A recent highlight from my trip to Tasmania was a visit to Moorilla Estate, one of Hobart’s oldest wineries.
To begin with, The Moorilla Cellar Door itself is more of a giant multi level bar/restaurant/resort complex thingy with a concierge, massive lawns and a Leeuwin style outdoor amphitheatre. Not unusual for modern cellar doors but particularly contemporary for Tassie. Fittingly too, that the wines then are served at a stylish bar, by a well presented and passionate wine lover, from proper glassware, ticking plenty of ‘best practice’ boxes in the process.
What makes the experience even more enjoyable however was the not just range of interesting wines, but the equally high quality range of winery beers. This pale ale is only one of the ‘Moo Brew’ Moorilla beer collection that I enjoyed, as all five of them are the sort of well made, smartly presented (the labels feature John Kelly artworks) and just plain tasty beers that we can always do with more of.
The Moo Brew Pale Ale then is built in an ‘American Pale Ale’ style: Dry and characteristically hoppy, with the typical Pale Ale-ish, sappy, hop derived astringency which lasts all the way through the finish.
Indeed it reminds me much of the Little Creatures Pale Ale, though this isn’t (perhaps) quite as overtly hoppy on the nose, yet carries the same refreshment, character and hoppy deliciousness. (hops – such a wonderful plant).
This Moo Brew ‘winery beer’ then is delicious stuff, and I’m recommending it without hesitation.
Big thumbs up and thoroughly enjoyable indeed.