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Red Duck Brewery

In 2005, Red Duck Brewery launched as one of the brave few fighting the craft beer cause in Victoria's west. Initially founded in a converted dairy in the grounds of Purrumbete Homestead and operating a Providore in nearby Camperdown, brewer Scott Wilson-Browne soon made a name as one of Australia's most adventurous brewers.

Based in Ballarat since 2011, Red Duck continues to push boundaries, whether working with barrels, producing hop free ales inspired by ancient styles or collaborating with international brewers and using unusual ingredients. A pioneer of many unusual or rare styles and techniques that are now being attempted by a growing number of Australian brewers, the brewery has also become increasingly synonymous with its hometown, selling much of its beer, particularly core range beers such as its Pale and Amber, within a few kilometres of the brewery.

Originally brewing into tanks named after characters in Kath and Kim but now bearing those of the world's leading footballers, Scott and his brewers frequently bring a no-holds-barred approach, specialising in full strength and Imperial versions of predominantly traditional British and European ales as well as obscure releases such as Egyptian-inspired sours and Medieval gruits and braggots.

Opened in 2005 by Scott and wife Vanessa after they left Melbourne for a change of pace, and named after the Shelducks that inhabit Lake Purrumbete close to the original brewery, Red Duck was for a while the only brewery between Geelong and Adelaide. Using a self-designed system that has been steadily expanded, the focus outside the core range is on small batch brewing: many releases are only produced in 500 litre batches; many of the barrel aged beers are scarcer still.

You can call into the cellar door in Ballarat to check out their current brewing setup, pick up bottles from a range that often tops 60 beers, have a chat to the brewing team and discover just what experiments they've got bubbling away. And, from 2016, look out for Kilderkin, the new gin and whisky operation Scott is launching.

Name
Red Duck Brewery
Address

11a Michaels Drive
Alfredton
VIC

Phone
Contact for orders: Luke on 0456748961
Website
Hours

Open Saturdays by appointment and for special events

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The Regulars

Red Duck 1851

For all the oddities and experiments that make their way from Red Duck's Ballarat brewery - braggots, sours, spiced beers and so on - they do release a fair few "normal" beers too. In fact, of all the Red Duck beers we laid our lips on in 2013, one of the best was Topaz, a simple, single hop pale ale that was just exactly as such a beer should be. Along the same lines was Wooly Nelson, a single hop ale that used NZ's Nelson Sauvin. It's the latter of these that is now taking up residence ··· Read more
Style
Golden Ale
Strength
4.7%

Red Duck Hoppy Amber

Quite what Red Duck are going to do for a mixed six now they've added this, a seventh beer, to their regular lineup, who knows? Perhaps there needs to be a brewer's half dozen added to the baker's dozen. In the tradition of a series of British TV ads that had an uncanny ability to stick in one's head - "Ronseal: It does exactly what it says on the tin!" - here's a beer that does exactly what it says on the bottle, ie it's hoppy and it's amber in colour. To be slightly more specific, the ··· Read more
Style
Amber Ale
Strength
5.6%
Bitterness
38 IBU

Red Duck Pale Rider

Taking its name from the Clint Eastwood classic is the latest release from Red Duck. After playing with Egyptian bread beers, rhubarb, raspberries, honey and beasts from the deep, it's a return to something approaching sanity for the brewery, an American inspired pale ale with highly hoppy aromatics and bitterness. It's going to be a member of Red Duck's permanent range in bottles but, if you're quick, you might be able to get your hands on it in keg form, with the only three 20l kegs released being ··· Read more
Style
US Pale Ale
Strength
5.6%
Bitterness
42 IBU

Red Duck Pale Ale

An English style Pale, this is the most approachable of Red Duck's regular range and is an easy drinking, thirst quenching ale that combines a touch of specialty malt and malted wheat with enough hops to ensure a gently bitter finish. It's their biggest seller too. ··· Read more
Style
English Pale Ale
Strength
4.5%

