Molly Rose Brewing

There are so many opportunities to immerse yourself in the beer industry these days that it's far easier to amass knowledge and experience before launching your own venture than it would have been for Australia's craft beer pioneers of even a decade ago. But we'll wager there are very few out there who have gone to quite the lengths of Nic Sandery.

Sure, the fact he spent time at established breweries Little Creatures, Stone & Wood and Holgate Brewhouse while he honed his skills isn't particularly unusual. Nor is the fact he's a keen student of beer and brewing. Yet such building blocks represent only part of what he's using to create Molly Rose Brewing.

Upon leaving a brewing position in early 2016 – and armed with a laptop, computer and protective cases for both acquired via a Pozible campaign – he set off to explore beer cultures in diverse regions of the world. He first spent time in Japan, later immersing himself in parts of the beer world in the US, England and Germany, all with the aim of understanding not just how they brewed and what they brewed but what beer culture meant in each of those places.

Since returning from that trip, he's worked at wineries in Victoria to understand the winemakers' mentality and techniques too and, along the way, has been documenting his exploits and learnings both on the Molly Rose Brewing website and in regular articles for this site.

Admittedly, all of this is well and good but, if it doesn't lead to Nic brewing and releasing any beer, is it not a little like the eternal student who embarks on successive uni courses? It might do, were it not for the fact that beers have been forthcoming since late 2017, initially in very small numbers but, from early 2019, to be seen in rather larger volumes.

The first Molly Rose beers appeared in the limited run Foundation Series, available online and in beautifully presented packs of 750ml bottles that balanced the feminine brewing company name (an amalgam of Nic's grandmothers' first names) with a more austere, yet still elegant, look. They included beers that indicated he intended to bring something different to the table – a remarkable smoked Japanese dark lager featuring seaweed, for example, and a delicate strawberry-laced sour ale that has since returned.

More have followed, with Matilde, a finely judged Brett saison, at time of writing the only release approaching "core range" status. Following The Foundation Series is The Molly Rose Cornerstone, a collection of 12 beers appearing across three deliveries in 2019, six exclusive to club members, the others made up of limited releases.

It might seem a slow and painstaking way to go about building a business, with the beers created in 300 litre batches at a winery in the Strathbogie Ranges. But, equally, when you look at the sort of beers Nic is creating, you could describe is as deliberate and thoughtful; spend time in his company and you'll soon appreciate where the answer lies.

What's more, it's all part of a plan that has led to Molly Rose moving into her own home: a brewpub in the burgeoning craft beer hub that is Collingwood. Built to a great degree by Nic's own hands inside a former furniture store in Wellington Street, barrels, tanks and the bar line the walls while a blend of contemporary hop driven beers, farmhouse styles and barrel-aged blends typically pour through the taps.

It's welcoming, humble and hums with echoes of beer's storied past; in other words, it's a reflection of the man behind Molly Rose.

Name
Molly Rose Brewing
Address

279 Wellington Street
Collingwood
VIC 3066

Open Hours

Thursday: 4pm to 11pm
Fri to Sun: midday to 11pm


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Molly Rose Brewing Regulars

Molly Rose Citra Citra & Strawberry Sublime

Published July 12, 2021
As much as alcohol-free beer seems to be on the ascent, in terms of breweries making two in time for Dry July, Molly Rose seems to stand out a little. For one, they're quite a bit smaller than many brewing companies that have made them and though they might be small in stature, they have a good reason for doing it. Brewery founder Nic Sandery has been trying them alongside the rest of us and as a father of a young child, values sleep over ABV and wanted to try his hand at brewing them. He's entered… Read more
Style
Citrus IPA & Strawberry Lime Gose
ABV
Both 0.5%

Molly Rose Brewing When Life Gives You Lemons

Published June 22, 2020
When Life Gives You Lemons started out as a one-off can release from Collingwood-based Molly Rose late in 2019. It was a hoppy farmhouse ale that also featured a spot of "dry-lemoning" with the aim of recreating a lemon slice like experience. Six months or so later, a new version of the beer has been released as one half of the brewery's canned core range. The biggest change is the reduction in alcohol content to a sessionable 4.2 percent ABV, although you're as likely to notice the canary… Read more
Style
Lemon Farmhouse Ale
ABV
4.2%

