Vanilla Barrel and Maple Syrup Barrel Double Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. Moon Dog’s annual release of Jumping the Shark is always super exciting! It’s their opportunity to make the biggest, most bad-ass, delicious beer they can think of. They jam in as much flavour as possible to create something really ridiculously special. This year they thought they’d chuck this huge imperial stout into vanilla barrels, wait a while. Then whack it into maple syrup barrels, wait some more… all just for the fun of double barrel ageing it. Bloody genius!
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.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Moon Dog Brewery and Bar in Abbotsford, VIC offers free popcorn, a giant projector screen which drops down during key sporting events and a table tennis table which gets wheeled out in quieter periods. Plus, there’s a Pizza van out the front! What more could you want?