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The Ducks Brew Info
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Posted 19/02/2015 1:15am by Matilda Bay

The story

Our take on the classic Australian Pale Ale.

The style

Tasting notes
Hops Fruity Passionfruit

Galaxy and Summer hops add fruity aromas, subtle spice and pepper notes, and a zesty clean finish. The result – a refreshing, cloudy and cleansing ale, that truly is the ‘duck’s nuts’ on a long, hot Australian summer day.

The craft

An Australian Pale Ale, brewed with all Australian malt and hops. An easy going, yet flavoursome beer, specifically brewed to be balanced on the palate.

The match

The zesty, almost passionfruit-like flavours from the Galaxy hops make this brew a great match to lighter flavoured dishes such as fish and seafood, and even desserts that are fruit driven.

Vital stats

Birthdate
2014
ABV
4.2%
IBU
23
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Duke Bramling III IPA
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Posted 2/06/2014 11:45pm by test

The Duke is a traditional English IPA which uses Maris Otter barley, East Kent Golding and Bramling Cross hops, an English ale yeast. It pours dark amber with a slight copper hue. Earthy, spicy and blackcurrant aromas follow through to a firm malty palate balanced by a lingering bitterness.

Vital Stats
53 IBU
ABV: 6.3%

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1947
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Posted 2/06/2014 11:45pm by test

We brewed this to celebrate brewer Neil’s 66th birthday. It's called 1947 (after the year he was born) and it’s jam packed full of Nelson Sauvin hops, pours clear and golden with notes of gooseberry and passionfruit. It's sweet and malty with some light flavourings of peach nectar, finishing with a crisp and lingering marmalade flavour. Mmmmm. Available in Port Melbourne on Draught.
Vital Stats
28 IBU
ABV: 6.6%

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Ruby Tuesday Brew Info
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Posted 26/07/2013 2:45am by Matilda Bay

The story

We love the darker tints of Autumn and Winter beers – the robust styles and deeper flavours are exactly what the seasons call for.

The style

Tasting notes
HopsMaltToffee

Toffee apple and creamy malt flavours linger on the front palate.
The relative sweetness is perfectly balanced by a traditional ale yeast and hop combination.

The Craft

Ruby Tuesday is made with 4 different specialty malts short roasted at high temperatures producing crystalised starches, these combine to produce a rich ruby hue.

The match

Lamb, Beef Stew

Vital stats

Birthdate
2013
ABV
4.5%
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Little Ripper Brew Info
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Posted 26/07/2013 2:15am by Matilda Bay

The story

On a recent flight back from hosting a beer event Scott, our Head Brewer, was going over some beer recipes on a note pad, doodling away when he suddenly had a surge of inspiration. He quickly jotted down the recipe and wrote “bloody ripper” - which we can’t use, so we went with what it really is – a little ripper of a beer.

The style

Tasting notes
HopsMaltFruity

Brewed in a similar way to a Vienna Pale Lager this beer delivers exceptional balance and crispness. Malt sweetness harmonises with a fruity Pacifica hop bitterness, while the brewing process produces refreshing fine sparkling bubbles to cleanse the palate.

The match

Spicy food

Vital stats

Birthdate
2013
ABV
4.7%
IBU
20
Hops
Pacifica
Malts
Pale and crystal malts

 

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Red Revolution
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Posted 26/07/2013 12:30am by Matilda Bay

True to its name, our small batch brew Red Revolution, has been causing a bit of a stir. A red lager, this one’s brewed with Galaxy and Hallertau Hersbrucker hops giving it aromas of stone fruit and paw paw with a clean lingering malt sweetness balanced by residual hop bitterness.
Vital Stats
40 IBU
Alcohol: 5.2%

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Pebbles
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Posted 26/07/2013 12:15am by Matilda Bay

Pebbles, a strong ale at 7.4%, was named after one of Scott Vincent’s first brewers at Matilda Bay.

Fans of Nelson Sauvin will be pleased to hear that the hop from New Zealand is used at every stage of the brewing process, from bittering through to dry-hopping. With kiwi fruit and lychee aromas to tropical fruit flavours, this beer has a malt sweetness balanced by a distinctive bitter finish.
Vital Stats
45 IBU
Alcohol: 7.4%

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Minimum Chips Brew Info
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Posted 18/03/2013 5:15am by Matilda Bay

The story

Aficionados of beer often seek something ‘sessionable’ and ‘approachable’ when navigating through the myriad of craft beers. We knew we could answer the call and developed what we think is the ideal Australian summertime brew. Minimum Chips lends itself to the great Australian tradition of enjoying fresh seafood and a refreshing cleanser to match. Minimum Chips is also ideal for any occasion as a versatile all round beer with plenty packed in!