Molly Rose Brewing Skylight IPA

Published June 22, 2020
To date, Molly Rose might have garnered most attention in beer circles for their esoteric sours, barrel-aged blends and subtle farmhouse style ales. Yet there's been a steady stream of hop forward pale ales and IPAs hitting taps at the brewpub and appearing in limited release in cans. And now an IPA has taken up permanent residency in the lineup. Skylight is tagged a classic West Coast IPA, and it's one that's an easy-drinker for the style, certainly when compared to other West Coast IPAs like Molly… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
5.7%

Molly Rose Brewing Matilde

For pretty much as long as The Crafty Pint has been running, if you'd asked the site's creator to name his favourite beer style he'd have said saison. Sure, by sheer weight of numbers, more pales and IPAs will have been consumed over that period and, boy, you can't deny the delight to be found in a well made imperial stout, pilsner or Flanders red. But there's something so rewarding and multi-purpose about a good saison even if, even this deep into the craft beer revolution, drinkers don't seem to… Read more
Style
Brett Saison
ABV
5.5%
Awards

Gold – Indies 2018

Molly Rose Brewing Specials

Molly Rose Too Easy & New Easy

Published September 21, 2022
In the middle of winter, it’s easy for the mind to wander to old favourites, particularly if there is something inherently warming about them. That’s where Molly Rose’s Georgia and Nic's thoughts headed recently, with Georgia wanting to brew a classic winter warmer and Nic, well, he wanted to do what Nic tends to do and add some modern hops. If you’re English, you might think of old ales as being higher in ABV, stickily malty, and bringing dried fruit to the fore but chances are, the name… Read more
Style
Old Ale & New Old Ale
ABV
Both 4.4%

Molly Rose New Toys

Published August 15, 2022
There’s a lot of exciting activity at Molly Rose Brewing’s Collingwood home (well, next to it), with work underway on their impressive expansion. You can read more about the brewery's next steps here but in short, the revamped Molly Rose will include a beer garden, new bar, small dining space and - in a first for the brewery - a brewhouse of their own. New Toys is a tribute to that forthcoming brewery and the flexibility it’ll give them to make more beers, fine tune them or, as they say: make… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.3%

Molly Rose Evolution Saison & Prickly On The Outside

Published June 23, 2022
If you’re a craft beer fan keen to cut back on drinking, there’s certainly never been a better time when it comes to choice. Molly Rose are among the breweries making that so too, with the brewery releasing two very different non-alcoholic collaborations. Evolution Saison was brought to life with the crew at Arc'teryx and while a partnership between an outdoor-focused, Canadian clothing brand and a small Melbourne brewery might feel a little unusual, dig a little deeper and there's a lot that… Read more
Style
Non-Alc Saison & Pineapple IPA
ABV
Both Less Tham 0.5%

Molly Rose Little Rosé

Published March 19, 2022
Myriad fresh or wet hop beers will soon be upon us but it’s not just hops being picked this time of year: the grape harvest is underway. With the 2022 vintage in full swing, Molly Rose have released a series of beer-wine hybrids from 2021. While most of the four beverages are exclusive to the brewery’s Cornerstone members, Little Rosé has been given a wider release, with this farmhouse ale a blend of the three other hybrids and featuring shiraz, Nero d’Avola and Moscato Giallo skins. What… Read more
Style
Skin Contact Farmhouse Ale
ABV
5.8%

Molly Rose Raspy-Berrries

Published March 11, 2022
There’s absolutely no question about it, raspberries are just unbelievably delicious. When summer rolls around, I sway between constantly engulfing punnets like my mouth is some kind of vacuum that’s opened in space and not buying them at all - mostly due to some awareness of how that hedonistic display looks. Obviously, the brewing team at Molly Rose can show some better restraint, with enough going into the Raspy-Berries for it to pack a real punch of the fruit, which were sourced from the… Read more
Style
Fruited Farmhouse Ale
ABV
5.5%

