Moon Dog

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.

At The Crafty Pint, it's an experiment we're thoroughly enjoy watching unfold. A year or so before they opened, we were telling all and sundry how we wanted to see an Aussie brewery open that didn't bother with 4.5 percent ABV pales and an easy-drinking golden ale for newcomers, but went all out from the word go to make beers that would excite even the most hardened beer geek. Two weeks later, we found Moon Dog's business card on a bottleshop counter. Since then, they've unleashed wild ales, massive stouts, fruit beers named after 80s action heroes with mullets and raised the bar in inspired label design too. And the beer world is a weirder place for them.

In May 2014, they opened their brewery bar, shortly after taking over an adjacent warehouse for a bottling line, storage and table tennis table (accessed through a book shelf). Open Wednesday to Sunday, adorned with blow ups of their labels, chandeliers, reclaimed furniture and a wall of barrels, it offers a chance for lovers of their beers to enjoy them in the Moon Dog inner sanctum.

In 2016, they grow up – kinda – by creating a core range of three 5 percent ABV beers, Love Tap lager (which had started out as a much bigger "double lager"), Old Mate pale ale and Mack Daddy dark ale. And it soon became apparent why when they snapped up De Bortoli's old brewery, installed it two doors down from their original warehouse and set out on a mission to quadruple their output.

Name
Moon Dog
Address

17 Duke Street
Abbotsford
VIC 3067

Website
Hours

Brewery bar open
Wed to Fri: 4pm to 11pm
Saturday: Midday to 11pm
Sunday: Midday to 8pm

Tours

Upon request

Moon Dog Regulars

Moon Dog Beer Can

Tapped November 29th, 2016
As their senor brewer said with typical self awareness when posting a photo online to reveal Moon Dog's first canned beer: "Bravely going where most other Australian craft breweries have gone before." But, if everyone's doing it and summer festival season is upon us... For the Abbotsford brewery's venture into the land of aluminium, they've created a new beer and are sending it out into the world in ten-packs (very well priced ten-packs if some of the activity we've seen online is any guide),… Read more
Style
Fruity Lager
Strength
4.2%

Moon Dog Old Mate

Tapped February 6th, 2016
More than four years after launching with beers such as a Cognac barrel-aged double IPA and a cherried, barrel-aged sour black ale, Moon Dog has entered the fray in the most densely populated part of the Aussie craft beer world: the hoppy, pale, around 5 percent ABV ale arena. Indeed, they're doing it with a beer that is very hoppy, not as pale as some, but very much 5 percent ABV. Old Mate becomes part of the Abbotsford brewery's trio of six-packed core beers, alongside Love Tap and Mack Daddy,… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
Strength
5.0%
Bitterness
22 IBU
Stockists

Moon Dog Brewery Bar

Heading nationwide to good beer venues in draught and bottles from February 2016

Moon Dog Mack Daddy

Tapped February 6th, 2016
Over the course of 2015, visitors to Moon Dog's ever-evolving and increasingly popular brewery bar may have noticed rather more beers at sensible ABV levels appearing on the blackboard; quite something for a brewery where one brewer once told us they didn't really like their weekly one-off kegs to come in less than 8 percent ABV. Among them were various pale and dark ale variants: clearly, a plan was being hatched. And that plan was to give the brewery a broader core range of beers. Thus, having… Read more
Style
Dark Ale
Strength
5.0%
Bitterness
14 IBU
Stockists

Moon Dog Brewery Bar

Heading nationwide to good beer venues in draught and bottles from February 2016

Moon Dog Love Tap

Tapped October 14th, 2015
The evolution of Moon Dog's first ever "core" beer reaches its third (or is that fourth) and possibly final stage. The beer that started out as a double lager at 7.1 percent ABV and that, in its first iteration, we likened to drinking hop goo, was initially brought down to a more repeatable 5.9 percent ABV when first bottled. From 2015, its draught incarnation has been turning out as an even more sessionable 5 percent ABV, thus appearing as many a crafty pub's happy hour offering. And,… Read more
Style
Lager
Strength
5.0%

Moon Dog Jukebox Hero IPA

Not long after this beer first appeared, it became the third permanent addition to the Abbotsford brewery's range. When we first sampled it in its first form, as part of the Moon Dog tap takeover at The Royston during Craft Beer Rising, our first thought was: "Many of their hardcore fans might not like this." If that sounds like a particularly unpleasant and even un-Crafty thing to say, rest assured we texted such a thought directly to one of the brewers. It was, however, meant as a compliment.… Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
7.0%