The style

Minimum Chips is a unique craft inspired golden lager. Whilst many premium lagers are malt driven, Minimum Chips is differentiated by its appreciable hop bitterness and crisp full flavour.

The craft

The use of Centennial hops allows Minimum Chips to give off floral and citrus aromatics. Behind the hop bitterness, the use of Pale malt for lingering mouth feel and Crystal malt for a touch of colour, brings to life an evenly balanced lager.

The match

Fish/ Seafood

Vital Stats

IBU
29
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Redback Original Brew info
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Posted 23/01/2013 12:15am by Matilda Bay

The story

Redback Original is Australia’s original craft beer — first launched in the late eighties. Produced around the time of the Americas Cup defence — Redback’s innovation and unique style took an Australia starved of beer diversity by storm.

The style

Tasting notes
Wheat Fruity Clove

Styled on the traditional German wheat beer or weizen style of beer. Redback has a fruity/clove aroma, a generous creamy mouth feel and refreshing hop finish.

The craft

We use both malted wheat and barley, and then hop with Pride of Ringwood hops. Fermentation is produced with a specially developed yeast strain.

The match

Prawns. Without a doubt Australia’s culinary coat of arms could be a chilled Redback with a couple of barbecued prawns — this could even be a possible design for a new Aussie flag. However, it is probably going a bit far to mention Redback in the anthem. Maybe.

Vital stats

Birthdate
1988
ABV
4.7%
IBU
18
Hops
Pride of Ringwood
Malts
Pale, Wheat Malt
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Helga Brew Info
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Posted 21/01/2013 5:15am by Matilda Bay

The story

Helga is a Munich-style dry lager — malty, full bodied and well rounded, by name and taste. Helga is a beer that is easy to drink, but still has a level of complexity that will keep the keen beer lover interested. Helga may also refer to a complex woman from Munich, but that really is another story.

The style

Tasting notes
Hops

Helga was inspired by the Munich “Oktoberfest” lagers — also known as Helles lagers.

Helga pours to a golden amber hue, slightly deeper than mainstream lagers and is capped with a densely packed white head.

The craft

The malt driven flavours are well balanced by the dry hopping process used in late fermentation. The Pacifica hop used produces a refreshing fruit aroma and leaves the palate dry and crisp.

The match

A perfect accompaniment to a mixed plate of Spanish tapas, Helga also goes a treat with a big continental sausage. If you read that last sentence with a straight face we commend you on your maturity. If not, we commend you on your immaturity.

Vital stats

Birthdate
2010
ABV
4.7%
IBU
23
Hops
Pride of Ringwood, Pacifica
Malts
Pale, Wheat Malt, Crystal
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Alpha Pale Ale Brew Info
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Posted 21/01/2013 5:15am by Matilda Bay

The story

As Matilda Bay was establishing the craft of specialty brewing in Western Australia, there was a similar phenomenon happening in the USA, particularly in the Northwest states of Washington and Oregon. Using locally grown Cascade hops, the region’s craft brewers developed a truly distinctive and unique beer style, the Northwest Pale Ale. Although based on traditional India Pale Ales, the Northwest style has its own unique character — one driven mostly by an assertive bitterness and a distinctive fruit and citrus aroma from the locally grown hops. Our version of this style has become an Australian classic, winning us many awards, not that we like to brag — well a little bit.

The style

Tasting notes
Citrus FruityMalt

Alpha Pale Ale derives its name from the alpha acids in hops which, added early in the boil, impart a distinctive bitterness. Cascade and Amarillo hops are used to make this beer. Hops are added early and late in the boil and then dry hopped in late fermentation. They contribute a wonderfully complex fruit and citrus aroma. Pale malts round off this beer with a fuller malt character.

The craft

We brew Alpha in the true North American Pale Ale style, using 100% pale malt with the addition of a small amount of dark crystal to add character and palate weight. Fermentation with specially selected ale yeast complements the style, adding another dimension to this big, complex beer.

The match

Contrast Alpha Pale Ale with meats such as slow roasted pork belly, braised lamb shanks and spicy casseroles. A lamb shank is always a good idea except in a sheep prison if that actually existed.

