Molly Rose Brewing

There are so many opportunities to immerse yourself in the beer industry these days that it's far easier to amass knowledge and experience before launching your own venture than it would have been for Australia's craft beer pioneers of even a decade ago. But we'll wager there are very few out there who have gone to quite the lengths of Nic Sandery.

Sure, the fact he spent time at established breweries Little Creatures, Stone & Wood and Holgate Brewhouse while he honed his skills isn't particularly unusual. Nor is the fact he's a keen student of beer and brewing. Yet such building blocks represent only part of what he's using to create Molly Rose Brewing.

Upon leaving a brewing position in early 2016 – and armed with a laptop, computer and protective cases for both acquired via a Pozible campaign – he set off to explore beer cultures in diverse regions of the world. He first spent time in Japan, later immersing himself in parts of the beer world in the US, England and Germany, all with the aim of understanding not just how they brewed and what they brewed but what beer culture meant in each of those places.

Since returning from that trip, he's worked at wineries in Victoria to understand the winemakers' mentality and techniques too and, along the way, has been documenting his exploits and learnings both on the Molly Rose Brewing website and in regular articles for this site.

Admittedly, all of this is well and good but, if it doesn't lead to Nic brewing and releasing any beer, is it not a little like the eternal student who embarks on successive uni courses? It might do, were it not for the fact that beers have been forthcoming since late 2017, initially in very small numbers but, from early 2019, to be seen in rather larger volumes.

The first Molly Rose beers appeared in the limited run Foundation Series, available online and in beautifully presented packs of 750ml bottles that balanced the feminine brewing company name (an amalgam of Nic's grandmothers' first names) with a more austere, yet still elegant, look. They included beers that indicated he intended to bring something different to the table – a remarkable smoked Japanese dark lager featuring seaweed, for example, and a delicate strawberry-laced sour ale that has since returned.

More have followed, with Matilde, a finely judged Brett saison, at time of writing the only release approaching "core range" status. Following The Foundation Series is The Molly Rose Cornerstone, a collection of 12 beers appearing across three deliveries in 2019, six exclusive to club members, the others made up of limited releases.

It might seem a slow and painstaking way to go about building a business, with the beers created in 300 litre batches at a winery in the Strathbogie Ranges. But, equally, when you look at the sort of beers Nic is creating, you could describe is as deliberate and thoughtful; spend time in his company and you'll soon appreciate where the answer lies.

What's more, it's all part of a plan that will take a big stride forward in early 2019 when Molly Rose will move into her own home: a brewpub in the burgeoning craft beer hub that is Collingwood. While it was still taking shape at time of writing, you can be sure the ethos behind it – as with everything Nic has done in his brewing career so far – is to bring considered, refined, fascinating and high quality beers to discerning beer drinkers. It's just that, this time around, he'll be doing it with more than a couple of hundred bottles at a time.

Name
Molly Rose Brewing
Address

Coming soon...
Collingwood
VIC 3066

Website

Molly Rose Brewing Regulars

Molly Rose Brewing Matilde

For pretty much as long as The Crafty Pint has been running, if you'd asked the site's creator to name his favourite beer style he'd have said saison. Sure, by sheer weight of numbers, more pales and IPAs will have been consumed over that period and, boy, you can't deny the delight to be found in a well made imperial stout, pilsner or Flanders red. But there's something so rewarding and multi-purpose about a good saison even if, even this deep into the craft beer revolution, drinkers don't seem to… Read more
Style
Brett Saison
ABV
5.5%
Awards

Gold – Indies 2018

Molly Rose Brewing Specials

Molly Rose Brewing La Forge Saison

Tapped November 26th, 2018
However you approach beer, you'll typically find the deeper you dig, the more avenues you find to follow. Whether that’s exploring beer history or the science of brewing, it appears you can never know too much. Even within seemingly tight style categories, there’s often plenty of wriggle room. So, while this beer from Molly Rose’s second Foundation Series pack is technically a Brett saison like the brewing company’s only regularly brewed beer to date – Matilde – it’s a pretty different… Read more
Style
Brett Saison
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Find out how to get your hands on Molly Rose beers via the brewery website

Molly Rose Brewing Ex Vinum Wild Dark Ale

Tapped October 22nd, 2018
Another Molly Rose release with a storied history. It started out when Nic Sandery was working vintage at a Victorian winery and, as he puts it, "borrowed" five kilograms of Heathcote shiraz. This was co-fermented with a no hop stout in which he says the wild yeast and bacteria native to the grapes were allowed "to go crazy". He kept hold of this new colony of yeast awaiting an opportunity to use it on a larger scale, which ended up being within a dark ale added to a freshly emptied… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Dark Ale

Molly Rose Brewing Sour Times

Tapped August 29th, 2018
When two of the first half dozen beers you release have the word "sour" in their title, it's pretty clear what sort of tip you're on. Sure, Nic assures us he'll have more "normal" beers pouring at the Molly Rose brewpub when it opens, but his heart lies in more esoteric realms, the sort where blending hot filtered Ethiopian coffee roasted by Dawn Patrol with grapefruits and mandarins makes perfect sense. The coffee dominates the aroma, albeit in more of a perfumey bean manner… Read more
Style
Sour Citrus Coffee Ale
ABV
4.8%

Molly Rose Brewing Sour Tom Strawberry Ale

Tapped December 1st, 2017
Sour Tom was one of the opening trio of beers in Molly Rose's Foundation Series and has gone on to make follow up appearances. Going back a step further, it started out as a happy accident in the brewery that led to some wasted grain that needed using somehow. Into the mix came a heap of strawberries and Sour Tom was born. And, if we go a step further back again, its name comes from one of brewery founder Nic's mates, Tom O'Reilly, now making mead under the Sunlight Liquor banner and, we're told,… Read more
Style
Strawberry Sour Ale
ABV
5.5%

Molly Rose Brewing Kuro Japanese Dark Lager

Tapped December 1st, 2017
When Nic Sandery launched Molly Rose in beer form with a trio of beers under the Foundation Series banner, he left little doubt that here was something a little different from the norm. Sure, there was an IPA in the mix, but there was also this dark lager, brewed in tribute to Japanese food, in particular "their use of umami and quest for balance". In attempting to attain this goal in beer form, he concocted a dark lager with cherry wood smoked malts and kombu, a type of seaweed popular… Read more
Style
Smoked Japanese Dark Lager
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

The first Kuro is long gone but we're told it will return...

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