Moon Dog Love Tap II – Retired

STOP PRESS! Moon Dog has a core range! Well, a core beer, at least. Yes, after a couple of years exploring the outer reaches of God knows where with every beer and rarely brewing the same thing twice, they've decided it's time to introduce a workhorse. Or at least as close to a workhorse as you're going to find from the three guys behind the most idiosyncratic brewery in Oz. Said beer is a reworking of their Love Tap, a "double lager" that if you're in need of a stylistic description is… Read more
Style
Double Lager
Strength
5.9%

Moon Dog Specials

Moon Dog Curtly Ambrosia

Tapped September 9th, 2017
The experimental limited release program is well and truly up and running at Moon Dog now they've assigned Señor Brewer Adrian McNulty permanently to their smaller original brewery with instructions to go hog wild. And, for his latest bottled release, it's fair to say inspiration comes from left field – particularly with cricket season still a way off. Said inspiration is Sir Curtly Ambrose, one of the fiercest pacemen to stalk the planet in the latter days of the West Indies' decades of dominance.… Read more
Style
Imperial Chilli Pale Ale?
Strength
9.4%
Bitterness
35 IBU
Stockists

Moon Dog Brewery

The Public Brewery

Moon Dog Cake Hole

Tapped August 9th, 2017
Moon Dog has a fondness for adding things to dark beers. OK, they have a fondness for adding things other than malt, water, hops and yeast to pretty much any beer that passes through their brewery. But, over the years, their darker beers have come laced with oak, smoke, Redskins, truffles, bugs and, well, you get the message. The latest is Cake Hole, the second stout to leave the brewery in quick succession, following Black Lung VII, and one tagged a Black Forest Stout in tribute to the famous, always-on-menus-in-the-1970s… Read more
Style
Black Forest Stout
Strength
6.5%
Stockists

Moon Dog Brewery

The Public Brewery

And select good beer venues

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Moon Dog Black Lung VII

Tapped July 28th, 2017
Given we ran a lengthy interview on the Black Lung series earlier in the week, in which brewery co-founder Josh Uljans told us all about the beer's genesis and subsequent evolution, there's no need for background here. That said, the beer has been put inside 650ml bottles for the first time, it spent time in former Merlot barrels – the first time wine has featured – and, with seven cigars now at play on the label, the skeleton ran out of room in his gob and had to shove a couple into his suit… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Smokey Stout
Strength
8.2%
Stockists

And other good beer stockists around the country

Moon Dog Dunbar's Dream

Tapped June 1st, 2017
An admission. There was a ripple of excitement at Crafty Towers when we first heard the name of Moon Dog's latest limited release. Knowing that, for all the silliness, there are some sharp and broad minds at the Abbotsford brewery, we figured it might be a reference to Yossarian's buddy from the novel Catch-22. Not only is Joseph Heller's masterpiece revered at Crafty Towers, but Dunbar is involved in an exchange that a much younger Crafty thought captured the very meaning of life. But it's not that… Read more
Style
Passionfruit & Coffee Porter
Strength
9.2%
Stockists

The Public Brewery

And other good beer outlets

Moon Dog Del Polka Vista & Phine Mess

Tapped April 11th, 2017
They've been as busy as ever at Moon Dog in the past year, although judging by the rate at which special releases have appeared in bottles you may think otherwise. With a large production brewery purchased, installed and now charged with knocking out their core range of 5 percenters and a new function space built and opened too, there's been little time to fire out the sort of beers upon which the Abbotsford brewery made its name – at least on a grand scale. But rectifying that is this pair. Del… Read more
Style
Berry Wild Ale & IIPA
Strength
6.8% & 10.2%
Stockists

Flight Bar, Bendigo

Dr Morse

Moon Dog Black Lung VI

Tapped July 9th, 2016
One of the most anticipated annual releases from Moon Dog is back. The Black Lung is a peated, barrel-aged imperial stout that has appeared in a different form each year for six years now. The difference comes from the choice of barrel in which the beer spends time before packaging: first up was a bourbon barrel to be followed by others including whisky, Pedro Ximenez and fresh oak. It's a beer that has picked up trophies in the past (and is the brewery's entry in the forthcoming Great Australian… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Stout
Strength
9.0%
Stockists

And other good beer stockists

Moon Dog Bosco's Grapefruit & Cucumber IPA

Tapped April 5th, 2016
This new IPA from Moon Dog is another beer to graduate from the brewery's weekly single keg specials. It was designed by senor brewer Adrian McNulty and is named after one of his dogs (pictured on the label with a fruity mouthful). As for why it's named after his dog, well, it's nothing to do with a canine love of grapefruit and cucumber, more a case of Adrian not having a name for the beer when the time came to tap the initial keg. From such inauspicious starts, however, came a beer that they deemed… Read more
Style
Fruit IPA
Strength
6.7%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