Red Duck Amber Ale

Scott's take on the classic UK pub ale, this Amber uses a select blend of malts and low hopping levels using traditional British hops that don't distract from the beer's key characteristics ' the hints of caramel and toffee that come from the malts. As with the British way, it's a beer that benefits from being drunk at a slightly warmer temperature. ··· Read more
Style
Amber Ale
Strength
4.9%

Red Duck Porter

This dark style of beer first came to popularity in London back in the 18th century, with the city's river and street porters falling for its rich, deep flavours. The Red Duck version is a full-bodied beer, full of complexity due to a wide range of different specialty malts used in the brew, including roast barley, which can lend rich coffee like characteristic. Also lurking within this 6.4% beer are hints of chocolate, toffee, molasses, treacle and liquorice. ··· Read more
Style
Porter
Strength
6.4%

Red Duck Bengal IPA

IPAs, or India Pale Ales, date from the time of the British Empire when, to ensure beer being sent to the troops on the Sub-Continent didn't spoil during its long sea journey, brewers boosted the hop and alcohol content to act as preservatives. The Bengal is a traditional recreation of the style given a modern twist with the addition of generous amounts of Centennial and Cascade hops. ··· Read more
Style
English IPA
Strength
7.0%

Red Duck Overland

This Bright Ale is a light and refreshing beer, crisp and clean on the palate with hints of honey and light caramel on the palate and a subtly enticing citrus and melon aroma. Designed after Scott had completed the Overland Track in Tasmania with friends to be the ideal beer you'd want once you'd taken that final step. ··· Read more
Style
Bright Ale
Strength
4.5%

The Specials

Red Duck Lord Burton's Breakfast

Tapped Wed May 4 2016
Last year, we caught up with Red Duck main man Scott Wilson-Browne for a chat about his ten years in brewing. One of Australia's genuine envelope pushers, responsible for a multitude of unique and often historically minded beers – more than 100 different releases at the time – he said he was considering reining in his wilder urges and brewing less types of beer. Admittedly, he'd brought half a dozen new beers with him at the time... A few months on and it's safe to say he's finding those urges ··· Read more
Style
ESB with Tea
Strength
6.4%

Red Duck Double Dragon & Binabadladdie

Tapped Tue Dec 1 2015
In the midst of celebrating its 10th birthday and working on a new look for its limited release beers, Ballarat's Red Duck has also been in the process of bringing its sales and distribution back in house. As such, you can look out for a relative glut of new, one-off beers appearing in the coming weeks that were held back while the transfer took place. Among them is Double Dragon, a beefed up 10th birthday version of Golden Dragon, the strong Celtic ale that's one of brewer Scott's favourites from ··· Read more
Style
Double IPA & Scotch Export Ale
Strength
8.2% & 4.5%
Stockists

Avoca Hotel

Bottles from Red Duck brewery or specialist bottleshops

Red Duck La Foret & Dr F

Tapped Mon Sep 7 2015
Red Duck has always presented its beers well, a legacy of head brewer Scott Wilson-Browne's pre-brewing career as a graphic designer. For its latest offerings, it's stepped things up a notch. La Foret and Dr F, two more beers to have received barrel treatment at Red Duck's Ballarat home, are the first to appear in 750ml bottles – slinky bottles at that. La Foret is based on the brewery's Lapin, a "French Ale" brewed with French hops that's made a couple of appearances over the past year. ··· Read more
Style
Biere de Garde & Imperial Stout
Strength
6.0% & 10.1%
Stockists

Red Duck Cellar Door

Coach House Ales, Ballarat

Fitz + Pots

Liquor Shed

Grand View Hotel

Brewski Bar

International Hotel

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Red Duck Wolf / Cactus / Bizarre Love Triangle

Tapped Fri Apr 10 2015
If we told you that a brewery was releasing three new beers at once with five more to follow in a few weeks and another half a dozen after that, we reckon you'd have a pretty good stab at guessing which Aussie it was. If we mentioned that among them were barrel-aged sours, one featuring swede and potato and a couple of collaborations the chances are better still. Yes, after a short period in which we didn't much about new beers from Ballarat's Red Duck they're about to unleash the beasts again. Indeed, ··· Read more
Style
Various
Strength
Various
Stockists

