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Moa Beer Tap Takeover at The Local Taphouse, St Kilda

by April@MyFoodTrail on April 12, 2012

in Beer & Wine Events, Food Events

Hi My Food Trail readers, it’s Mr Food Trail (aka hubby) making an appearance again! It’s been a long time since my first blog post but don’t worry, I’ve been helping wifey (aka April) eat all this time! Those of you who know me, will know I love my beer, so when wifey received an invitation to sample and learn about Moa Beer, a range of quality craft beers at the Local Taphouse in St Kilda, I was excited to say the least. Those of you who know wifey, will know she doesn’t drink beer so she agreed to go on the premise I was to write the blog post.

The Local Taphouse holds a beer club night on the third Tuesday of every month to sample and discuss great and rare beers. The night we went, they were showcasing Moa Beer from Marlborough NZ. It was a “total tap takeover” with all 20 taps at the Local Taphouse pouring different Moa craft beers (including some special one off brews).

Moa Beer Tasting - Funny signs

Funny advertising signs from Moa Beer

Named after the extinct flightless bird similar to an emu (but about twice the size!), Moa Beer was founded by former wine maker Josh Scott in 2003. Josh’s philosophy is to brew the kinds of beers he likes to drink, with an emphasis on quality over quantity. He also uses some interesting techniques such as bottle conditioning, ageing some beers in wine barrels, use of wine yeast instead of beer yeast and even adding mussels to their stout!

Moa Beer Tasting - Beer talk

Listening to founder Josh Scott talk about Moa Beer

Moa Beer Tasting - Justin, Devon & Josh

Justin and Devon (Australian Team at Moa Beer) with Josh Scott

Unfortunately I didn’t try all of the beers (I had to work the next day), but along with Agnes & Mr Off the Spork, we gave it a fair crack! Here’s a run down of the ones I tried and the tasting notes:

Moa – Breakfast 5.5%
Fruit lager/European-style Breakfast beer aimed at the female market. Cherry on the nose and sherbet on the palate. Light bodied and really refreshing. The best fruit beer I’ve tasted by far.

Moa – Pale Ale 5.5%
US Pale Ale style using Cascade and Nelson Sauvin hops. Citrus, lychee notes with a very dry hoppy finish. This one wasn’t bad at all.

Moa – St Josephs 9.5%
Trappist style, similar to Leffe blonde but better in my opinion! Strong clove and spice flavours, but beautifully balanced and smooth despite the high alcohol volume. You wouldn’t know this beer is 9.5% (until you try to stand up!). Absolute winner.

Moa – Imperial Stout 10.2%
Aged in Pinot Noir barrels from central Otago, displays coffee and mocha characters but also some sweet clove and spice notes. Big and bold, but unbelievably smooth. One of my favourites!

Moa Beer Tasting - Breakfast, Pale Ale, St Joseph's, Imperial Stout

Moa Breakfast beer, Moa Pale Ale, Moa St Joseph’s & Moa Imperial Stout

Moa – Ranga 5% (one off brew)
Ginger beer with almost a slight Turkish delight aroma and plenty of spiciness. This was one of the “one off” brews – I won’t lose any sleep if they decide not to do it again.

Moa – Blanc Evolution 6.2%
Belgian Witbier style with a slight fruity aroma and a crisp refreshing finish. A small amount of coriander added during maturation gives it a unique spiciness. I don’t usually like Witbiers, but liked this one.

Moa – Five Hop 6.2%
English style bitter brewed with NZ grown hops, with subtle hint of oak from the use of Gewurztraminer barrels. Extremely hoppy and bitter, not really my cup of tea.

Moa – Noir 5.5%
Munich Dunkel style, beautiful chocolate and roasted coffee beans on offer here, with a long, smooth and balanced finish. Great beer if you’re after something full of flavour, but not as heavy as a stout. Really liked this.

Moa – Muscle Stout 5.5% (one off brew)
Stout made with NZ green lip mussels. Apparently they cook ‘em up after they’ve done their bit for the beer and are great eating! Unique smokey flavoured stout and you can taste the minerally mussel flavour too. Nice to try something different, but not something I’d order again in a hurry!

Moa – Everyday Pale Ale 5%
Pale ale – nice, clean and approachable. Not too hoppy or malty. Didn’t think much of this one, but my palate was in sensation overload by this stage!

Moa – Marzen 5.5% (one off brew)
Marzen style with a red hue and roast caramel aroma. Also detected some mint and spice. As above, my palate was cactus so I’m not sure whether I liked this one.

Moa Beer Tasting - More beers

Moa beers & more beers

So 11 beers later, I can safely say I’m impressed by Moa Beer. They are beautifully structured and balanced, yet unique within each style. My favourites were the Noir, the St Josephs and the Imperial Stout.