Moon Dog Brewery Bar

Good beer stockists nationwide

Moon Dog Jumping The Shark 2015

Tapped December 22nd, 2015
The third Jumping the Shark annual special from the Moon Dog crew has been long in the making. A pre-barrel, pre-freeze distilling sampler went on at the brewery months ago but the finished product has only just been released in bottles for the end of the year. Just in time for summer, in fact – the perfect time to sit down with an 18.4 percent ABV rye imperial stout that spent four months in rye whisky barrels from Tasmania's Belgrove Distillery. According to Moon Dog senor brewer Adrian McNulty:… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Rye Imperial Stout
Strength
18.4%
Stockists

Moon Dog Craft Brewery

Wine Republic Fitzroy

Cherry Tree Hotel

And outside Victoria from early 2016

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Moon Dog Holdin' Hay Time & Splice of Heaven

Tapped August 13th, 2015
British expats d'uncertain age may recall Wesley "Two Scoops" Berry. The American was a contestant on Gladiators and had a party trick that saw him able to jump, without assistance, over a car. Pretty impressive, no doubt. But as impressive as releasing a double scoop of ice cream themed beers in a two-pack bearing colours of lurid pink, orange and green? We reckon that could prove a leap too far for even Two Scoops. But for the mentalists at Moon Dog? No Biggie. It's the second time they've… Read more
Style
Ice Cream Beer
Strength
6.5%
Bitterness
Splice 60 IBU / Haytime 22 IBU
Stockists

Good beer stockists nationwide

Moon Dog Black Lung V

Tapped July 9th, 2015
Ever since the first Black Lung staggered out of Moon Dog's brewery, coughing and spluttering its way into the world, it's been the annual release from the brewery we look forward to the most. Indeed, Jumping the Shark 2013 apart, its first and fourth iterations are probably the pick of everything they've released here at Crafty Towers. With the beer picking up the Champion Stout & Porter trophy at last year's inaugural Craft Beer Awards, it has plenty to live up to as well. Once again, the beer… Read more
Style
Smoky Imperial Stout
Strength
8.8%
Stockists

Kegs:

Moon Dog Brewery

Boilermaker House

Chapel Street Cellars

Clifton Hill Brewpub

Dr Morse

Eydie's

Father's Office

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Moon Dog & Beer DeLuxe Splice of Heaven

Tapped June 19th, 2015
Many great, rare, vintage and colourful beers decorated the taps of Beer DeLuxe during Good Beer Week when the Fed Square venue was Festival Hub. Among the most colourful was one that the staff at the venue had conceived and brewed with the guys at Moon Dog before the festival. In a change from the brewery's current penchant for recreating other beverages in beer form, this one saw the joint venturers look to create one of their favourite ice creams: Splice. And, while the festival is passed for… Read more
Style
Milk Fruit IPA
Strength
6.9%
Stockists

Moon Dog Brewery Bar

Moon Dog Ogden Nash's Pash Rash

Tapped June 11th, 2015
If it looks like a stout and tastes like a stout, then it's a stout, right? Well, maybe not if it smells like kids' lollies... The latest beer to graduate from the twisted collective consciousness at Melbourne's Moon Dog to a single keg brew to be tapped on a Thursday and then finally get the nod of approval as a nationwide packaged release is one of their most surprising. Just like the black IPAs that take the concept to its extreme – creating a black beer that smells and tastes utterly like a… Read more
Style
Fruit Imperial Stout
Strength
8.8%
Bitterness
30 IBU
Stockists

Moon Dog Brewery Bar

Good beer stockists nationwide

Abbey Collaby V: Wet Hopped DIPA

Tapped June 4th, 2015
The launch of the Abbey Collaby has quickly become a Good Beer Week institution, enticing massed crowds to Mountain Goat on the Wednesday night for a first taste of whatever concoction the minds at Goat, Moon Dog and Matilda Bay have come up with. In 2014, a rather drinkable 10.5 percent barley wine ensured that some of the attendees knew they'd had a night out. So, in 2015, they toned things down. And brewed a rather drinkable 10.3 percent double IPA. And put a keg of the barley wine on for good… Read more
Style
Double IPA
Strength
10.3%
Stockists

Bottles at good beer venues around Australia

Possibly kegs at Mountain Goat and Moon Dog breweries

Moon Dog Coughlin's Diet: Old Fashioned

Tapped April 29th, 2015
The replication of unbeers as beers continues apace at Moon Dog's HQ in Abbotsford. Hot on the heels of the Bad Boy Bubbly barley champagne and their Bloody Mary replicant comes their most audacious attempt at reimagining another beverage as a beer. Coughlin's Diet – inspired by Bryan Brown's character in the 1988 "classic" Cocktail – sees them attempt to fashion an Old Fashioned. But they don't merely give you the finished product; they're offering up a two-pack featuring two beers… Read more
Style
Cocktail Beer
Strength
7.6%
Stockists