The usual Red Duck stockists

Red Duck Wild Hunt & Supanova 2

Tapped Tue Dec 2 2014
We're in danger of being overrun here! It looks like another clutch of Red Duck's early summer seasonals is about to appear in specialist bottleshops and we hadn't got around to listing the last two from the bumper pack of samples the brewery sent to Crafty Towers the other week. So before we find time to tuck into Bandicoot and Lapin, we'd best get things up to date. This pair features one brand new beer and one that's returning from 2013. The former is Wild Hunt, a strong Belgian ale that comes ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Red Ale / IPA
Strength
8.1% & 7.5%
Stockists

And other specialist beer venues

Red Duck Aztec Lambic Saison & Buck Saison

Tapped Mon Nov 17 2014
Not only is it tricky to keep tabs with how many beers Red Duck releases (OK, we ran an article last week saying they're up to 97 unique brews so that's not strictly true) but now it's becoming hard to keep up with how many saison variants they've put out. There was a run of them a few months ago – straight, honeyed and so one – and now there's a couple more. First up is the Aztec, a hybrid of Belgian lambic and French saison, with added ingredients inspired by, you've guessed it, the Aztecs. ··· Read more
Style
Saison variations
Strength
7.3% & 5.7%
Stockists

And other regular Red Duck stockists

Red Duck Forsaken & Igor

Tapped Tue Jul 1 2014
You have to wonder how much longer it will be before Red Duck has exhausted every ingredient on the planet for its range of beers. Among the latest of its latest seriously limited releases is a Japanese Red Sake Ale. Called Forsaken, the 6.3% beer was Red Duck's entry for this year's Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular and is described as a "sessionable dark red ale", one that features (deep breath): black rice, red rice, white rice, oats, malted barley, roasted wattle seeds, Nori seaweed ··· Read more
Style
Rice Ale & Imperial Porter
Strength
Various
Stockists

The usual Red Duck stockists, such as:

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

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Red Duck Baby Bear / Forest Gnaume / Transmission

Tapped Thu Jun 5 2014
During the recent Good Beer Week, Ballarat Brewery Red Duck invited visitors to spend the day at the brewery sampling its entire range. That entire range currently numbers more than 60 beers ' the core range, current releases, vintage specials and yet-to-be-seen beers. Over the past few years, head brewer Scott Wilson-Browne has embarked upon all manner of unique and unusual experimental releases, many of which have prove the spark for a series of sequels. Back in 2010, he released Ugly Duckling, ··· Read more
Style
Various
Strength
Various
Stockists

The usual Red Duck stockists, such as:

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

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Red Duck Groak / Ginger Frog / Sour Chips

Tapped Wed Apr 30 2014
In our most recent back and forth with Scott Wilson-Browne, head brewer at Red Duck, he revealed that he has more than 60 beers available for tasting at his forthcoming All In events as part of this year's Good Beer Week. Sixty-plus of his own beers, that isâ?¦ Little wonder, then, that this month there is not one, not even two, but three limited release beers coming out in bottle at the same time. Among them is Groak, a Barrel Aged Golden Gruit Ale, with gruit beers being those that traditionally ··· Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Beers
Strength
6.3% / 7.2% / 7.2%
Stockists

The usual Red Duck stockists, such as:

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

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Red Duck Supa Nova / Saison / Saison Bee

Tapped Fri Feb 7 2014
Ballarat's Red Duck is showing no signs of slowing down in 2014. Already, a number of limited release seasonals have hit shelves, with more coming, including sours, barrel-aged beers and the like. The most recent three to appear are the Supa Nova Australian IPA, Saison and Saison Bee. The Supa Nova features just the one hop, the ubiquitous Galaxy, and despite tipping the scales at 7.5% ABV isn't particularly fierce, instead allowing the familiar citrus and tropical hop aromas obtained from the use ··· Read more
Style
IPA & Saisons
Strength
7.5% / 6.2% / 5.2%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Wood Gnaume & Bobcat

