Tallboy and Moose

Quite often when you ask a brewery where the inspiration for the name came from, it’s a throwback to their beery roots or a pun built on the foundation of brewing. For Dan Hall and Steve Germain of Tallboy and Moose, their inspiration becomes instantly apparent upon meeting.

Yet, despite Dan’s towering height of two metres and Steve’s clear Canadian accent, it surprisingly took a suggestion from the latter's girlfriend to lead them towards the Preston brewery’s final moniker.

The pair first met at Moon Dog around 2012 where Steve began his first adventures into the Melbourne beer scene after relocating from Toronto. Dan was on the brewing team at the time and the pair hit it off quickly. With a shared love of certain beer styles, and similar impressions of the burgeoning Australian craft beer industry, they kept in touch to see what opportunities might arise for them to work together.

Since then, they have both moved in around the scene, with stints at BrewCult, distributor Phoenix Beers, Southern Bay and Hawkers between them. While their roles took them in different directions, they continued to discuss ideas for a future project, which soon turned into their first brewing partnership – Make Beer, an experimental nanobrewery from which they released small run beers and specialty kegs from December 2013 until early in 2015.

Over time, it became clear that they needed to go bigger to make their efforts worthwhile, and the search began for possible brewing premises. Conveniently, Dan took up residence in Preston just a stone’s throw away from the row of warehouses that would come to be the site for the Tallboy and Moose brew bar. After checking out a few different spots around the northern suburbs, Preston still rung true for Dan and Steve, as the craft beer scene was just starting to take hold thanks to venues such as the Raccoon Club, Stray Neighbour and Dexter, each bringing more of the good stuff into the suburb.

While the goal was to go bigger than their previous one to six keg runs, the Preston brewery’s first priority is filling the taps at its own bar. When they launched in October 2016, the first beers to pour through them saw a return to their Make Beer roots, with Deep Steep, a chamomile infused American amber ale and the very first beer they ever released, one of the first beers to flow at the new premises.

When you visit, you’ll find a rotating roster of beers coming out of their on-site brewery, including their best selling Cream Ale and the Only series, for which they keep the base recipe the same but mix up the hop bill for each brew. Other releases have included their 7.6 percent ABV Tropicalismo IPA, Tallboy’s ESB and experiments such as a summer porter.

Outside of the Tallboy range, guest beers from the likes of Bad Shepherd, Napoleone, 40 Ft Brewing Co and other local Melbourne breweries share space with wine and cider options. For those keen to try the wares at home, one litre CANimals are available for takeaway.

Add in food from Scottish WeeMan's kitchen, a beer hall style fit out complete with mish mash furniture, table tennis and a striking blue and red mural mimicking their labelling and you've got a neighbourhood brew bar that's set to become a regular haunt for Preston natives. And, with the 86 tram route and Bell train station both in walking distance, beer lovers from further afield would be remiss to leave it just for the locals.

Kerry McBride

Name
Tallboy and Moose
Address

270 Raglan Street
Preston
VIC 3072

Phone
(03) 9484 7803
Website
Hours

Mon & Tues: Closed
Wed & Thurs: 4pm to 11pm
Friday: 4pm to 1am
Saturday: midday to 1am
Sunday: midday to 9pm

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On tap at Tallboy and Moose

Tallboy and Moose Regulars

Tallboy & Moose SunRay XPA

Tapped August 1st, 2018
Having made it through two years with just a sole beer as a permanent pour at their brewpub (the Cream Ale), Tallboy & Moose have relented and added a second. It's called SunRay XPA and, if you're a regular at the Preston venue, you'll probably have tried something like it before as it's an evolution of the SummaTime XPA debuted in late 2017 for one of our blind tasting events as "a counterpoint to the heavier single hop pale ale series" that's also been a feature of their taps. It's… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
4.8%

Tallboy and Moose Cream Ale

Tapped December 8th, 2016
One of the first cabs off the rank as Tallboy and Moose opened the doors to their Preston brewery, the Cream Ale forms the backbone of their beer lineup. Based on the American cream ale style – one not often seen Down Under – this is a beer aimed straight at the person looking for a beer to knock back after a hard day at work. Falling somewhere between an ale and a lager, thanks in part to being brewed with yeasts of either type, cream ales are best known for being light on both malt and bitterness.… Read more
Style
Cream Ale
ABV
4.9%