Moon Dog Brewery Bar

Good beer stockists nationwide

Moon Dog Breakfast of Champions

Tapped March 30th, 2015
In addition to his official title of Señor Brewer, the man who helped 3 Ravens to the Champion Small Australian Brewery title before crossing town to Moon Dog could also be tagged The Recreator. One of Adrian McNulty's last beers at 3 Ravens was his attempt to recreate Pedro Ximenez in beer form (The Druid) and more recently he's looked to recreate champagne as beer with Bad Boy Bubbly. He's at it again here with a beer that originated as a brewery bar single keg but has since been given a guernsey… Read more
Style
Bloody Mary Red Ale
Strength
7.6%
Bitterness
18 IBU
Stockists

Moon Dog Brewery

Carlton Cellars

Wine Republic

And specialist bars and bottleshops nationwide

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Moon Dog Bad Boy Bubbly

Tapped February 3rd, 2015
One of the final beers brewer Adrian McNulty created for 3 Ravens before heading to Moon Dog was an attempt to fashion a beer that tasted like Pedro Ximenez. The beer was Druid, a strong Belgian ale aged in PX barrels that was a damn fine effort and contributed towards 3 Ravens' Champion Small Australian Brewery title. Continuing the theme, the first beer he has created at Moon Dog that has been bottled for a wider release is his attempt to fashion a beer that tastes like champagne. Said beer is… Read more
Style
Barley Champagne
Strength
13.1%
Bitterness
0 IBU
Stockists

Moon Dog Brewery

Grape & Grain Moorabbin

Carlton Cellars

Wine Republic

And specialist bars and bottleshops nationwide

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Moon Dog & Rogue The Beard Down Under

Tapped December 19th, 2014
As soon as word arrived at GBW HQ in September last year from Rogue’s importer, Phoenix Beers, that John Maier was planning to head to Melbourne for Good Beer Week, the third Masterclass collaboration event wrote itself. Who else from the Melbourne scene would you pair the brewer behind beers as colourful and varied as Dead Guy, Voodoo and Beard Beer with aside from Abbotsford crazies Moon Dog? That Phoenix distributed the latter’s beers too made things easier still. Thus it was that, following… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Barleywine
Strength
9.0%
Stockists

Grape & Grain Moorabbin

Carlton Cellars

Wine Republic

And specialist bars and bottleshops nationwide

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Moon Dog Marmajuke

Tapped December 8th, 2014
Thursday regulars at Moon Dog's brewery bar, or indeed their Facebook followers, will be aware that each week the crazy kids like to unleash a new single keg experiment on one of their taps. Usually high in booze content, almost always featuring some unusual ingredient and definitely an excuse for one of them to exercise his skills on MS Paint, it is also a chance for the brewers to try out some new ideas that may or may not graduate beyond the 50 litre stage. First to graduate is Marmajuke, a citrus'd… Read more
Style
Marmalade Double IPA
Strength
8.4%
Bitterness
73 IBU
Stockists

Grape & Grain Moorabbin

Carlton Cellars

Wine Republic

And specialist bars and bottleshops nationwide

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Moon Dog Jumping The Shark 2014

Tapped September 26th, 2014
It looks like September 2014 shall forever more be known as Saffron Month in the world of Australian craft beer, with Bendigo’s Brookes Beer and Abbotsford’s Moon Dog decided that for too darn long have drinkers been denied the chance to sample the spice obtained from the stigma of a crocus flower in their beer. Although for lovers of Moon Dog’s unique brand of experimental, high ABV madness, it will more likely be remembered as the month that “Ayyyyyyy!” returned as The Fonz reappeared… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Spiced Imperial Red Ale
Strength
14.1%
Stockists

At good craft beer venues nationwide.

Moon Dog Black Lung IV

Tapped August 12th, 2014
In a recent radio interview to chat about our new beer book, the host in Brisbane plucked a few beers from its pages that had caught her eyes for different reasons. Among them was Black Lung, with its eye-catching packaging – a suit-and-tie-wearing skeleton with hole in its skull smoking multiple cigars – prompting a question about the importance of presentation in the craft beer world. Acknowledging that Moon Dog's was among the most visually arresting, we suggested it would only get a brewery… Read more
Style
Smoked Stout
Strength
9.1%
Stockists

At good craft beer venues nationwide.

If you want help finding it near you, contact Moon Dog's distributor Phoenix.