Tapped Mon Dec 16 2013
Of all the beers that Red Duck put out in 2012, few caused as many ripples of excitement in the beer nerd world as the Gnaume, one of his collaborations with Anders Kissmeyer. It was a Belgian farmhouse style ale, a little fruity, spicy and tart and made with all manner of yeasts and sugars. It's back in a seriously limited and altered version, with Wood Gnaume having spent time in a small oak barrel for six months (hence why there's only 13 cases in existence. We're told it's fermented with more ··· Read more
Style
Oak-Aged Lambic & IPA
Strength
6.2% / 7.5%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Half Wit & Geist

Tapped Fri Nov 29 2013
The new ideas and style mashing continues to come from Red Duck with two new beers in time for summer that register low on the ABV count. The Half Wit is ostensibly a Belgian witbier, brewed with half wheat and half barley. We're told it's a "pale, white, slightly cloudy weisse" and to look out for "soft grapefruit and white spicy notes". The Geist sees the brewery combine elements of the German gose style, generally tart and salty, with another German style, the Berliner Weisse, ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Wit and Gose / Berliner Weisse
Strength
3.4% & 3.2%
Stockists

Bottles:

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olin

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Red Duck Sabre Tooth & Orange Mosaic

Tapped Tue Oct 22 2013
When the 24 breweries and brewing companies gathered for the first Good Beer Showcase this October, a few brought new beers or created twists on old ones. None went quite as far as Red Duck, however, but then again it's rare that anyone does. Six very recent or not yet released beers were unveiled - along with a new livery that's evolution rather than revolution - including these two. The Sabre Tooth is the latest big, hoppy beer from the Ballarat brewery (remember last year's Hop Bach with Kissmeyer ··· Read more
Style
Imperial IPA & Belgian Wit
Strength
9.0% & 4.5%
Stockists

Bottles:

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cell

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Red Duck Gruitest

Tapped Tue Sep 17 2013
A couple of years back, Red Duck's brewer made one of his regular ventures back in time to create a beer with its origins in Medieval, pre-hop Britain. Canute the Gruit featured homemade nettle juice, deliberately scorched grains and various other unusual ingredients to create a beer that was smokey, sour and odd, but over time developed into something really rather good. He followed it up with Gruiter, described as a "Renaissance" take on the style that lacked the complexity of the former ··· Read more
Style
Golden Gruit
Strength
6.3%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Licky

Tapped Thu Aug 29 2013
We've been bouncing emails back and forth with Red Duck's brewer this week and he's got the usual array of fun stuff lined up for release over the coming months. Pretty much anything you can think of and he'll be doing it to one style of beer or another and sticking it in a bottle soon enough. The first of the latest batch of limited run releases is Licky. It's a dark lager with a few extra special additions: all natural, dried liquorice root, sarsaparilla root and aniseed myrtle. We've seen such ··· Read more
Style
Spiced Dark Lager
Strength
5.8%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Jupiter

Tapped Tue Jun 11 2013
WE have a sneaky suspicion that Ballarat brewery Red Duck is after setting some kind of record this year by attempting to release the most beers commercially in one year in Australia. They'll have a challenge on their hands given the number pumped out by Queensland's Bacchus on their multi-brewhouse setup. But if you keep it confined to bottle releases, surely Red Duck has it hands down. The Jupiter is one of the more esoteric releases from Red Duck, even by their standards. It's a strong porter ··· Read more
Style
Barrel-aged Porter
Strength
6.8%

Red Duck Wooly Nelson

Tapped Tue Jun 18 2013
It seems we're in the middle of another of Red Duck's regular avalanches of new beer releases, with this one a single hop beer utilising the popular Nelson Sauvin. Presumably the "wooly" refers to the fact that it's a Kiwi hop rather than any weird sensation experienced when supping the beer. If it's anything like their last single hop release, the Topaz, which we found to be a simple beer delivered well, then it should prove a lovely showcase for one of the most distinctive and powerful ··· Read more
Style
Pale Ale
Strength
4.6%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck The Grizzly

