Where the wild beers are

June 9, 2015, 6 p.m.
Winter equals dark brews, writes KATE TARALA.

Graeme Mahy from Murray’s Brewery with dark beers Wild Thing, left, and Wild Thing Chocolate, right. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

THINGS are getting dark and wild this month at Murray’s Brewing Co. The Bob’s Farm brewery has unveiled four new beers for its annual Dark Beer Month, in addition to its iconic Wild Thing Imperial Stout.
“Each June we bring out our darkest beers and throw a flavour party,” brewery owner Murray Howe said.
“These aren’t ordinary beers. They’re big, bold, crazy Imperial Stouts, Belgian Strong Ales, Dunkelweizens and Baltic Porters – and we’ve ensured there’s something for everyone this year.”
For the first time, there will be two Wild Thing Imperial Stouts available by the bottle: the original beer and Murray’s Wild Thing Chocolate Imperial Stout, both brewed by the beer’s original recipe-meister and head brewer Graeme Mahy.
“I love this beer. There is just nothing insipid about it – Wild Thing is just full of attitude,” Graeme said.
“It’s well above the upper limits of flavour and colour for its class. Wild Thing is totally black – impossible to see through, even when held up to the light.”
Graeme said the success of the brewery’s Chocolate Easter Egg Beer prompted them to create the chocolate version of the stout.
“Not only did we get a huge public response to the beer, but we were quietly thrilled with how good the beer turned out to be. It got us thinking about experimenting with Wild Thing and chocolate flavour – and boy, has it worked. Not only does it taste sensational for us beer nuts, but it makes dark beer far more approachable for a much broader audience of drinkers.”
The third beer featuring in Murray’s Dark Beer Month is the Night Demon – a strong, dark Belgian ale. It stemmed from an idea from Newcastle home brewer Mark Bigland, who was awarded Champion Beer of Show for his Strong Dark Belgian Ale at this year’s Newcastle Show Home Brewing Competition. As part of his prize, Mark got to brew and bottle a batch of his winning beer with the Murray’s brewing team. The result was so good, the beer landed on the Dark Beer Month line-up.

The brewer’s first Dunkelweizen, Ronny Dunkel, is the fourth beer in the Dark Beer Month line-up. A draught-only beer, it is a lower alcohol, easy-drinking alternative to the stronger dark ales.
The final brew is a Baltic Porter brewed at its Bob’s Farm brewery jointly with New Zealand craft brewer Coromandel Brewing. It is described as an English-style beer that’s mild on roast character, but quite hoppy, using English-style East Kent Goldings hops.
Murray’s Dark Beer Month runs in June, incorporating a total of five dark beer releases, dark beer-inspired dude food dishes at its brewery restaurant, free concerts and more. All beers will be available from Murray’s Brewery, online at murraysbrewingco.com.au, plus leading craft beer venues progressively across the month of June. Visit: murraysbrewingco.com.au. Restaurant bookings: 49826411.

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