Category Archives: Brown Ales

Australian Bitter & Brown Ale – Beerfarm (AUS)

Can you hear the drums?

I couldn’t resist this cheeky little Metricup pair. If you put them together, you get the name of a famous Swedish band and that tickled my fancy.

The AB was very drinkable, fruity and refreshing. The BA less so, like many Brown Ales, I found it a bit metallic. Perhaps I should have poured it out of the can.?

I apologise for the lack of tasting notes but I did the AB testing a while ago and I’ve misplaced them.

I do like the idea of a Beerfarm though. I imagine it full of genetically modified cows designed to produce pints of craft ale. That reminds me, I must go and see a man about a sheep dog ………..

You won’t find any ABBA on this blog but here’s the closest you’ll get, Swedish proto-punks. The Hives with Abra Cadaver (hey it’s close!)



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Mornington Brown Ale – Mornington Peninsula Brewery (AUS)

“Be true to the beer and those who drink it” is the motto of the Mornington Peninsula Brewery in Victoria. It had been a while since I’d tried a brown ale, having once been a fan of the “old dog”, the famous ‘Newcassle Brun Eel’ and the occasional ‘brown & bitter’ (a good way of getting nearly a pint of beer for the price of a half!).

Mornington Brown - true to itself and those who drink it.
Mornington Brown – true to itself and those who drink it.

I sampled this one in the Coburg Hotel in Melbourne. Victoria is famous as the home of Ned Kelly. Ned appeared a gentleman in comparison to The Coburg,  and at $10 a bottle I felt like I’d been robbed ….. and yes, it was still daylight.

Happily, this was a fine brew but whether it justified its price tag is debatable. Very English in style (it’s made with malted English hops) it pours a beautifully clear, mahogany brown. Nutty and slightly sweet it is indeed reminiscent of ‘The Dog’, bringing back memories of  a famous Cornish victory over Yorkshire in the 91 County Championship. Many a dog was put to sleep that day ………. and several the day after!

This is an authentic brown ale that slides down very nicely, a little too nicely for $10 a pop but ultimately worth it for the memories.

To celebrate ‘The Dog’ and the dogged defence of the Cornish heroes, here’s The Specials with ‘Do The Dog’ ………