Tallboy and Moose Specials

Tallboy & Moose The Noodler & Guava Fresca & Pillow Fight & Sleight Of Hand

Tapped November 27th, 2018
As December fast approaches, Tallboy & Moose is ready to hit you with another four new beers, all of which are worthy of being enjoyed in the sun. The Noodler (4.7 percent ABV), is an American wheat beer brewed for the fifth birthday of one of Fitzroy’s top craft beer haunts, The Catfish. Taking its name from a difficult-to-believe-is-real pastime in America’s South, where bare hands are used to capture live catfish, it’s a beer designed for a long day on the lake, one to keep you hydrated… Read more
Style
Various styles
ABV
Various ABVs

Tallboy & Moose Boysenberry Zing Tang & Lecker Hammer & Party Like It's 1999

Tapped October 22nd, 2018
There's another trio of new beers pouring at Preston’s Tallboy & Moose and it includes the newest member in a long running line of kettle sours, a trendy tribute to Germany and throwback to the days when discmans and boy bands dominated the music industry. The first of those, and the lowest in terms of ABV, is Boysenberry Zing Tang. Part of the brewery’s ongoing Tang series that layers a different fruit upon the same Berliner weisse base, this Zing possesses a similar refreshing, clean and… Read more
Style
Fruit Sour & Oktoberfestbier & IIPA
ABV
3.8% & 6.0% & 8.8%

Tallboy & Moose Lucha Lager & Torch Girl

Tapped October 6th, 2018
As Melbourne’s weather warms, Preston’s Tallboy and Moose has some new beers ready for the longer days ahead. Among the newest releases is Lucha Lager, brewed in collaboration with Coldstream in the Yarra Valley and inspired by the cervezas of Mexico. The aim was to create a dry, refreshing beer that goes down both quickly and easily. Much of that light body and dryness comes from a hefty amount of corn in the malt bill and the use of the amylase enzyme, something brewers have long used to make… Read more
Style
Mexican Lager & Hoppy Saison
ABV
4.6% & 5.7%

Tallboy & Moose Les Soeurs Chasseurs & Goblinoid

Tapped September 21st, 2018
As Crafty Cabalistas who made it to our blending class with Tallboy & Moose earlier this year likely already know, the Preston brewpub doesn’t mind mixing up its barrel aged creations. The latest such release is Les Soeurs Chasseurs, a blend of a Flanders red style with a Belgian witbier, a combination that mixes an acetic sourness with vanilla and a herbal quality. Head to the brewpub and you'll also find Goblinoid on tap, a big and bold West Coast IPA brewed with a massive amount of Simcoe… Read more
Style
Sour Ale & west Coast IPA
ABV
6.0% & 7.1%

Tallboy & Moose Blackberry Warpaint & Builder's Brew

Tapped September 20th, 2018
Just as spring promises to bring some sunnier days to Melbourne, the passage of time promises new beers will be making their way out of Tallboy & Moose’s Preston home. Among them is Blackberry Warpaint, brewed in collaboration with Whitehart in Melbourne’s CBD. It’s something of an unusual take on a kettle sour as it’s had lactose added to the boil along with a hefty 100 kilograms of blackberries. It makes for a drink you could be forgiven for assuming is a smoothie, both when you pour… Read more
Style
Fruit Cream Sour & ESB
ABV
4.5% & 5.5%

Tallboy & Moose Rum Daddy & Berried Alive!