NZ Hops 2022: Molly Rose & Sailors Grave

Published January 14, 2022
Scroll down for links to more NZ Hops beers There's a risk inherent in a project like this – inviting a stack of brewers to create beers showcasing hops first and foremost – that you'll end up with a parade of IPAs. You can also assume that when it comes to Molly Rose they'll follow a different path; not this time, however, as the Collingwood brewers contribute one of eight IPAs within the dozen beers. That said, we know how diverse the world of IPA is these days, and here Molly Rose use a strain… Read more
Style
Kveik IPA & Belgian Pale Ale
ABV
6.2% & 5.8%
Stockists

You can order packs from Carwyn Cellars here

Then join NZ Hops for a virtual tasting with growers and brewers on February 5

Molly Rose Chardy Beer & Friends

Published December 21, 2021
There's good and bad when a brewer drops off ten new releases at a time. On the good side, it means ten new beers to sample; the bad arises when you've got heaps of other brewers sending you beers to sample, just one liver, and a business to run that demands you don't spend your life under the influence. So, apologies to Molly Rose for taking a while to get to the final few of their recent splurge. Chardy Beer takes me back to a lockdown virtual event the brewery held with founder Nic Sandery's partner… Read more
Style
Various Styles
ABV
5.8% & 4.6% & 5.5% & 4.6%

Molly Rose & Strangelove Radlers

Published December 7, 2021
Radlers are one of those drinks most people will only have come across when travelling through Germany (or the UK in the shape of shandies). Typically a mix of beer and lemonade, they're rarely seen in Australian craft beer circles, even though Burnley Brewing (whose head brewer trained in Germany) have one as part of their expansive oeuvre. Molly Rose founder Nic Sandery reckons there's a market for them, however, and with the non- and low-alc beer sector experiencing huge growth he may be onto… Read more
Style
Radlers
ABV
2.8% & 2.6%

Molly Rose & Blackhearts' 2021 Festive Sours

Published December 4, 2021
They play nicely at all times do Molly Rose and Blackhearts & Sparrows, but seem to get on especially well when it comes to Christmas. And 2021 is no different as two more collabs appear with season's celebrations in mind. Tingle Bells is a "Festive Breakfast Sour", albeit not a repeat of the delicious Mimosa-mimicker of a couple of years back. [Note to self: don't forget to order a large bag of oranges and grab some bubbles before the 25th...] The label tells you it's brewed with pineapple… Read more
Style
Festive Sour Ales
ABV
4.8% & 5.2%
Stockists

Molly Rose brewpub & online

And other Blackhearts stores

Molly Rose Crowd Goes Mild (Nitro) & Nitro Spiced Fig

Published July 20, 2021
Melbourne's Molly Rose haven’t just been releasing alcohol-free beers in recent times, with owner Nic Sandery also putting tiny bubbles into cans with two nitro releases. Crowd Goes Mild has returned from 2020, when it was released (sans nitro) during another lockdown and became quite a popular beer among the wider Crafty Pint team. A dark mild might be the kind of traditional beer style you don’t often see from Melbourne breweries but this one’s a more non-traditional take on the British classic… Read more
Style
Dark Mild & Vegan Dessert Stout
ABV
3.8% & 6.0%

Plonk Dark Beer Box

Published July 13, 2021
Whether you’re a brewery or booze retailer, reaching 15 years is an important milestone and worthy of a celebration. Canberra’s Plonk have done just that, working with six breweries to create seven unique dark beers sold in a special Winter Beer Box of 12. That’s quite a few numbers to get your head around and quite a bit to unpack (not to mention beers to enjoy) so let’s get stuck into what’s inside. Starting with the lightest in terms of ABV, but certainly not one that’s light in flavour,… Read more
Style
Various Styles
ABV
Various ABV

Molly Rose Brewing Mini Tom & Peach!