Tapped Mon Jun 3 2013
When Red Duck's Ugly Duckling first appeared, people scratched their heads: "A braggot? What's that?" It was Australia's first commercially released braggot, a beer style with origins in Medieval Britain that is a blend of a mead and a strong ale. The Ugly Duckling was a very high ABV and unusual beer, but one that has ended up heralding a series of braggots from the Ballarat brewer, from those featuring buckwheat to highly honeyed versions. The Grizzly is, by our reckoning, the fourth ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Braggot
Strength
12.2%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Shy Blond

Tapped Tue Apr 16 2013
The Crafty Pint belatedly made it out to Red Duck's current haunt in Ballarat recently (they moved from their original home in Purrumbete late in 2011). There, dotted around the warehouse alongside the tanks named after the world's leading footballers and pallets of beer were all manner of barrels and experiments. Within just a few minutes it was becoming tricky to keep up with Scott Wilson-Browne's increasingly obscure journeys into beer, with the latest theme (if there is such a thing) being to ··· Read more
Style
Spiced Belgian Blonde
Strength
7.1%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Dude, Where's My Cherry?

Tapped Thu Mar 7 2013
We'd imagine there are plenty out there who have become rather concerned for the well-being of Red Duck brewer Scott Wilson-Browne in recent weeks. Having released seemingly three new beers a day for a period last year, there's been radio silence recently. We're delighted to report that all is well, however, with the first limited release beer from the Ballarat brewery winging its way to shelves right now. Dude, Where's My Cherry? is described as something of a sister to the brewery's White Garden ··· Read more
Style
Fruit Wheat Beer
Strength
4.1%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Topaz

Tapped Wed Dec 5 2012
Another day, another dollar. Or, in this case, another Red Duck beer. Latest cab off the rank is another that falls inside their bulging collection of strong pale ales as the Ballarat brewery continues what could be cast as a hop series of sorts. Inspiration for this single hop beer, which uses the Aussie hop Topaz, came about when brewing Hop Bach with Anders Kissmeyer earlier in the year. Among the 25 hops that went into that beer was this, a variety that has found a new lease of life as an aroma ··· Read more
Style
Strong Pale Ale
Strength
5.2%
Bitterness
40 IBU
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck The Tiger

Tapped Wed Nov 14 2012
It looks like we got things a little out of whack with Red Duck recently. Turns out The Tiger was released when we said the Bell Hop was and vice-versa. But given the brewery is releasing 277 new beers every hour for the duration of 2012, it's a forgivable mistake. Anyhoo, for those interested in knocking back a Tiger, it's another nod to the Old Country from Red Duck: a strong pale ale inspired by those of the British Empire. The brewer says it has "strong malt and alcohol notes, soft hopping ··· Read more
Style
Strong Pale Ale
Strength
6.7%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Bell Hop

Tapped Sun Nov 11 2012
Apparently Red Duck promised that they'd never brew a black IPA - too much bitterness coming from two directions, they reckon. However, they've decided to offer up something with a generous helping of hops and a fair touch of the dark stuff too with the Bell Hop. Described as a "mildly hoppy, dark brown ale" it features a blend of eight well known hops - Columbus, Chinook, Simcoe, Willamette, Cluster, Galaxy, Amarillo and Cascade. And apparently, they're considering a double Bell Hop in ··· Read more
Style
American Porter
Strength
5.8%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Sexy Thing

Tapped Mon Nov 12 2012
Journeys in Mother Pint's car when a child were rarely blessed with anything remotely approaching decent music. Her favourite musician - the result, one assumes, of meeting him when she was 13 and he was a young, untainted-by-Saviour's Day-and-Wimbledon pop star - was Cliff Richard. She had a soft spot for Chris de Burgh too. You get the idea. Thankfully, there was a period in which she left Hot Chocolate's Greatest Hits on rotation in the tape player, providing a welcome respite from the aforementioned ··· Read more
Style
Hot Chocolate Ale
Strength
6.7%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck / Kissmeyer Rebellion

Tapped Tue Sep 25 2012
The third and final collaboration between Red Duck and Danish brewer Anders Kissmeyer from when he visited Australia earlier in the year is a strong pale ale. Not as strong as the 25-hop-variety Hop Bach they composed together but a solid 7 per cent nonetheless. According to the brewer it's "an ale that promises a rich reward, with deep golden leads, mild hops, strong malt aromas and a well balanced, full flavoured payload." Just one batch was brewed, meaning there are just 650 wax-sealed, ··· Read more
Style
Strong Pale Ale
Strength
7.0%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Bumble Bee

