Each year we brew a big wheat and barley wine at 10% ABV and age it in oak for a period to further the complexity of flavour. Each year we add a ‘twist’ to the recipe. This year we’ve literally gone ‘wild’. Murray’s Anniversary Ale 3 is, to the best of our knowledge, Australia’s first commercially brewed ‘Brett Beer’ – a beer brewed using the ‘wild’ yeast strain Brettanomyces (Brett).
The first half of the batch was brewed in early June 2008 before being transferred into French oak barrels (previously used for Shiraz) for an extended period of maturation. We added the Brettanomyces strain to the barrels at transfer back in June and allowed the Brett to work its magic until late October. The beer was then carefully transferred from the barrels and blended with the second half of the batch in stainless for a few weeks further conditioning prior to bottling.
Only 1,000 have been bottled and we've some coming our way!
Also, in January we have organised a Murray's Brewery Showcase featuring their greatest beers ON TAP including the Icon I2PA (the first time in Vic). Watch the blog for definite dates.