Vital stats

Birthdate
1995
ABV
5.2%
IBU
55
Hops
Cascade, Amarillo, Pride of Ringwood
Malts
Pale, Crystal
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Beez Neez Brew Info
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Posted 17/01/2013 7:15am by Matilda Bay

The story

First created as a Christmas surprise for staff at honey-makers Capilano from their bosses, this handcrafted wheat beer, with the addition of pure light amber honey, turned out so well it eventually became a Matilda Bay stalwart.

The style

Tasting notes
Honey Malt

This unique brew has a light malt palate with a distinct honey aroma and flavour plus a hint of bitterness. Clean, crisp and dry on the palate and surprisingly refreshing.

The craft

We brew Beez Neez with a blend of premium pale malted barley and malted wheats, then add Pride of Ringwood hops and pure light amber honey to the kettle to produce a beer that tastes like no other. This light golden coloured beer has a malty, honeyed palate but is decidedly dry, as the honey sugars have been fermented to alcohol.

The match

In the versatility stakes, Beez Neez is a very capable and friendly beer, agreeable to most types of food — from Asian style meals through to dessert. Try it as a dessert wine substitute, it goes well with a cheese platter or honeycomb inspired dish.

Vital stats

Birthdate
1996
ABV
4.7%
IBU
15
Hops
Pride of Ringwood
Malts
Pale, Wheat
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I.G.P Brew Info
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Posted 17/01/2013 7:00am by Matilda Bay

The story

We wanted to brew our version of a classic Australian Cloudy Ale — an easy drinking yet complex beer, with a naturally cloudy brew. And the name? Brewing is hot, hard work, the brewers work long hours in steel capped boots, safety glasses, industrial shirts and thick, heavy industrial green pants — which in the heat of the brewery can get a bit… well, itchy. True story.

The style

Tasting notes
Stone fruit

I.G.P. is Matilda Bay’s handcrafted take on the classic Australian Ale. This brew is characterised by its cloudy, yeast sediment.

The craft

The beer is well balanced with late hopped Galaxy & Summer Saaz resulting in a zesty clean finish, pleasing to the palate. The Galaxy hops (not actually sourced from outer space) provide a fruity note while Summer hops (a local Saaz variety) provide subtle spice and pepper note flavours. The resulting beer is a refreshing, naturally cloudy, cleansing Australian ale.

The match

This full-flavoured beer with its fruity aromas goes nicely with marinated BBQ meats, like the good old sausage sanga with chutney. A great match with light Asian dishes containing chilli and lime.

Vital stats

Birthdate
2012
ABV
4.7%
IBU
30
Hops
Summer Saaz, Galaxy
Malts
Pale, Wheat Malt
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Dogbolter Brew Info
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Posted 16/01/2013 10:00pm by Matilda Bay

The story

This legendary beer began life as a strong ale, brewed in Fremantle, Western Australia around the time of the Americas Cup defence of ‘87. Around the same time another beer was gaining a cult following amongst the Matilda Bay brewers and staff — as well as a growing number of West Australian beer enthusiasts. That beer was Matilda Bay Dark Lager. It was the father of Dogbolter metaphorically, not literally ‘Dogbolt, I am your father’.

The style

Tasting notes
MaltChocolateToffee

Dogbolter is a Munich-style dark lager. Central to this style is a rich malt character reflected in the make-up of the grist. We carefully selected six different malts including Pale, Crystal, Wheat, Chocolate Malt and Chocolate Wheat to deliver a rich caramel, chocolate and toffee flavour. Chocolate malts also give Dogbolter its dark ruby colour.

The craft

We’ve balanced the big, six malt flavour with a soft, hop bitterness and, remaining true to the authentic style, we’ve selected the Germanic Hersbrucker hop to add complexity and a subtle, floral hop aroma.

The match

An all-round favourite that’s great with a steak or roast, casseroles or even cheese, but particularly well matched to rich chocolate desserts such as chocolate and praline tart with triple cream. Take the chill off it before serving.

Vital stats

Birthdate
1998
ABV
5.2%
IBU
25
Hops
Hallertau Hersbrucker
Malts
Pale, 2 x Crystal Malts, Wheat Malt, Chocolate Malt, Chocolate Wheat Malt
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Fat Yak Brew Info
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Posted 16/01/2013 10:00pm by Matilda Bay

The story

We wanted to create an easy drinking craft beer in the traditional North American pale ale style that has proved so popular with discerning beer drinkers — so we did, and then named it after a hairy Mongolian cow thing.