Published May 31, 2021
If you attended any of Molly Rose's Good Beer Week 2021 events, there's a good chance you'll have met Mini Tom, the latest iteration of the strawberry sour series that started out as Sour Tom and dates from the time Molly Rose founder Nic Sandery and Tom O'Reilly, now head brewer at Loophole in SA, were working together at Stone & Wood. Once again, this release is a strawberry sour, and while its 4 percent ABV puts in the realm of "mini" there's little mini about its character. It pours… Read more
Style
Strawberry & Peach Sours
ABV
4.0% & 5.4%

Molly Rose Fernandez, Citrus Tinker & Hand Plucked

Published May 10, 2021
The limited releases can come so thick and fast from Molly Rose it takes a bit of effort to work out how best to serve them up on the site in digestible portions. So, while the brewery might view this trio differently – the 500ml cans feature the house mixed culture; the smaller one is a straight Philly Sour pitch – we're going to clump them together under the "sessionable sour" category. Fernandez joins their growing line of coffee citrus sours, and spritzy as beers for that matter.… Read more
Style
Mixed Culture Sours & Peach Sour
ABV
4.9% & 4.9% & 4.0%

Molly Rose Hug Replacement & May As Well IPA

Published May 10, 2021
Molly Rose founder and head brewer Nic Sandery seems to be carving out a wee niche in the area of dark and hoppy beers that don't quite fit into the boxes marked black IPA, Cascadian dark ale or even American amber but instead float in the cracks between them. Hug Replacement is one such beer: light in body for a 5.6 percent ABV darker ale, there’s choc-coated shiraz berries and citrus rind on the nose, hints of burnt crust, a dusting of smooth chocolate and a little liquorice spice to uncover… Read more
Style
Hoppy Dark Ale & IPA
ABV
5.6% & 6.4%

Molly Rose Brewing Artist Series: Underground Summer

Published May 6, 2021
Collingwood-based Molly Rose join the ranks of breweries celebrating the arts through beer can design with the launch of their Artist Series. They've done so in the company of Collingwood neighbours Studio TunTun, inviting them to design the labels for Underground Summer, another farmhouse ale featuring tea from the prolific brewer. Here, it's a grisette base layered with carrot (yes, carrot), ginger and black tea: a hazy golden pour that's herbaceous, floral and farmhouse all in one. It brings… Read more
Style
Spiced Grisette
ABV
4.0%

Molly Rose & Blackhearts & Sparrows Blue Skies & Local Horizons 2020

Published December 23, 2020
On Christmas Day 2019, Mrs Pint and I decided to recreate something of a cheesy British tradition and make ourselves some Bucks Fizz. Armed with a huge sack of Mildura oranges, a small juicer, and some decent Aussie bubbles, the 50/50 mix of the two proved a revelation once we returned from a couple of hours at the beach: uber-refreshing and delicious in its simplicity. Fast forward the best part of a year and memories of the day came flooding back as I put a glass of Molly Rose's Blue Skies –… Read more
Style
Citrus Sour & Spiced Red Saison
ABV
5.0% & 5.6%
Stockists

Molly Rose Brewpub and online

And other Blackhearts stores

Molly Rose Little Hazy Beer & Lager

Published December 1, 2020
There are plenty of beer styles about which drinkers have made plenty of noise in 2020, yet when it comes to brewers the rise of the hazy pale has got rather more excited. After all, when you live (or brew beer commercially) in a country where the vast majority of craft style beers being sold remain of the pale, hop forward, around 5 percent ABV ilk, what's more likely to sustain your business in the long-term? Entering the fray in time for summer are Molly Rose with Little Hazy Beer, an offering… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale & Pilsner
ABV
3.8% & 5.0%

Molly Rose Spring 2020 Releases

Published October 9, 2020
The beers are coming so thick and fast from Molly Rose as they await the day they can reopen their brewpub we've not really got space to include the names of all five here atop the page. But if you're a fan of Belgian styles, funk or banging modern IPAs, you might like to find space for one or two in your belly. Working through them in the order they appear in my tasting notes brings us first to the biggest, Pamplemousse Bleu, a Chimay-inspired, 8 percent ABV strong Belgian that's equal parts darker… Read more
Style
Various styles

