Every now and then we like to put a bit of a spotlight on our favourite brewers - this time it's a Brew and A with Josh Uljans from Moon Dog Brewing. These guys are creative in everything they do, with super crazy names and super crazy beers - take theirPeter Piper's Pickled Pepper Purple Peated Pale Ale, a crazy peated beer which also features Chipotle Peppers and Blackberries.
Where do you see the Australian craft beer scene in the next 2 – 4 years?
It's a really great time for the Australian craft beer scene. In the last few years we've seen more and more people embracing delicious, interesting and flavoursome beers.
There are new breweries popping up creating more diversity for consumers, while established breweries continue to expand. Likewise, there is an ever-growing number of bars, pubs and bottle shops supporting and promoting craft beer.
The trend doesn't show any signs of slowing down. Over the next 2-4 years we have no doubt that craft beer will flourish as people realise how many awesome, high quality and innovative beers there are available. It's exciting stuff!
Favourite beer at the moment (that’s not yours!)?
The cold Melbourne winter means I'm all about stouts. Last night Murray's Heart of Darkness was delicious!
What was your beer epiphany, i.e. the beer that got you hooked on craft beer/brewing or convinced that there was better stuff than the mainstream?
Drinking Little Creatures at the GB (Great Britain Hotel) in Richmond in the early-mid 2000's. Fruity hops, rich malt, bitterness. Amazing stuff.
Which beer are you most proud of and why?
I'm really proud of all our beers. But the ones that I get the most satisfaction from are the 'wild ales'. Beers like Perverse Sexual Amalgam, Mr Mistoffelees and Great American Challenge. They have so much depth and complexity, and take so freaking long to develop in the barrels. It's fascinating to taste them along the journey and see the impact of the bugs. When they finally come together it's really cool!
What do you like most about your job?
The Moon Dog philosophy to brewing is to do make one batch of a beer and then move onto the next. As a result the range of Moon Dog beers we have in stock always varies, however their Love Tap Double Lager is now a permanent year round beer.