They’re just starting to enter the Australian market so are only available at smaller specialty stores at the moment, but I’m sure they’ll expand as beer lovers discover them. Wifey wants me to add about how cool the champagne look-a-like bottles are!

Moa Beer Tasting - Beer case

LEFT: Cool Moa Beer bottles
RIGHT: They also make ciders which wifey really liked

Check out for more details about their range and stockists.

Cheers & Beers,
Mr Food Trail

Mr Food Trail and wifey attended the Moa Beer Tap Takeover as guests of Moa Beer.

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle April 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

Reviews such as this always impress me because I cannot stand the taste of alcohol. Maybe umeshu… but still, the taste of beer is too repulsive for me to taste anything of that sort!

Sometimes, I wonder if there’s something wrong with me.


April@MyFoodTrail April 17, 2012 at 9:43 am

Well I don’t like beer either so don’t feel alone! 🙂 I think it’s an acquired taste.

I think I’m weird for not liking coffee! But I have tried to drink it multiple times and just don’t like the flavour!


Agnes April 13, 2012 at 9:37 am

Well done Mr FT! You better be careful, April might expect you to write more often now.


April@MyFoodTrail April 17, 2012 at 9:43 am

Haha, it’s just as much work for me when he writes the post cos I still have to edit the photos and put the post together!


Iron Chef Shellie April 13, 2012 at 10:22 am

Mr. FT takes over again!! Oh wish I could have come to this and had a designated driver!


April@MyFoodTrail April 17, 2012 at 9:44 am

That’s what taxis are for! ;P But yes, for a free designated driver you’ll have to work on Hamsley! 🙂


Sarah April 13, 2012 at 11:51 am

Great review Mr FT! Well done on trying all those beers! (And remembering them, hehehe)


April@MyFoodTrail April 17, 2012 at 9:45 am

Haha, he knew from the outset he would be writing this post so I told him to make sure he takes plenty of notes!


Libby April 13, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Ooh, I’ve never had NZ beer before – they sound great! And better than Leffe? Oh man, definitely trying that when I get my hands on one!


April@MyFoodTrail April 17, 2012 at 9:47 am

They have a large variety and definitely worth trying, especially if you have never tried them before!


Hannah April 13, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Great review! I do like beer but am a complete lightweight so would be asleep by, well, halfway through this event. 😛 LOVE the joke descriptions!


April@MyFoodTrail April 17, 2012 at 9:47 am

Hehe, you’ve just gotta drink more and build up your tolerance Ms Lightweight 🙂


msihua April 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Great review~You should just take over and blog all the time now 😛 Hahahha


April@MyFoodTrail April 17, 2012 at 9:48 am

You have to teach him how to take photos so he can do the *whole* post himself, not just the writing bit! 🙂


Celeste @ Berrytravels April 15, 2012 at 1:59 am

Haha, I think Mr FT should be a regular occurrence on the blog ^_~ Wish I was there, all this beer have me drooling!


April@MyFoodTrail April 17, 2012 at 9:49 am

If you like beer, definitely try out Moa when you get the chance!


Flower@Nevertoosweet April 16, 2012 at 4:32 am

Nice to meet you Mr Food Trail 🙂 I think its so sweet that you occasionally blog for April ~ I’ve been asking my boyfriend (Mr Bao) to make a guest appearance for me but he’s simply not interested! A very detailed post 😀 I’m not really a beer drinker hehe so I’m not good with all the different flavours but thanks for explaining it so nicely ~


April@MyFoodTrail April 17, 2012 at 9:50 am

Mr Food Trail says thanks for your lovely comment!

Haha, you have to try harder and get Mr Bao to blog 🙂 Maybe threaten to not give him any sweets! 😛


Adrian Briones (@food_rehab) April 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Haha! I love the “Honesty babe, I only had one beer!” placard. Classic. What a boozey and fun event! I’m assuming you didn’t drive home?!


Adrian Briones (@food_rehab) April 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm

*Honestly *


April@MyFoodTrail April 17, 2012 at 9:51 am

Well, I don’t drink beer so I was the designated driver… actually I am the designated driver all the time!! 🙂


Winston April 17, 2012 at 12:12 am

OH HAI, Mr My Food Trail! Good surprise seeing you here. And YES! Beer man right here!!! I’ve actually stopped drinking all other alcohol (except for the occasional wine) and now it’s Beer all the way for me. LOVE this review. Can’t believe after all that beer you tasted, there was MORE. So envious that you guys got to go to this event, I would’ve flipped if I got an invite like this. And prolly be on the floor by the end of the night if I attempted to try everything. Def gonnna look this place out. Take care, Mr&Mrs MFT


April@MyFoodTrail April 17, 2012 at 9:52 am

Mr Food Trail says thanks for your kind comment Winston! Haha, you have to build your tolerance to drink more, especially if you love beer! 🙂


Marelize May 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Love your blog.


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