Molly Rose Brewing Embellished, Resolved & Tretti Tre II

Published September 25, 2020
While much of the beer world, at least when measured by decibels, seems to be chasing bigger, hazier, juicier, sweeter, it's reassuring to know there are plenty following their own path (OK, Molly Rose did release a Mosaic heavy juicy IPA around the same time as this trio, but you get what I mean). With these three tins, brewer Nic Sandery looks to the northern reaches of Europe in three different ways. One sniff and sip of Embellished and I was back enjoying a strong Belgian golden ale with Yves… Read more
Style
Belgian Blonde, Saison & Kveik Pale
ABV
5.9% & 5.8% & 5.0%

Molly Rose Brewing Baroness & Nitro Persian Coffee

Published July 31, 2020
Apparently there's a small army of funky and barrel-aged bottle releases coming any day now from Molly Rose so we'd best get to these two tinnies first. One, Baroness, comes with a coloured label, which to this point has indicated a year round release; here, we're told it's just a wider limited release, an honour granted to a hoppy red lager. The hops come purely in the shape of Kohatu, an NZ variety said to be mahoosive on the tropical fruit front. At first, in combination with the specialty malts… Read more
Style
Amber Lager & Nitro Stout
ABV
Both 5.2%

Molly Rose Brewing Shoulders & Crowd Goes Mild

Published July 17, 2020
As Molly Rose’s Collingwood brewpub once again turns into a bottleshop with Melbourne into Lockdown Mk II, brewery founder Nic Sandery has two new cans ready to show off. There’s Shoulders, a slightly tweaked version of last year’s West Coast IPA Shoulders Of Giants that was designed as a showcase of the classic three Cs American hops Chinook, Cascade, Centennial. This time around there’s Galaxy in the mix too, bringing with it a punch of sherbet-like citrus, mango and passionfruit to add… Read more
Style
IPA & Dark Mild
ABV
7.2% & 4.0%

Molly Rose Brewing Bit Of A Chuckle & Scarf Weather & Vegan Dessert Stout

Published April 30, 2020
There's a fair bit of humour running through this trio of limited releases from Collingwood-based Molly Rose, or two of the three, at least. The naming of A Bit Of A Chuckle makes that much clear, with the beer a pale ale that's something of a rollercoaster, albeit delivering a ride that's rather more enjoyable than the one everyone in the beer industry has been strapped into over the past couple of months. The name refers to the daft amount of hops – Cascade, Citra, Mosaic, Chinook and Simcoe… Read more
Style
Pale Ale & Spiced Amber & Vegan Milk Stout
ABV
4.8% & 4.8% & 5.7%
Stockists

At Molly Rose stockists

And via their online store

Molly Rose Brewing Darker Thing & Peachy Skies

Published April 15, 2020
You'd think pretty much single-handedly building your own brewpub from which to properly launch your brewing company and then bringing your first child into the world would be more than enough for someone to take on in the space of less than a year. Throwing a pandemic and the subsequent shutdown of said brewpub into the mix likely wasn't on Nic Sandery's wishlist for 2020 yet, as with his peers in the beer world, it's been a case of adapt and keep the beers flowing. Among the new beers available… Read more
Style
Hoppy Porter & Peach Farmhouse Ale
ABV
6.2% & 5.2%
Stockists

Order direct here or find at Molly Rose stockists that remain open

Molly Rose Oh, Honey, Honey #1 & Mr Spritz

Published February 11, 2020
I love a good saison. And I've enjoyed a fair few from Molly Rose too, not least Matilde, the Brett saison that's as close to a core range beer as they've put out to date. But I can't remember the last time I enjoyed one as much as Oh, Honey. Honey #1 – be that from the hands of Nic Sandery or any other brewer here or overseas. But, before we get to the effusiveness, the background. As the name suggests, it's a honey saison, or saison de miel, brewed with his old brewing buddy from their time at… Read more
Style
Honey Saison & Fruit Sour
ABV
Both 6.0%