Tapped August 9th, 2018
They've gone for some no holds barred flavour explosions at Tallboy & Moose with this pair of beers. One is their latest collaboration with near neighbours Carwyn Cellars, who lent them a barrel that previously contained Iridium Gold Rum from Mt Uncle Distillery in North Queensland, into which was poured some of the brewpub's Malt Daddy vintage ale. The effect is to take what was already a rich, deeply malty beer, one with fruity, toffee characters sitting somewhere between an English old ale… Read more
Style
Rum Barrel Aged Strong Ale & Berry Yoghurt
ABV
8.8% & 6%

Tallboy & Moose Lightning Axe & Practically Bier

Tapped August 1st, 2018
Blink and there's a good chance you'll miss a new beer style or trend these days. Just as you're adjusting to the flood of Brut IPAs taking the place of NEIPAs, here come Tallboy & Moose with a beer brewed with a Norwegian yeast that loves to go to work in sauna-like temperatures; where the majority of yeasts do their work around 10 to 14C (lager strains) or 16 to 20C (most ale strains), this one prefers things to be in the 40C range. The beer into which it's been added is Lightning Axe, a name… Read more
Style
Norwegian Pale & Honey Wit
ABV
6.0% & 5.8%

Tallboy & Moose Shelfie & Das Brut & All Are Neighbours

Tapped July 17th, 2018
With a small system and a guiding principle that a brewpub should always be willing to experiment, Tallboy & Moose aren’t afraid to release multiple beers at any one time, frequently of a diverse nature too. That's the case with this new trio, where the most malt-focused is Shelfie, the brewery’s take on a German altbier or latzenbier (shelf beer). Pouring a deep copper, the beer has a sweetness up front and a touch spice from the hops, which add just a touch to the aroma and leave the malt… Read more
Style
Various styles
ABV
5.8% / 6.8% / 4.2%

Tallboy & Moose & The Crafty Cabal & Wheaty Brewing Corps Vigilante Justice & Universal Promise

Tapped May 17th, 2018
For much of Good Beer Week, Tallboy & Moose has been playing host to Adelaide's Wheaty Brewing Corps. The series of events culminates on Friday with a tap takeover. Among the beers pouring are two collaborations being launched on the night. One is Vigilante Justice, a beer created via the Wild Blend event we held for 20 Crafty Cabal members, at which they were invited to combine different blends of base beers – a grisette and a Belgian golden sour – with the contents of three barrels displaying… Read more
Style
Blended Sour & Rye NEIPA
ABV
6.5% & 7.2%

Tallboy & Moose The Moose Strikes Back & Les Soeurs Agricoles

Tapped March 21st, 2018
Now comfortably into its second year and its stride, with dozens of beers under its collective belt, Preston brewpub Tallboy & Moose has been exploring the world of barrels. Two of the first fruits of that exploration are out for autumn 2018 and they're rather different beasts. The Moose Strikes Back is the companion piece to the Darkside Of The Moose imperial stout created in 2017 with the team at Carwyn Cellars. Some of the beer spent eight months in a bourbon barrel before being extracted… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout & Mixed Ferment Red Ale
ABV
10.4% & 5.0%
Stockists

Tallboy & Moose

Tallboy & Moose Sonny Brook & DDH Nebula & Polski Prince

Tapped February 14th, 2018
Given the rapidity with which new beers hit taps at Tallboy & Moose's brewpub, we tend to sample them in batches of more than one. They tend to be batches that cover a fair amount of ground and that's no different here, with a trio covering hazy and hoppy, malty and smoky. In the malty camp is Sonny Brook, a Vienna style lager with an American twist (ie more hops). The hops are CTZ out of the US and Dr Rudi from New Zealand, chosen to lend the beer a spiciness, which they do but not at the expense… Read more
Style
Vienna Lager / NEIPA / Grodziskie
ABV
4.7% / 5.5% / 3.8%

Tallboy & Moose La Grisette & The Fang

Tapped December 28th, 2017
What with the pre-Christmas rush, we're a little behind getting these two beers onto the site, given both were pouring at Tallboy & Moose's brewpub when we held our last blind tasting of the year there in mid-December. Knowing how fast they tend to rip through batches of beer there, hopefully we're not too late... One is of a style that's been gaining traction in the past couple of years as awareness of and fondness for farmhouse ales has grown (and, no doubt, helped in NSW by the success Shenanigans… Read more
Style
Grisette & American Amber
ABV
4.2% & 5.6%