The style

Tasting notes
Hops Melon Passionfruit

Fat Yak first impresses with its golden colour, distinctive, hop driven, fruity and herbaceous aromas, giving characteristic passionfruit and melon notes, followed by a hit of hop flavour at the finish. The taste is refreshingly clean on the palate.

The craft

Fat Yak is created from natural ingredients, including premium malts, American Cascade hops and a hint of New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops.

The match

Fat Yak pairs well with almost any food, but we reckon you should try it with spicy wedges, chorizo and tomato pizza or an antipasto platter with friends. We do not recommend it with yak, as yak tastes terrible. Even marbled Kobi yak (not a real thing).

Vital stats

Birthdate
2008
ABV
4.7%
IBU
25
Hops
Pride of Ringwood, Cascade, Nelson Sauvin
Malts
Pale, Crystal
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Dirty Granny Brew Info
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Posted 16/01/2013 7:00am by Matilda Bay

The story

We’ve been keen to brew a cider for a while but took ages to get it just right. The first thing you notice about our cider is the first taste — like a bite from a ripe Granny Smith apple. The next is the colour, a deep dark almost dirty russet colour. Hence ‘Dirty Granny’ cider.

The style

Tasting notes
Citrus Apple

It has a full rich flavour combined with a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity, and the crisp bite of whole apples. There is a certain amount of astringency in the aftertaste. It is crafted carefully so as to retain as much flavour and palate length as possible while also maintaining the refreshment.

The craft

Dirty Granny cider is a classically brewed cider. It is small batch brewed and fermented at lower gravity for increased flavour. Unlike most commercial ciders, no additional sugar is added.

The match

A great cider that isn’t as sweet as many other ciders. Try with soft cheeses — goat’s cheese, perhaps camembert.

Vital stats

Birthdate
2011
ABV
5.5%
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Meet the brewer

Posted 19/02/2015 1:00am by Matilda Bay

Located at Newcastle’s King St, Central’s got all your favourites from Matilda Bay. The team have refurbished one of Newcastle’s most historic buildings with 12 taps and a ripper menu to match. If you don’t want to pretend you know what you’re doing, the team will help you find a brew to suit your taste. And if you want it all, which you probably will, tasting bats are available that feature six tasty glasses of your choice.
 
Central
145 King Street
Newcastle, NSW, 2300
 
 
Contact number
02 4925 2044
 
Email
admin@central145.com.au
 
Hours
 
CafĂ© 
8.00am to 3.00pm – 7 days
 
Restaurant Bar 
11.30am to 12.00pm Monday - Saturday
11.30am to 5.00pm Sunday
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Posted 19/02/2015 1:00am by Matilda Bay

The General Assembly like to keep things simple. Beer at its simplest is brewed using only four ingredients and the dishes that the chefs have developed for the menu also follow this uncomplicated formula. Their philosophy is to use high quality, well-sourced products and not to mess with what’s already a good thing. They’ve got some pretty special views of the Yarra too, so why not stay a while and match the scenery to a delicious tasting paddle.
 
General Assembly
29 South Wharf Promenade 
VIC 3006
 
 
Contact number
03 96826007
 
Hours
 
Weekdays - 11am til 11pm
Friday and Saturday - 11am till late
 

 

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Posted 19/02/2015 12:45am by Matilda Bay

Hidden in the fields of the Hunter Valley is the Hunter Valley Resort. And in a place known for its wine, what better way to turn your nose up at the snobs than with a frosty brew at the Matilda Bay Hunter Valley bar and restaurant. Enjoy the range with a tasting paddle and match it up with something from their stupidly good menu.      
 
Hunter Valley Resort 
Corner Hermitage Road & Mistletoe Lane
Pokolbin, NSW, 2320
 
 
Contact number 
02 4998 7777 
 
Hours
 
Lunch – Open from 12pm until 4pm – 7 days 
Dinner – Open from 6pm until 9pm – 7 days
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Prawn Salsa Verde
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Posted 17/12/2013 4:30am by Matilda Bay

Don't let the fancy name fool you; this super simple recipe will have you impress the pants off anyone you make it for. Speaking of pants, there is no better beer to complement the spiciness of the chilli and sourness of the lime than the full-flavoured Itchy Green Pants. Check out the recipe below and have a go yourself. And send us photos to our Facebook! We love photos of food almost as much as we love photos of hops.