Tapped Mon Sep 10 2012
Red Duck's entry for this year's Great Australasian Beer Spectapular makes a reappearance in bottled form, having landed a spot in the People's Choice top ten. Continuing Scott's penchant for brewing with honey (a quick flick through the mental rolodex brings up a honey porter and three braggots with honey - there could be others), this is a honey amber ale, which in this case means there are some soft, nutty malts at play with the honey. It's the brewery's first single hop beer, with said hop being ··· Read more
Style
Honey Amber Ale
Strength
5.7%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Gnaume

Tapped Mon Sep 10 2012
In a recent piece for the site, we asked Red Duck founder Scott Wilson-Browne for the favourite of all the names he'd given his beers over the years. This was the one he picked. When we suggested it was something to do with Gaume (a place in Belgium) and gnomes, it seemed we were on the right track. There's something to do with "small interesting creatures" too. The best way to solve the puzzle might be to get your hands on one of the beers while you set the cogs a-whirring. It's the second ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Lambic Golden Ale
Strength
6.2%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Gruiter

Tapped Sat Sep 1 2012
Even by the brewery's standards, Red Duck's Canute the Gruit was a weird one. A hopless beer designed to be like the gruit beers of Medieval days, it featured homemade nettle goo and hawthorn berry juice as well as some deliberately scorched oats in the kettle. It was a beer we found beyond challenging when it was young but which developed into a really exciting smokey sour beer with age. The Gruiter is the follow up, designed to be how a beer might have been around Renaissance times. Less smokey ··· Read more
Style
Gruit Stout
Strength
6.8%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Long Shot

Tapped Fri Aug 31 2012
A public service announcement with this beer. This was a beer brewed in conjunction with a team of six people from Westgate Brewers (a home brew group from Melbourne) to a recipe by one of their members called Amber. It was a prize for winning the last VicBrews home brew competition. The whole brew day event was coordinated by award-winning home brewer John Kingston. Unfortunately, brewer Scott Wilson-Browne had a brain fade and put the wrong name on the label. So, when you pick one up and prepare ··· Read more
Style
Chocolate Coffee Porter
Strength
6.0%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Smells Like A Pony

Tapped Sat Sep 8 2012
The third braggot to come from the Ballarat brewery - braggots being a Medieval style of strong alcoholic drink that are a blend of strong ale and mead. This one wears its heart on its sleeve (or something like that) with the name an indication that it smells a little pony like. Or, as the brewer's notes say, the buckwheat honey lends it a "curiously aromatic, pony like, leathery aromatic". That said, the sweeter side of the honey seemed more prominent to The Crafty Pint's palate, resulting ··· Read more
Style
Braggot
Strength
13.7%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Ra #2

Tapped Fri Aug 10 2012
OK. It's confession time. Embarrassing though it is to admit, our knowledge of Egyptian beers is pretty slender. What's more, our knowledge of Egyptian bread beers is slimmer still. And when it comes to ancient imperial Egyptian bread beers, well, doncha just know it, we come up empty. Or at least we did until now, when the generous souls at Red Duck decided to culture up some sourdough yeast from a the tiny batch of Ra they made a couple of years back and make just that: an imperial Egyptian bread ··· Read more
Style
Imperial Egyptian Bread Beer
Strength
11.3%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck The Ox 2012

Tapped Thu Aug 9 2012
We're unashamed fans of The Ox here at The Crafty Pint with a beer fridge that's still home to a 2010 bottle (a gift from a very generous reader) and a few 2011's too. In fact, we like it so much we put it on the Crafty Curates lineup during Good Beer Week last year. It's Scott Wilson-Browne's attempt to brew a beer like Three Floyds' legendary Dark Lord, uses only first runnings and requires a 22-hour brew day. We've only had a wee sample of the new one and it was instantly apparent there had been ··· Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
Strength
9.4%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Ragnarok

