Derwent towards the Tasmanian capital. Just up the road, a second brewery has been established to help bring more Moo Brew to the people. This will allow the MONA brewery to become something of a mad scientist's lair, where the brewers will be given free rein to concoct the weird and wonderful, to be sold under the MONA label exclusively onsite.

Elsewhere, you'll find a fine dining restaurant, spectacular outdoor concert venue and, as of January 2011, a wine bar showcasing the vineyard's own labels, Moo Brew beers and a carefully handpicked selection of other tipples from around the globe, which can be served alongside locally produced cheeses, breads and charcuterie platters.

As for the beers, the core range of a Pale, Hefe (which won a trophy at the 2014 Australian International Beer Awards), Pilsner and Dark Ale are embellished by an annual Stout, an absolute beast of a beer that is eagerly awaited by craft beer lovers across Australia every year - and outdone only by the limited number of even bigger Barrel Aged Imperial Stout released in bottle that commands a huge price but gives huge rewards in return.

Name
Moo Brew
Address

655 Main Road
Berriedale TAS 7011

Phone
(03) 6263 7773
Website
Tours

Friday - 4pm to 5pm
Bookings preferred
$10 per person

The Regulars

Moo Brew Single Hop Can

Tapped Sat Dec 19 2015
When The Crafty Pint paid a visit to Moo Brew for an article on the brewery's decade of brewing, there was barely contained excitement among the brewery team about a soon-to-be-launched product, but all they would say was that there was a canning line and a new beer coming. It turns out that the new product is Single Hop, a beer that has been brewed using just one type of hop and one type of malt, both grown locally in Tasmania. The former comes from the Cargill facilities near Devonport in the state’s ··· Read more
Style
Single Hop Pale Ale
Stockists

MONA

MOFO

Then venues around the country

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Moo Brew Belgo

When the call went out from the 2012 Great Australasian Beer Spectapular for breweries to come up with a brand new beer for the event, a few decided to use it as an opportunity to try out something new for their full time range. And that was the case with Hobart's Moo, who came up with the Belgo. As you'd expect from the name it's a Belgian style ale: a bright, golden pale ale. There's a sweet aroma with a hint of vanilla and some fruity US hops, and a taste that's aromatic yet drier than you might ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Pale
Strength
4.5%

Moo Brew Hefeweizen

A full-bodied take on the style, Moo's Hefe pours a deeply cloudy, glowing yellow with a foamy head and boasts plenty of banana and spicy clove aromas with a hint of vanilla. Big on taste, with a refreshing tartness underpinning the banana and zesty citrus flavours and a dry finish. ··· Read more
Style
Hefeweizen
Strength
5.1%

Moo Brew Dark Ale

A masterclass in the art of balance, Moo's Dark Ale rolls all the characteristics you might expect of such a beer together in a well bound whole. While not as insanely hopped as some of the imported American Browns, it blends its caramel and gently roasted choc malt flavours with piney aromatic hops and a gentle hop bitterness. ··· Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
Strength
5%

Moo Brew Pilsner

Moo's Pilsner offers up a something of a hop twist on the traditional German beers on which it is based. But unlike a number of Australian and Kiwi brewers who have switched the original's Saaz hop for something New World, Moo use only Spalt, another German hop, in theirs. Pouring a pale straw colour, it begins with grassy, fruity hop aromas and ends with a solid bitterness. And, in 2011, hitting the Aussie mainland on draught for the first time. ··· Read more
Style
German Pilsner
Strength
5%

Moo Brew Pale Ale

There are bigger US-inspired pale ales around in Australia but few as refined. Floral and citrus hops on the nose lead into soft yet densely layered malts before the hops return to seal the deal with a satisfying dose of bitterness. ··· Read more
Style
US Pale Ale
Strength
4.9%

The Specials

Moo Brew & Willie Smith's Apple Saison

Tapped Wed Jun 1 2016
As a rule, we don't write about cider or those that make it on The Crafty Pint. It's a site about Australian craft beer, after all, and we're busy enough trying to stay on top of everything that's going on in that world without added distractions. That said, if we did, Willie Smith's would be top of the list. Since they started producing cider, this fourth generation farming family in Tasmania's Huon Valley has been leading the way for craft cider in Australia, not just in the quality of their product ··· Read more
Style
Apple Saison
Strength
6.0%
Stockists

MONA

The Apple Shed

Tas:

MONA

The Apple Shed

Brewski

The Mill on Constance

Brisbane Brewhouse

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Moo Brew Saison 2015

Tapped Mon Dec 7 2015
As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, Moo released the latest iteration of its seasonal Saison. And a couple of other versions too. The others included a Black Saison created in collaboration with their mates at Lonny's Saint John Craft Beer and a barrel-aged, brettanomyces version of it that had been aged in barrels at the bar. While those two were limited in volume, the seasonal Saison will see a far wider release. They're describing the 2015 vintage of what's become an annual brew as "a ··· Read more
Style
Saison
Strength
5.5%
Stockists

Mona Wine Bar

The Apple Shed

Robbie Brown's Bar

Lark Distillery

Saint John Craft Beer

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Moo Brew Harvest Ale 2014: Rye IPA

Tapped Thu Apr 17 2014
Traditionally, for the most part at least, when breweries have turned their attention to creating fresh hop harvest ales they have tended to favour pretty straightforward base beers that allow the hops to shine. Last year, Moo Brew took a rather different approach and released a fresh hop Robust Porter. It was one of the best beers we sampled in the whole of 2013. And now, for its 2014 harvest release, they are trying something a little different again. It is the first harvest release with new head ··· Read more
Style
Rye IPA
Strength
7.0%
Stockists

Saint John Craft Beer

The Winston

Lark Distillery

Preachers

Peppermint Bay

Prince of Wales

Knoppies

New Sydney

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Moo Brew Seasonal Saison 2013

Tapped Fri Nov 15 2013
It's birthday time at Moo, with the brand turning eight and the new (well, newer than the original one) brewery celebrating three years in business this month. There's no birthday brew to celebrate, instead the third release of its Seasonal Saison. The beer first hit a handful of taps around Hobart for Beer Lovers Week and the Tasmanian International BeerFest, as well as the brewery's stand at Taste of Melbourne. And, as of this week, it's set to land on taps at craft beer venues all over the land. ··· Read more
Style
Saison
Strength
5.5%
Stockists

Jack Greene. Hobart

Irish Murphy's, Hobart

Other venues across Australia TBC

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Moo Brew Trippel

Tapped Wed Sep 11 2013
The first beer in what we're promised will be a series of barrel-aged beers from Tasmania's Moo Brew is a Belgian Tripel. It was flagged up on the site a few weeks back and has since made its way to beer bars across the land. It's this year's Spring Seasonal from Moo and, as such, is a keg only release. It's also, as the name suggests, a Belgian style Tripel, albeit one granted an additional "p", perhaps in tribute to the "oo" in Moo. Either way, one of the Moo Crew tells us he ··· Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Tripel
Strength
9.0%
Stockists

Tasmania

Jack Greene

The Winston

Irish Murphy's

Cock & Bull Hotel

Victoria

Palace Hotel

Great Northern

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Moo Brew Barrel-Aged Vintage Stout

Tapped Tue Jul 23 2013
The first time The Crafty Pint encountered this beer from Tasmania's Moo, it was in the company of a beer rep who was part of a group that had invested in a case of 24 bottles at a cost of $600 for a mate's 30th birthday present. That they'd chosen to do so was no doubt in keeping with how Moo viewed the jewel in their crown: the ultimate pool room beer; a rarity to be savoured on special occasions. And, as the 2,500 bottles that make up this year's release make their way from the brewery, it turns ··· Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Strength
8.0%
Stockists

Direct from the brewery - (0)3 6263 7773

The Wheaty SchwartzHopf

Tapped Mon Jun 17 2013
To mark 10 years as a venue many knowledgeable types will tell you is the best beer bar in Oz, the ladies at The Wheaty headed south to Moo Brew for a three-way collaboration with two of their favourite breweries / stalking victims: Moo and Mountain Goat. They took over the older, smaller of the two Moo breweries and set about creating a hoppy, black pilsner. The thinking behind it, according to the Wheatsters, was: "No 10% ABV, 10 Malts, 10 Hop additions, 100 IBU business for us in our 10th ··· Read more
Style
Black Pilsner
Strength
5.8%
Bitterness
60 IBU
Stockists

The Wheaty

Moo Brew Seasonal Stout 2013

Tapped Thu Jun 13 2013
On a tour of Moo's brewery just before it became operational, head brewer OJ was at his most animated when showing off the waste water treatment system. This isn't to say he has any unpleasant foibles, more that he's a real technician when it comes to brewing, someone fascinated by the finest of details and determined to turn out clean, tight beers. It explains why everything that comes out of the Tassie brewery tends to be so immaculate and of a consistency the big breweries would admire - even ··· Read more