Beer match: Itchy Green Pants (IGP)

Serves: 4

Ingredients

Mango Vinaigrette

Mango diced - 1 whole

Olive oil - 1/2 Cup

Juice of 1 lime 

Salt & pepper to taste

Dried chilli chopped (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Salsa Verde

Coriander - 1/4 bunch

Continental parsley - 1/4 bunch

Capers - 3tsp

Zest of 1 lemon

Juice of 1 lemon

Anchovy pieces - 3

Olive oil - 1tsp

Salt & pepper to taste

Wash and tear up coriander and parsley.

Add them to the blender along with the capers, lemon zest, lemon juice and anchovy pieces.

Slowly add the olive oil while blending, until the desired thickness is reached.

Add salt and pepper to taste, and set aside.

Australian Banana Prawns

12 Prawns, whole, peeled

Skewer the prawns and marinate them in the salsa verde. Grill them until they are cooked through.

Serve with mango vinaigrette and Itchy Green Pants.

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Chocolate Tart
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Posted 17/12/2013 4:00am by Matilda Bay

It is unanimous within the Brewery that Dogbolter has a best mate; Chocolate. Dark, slightly sweet chocolate is a perfect match for the intense roasted caramel, chocolate malt and wheat in Dogbolter. So our team at the brewery has conjured up a decadent and absolutely moreish Chocolate Tart. It's perfect over the Christmas period, we reckon. Give it a crack and send us some photos over Facebook - we'd love to see your efforts.

Beer Match: Dogbolter Dark Lager

Serves: 10

Ingredients

Pastry

Plain Flour - 320gm

Dark cocoa powder - 2 tbs

Caster Sugar - 2/3 cup

Cold, Diced Butter - 160gm

Eggs - 2 Whole

Combine all ingredients except eggs and blend until the mixture looks like bread crumbs. Add eggs mixing until combined. Kneed the dough until smooth then flatten, wrap and rest in the fridge for 30 minutes. Roll the pastry so that its 3mm thick and place it in a greased tart tin. Trim the edges and rest the pastry in the fridge for 15 minutes. Blind bake the pastry at 180ËšC for 10 minutes, then remove the baking paper and bake it for a further 5-10 minutes, or until its firm.

White Chocolate Filling

White Chocolate Buttons - 2/3 cup

Diced Butter - 60gm

Cream - 315ml

2 Whole Eggs

2 Egg Yolks

Melt the chocolate, butter and cream in a bowl. Stir in the eggs and the egg yolks. Pour the white chocolate filling into the tart shell and bake it for 15 minutes with no fan until it has set. The tart should be 70ËšC in the centre. Cool to room temperature.

Dark Chocolate Ganache

Dark chocolate buttons - 1 1/2 cups

Cream - 250ml

Melt the chocolate buttons and cream in a bowl and whisk. Ice the tart with the ganache and set in the fridge

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Alpha maple glazed ham with French baguette
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Posted 17/12/2013 12:15am by Matilda Bay

Ham? How could we not? With complex fruit and citrus aromas, our Alpha Pale Ale is a natural pair for pork. In this recipe we offset the richness of our ham with the citrusy Alpha, sweet Maple Syrup and umami of the Soy Sauce to create a symphony on a fresh baguette with butter. You need this in your life, you really do.

 

Beer Match: Alpha Pale Ale

Serves: Depends on the size of the ham

Ingredients

Glaze

Alpha Pale Ale - 1 cup

Sweet soy sauce - 1/2 Cup

Pure maple syrup - 1/2 Cup

Brown sugar - 1/2 Cup

Water - 1/2 Cup

Crushed Star Anise - 1tsp 

Crushed Cumin – 1tsp

Fresh ground ginger – 1tsp 

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.

Smoked leg ham - Bone In

Score the ham skin and rub it with sea salt. Brush the ham generously with the glaze and cook it in an oven at 125ËšC for one hour, brushing the ham with the glaze every 15 minutes. Remove the ham from the oven, pour over the remainder of the glaze and stand it at room temperature for 20 minutes.  Serve with fresh French baguette and butter.