Tapped Thu Aug 2 2012
There's something a little disturbing about the story behind this new release from Red Duck. According to the release notes: "Ragnarok, from Norse mythology, is the final battle of the Gods, in which most are killed, and the Earth is destroyed. It would be the end of the world as we know it. But the outcome isn't all bad, as a few Gods survive, as well as 2 humans who are able to repopulate a new and cleansed world." All well and good, but as they go on to explain that the beer is a collaboration ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Quad
Strength
10.6%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Hop Bach

Tapped Fri Jul 27 2012
While Red Duck do have some hoppy beers in their range (the Bengal IPA, Hoppy Amber, for example), they're generally a brewery that explores the beer world in other ways, whether with malt-led numbers, experiments without hops or blending meads and strong ales. With this one beer they could be seen to redress the balance in one fell swoop. Concocted with 25 different hop varieties in conjunction with visiting Danish brewer Anders Kissmeyer earlier in the year, it's a nigh-on ten per cent Imperial ··· Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
Strength
9.8%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

McCoppins

Press Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Swords Select

Olinda Cellars

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Red Duck Golden Dragon

Tapped Tue Nov 22 2011
A Red Duck limited release that hasn't seen the light of day for quite some time. The Golden Dragon is another that continues brewer Scott Wilson-Browne's love of big, malt-led British styles. It's a strong Celtic Ale that sits nicely alongside other Red Duck limited releases such as the whisky barrel-aged Loch Ness and last year's Red Admiral. A complex bugger that can offer up treacle, caramel, stewed and dark fruit flavours with an earthiness and spiciness too, it's one to savour. ··· Read more
Style
Strong Celtic Ale
Strength
7.8%

Red Duck Canute the Gruit

Tapped Sat Jul 16 2011
Back before Red Duck existed, King Cnut Ale by the UK's St Peter's Brewery got Scott Wilson-Browne thinking. A hopless beer that set out to recreate ales as they might have been back in Medieval times, it ultimately inspired this. The label declares: "EXTREME ALE" and with good reason. Featuring a mix of grains, oats and spelt - some of which was "scorched" in the kettle - as well as stinging nettles and homemade hawthorn berry juice, it is as weird as they get; one that most ··· Read more
Style
Gruit Stout
Strength
4.4%
Stockists

Red Duck

Slowbeer

Carwyn Cellars

Purvis Beer

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Red Duck Belgian Vanilla Porter

Tapped Sat Jul 16 2011
Yet more proof that there are no rules when it comes to brewing these days. Whether it's Murray's throwing a tonne of hops at an Imperial Stout, Feral combining Belgian yeast with Japanese-developed hops or people turning India Pale Ales anything but pale, it's very much a case of anything goes. Here a Belgian yeast joins the malts of a porter in a beer that's finished off with some organic vanilla extract. The result is a beer that will be familiar to fans of Red Duck, with plenty of chocolate, ··· Read more
Style
Specialty Porter
Strength
6.5%
Stockists

Red Duck

Slowbeer

Carwyn Cellars

Purvis Beer

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Red Duck The Ox (2011)

Tapped Fri Jul 15 2011
If ever the world of beers designed to be sipped and savoured was looking for a poster boy, it could do far worse than give The Ox a call. Whenever a bottle is cracked at Crafty Towers, it's the only one that needs opening that night; the sort of beer you can happily return to over a couple of hours. It seems only appropriate to enjoy it this way given that, on the rare occasions the Red Duck guys make it, they spend 22 hours in the brewery. Ox by name, Ox by nature, it's a thick, dark brown beast ··· Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
Strength
9.4%

Red Duck Queen Bee

Tapped Fri Jul 15 2011
Time for some honesty. Faced with a wobbly table at Crafty Towers, chances are we'd fold up a bit of card, shove it under one of the legs and be done with it. We're willing to wager such a solution simply wouldn't do for Scott at Red Duck. After all, any man who refuses to make one of his beers for a couple of years because he can't get hold of exactly the right type and shade of wild bush honey with which he made the previous batch doesn't seem like the "No one'll notice" type. Thankfully, ··· Read more
Style
Honey Porter
Strength
6.6%

