Beer #17 - Mummy Have a Bite / Moon Dog

 Beer #17 - W/C 22 June 2015


“Really Ridiculously Fun Beer”

Moon Dog do not understand the meaning or 'moderation'. Their beers are created under the benevolent gaze of John Candy (in the form of a beautiful painting) and a ceiling of dodgy looking chandeliers. Brothers Josh and Jake Uljans and Karl van Buuren started Moon Dog in 2010 with a plan to brew “Really Ridiculously Fun Beer”. Their Melbourne brewery is equidistant between Carlton United Breweries and the Duchess brothel and has been built up bit by bit with the help of eBay. Parts from seaweed-based cosmetics production sit alongside an open fermentation tank from Wagga Wagga which hadn’t been used in 80 years. They’ve used a stock feed crusher as a grain mill and dairy milk vats as brewing tanks. Moon Dog is not your average brewery.


Belgian brewers have been using candi sugar forever to produce stronger beers with rich caramel notes. Calvados is a type of French brandy made with apples. Perhaps the most surprising thing about Mummy Have A Bite is that no other brewers had thought to combine these classic fairground flavours before. The solid malt base makes this a well rounded beer which is one to savour rather than swig. It is heavy and sweet but not overly so. It is fun to sip and list flavours, as well as the obvious we noted oak, grapefruit citrus, vanilla & whisky. 

Do you taste the calvados? Are the Moon Dog boys insane?

BREWERY // Moon Dog Brewing
BEER // Mummy Have A Bite
STYLE // Toffee Apple Amber Ale
ORIGIN // Melbourne. Australia
ABV // 8.2%
IBU // 
GRAIN // Golden Promise, Carared, Caramunich, Medium Crystal, Roasted Barley, Dark Crystal
HOPS // Nelson Sauvin
SUGAR //  Candi Sugar
YEAST //  American Trappist
AGED //  2 Months in Calvados Barrels
TEMPERATURE // Room Temp. around 18C
FOOD MATCH // Salted Caramel Chocolate. Goat Cheese. A Toffee Apple
GLASS // Goblet, Chalace, scraped-out monkey skull

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