Tallboy & Moose SummaTime XPA & Ping Tang & OiPA

Tapped November 30th, 2017
Still no messing at Preston brewpub Tallboy & Moose where they've got three new beers on tap right now (as well as at a few other Melbourne venues). One is SummaTime XPA, a beer designed with the next Crafty Pint blind tasting at the brewpub mid-December in mind. We're going to be looking at New World style pale ales – essentially taking the American pale ale concept but layering on Aussie and Kiwi hops and, usually, featuring less booze and bitterness. And this beer achieves those goals, with… Read more
Style
Various styles
ABV
4.7% & 4.0% & 6.5%
Stockists

Tallboy & Moose

And a handful of other Melbourne venues

Tallboy and Moose La Blanche & Pulpa De Oro & Hey Gang! & Zing Tang

Tapped October 20th, 2017
It doesn't seem that long since we last rounded up the new releases from Tallboy and Moose but, clearly, it's been long enough for them to release four new beers... La Blanche is only their second dip into Belgian waters, a witbier of sorts, albeit bigger and fuller in body than most. You'll pick up soft lemon citrus and low, slow spices, not to mention a surprisingly peppery kick tucked in behind the sweet pale malts. Pulpa De Oro is something like their fifth NEIPA variant in a year, one that features… Read more
Style
Various
ABV
Various
Stockists

All on tap at Tallboy and Moose and some also found at the linked venues and a handful of other Melbourne bars including:

Mr West

Captain Melville

More stockists...

Tallboy and Moose Double Coolade & Wee Man's Heavy & Thingy

Tapped August 25th, 2017
The rate at which Tallboy and Moose pumps out new beers from its small, Frankenstein's monster of a brewery is quite remarkable. In just a few weeks between visits, another half a dozen new beers had appeared on tap, with these (along with the imperial stout that came second in our public blind tasting there) the most recent arrivals. Double Coolade is their latest and biggest iteration of a New England style IPA. It's got the cloudy haze, the citrus juice character from Kiwi and American hops Motueka,… Read more
Style
Various
ABV
Various
Stockists

Tallboy and Moose

Tallboy and Moose & Carwyn Cellars Dark Side Of The Moose

Tapped August 18th, 2017
For the most part since they first opened the doors of their Preston brewpub, Tallboy and Moose have focused on making tight and generally lower ABV beers. That's certainly not the case here. Dark Side Of The Moose is the first imperial stout they have brewed since their We Make Beer days and the biggest beer the pair has brewed full stop. They've been joined by their mates at Carwyn Cellars for this brew too, creating a beer they're calling a "big daddy of an imperial stout". We've yet… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
9.0%
Stockists

Tallboy and Moose

Tallboy and Moose & Bucket Boys Zero IBU

Tapped July 6th, 2017
The craze for the haze continues apace. And it's one that's finding particular favour at Tallboy and Moose, the Preston brewpub that's already put out full and mid-strength takes on the New England IPA style. Zero IBU (+ Other Tales of Hoppy Magical Brekkie Juice, to give it its full name) is a collaboration with Sydney's Bucket Boys. And it's so-called because all the hops were added in three stages of dry-hopping, thus leading the brewers to claim they've extracted none of the bitterness that comes… Read more
Style
New England IPA
ABV
5.3%
Bitterness
0 IBU (allegedly)
Stockists

Tallboy and Moose

Other venues TBC

Tapped June 2nd, 2017
In their previous incarnation as the most nano of nanobreweries, We Make Beer, the duo now going by the moniker Tallboy & Moose put out some seriously experimental beers. There weren't many ingredients they wouldn't consider adding to a beer and, sometimes, their desire to chase new flavours and experiences could lead them to tip the scales a little too far in favour of the unusual ingredients at the expense of having something ostensibly "beer". As Steven "Moose" Germain… Read more
Style
Spiced Brown Ale
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

Tallboy & Moose

Tallboy & Moose & The Mill Export Stout

Tapped May 29th, 2017
Two of the youngest brewpubs in Melbourne have come together to create a beer. And the genesis of the collab is about as "essence of craft beer" as you could wish for. As the Moose from Tallboy & Moose, Steven Germain, explains: "When The Mill popped up I was thinking back to when we first opened – ramping up our beer offering took a while and we barely got by without running out of stock on our own beers before new fermentations were ready to serve. So I offered Mirek what I… Read more
Style
Export Stout
ABV
6.7%
Stockists