Red Duck The Ox 2010

Tapped Mon Apr 5 2010
To create a good Imperial Stout demands the maker doesn't hold back. And that's the case with The Ox, an appropriately named behemoth of a beer from Red Duck. Its thick, almost tar-like body is apparent the moment it leaves the bottle and crawls down the side of your glass. It's a beer to be savoured over an evening (just as well given its strength!) and one in which all manner of flavours can be unearthed, from mouth-filling molasses to rich, treacly chocolate. Exquisite. ··· Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
Strength
9.4%

Red Duck Ugly Duckling

Tapped Mon May 3 2010
Two years in the making, this blend of a mead made with locally sourced bush honey and two 50l batches of barrel-aged strong ale was described by one of The Crafty Pint's friends on first tasting as 'beyond beerâ?. It's a recreation of a medieval style called a braggot. At 14.3%, the Ugly Duckling is still in its infancy and will mature 'for decadesâ?, according to its maker. Even now, it's wonderfully multi-layered: viscous, uncarbonated and golden, it boasts a lightly wooded aroma with hints ··· Read more
Style
Braggot
Strength
14.3%

Red Duck Loch Ness

Tapped Mon Jul 5 2010
Red Duck's Loch Ness is a dark, malty brew, with rich flavours from chocolate malt, roast barley and other dark malts. It had an extended boil time to boost caramelisation, a slow and gentle fermentation period, then a short maturation period of six weeks in charred former whisky barrels. The result is beer which pours with a tan head and displays rich but subtle flavours: roasted malt and bags of dark chocolate with touches of caramel, oak, stewed dark fruits and, atop the lingering, warming finish, ··· Read more
Style
Barrel-aged Scotch Ale
Strength
6.7%

Red Duck Black Heart

Tapped Mon Oct 4 2010
Another extremely limited release, most of this has been committed to beer clubs and homebrewers. However, a small amount is available from the Red Duck Provedore in Camperdown and some Melbourne bottleshops. Crafty's not had the chance to sample with the Microbreweries Showcase getting in the way, so over to Slowbeer's Chris Menichelli for some guest tasting notes: 'Golden pour, darker than you come to expect from the style. Nose has a honeyed malt sweetness from the pilsner malt & a touch of ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Blond

Red Duck Burton

Tapped Fri Nov 26 2010
It wasn't until Crafty was sat in a room of home brewers (in Boronia of all places) studying to become a beer judge that the significance of his birthplace in the world of beer became apparent. There's a term in brewing ' 'Burtonisationâ? ' which denotes the addition of salts to your water to try and recreate the water natural to Burton-on-Trent, the birthplace of the classic English Pale Ale (and Crafty). As such, this is Red Duck's version of the beers from that area. Being a strident traditionalist, ··· Read more
Style
English Pale Ale
Strength
5.4%

Red Duck Red Admiral

Tapped Fri Nov 26 2010
Another Red Duck beer that looks to the UK for inspiration, this is a Celtic Ale by name, but one which brings much more to the table than that might suggest. Again displaying brewer Scott Wilson-Browne's love of layering different malts in his beers (with the use of the rarely seen, fairly mild US hop Glacier), this throws up all manner of aromas and flavours: rum-soaked cherries, stewed fruits, sweet caramel, raspberries and chocolate on the nose; plums, dark fruits and cocoa powder to taste. Pouring ··· Read more
Style
Celtic Red Ale
Strength
6.2%

Red Duck White Garden

Tapped Mon Dec 13 2010
Crafty's not allowed to drink at the minute (there's a good reason) so it's over to the brewer's notes for the latest intriguing limited release beer from Red Duck. It's a hybrid beer ' a combination of Belgian witbier and the uber-rare Berliner weisse, an acidic, tart style of wheat beer that is deliberately soured ' made with rhubarb and raspberry and therefore pink. Scott says: 'At Red Duck we wanted to pay homage to Berliner Weisse, but wanted a very light tartiness, no sourness, and we didn't ··· Read more
Style
Fruit-infused hybrid
Strength
4.1%

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