Moon Dog Cold Drip War

Tapped July 16th, 2014
The GABS 2014 beers keep on coming, with the latest cab off the ranks the entry from Melbourne's Moon Dog. The Stalin-endorsed beer is tagged as a coffee and chicory porter, but has a wee bit more besides, with a touch of rye malt in the grist. The coffee (from their friends and neighbours at Coffee Supreme) was added during conditioning with the chicory making an appearance in the boil. As for the inspiration, it turns out that during the late 70s there was a coffee crisis in East Germany so a replacement… Read more
Style
Coffee & Chicory Porter
Strength
6.4%
Bitterness
40 IBU
Stockists

At good craft beer venues nationwide.

If you want help finding it near you, contact Moon Dog's distributor Phoenix.

Moon Dog Bjorn To Boogie

Tapped January 16th, 2014
It's almost as if they knew the heatwave was coming... For their latest release, Moon Dog has returned to the fruit bowl and, vaguely, to the scene of one of their earlier adventures. Some of you may recall the Magnificent Mullet series of beers that saw Mel(on) Gibson, MacGuava and Billy Ray Citrus star as fruity, wheaty, tarty ales. Foregoing the temptation to forge an ancestral thread through the beers by releasing a Limey Citrus (a beer that would no doubt require more twerking than tweaking),… Read more
Style
Watermelon Weizen
Strength
5.3%
Bitterness
11 IBU
Stockists

At good craft beer venues nationwide.

If you want help finding it near you, contact Moon Dog's distributor Phoenix.

Moon Dog Jumping The Shark 2013

Tapped September 26th, 2013
The launch of what is intended to be a series of annual specials from Moon Dog has something of the PR strategist's approach about it. Namely: own the attack before your opponent can. For the uninitiated in leather jacket-wearing, quiff-haired pop culture references (which turns out to be quite a lot of you if Crafty's mates are any guide), "jumping the shark" refers to an episode of Happy Days in which The Fonz jumps a shark on waterskis (while still wearing his leather jacket). It was… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Truffled Imperial Stout
Strength
15.4%
Stockists

Slowbeer

At good craft beer venues nationwide.

If you want help finding it near you, contact Moon Dog's distributor Phoenix.

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Moon Dog Mummy Have A Bite

Tapped September 20th, 2013
Presumably launched to coincide with the start of the Royal Melbourne Show (or more likely because they had secured some calvados barrels), the second new release of the week from Moon Dog is touted as a Toffee Apple Amber Ale. In adding calvados to the list of barrels they've dragged through the brewery, pumped full of booze (and sometimes bacteria), emptied and released into the world - think shiraz, bourbon, whisky, rum, Cognac... - they set about recreating that tooth-rotting, appley-underneath… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Amber Ale
Strength
8.2%
Stockists

At good craft beer venues nationwide.

If you want help finding it near you, contact Moon Dog's distributor Phoenix.

Moon Dog Bock Naked

Tapped September 19th, 2013
It's all go at Moon Dog these days. The brewery is expanding - mainly so they can fill more tanks with Love Tap, they're looking to invest in lots of new gear, are about the launch their first annual "Jumping The Shark" beer and have big plans for the brewery itself too. Amongst that, they're still knocking out the odd beer too, odd in all senses, obviously. Latest cab off the rank is Bock Naked, a "Dry Chipotle'd" strong German style lager. And dark it certainly is, a barely… Read more
Style
Chipotle'd Bock
Strength
7.7%
Stockists

At good craft beer venues nationwide.

If you want help finding it near you, contact Moon Dog's distributor Phoenix.

Moon Dog Black Lung III

Tapped August 9th, 2013
It's not just Hollywood that has sequel fever. It's even infiltrating the Aussie craft beer world. You've got Red Duck banging out Ra #2, #3, #4 and so on (a hopless Imperial Egyptian Bread Beer for the uninitiated) and here's Moon Dog with Black Lung III. At its heart (it's black, molten heart) it's a "smokey stout", in other words a stout with a little peated malt added for a touch of smokiness. The reason subsequent batches are being released as sequels with "II" and "III"… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Stout
Strength
8.7%
Stockists

We asked Moon Dog Josh how "far and wide" the beer was going.

"Both far and wide," he said. "Around Oz, NZ and Finland."

So, presumably, pretty much every bottleshop listed on Crafty and other places too.