Tallboy & Moose

The Mill

Tallboy & Moose Rye'd Beard & Noisy Weisse

Tapped May 11th, 2017
Such is the rate at which Tallboy Dan adds new beers to the list at the brewpub he runs with Moose Steve, it can be hard to keep up. So it is that, despite the fact brewery isn't that far from Crafty Towers, we've not managed to get our hands on this pair of new releases. So we'll leave it to the duo to tell us what's what. Rye’d Beard is "built around a heap of malted rye. Unique French hop Barbe Rouge gives it a red berry/red liquorice twist and altogether the beer has a subtle spiciness… Read more
Style
Rye Ale & Berliner Weisse
ABV
5.1% & 3.5%
Stockists

Tallboy & Moose

Tallboy & Moose & Carwyn Cellars Milky Wet Galaxy

Tapped May 11th, 2017
There's been a rush of New England style IPAs hitting the market locally in recent months. Some have hit the mark – hazy, hoppy and juicy as hell, yet soft and with minimal bitterness – better than others. And this collab between Preston's Tallboy & Moose and Thornbury venue Carwyn Cellars is one that ticks the boxes and adds another one too: it was brewed with wet Galaxy hops less than 24 hours after they were picked. As well as the stack of hops added at various stages in the brewing and… Read more
Style
New England IPA
ABV
6.6%
Bitterness
70 IBU
Stockists

Tallboy & Moose

Tallboy and Moose Only HPA035

Tapped February 9th, 2017
Aside from the brewery's Cream Ale, Only is the closest that Tallboy and Moose comes to a core beer. It's a series that retains the same pale ale style base but features a different single hop in each brew. This time around, it's one of Hop Product Australia's (HPA) more recent "experimental" varieties (the use of speech marks here is due to it being an experiment that has been supplied to a rather large number of breweries around Australia for the past couple of years, suggesting it may… Read more
Style
Single Hop Pale Ale
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

Tallboy and Moose

Tallboy and Moose & West City Brewing Citrachi IPA

Tapped February 9th, 2017
One of the in-house policies at Preston's new brewpub Tallboy and Moose is to offer a tap or two to guest brewers. Usually, it's done by means of a keg swap that sees the other brewer put a keg of Dan and Steve's beer on at their venue. In the case of Citrachi, it's a partnership that's a little more direct: they joined forces with West City Brewing to create a single beer together. That beer is Citrachi IPA, one that most readers of this site will be able to decipher pretty quickly: it's an IPA… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
45 IBU
Stockists

Tallboy and Moose

Tallboy and Moose Tropicalismo IPA

Tapped December 8th, 2016
Tropical is right. Tallboy’s biggest beer offering (at least among its core range) looks to the US for its inspiration, producing an IPA driven by citrus notes of pineapple and orange thanks to its classic combination of Mosaic, Chinook and Columbus hops. With them comes a bitterness that lasts and lasts as you drink deeper, balanced with touches of Munich and crystal malts. Those malts lend themselves generously to the deep copper colour and allow for an upkick of sweetness in the tail, but hops… Read more
Style
American IPA
ABV
7.6%

Tallboy and Moose ESB

Tapped December 8th, 2016
If there was ever a beer made with breakfast in mind, it might just be the Tallboy and Moose ESB. A classic British style ESB powered by notes of tea and orange marmalade, this cloudy classic makes the most of English hops East Kent Goldings and European cousin Styrian Goldings, balanced with a dash of crystal malt. On first pour, its strong off white head holds its own, until it dissipates into floral aromas of oranges and Earl Grey. Marmalade aptly covers it in both colour and flavour, while a… Read more
Style
ESB
ABV
4.7%

Tallboy and Moose Table Pale Ale

Tapped December 8th, 2016
The notion of a table beer is one that is yet to gain much traction in Australia, despite the nation’s proclivity to buy beer by the jug or to stick with one beverage for the entire evening. But Preston’s Tallboy and Moose are clearly not out to produce a watered down version of an ale to be drunk without thought, with their interpretation of a table beer coming with a resinous hop hit right from the start. Dry hopped with Cascade, Columbus and Galaxy, this pale ale belies its 3.4 percent ABV… Read more
Style
Session Pale
ABV
3.4%
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