Put simply, there are only two types of beer in the world – Ales and Lagers. Ales have a long history dating back thousands of years, whereas Lagers have only come on the scene in the last few hundred years. The main difference between Ales and Lagers is the yeast used during the brewing process and the temperature at which fermentation is carried out.
Ales are warm-fermented and are made using yeast that rises to the top of the brew during the fermentation process. Due to a relatively fast and warm fermentation, ales are generally stronger in flavour and alcohol content than lagers which are cold-fermented using yeast that sinks to the bottom during the fermentation process. It is not uncommon for ales to be served at their cellaring temperature, around 10 degrees Celsius.
Lager comes from a German word meaning ‘to store’, and unlike ales which can be brewed in seven days, lagers have a much longer fermentation cycle of around four weeks or sometimes even longer. The laagering process generally creates beers which are cleaner, smoother and more mellow in taste than ales, which tend to have a fruitier flavour.
The amount of lager consumed worldwide far outweighs that of ales. However, the sheer explosion of craft breweries both in Australia and around the world is providing consumers with more choice than ever before. Our ethos here at the Brewhouse is to celebrate the art of beer making, and we aim to do this by showcasing craft beer from around Australia and beyond, with a particular focus on beer produced in our local region. Our tasting room allows people to sample local beers and talk to our knowledgeable staff about all things beer related. Or if you’d prefer, simply peruse the beer menu and choose something that takes your fancy. We hope you enjoy your Brewhouse experience!
Our House Brews
Prickly Moses Summer Ale, Otways (Barongarook) VIC
A refreshing, clean, crisp, golden ale. Hints of tropical pineapple, passionfruit and citrus flavours and the dry finish, makes this the perfect summer ale. 4.5% ABV
Prickly Moses Spotted Ale, Otways (Barongarook) VIC
This refreshing golden ale with hints of tropical fruit, honey and citrus is made specially to support research and conservation of the endangered Tiger Quoll. 4.5% ABV
Prickly Moses ChainSAW, Otways (Barongarook) VIC
This beer is designed to be the perfect cleansing ale. Golden straw in colour, the use of malted wheat imparts a dry finish matched with a clean and distinct hop aroma imparted from the Ella hop variety. 4.8% ABV
Prickly Moses Otway Pale Ale, Otways (Barongarook) VIC
A medium bodied ale which is light amber in colour, derived from the use of caramel malts. A refreshing but appetizing beer with toffee and caramel flavours balanced nicely with a blend of traditional English hops for bittering and American hops for aroma.
Prickly Moses Red Ale, Otways (Barongarook) VIC
A medium to full bodied Irish style ale with a light reddish hue. A malt accented beer which starts with initial malt sweetness and finishes with a dryness from the addition of small quantities of roasted barley. 5.0% ABV
Prickly Tailpipe, Otways (Barongarook) VIC
TAILPIPE is a big ass brown ale. Like a classic 1950’s American automobile, it’s bold, brash and great to look at, yet totally inappropriate for modern times. Tailpipe is fully loaded with German pilsner malt and a selection of roasted malts. Aggressively hopped, this beer is not your daily drive – it’
Prickly Moses Otway Stout, Otways (Barongarook) VIC
A dark, full bodied, dry stout with rich roasted flavours of toffee and caramel with a moderate bitterness makes it a well-balanced, easy drinking stout. 5.0% ABV
Prickly Moses The Raconteur IPA, Otways (Barongarook) VIC
This beer tells the story of an American India Pale Ale with the main protagonist being hops. North American hops are added throughout the brewing process, giving this beer a very happy ending. 6.4% ABV
Prickly Moses Farmhouse Ale, Otways (Barongarook) VIC
This Golden Ale is an unfiltered, rich complex malty ale with an outstanding bouquet. A distinctive yeasty note with a slightly spicy aroma and a warming slight alcoholic finish. Very smooth with a silky character. A unique styled beer inspired from the French Belgium farmhouse styled beers. 6.3% ABV
Prickly Moses Organic Pilsner, Otways (Barongarook) VIC
This lager style beer is brewed with the finest organic Pilsner Hops from NZ, and one of the worlds original yeast strains. Pale amber in colour with a clean bitterness. 4.8% ABV
Forbidden Fruit Original Cider, Otways (Barongarook) VIC
This light, bright, refreshing semi-sweet apple cider is easy drinking with a drier finish on the palate. Floral characteristics result from the use of wine yeast in the fermentation, with the ferment process being cut off early to retain residual sugars. 4.6% ABV
Forbidden Fruit Apple Mango Cider, Otways (Barongarook) VIC
Our refreshing semi-sweet apple based mango cider is easy drinking, with a fresh, ripe mango aroma and a well-balanced finish. 4.6% ABV