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Moon Dog / Kissmeyer Nordic Saddle Buffer

Tapped June 4th, 2013
In the year or so since he was in Australia to judge at the 2012 Australian International Beer Awards and brew with a number of local brewers, we've come to understand well the modus operandi of Danish gypsy brewer Anders Kissmeyer when it comes to collaborations. He rocks up, turns on his laptop and smokes rollies and pipes all day and a few weeks or months later a beer appears. Thankfully, it would appear the Master Brewer has such skills that even by his mere presence in a brewery some pretty… Read more
Style
Barleywine
Strength
14.6%
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

Deja Vu

Deco

The Dispensary Enoteca

Grain & Grape

[The Local Taphouse St Kilda](/beer/bar/local-taphouse-st-kild

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Moon Dog Lando Kardashian

Tapped April 24th, 2013
As hybrids go, the fusing of Star Wars' Lando Calrissian with one of modern TV's most potent symbols of an impending apocalypse is pretty unusual; adding what appears to be a Wookiee's hand and a rubber glove to the label of the beer bearing said name adds further confusion. Yet the style for Moon Dog's latest isn't as outlandoish as many from their past. That said, the fact that a massively hopped, high alcohol Belgian Tripel isn't completely novel probably says more about life on the boundaries… Read more
Style
Belgian Tripel
Strength
11.5%
Bitterness
65 IBU
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

The Dispensary Enoteca

Grain & Grape

The Local Taphouse St Kilda

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Prince Wine & Spirits Essendon

Purvis Beer Richmond

Purvis Cellars

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Moon Dog Mr Mistoffelees

Tapped April 15th, 2013
Now this is a weird one. And not just because it's a beer from Moon Dog. No, because when we first sampled Mr Mistoffelees at last year's Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular, we found it to have an unpleasant characteristic that rendered it, to the Crafty palate at least, undrinkable. That it went on to be voted one of the most popular beers at the event was a surprise, one we put down to the fact that some beer nerds just want to love anything different or that we had yet to unlock some part of the… Read more
Style
Wild Ale with Fruit
Strength
6.2%

Moon Dog Great American Challenge

Tapped January 19th, 2013
It's all getting a little weird, as it seems that, recently, pretty much every single beer being released in Australia reminds us of one song or another. We had Mountain Goat's Little Girl sparking renditions of Billy Idol's White Wedding followed by Holgate's Millennium Falcon bringing back memories of Carter. This one, however, could well be our favourite. The Great American Challenge, to the uninitiated (which we are glad to confirm includes the residents of Crafty Towers), is the name of the… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Trappist Ale
Strength
8.9%
Bitterness
35 IBU

Moon Dog Dasher's Envy

Tapped December 24th, 2012
Apparently this is a "Fancy Christmas Ale". We're not sure what that means, to be honest. Does it mean that there are brewers out there producing beers for the festive period that aren't fancy? Or have the Moon Doggers done something particularly out there for this one - perhaps swimming in the mash tun again? Perhaps the fact that they seem to have emptied the majority of the contents of their malt cupboard and spice rack into it has something to do with its elevated status - with a little… Read more
Style
Christmas Ale
Strength
8.1%

Moon Dog Artisan Pouseuré

Tapped December 3rd, 2012
The words "Moon Dog" and "pumpkin", when used in tandem, send a shudder down the Crafty spine. Before the brewery launched, we were given a sample bottle of a trial Pumpkin Ale as a taster of what was to come. It miraculously disappeared one AFL Grand Final Day with nobody in attendance able to recall what could have happened to it. The mystery remains unsolved; our guilt unassuaged. Still, there have been subsequent chances to sample other Moon Dog pumpkin beers, including a… Read more
Style
Spiced Pumpkin Ale
Strength
7.5%
Bitterness
32 IBU
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe

Deja Vu

Deco

The Dispensary Enoteca

Grain & Grape

[The Local Taphouse St Kilda](/beer/bar/local-taphouse-st-kild

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Moon Dog Love Tap – Retired

Tapped November 30th, 2012
Standards must be slipping at Moon Dog. I mean, seriously, when you've offered up busty nurses holding boob-shaped cupcakes and cigar-smoking skulls on your labels, who's going to be satisfied with a pig in lime green bow tie and top hat? Next thing you know, they'll be brewing a lager. Thankfully, this is nothing of the sort, but instead the equivalent of drinking fresh hop goo, goo that's an amalgam of German, Aussie and Kiwi hops, an amalgam in which the New World hops carry out an almighty smackdown… Read more
Style
Strong hoppy lager
Strength
7.1%
Bitterness
34 IBU

Moon Dog Mustafa's Dancing Helmet

Tapped November 7th, 2012
Another eminently sensibly named beer from the Abbotsford crew that comes complete with another eminently sensible label. Just don't try and locate it via the label as they decided to make this batch keg-only. The beer was offered up for sampling at last month's Fed Square Microbreweries Showcase, alongside the Artisan Pouseure (sic), which will soon appear in bottles (confused yet?). It's an apricot IPA and, in keeping with Moon Dog tradition, tips the scales close to 10 per cent ABV. Brewer Josh… Read more
Style
Fruit IIPA
Strength
9.2%
Bitterness
60 IBY
Stockists

