Wolf of the Willows & Mörk Chocolate Kanelbulle

Wolf of the Willows

Released August 21, 2020

Not only have we got so many breweries releasing so many beers that even the unlikeliest of styles can land on one's doorstep twice in quick succession, we've even got beers with names that require guidance as to their proper pronunciation. Yes, just a few weeks after Two Birds released their twin Kalsarikännit beers, Wolf of the Willows tell us their latest nitro beer is to be annunciated "ka-kneel-bull-a". More importantly, however, what is it? Other than an excuse to pop the chef from The Muppets on a label.

In a fresh submission for "longest style name", we're told it's a "Swedish cinnamon bun pastry-inspired nitro brown ale", one they've created with Josefin Zernell and Kiril Shaginov of local artisanal Mörk Chocolate (another sentence that would benefit from some phonetic assistance). In doing so, said brown ale has been sprinkled with organic Ceylon cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla pods, Mörk Chocolate cacao nibs and lactose.

The result? A pastry beer you can finish without clutching your chest and hitting the speed dial button for your dentist (again). While the size of my foamy head suggests I overdid the shake and vigorous pour part, it smells like a Northern European cake stall with cinnamon and cocoa dusted sweet bread to the fore. The dry spiciness from the cinnamon is what makes it a pastry beer those turned off by the OTT, adjunct-swamped sludgefests delivered by some could get behind. Sure, it’s pillowy and there’s a nougat character to it but there’s a semblance of balance and repeatability. Unless you don't like cinnamon, of course.

James Smith

Spiced Nitro Pastry Brown Ale
Wolf of the Willows

39 De Havilland Road
VIC 3195

For orders, please email orders@wolfofthewillows.com.au
Open Hours

Thursday: 4pm to 10pm
Friday: 3pm to 10pm Saturday: midday to 10pm
Sunday: midday to 6pm