By Jo Rittey


Sometimes bigger really is better. Especially when it means Moon Dog Brewery expanding their brewery and hospitality offerings. Which they have and boy howdy is that good.


Moon Dog Brewery has been a bit of a hidden Abbotsford secret up until now but for those in the know, they have a reputation for extravagant and thought provoking brews, and a fan club of loyal beer drinkers.


In Duke Street Abbotsford, the team has recently taken over an adjoining warehouse and expanded their brewery to pump out even more of the good stuff on a daily basis. They have sextupled their production capabilities from 400,000 litres to 2.5 million litres per annum, meaning more beer for more people, Australia wide. Their new brewery is home to the production of their core range of beers, Old Mate Pale Ale, Love Tap Lager, Mack Daddy Dark Ale and Beer Can.


The original brewery continues to produce seasonal and specialty releases. Pineapple Pale Ale, Passionfruit and Coffee Porter, Black Forest Stout, Barrel Aged Smokey Stout and Fruits of the Forest Wild Ale are just a few of the creative concoctions that Moon Dog have recently created, with more interesting brews on the horizon. They will also be expanding their barrel program with a further 100 barrels, as well as introducing some large-format (650ml) bottles to their range.


Next door to the main brewery is Moon Dog’s brewery bar and pizza caravan. Housed in the original brewery space it still features 4 operating fermentation tanks as well as an abundance of the kind of quirky features that makes this the kinda place you’ll see asa second home; retractable roof, palm trees, flamingos, comfy couches and walls of unusual art. With 10 rotating beers on tap, as well as a selection of other assorted bevvies, there really is something for everyone.  The crew in the caravan make the most incredible pizzas, with tasty options like ‘David Hassle Hock; with ham hock and pickled pineapple, or the truffled mushroom delight, ‘There Ain’t Mushroom In The Town For…’ Just don’t get as excited as I was and burn your mouth. Worth it though.


A new event, Roller Disco Sundays happens on the first Sunday of the month in the new ballroom space. The lovey Tamsin from Malt Shop Be Bop Hop Roller Arena will take excellent care of you and she has some skates if you can’t quite locate yours. Each month there’s a new theme, so expect mirror balls, DJs, live performances and outrageous fashion. The next instalment will be on Sunday November 5th.


But don’t wait until then, get your skates on and get down to Duke Street as soon as you can. It’s not the Hotel California, but you may well never leave.


Moon Dog Brewery

19 Duke Street, Abbotsford

Wed-Fri 4pm-11pm, Sat midday-11pm, Sun midday-8pm



Jo is a French teacher, a freelance writer and loves cooking lamb shanks. Armed with a PhD in Medieval French Literature, an exotic New Zealand accent and a winning (hopefully) smile, she likes nothing better than sharing a meal and good conversation with chefs.


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