Slowbeer

Belgian Beer Cafe Eureka

Royston

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Moon Dog Wet Nurse Tonic

Tapped September 7th, 2012
It says something of the way the Australian beer industry is going that just days after learning Moon Dog was to release a beer called Wet Nurse Tonic, The Crafty Pint was at another brewery in another state when the brewer announced plans for a pale stout called Wet Nurse. Devious buggers... In the case of this one, it's the Abbotsford brewers' take on a milk stout that - aside from the saucy label that channels British seaside postcards from the 60s via Mars Attacks and Jeff Koons' porno paintings… Read more
Style
Milk Stout
Strength
7.3%
Bitterness
36 IBU
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Cellars

Purvis Beer Richmond

Mane Liquor

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Moon Dog / Yeastie Boys 7Ps

Tapped August 25th, 2012
AKA Peter Piper's Pickled Pepper Purple Peated Pale Ale AKA the beer the Moon Doggers were destined to make from the moment they discovered they shared more than a passing resemblance to the Yeastie Boys. Knocked up during Good Beer Week in May, when the Kiwis were in town, it's not your typical pale ale. For a start, it's nine per cent. Then there's the hint of purpleness from the addition of blackberries (leading to a colour grading on the label that says "15 Purpley SRM"; on the other… Read more
Style
Peated Fruit IPA
Strength
9.0%

Moon Dog Black Lung II

Tapped July 14th, 2012
The original Black Lung was quite possibly the Crafty Pint's pick of the Moon Dog beers to date. The sequel sees them replace the bourbon barrel aging with whisky instead and it's instantly apparent that the beer has picked up far more character from its time spent inside wood than the previous iteration. Considering it's been blended with an unwooded batch of the beer, one can only imagine how the unblended version must have tasted - like licking the inside of the barrel itself, perhaps! The intensity… Read more
Style
Smokey Stout
Strength
8.9%

Moon Dog / Beer Here Freaks and Geeks

Tapped June 4th, 2012
This year's Danish invasion of Melbourne has left quite a legacy. Well, it would have if people didn't keep drinking it so fast, with the Mikkeller efforts with Goat and Bridge Road all but gone already. Next cab off the collab ranks is this from kindred jokers Moon Dog and Beer Here. Described as a Danish farmhouse ale of sorts, it's brewed with flaked oats, maris otter, biscuit, dark wheat rye and peated munich malts and a farmhouse yeast, the penultimate of these explaining why the initial aroma… Read more
Style
Dark Farmhouse Ale
Strength
7.6%
Bitterness
14 IBU

Moon Dog Melon Gibson

Tapped May 16th, 2012
The final part of the Magnificent Mullet series (unless they go and get all Hitchhiker's Guide on our asses) sees everyone's favourite ponytail-sporting, line-dancing, annoying sprog-spawning, Bill Hicks-inspiring hick have his face replaced with a citrus fruit and the Moon Doggers chuck a heap of citrus peel into their witbier-y, berliner weisse-y concoction. Of the three, it's the one in which the fruit addition is most prominent, with a pretty intense lime like character offering up plenty of… Read more
Style
Fruit witbier
Strength
5.6%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Beer Richmond

Smith Street Cellars

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Moon Dog McGuava

Tapped May 1st, 2012
Part of the brewery's ongoing Magnificent Mullet series (and their obsession with tart, sour or wild ales) gets off to a flier before you've even opened it. In the centre of the label, surrounded by said mullet and where McGuyver's head would be is an open guava that makes it look like the enduringly popular TV star has had his face cloven in two with an axe. Such prettiness continues in the glass with the beer pouring as a cloudy light yellow with the purdiest of foamy white heads. That they've… Read more
Style
Fruit Witbier
Strength
5.6%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Purvis Beer Richmond

Smith Street Cellars

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Moon Dog Melon Gibson

Tapped February 25th, 2012
The opening salvo in what will become Moon Dog's Magnificent Mullet series of beers, created in tribute to one of the great hairdos of the past (or concocted after sampling some of their own product, perhaps). The three beers are all kind of witbier-y and kind of Berliner Weisse-y thanks to the addition of a wee bit of wild yeast. In the case of Melon Gibson, the defining factor is the, you've guessed it, melon - or watermelon, to be precise. The boys hacked more than 100kg to pieces using some sort… Read more
Style
Fruit Beer
Strength
5.6%
Bitterness
10 IBU
Stockists

Royston Tap

More tbc when bottles are released

Moon Dog Symbiotic Solipsism

Tapped December 26th, 2011
It's always nice to see brewers joining forces with other producers to expand their horizons. Already the Moon Dog chaps have hooked up with neighbours Mt Goat and CUB for the Abbey Collabbey beer brewed for Good Beer Week and now they've made a beer in cahoots with Coffee Supreme, namely a coffee and raspberry amber ale. The coffee is of a roasted nature (as opposed to the more fragrant "green bean" type found in Mt Goat's Coffee IPA, for example) and the raspberry comes across fresh and… Read more
Style
Coffee & Raspberry Amber
Strength
7.9%
Bitterness
30 IBU
Stockists