Moo Brew Harvest Ale 2013

Tapped Thu Apr 11 2013
The team from Moo has been leaping the fence at nearby Bushy Park once again* to pilfer a load of fresh hops for its annual Harvest Ale release. This time around they bundled a swag of Summer and Willamette hops back to the brewery near Hobart where they were used to create a robust brown ale. As they explain: "In using fresh, wet hops, the aroma is slightly resinous, with tangerine and tropical fruit elements. Due to the seasonal variations, the hop flavour and bitterness is always different." ··· Read more
Style
Fresh Hop Brown Ale
Strength
5.8%
Stockists

Find it here

Moo Brew Saison 2012

Tapped Fri Nov 23 2012
For the second year running, Moo Brew has decided that their summer seasonal shall be a Saison. As before, this farmhouse ale is a light-bodied affair that has drinkers with their fingers poised over the "Drain and Repeat" button in its sights. Pale orange / yellow in appearance, it's a melange of spicy, fruity, citrusy esters. If the Crafty memory serves us correctly (and given how many times a week we spend hunting high and low for wallet, glasses, key, child, etc, this is not a given) ··· Read more
Style
Saison
Strength
5.5%
Stockists

On tap at good bars.

This is a good place to start too.

Moo Brew Vintage Imperial Stout 2012

Tapped Mon Jul 16 2012
Over the past week or so, we've been interviewing some of the country's leading brewers about barrel aging. We were told that one of the effects is to allow oxygen to slowly come into contact with the beer, which - in the case of beers such as stouts - can have the effect of softening the roast characters and lending the beer more caramel notes. Whether it was coincidence or not, the latest release of Moo Brew's Vintage Imperial Stout then landed in our hands and may as well have announced: "Here's ··· Read more
Style
Barrel-aged Imperial Stout
Strength
8.5%

Moo Brew Whisky Barrel-Aged Stout

Tapped Thu Nov 17 2011
They do enjoy playing with their stout down at Moo, with this latest release a joint venture with Tasmania's Lark Distillery. MONA bar manager arranged the supply of a 100 litre barrel, which had previously had whisky aged in it for six years, which was filled with Moo Brew Stout, from which four 20 litre kegs were produced. The first keg was tapped at the screening of Beer Wars at the Museum of Old and New Art cinema, a second is being tapped at the distillery on November 20, where punters will ··· Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Stout
Strength
8.0%
Stockists

MONA Winery Bar

Lark Distillery

Moo Brew Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (2010 Vintage Release)

Tapped Wed Jul 20 2011
In the world of Aussie beer, this is one that can easily be tagged "luxury item". It's to craft beer aficionados what a diamond encrusted iPhone is to a yacht-hopping dolly bird in Monte Carlo: oozing, nay, flaunting excess. In previous years, the folks at Moo have used such phrases as "complex matrix of high residual sugar and bitterness" and "active alcohol vector" when describing the beer. It seems the bogans have taken back control this year, however, with the label ··· Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Strength
8.0%
Stockists

Moo Brew

MONA Saison DeMoo

Tapped Thu May 5 2011
Tapped across three states simultaneously as part of Moo's "four-way dance" this limited release is Moo Brew's Tassie take on the classic European farmhouse style, released under the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) label. We told you about it a few weeks before its release, but in case you missed the story, it uses traditional floor malted Bohemian Pilsner malt from Germany ' the oldest form of malted barley ' as the base malt as well as raw spelt, following the farmhouse tradition of ··· Read more
Style
Saison
Stockists

Mona Winery Bar

The Wheaty

Beer DeLuxe

New Sydney Hotel, Hobart

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MONA Hop Harvest Ale

Tapped Mon Apr 11 2011
Unless you're near Hobart, you're gonna have to travel for this one. Moo Brew's Hop Harvest Ale is the first beer they're going to hold onto for themselves, serving it only at the new Mona Winery Bar. It's a wet-hopped version of the brewery's Pale Ale, using fresh Summer hops (also known as Summer Saaz - a variety only recently developed by Hop Products Australia at nearby Bushy Park), picked by the brewers and thrown straight into the tanks. According to Mona's bar manager Kris Miles: "It ··· Read more
Style
Hop Harvest Ale
Strength
5%
Stockists

Mona Winery Bar

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