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Recipe - Dirty Granny Mulled Cider
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Posted 21/06/2013 11:30pm by Matilda Bay

Ingredients
2 bottles of Matilda Bay’s Dirty Granny Cider
6 Allspice berries
8 Cloves
2 Cinnamon sticks
1 Vanilla bean pod cut in half length-ways
Zest of ¼ orange (cut into strips at the pith is fine)
1 Dessert spoon of soft brown sugar
Method
Place all ingredients in a pot and cover. Heat to before boiling point and simmer for 30 – 45 minutes.

Serve in your favourite jam jar. Food Match – Grandma’s Apple & Plum Crumble

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Recipe - Fat Yak with Roast Suckling Pork Shoulder
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Posted 6/06/2013 6:30am by Matilda Bay

Roast Suckling Pig Shoulder with Fat Yak
Ingredients
1 suckling pig shoulder
1 clove garlic
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
20 grams fresh ginger
50 grams butter
¼ bunch sage
Murry river pink salt
15mls olive oil

Method
In a pestle and mortar put the sage leaves (keeping the stalks for later).
Grind till sage breaks down to a green fine salt.
Stir through some more pink salt but keep in flakes.
Dry roast cinnamon and star anise to release maximum flavour
On a double layer of foil place the aromats, ginger, crushed garlic (just squash with the palm of your hand) butter and sage stalks.
Put Pork shoulder on top and roll up the edges of foil to protect the meat leaving all the skin exposed.
Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with sage salt.
Place shoulder on a wire rack on a tray and put in a hot oven for about 30 mins till the skin goes golden and crispy.
Reduce oven temperature to about 130 degrees and slow roast for about 3 hours till meat is tender and can easily pull off the bone.
Let cool for about 30 mins in foil before serving to avoid meat drying out.
Serve with apple sauce, your choice of vegetables and a bottle of Fat Yak.

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Small Batch History
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Posted 15/03/2013 6:15am by Matilda Bay

All our small batch brews deserve to go down in history, but we honestly couldn't keep track of them all to write them all down. They're limited edition and most don't stick around for long. Our best advice would be to come down and taste them for yourself. Then you'll be the one creating history when you're the first to try the next big thing in the beer world.

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Redback Original - History
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Posted 21/01/2013 6:15am by Matilda Bay

The first brewery used to make Matilda Bay beers was a second-hand one the boys found in North Germany. Lots of hefeweizens were downed on that Europe trip sourcing the brewery, which is where the inspiration for their first beer came. Germany was also the home of weizens or wheat beers - the inspiration for Redback. Germany didn't influence the name though, only the all-Australian name 'Redback' would do. Ripper. We're still making a variation of this beer today, which proves what a top-notch brew it is. 

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History
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Posted 16/01/2013 7:00am by Matilda Bay

Starting life in 1984 as a company called “Brewtech” (very 80s) Matilda Bay Brewing Company was established by a group of local entrepreneurs all in their mid-twenties and all dissatisfied with the one-dimensional beer on offer in Australia.  They purchased a small pub called the Freemasons Hotel in Fremantle, Western Australia, installed a brewery and reopened as the Sail & Anchor Hotel. The brewery at the pub enabled the guys to control the quality and presentation of the beers and talk directly to the growing legions of converts.

 
Soon after this the rapidly expanding outfit acquired a property in Nedlands and opened as the Matilda Bay Brewery, producing its main brands Redback & Dogbolter as well as a raft of other specialty craft beers. At the same time the group had an expanding portfolio of hotels including the ‘Port Melbourne Brewing Co’ operating as the Redback Hotel in Flemington Road, North Melbourne.
 
In 1988 the Brewery again moved to bigger premises, an old renovated Ford factory in Stirling Highway, North Fremantle to continue to cater to the growing demand for Matilda Bay beers. In the early 90s Matilda Bay Brewing Company became a part of the CUB family – an arrangement that would see the beers reach truly national distribution.
 
In 2007 we relocated to the vibrant craft beer scene in Victoria, and continued brewing first in Dandenong and most recently at an old renovated Cadbury’s chocolate factory in Bertie St Port Melbourne, which includes a bar & restaurant – so we can again talk directly to our beer lovers.
 
Throughout the years we’ve produced some of Australia’s favourite specialty beers & ciders, and along the way bagged a swag of trophies and awards. Our highly regarded Head Brewer – Scott Vincent – leads our brewing team with pride as they continue on the mission established in 1984 at the Sail & Anchor Hotel.
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Awards & Birthdays
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Posted 16/01/2013 6:15am by Matilda Bay

1988 - Redback Original
1995 - Alpha Pale Ale
1996 - Beez Neez
1998 - Dogbolter
2000 - Bohemian Pilsner
2008 - Fat Yak
2010 - Helga
2011 - Dirty Granny
2012 - I.G.P.