Slowbeer

Carwyn Cellars

Purvis Cellars

Blackhearts & Sparrows

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Moon Dog Gingerbread Brown

Tapped December 22nd, 2011
"Ain't no stopping us now-ow! We're on the move. We've got the groove." Don't know about you, but we can really see the Moon Doggers prancing around like McFadden & Whitehead performing their disco classic while knocking out what, at present, seems to be an unstoppable line of crazy beers with silly names. Not in a Hey, Hey, It's Saturday! racist embarrassment kind of way, more a kind of "Yes. We. Can." attitude, boosted by a subtle undercurrent of gay abandon. Latest off… Read more
Style
Spiced Brown Ale
Strength
7.5%

Moon Dog Black Lung

Tapped December 6th, 2011
The Black Lung first appeared as a teaser keg at Josie Bones during Good Beer Week, where its no holds barred smokiness was undermined a little by a lack of body. No such problem this time around as it gets a full release, complete with tweaked recipe and a rich, smooth mouthfeel. Considering there's both peated malt and a bourbon barrel at play, it's a surprisingly rounded affair, with plenty of sweetness in the malt profile to balance the smoke and oak. The effects of the bourbon really come into… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Smoked Stout
Strength
7.7%
Bitterness
40 IBU
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

Purvis Beer Richmond

Smith Street Cellars

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Moon Dog Henry Ford's Girthsome Fjord

Tapped December 5th, 2011
So, it's got a ridiculous name, is described as a "Bulgo-American India Brown Ale" and has a list of ingredients that could be entered into a short story competition; little wonder there's lots going on in Henry Ford's Girthsome Fjord. A typically Moon Doggian mangling of styles, this has hops aplenty, a splash of brown sugar to accompany the malts and a mix of yeasts, including a Belgian Trappist one that does its level best to dominate proceedings. Not that that's an easy task. Its distinctive… Read more
Style
Belgian India Brown Ale
Strength
8.9%
Bitterness
65 IBU
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

Purvis Beer Richmond

Smith Street Cellars

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Moon Dog Perverse Sexual Amalgam (bottles)

Tapped December 5th, 2011
The beer that debuted at The Crafty Pint's first birthday bash, Festival of the Frothy, is back in a strictly limited bottled release. So limited, in fact, the brewers are already bemoaning how little of it they have and it's only just started leaving the brewery. More has been laid down, but will be months away. The Amalgam is likely to be the first of many wild or sour ales from Moon Dog. It's a lightly carbonated dark ale that spent several months in oak with some tart cherry plums and comes complete… Read more
Style
Wild Ale
Strength
6.9%
Bitterness
14 IBU
Stockists

Carwyn Cellars

Purvis Beer Richmond

Smith Street Cellars

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Moon Dog Pumpkin Porter

Tapped November 1st, 2011
Now they've started they just can't stop. Hot on the heels of the Skunkworks is a return of the Pumpkin Porter that made an appearance in smaller volumes last Halloween. Featurig 35kg of roast pumpkin in the boil (plus honey, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg), the only thing that is missing is the usual barmpot Moon Dog name. According to the boys, it's "a black ale with golden-red hues", "dark, smooth and roasty" with "hints of dark malts on the nose" ending with spice and… Read more
Style
Pumpkin Porter
Strength
7.0%
Bitterness
45 IBU

Moon Dog Skunkworks Double IPA

Tapped October 14th, 2011
Having tested the water / teased the beer geeks over the past few months with occasional single keg releases, Moon Dog have finally got their brewery fully up and running and popped a beer into bottles. As you'd expect, said bottles are suitably off the wall, bringing lunacy to the land of labels (wonder what the collectors societies will make of them?), as well as upfront honesty with a complete list of ingredients and when they've been added to the brew. We're actually a little late with this listing… Read more
Style
Barrel-aged IIPA
Strength
9.1%
Bitterness
105 IBUs
Stockists

Slowbeer

Carwyn Cellars

Purvis Cellars

Purvis Beer Richmond

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Moon Dog Perverse Sexual Amalgam

Tapped October 15th, 2011
One of the best gifts we received on the occasion of our first birthday at The Festival of the Frothy was the decision of the Moon Dog brewers to give us the first keg of Perverse Sexual Amalgam, a wild black ale to which has been added all manner of funky yeasts as well as, at some point in its existence inside some of their many barrels, tart cherry plums. The result is a deeply dark ale with a light white head that hints at a bright future for the boys. Sour and tart, for sure, but in a balanced,… Read more
Style
Barrel-aged Wild Ale
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