 

Awards

 
Redback
1993 - Grand Champion Beer at the Australasian International Beer Awards
2008 - Best Australian Beer and Best Australian Wheat at the Australian Hotel Beer Awards
 
Alpha Pale Ale
2003 - Best in Class at the Australian Good Taste Beer Awards
2004 - Grand Champion Beer at the Australian Good Taste Beer Awards
2008 - Best Australian Ale at the Australian Hotel Beer Awards
2008 - Champion Beer at the Royal Beer Competition
2010 - Champion Draught Beer at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show
2011 - Champion Bottled Beer at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show
 
Premier Lager
2003 - Champion Reduced Alcohol Beer at the Australian International Beer Awards
 
Matilda Bay
2008 - Grand Champion Brewery at the Australian International Beer Awards
 
Dirty Granny
2011 - Best Australian Cider at the Australian Cider Awards
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Dirty Granny History
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Posted 18/02/2013 12:15am by Matilda Bay

In 2011 we made our first cider, and we're pretty damn proud of the thing. So let's cut to the name, you're probably wondering where the hell it came from. Compared to other ciders, when poured Dirty Granny is a much darker, almost dirty rustic colour and the taste reminded us of a juicy, fresh green apple. We're not sure how we connected this to dirty grannies, but it just seemed to fit.
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Dogbolter History
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Posted 17/02/2013 9:45pm by Matilda Bay

Dogbolter was one of the first two beers Matilda Bay ever made. It got its name from a particular incident in the early stages of its brewing. Dogs have always been around breweries, as have cats – cats keep the mice under control, dogs keep the cats under control. One day in the early stages of experimentation with it, an extra-strong batch of the beer was thrown out, and the brewery dog got into it. The dog flipped out, made a run for it, and Dogbolter was born.

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I.G.P History
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Posted 17/02/2013 9:45pm by Matilda Bay

The history of I.G.P. is pretty brief, which is perfect because this is just supposed to be a brief history. Even if we included everything it probably would only take up a paragraph. Basically, we wanted to make a classic Australian Cloudy Ale, so we did. This was way back in 2012. We called it I.G.P. which stands for Itchy Green Pants. There's a story behind that, but if we included it, this wouldn't be a brief history.

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Helga History
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Posted 17/02/2013 9:45pm by Matilda Bay

First brewed in 2010 after the brewery moved to Victoria, Helga was inspired by Munich’s Oktoberfest Lagers.

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Alpha Pale Ale History
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Posted 17/02/2013 9:45pm by Matilda Bay

In 1999, Brad Rogers from Matilda Bay went to the USA to take a look at the emerging craft category there - Anchor Steam Brewing Co., and his most loved, Sierra Nevada brewery. The American brewers all knew about Matilda Bay and the work it had done 10 and 15 years previously. Now the Australian-American connection came back the other way, as Rogers embarked on an American Pale Ale. Based on Sierra Nevada, Alpha Pale Ale was brewed, named after the type of acid (Alpha acid) that hops produce. It's now our most awarded brew.

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Dirty Granny
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Beez Neez History
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Posted 17/02/2013 9:15pm by Matilda Bay

What do you give an Bee Keeper for Christmas? If you said 'honey beer', read on, you smart bugger. Capilano Honey were thoughtful enough to want to give their employees honey beer for Christmas in 1996. Only thing is, it didn't exist yet. They asked the brewers to brew them up a little honey-flavoured something and Beez Neez was born. Beez Neez has its roots in mead, which makes it one of the latest in a long line of beverages extending back to 7000BC. Traditionally they were drunk on wedding nights, and newlyweds were given enough to last them a month, as the honey was said to help fertility. Many say this is where the ‘honeymoon’ originated. Note: Beez Neez does not help with fertility. This is one of the hundreds of things humans have learnt since 7000BC.

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Redback Original
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Beez Neez
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Fat Yak History
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Posted 15/01/2013 12:00am by Matilda Bay

Fat Yak was the result of a long-standing project called 'little Alpha'. In 2009, 'little Alpha' produced the goods and Fat Yak was born. Fat Yak was a serious, credible pale ale which also happened to be relatively easy to throw down, unlike an actual fat yak. Those things are huge.

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