Molly Rose Brewing East of Kent & Spotlight El Dorado IPA

Published December 17, 2019
For all that the global craft beer revolution has brought lost styles back to the fore and hungrily created new ones, there is plenty of collateral damage, in part due to a growing willingness by brewers to be led by the wild fancies of the noisiest corners of the market. Among the beers that nobody seems to want to brew or drink anymore are traditional English ales, at least outside the British pubs that retain the passion and knowledge to treat them properly. But Nic Sandery at Molly Rose, as much… Read more
Style
English Pale Ale & US IPA
ABV
4.0% & 6.0%

Molly Rose & Blackhearts & Sparrows Local Horizons

Published December 16, 2019
There's a tradition in parts of the Northern Hemisphere whereby brewers create festive ales at this time of year. Although not overly common, whether it's Belgian Christmas ales or British winter warmers, they tend to be of the darker, boozier and spiced ilk. Essentially, imagine the sort of dessert you'd be served up if you were celebrating the holiday season around a fire as the snow falls outside – but in liquid form in a glass – and you're on the right track. Yet how do you go about creating… Read more
Style
Spiced Farmhouse Ale
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

Molly Rose Brewpub

And other Blackhearts stores

Molly Rose Brewing Shoulders Of Giants

Published November 19, 2019
Having spent several months travelling through various global beer cultures while refining his plans for Molly Rose, there was little doubt Nic Sandery would be someone eager to doff his cap to those who inspired him. Or, in this case, those who inspired a generation of brewers and drinkers. Shoulders Of Giants is his homage to the big IPAs from the West Coast of the US that helped kickstart the style's eminence within the craft beer revolution. As such, it's brewed with the classic "three Cs"… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.4%
Bitterness
85 IBU

Molly Rose Brewing When Life Gives You Lemons

Published November 19, 2019
Many beers can give a drinker lemons, whether it's the citric tang of some kettle sours or hop-derived. Not too many come loaded with actual lemons, however. Or, to be more accurate in the case of this Molly Rose beer, "dry-lemoned". But that's one of the steps Nic Sandery took with this farmhouse ale, one that features a colourful hop combo (Loral, Cascade, Amarillo, Centennial and Ahtanum) plus some specialty malts, with the aim of creating a lemon slice like character. You'll not be… Read more
Style
Farmhouse Ale with Lemons
ABV
5.2%

Molly Rose Brewing Beaming

Published November 19, 2019
Why Beaming? Because, according to the man behind the beer, this is an IPA designed to be drunk from an esky in the sunshine in a park or at the beach. Smaller, paler and leaner than the Shoulders Of Giants IPA released at the same time, it features local hop Ella alongside a quintet of popular (and, for the most part, fruity and citrusy) American varieties. It reminds me of IPAs of the Thornbridge Jaipur / 3 Ravens New World IPA ilk: light and lean, with plenty of bitey, pithy, and champagne like… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
5.7%

Molly Rose Brewing Tretti Tre

Published September 18, 2019
Plenty of brewers have been playing with strains of Norwegian "super yeast" kveik, a centuries-old new arrival on the Aussie brewing scene earlier this year that caused quite a stir due to its ability to ferment insanely fast and at temperatures so high they'd destroy almost every other brewer's yeast. For the most part, brewers have opted to use them in IPAs and, in our experience, they've ended up with beers with something of a chewy, stewed fruit character, which we can only deduce is… Read more
Style
Kveik IPA
ABV
6.0%

Molly Rose Brewing La Forge Saison

Published November 26, 2018
However you approach beer, you'll typically find the deeper you dig, the more avenues you find to follow. Whether that’s exploring beer history or the science of brewing, it appears you can never know too much. Even within seemingly tight style categories, there’s often plenty of wriggle room. So, while this beer from Molly Rose’s second Foundation Series pack is technically a Brett saison like the brewing company’s only regularly brewed beer to date – Matilde – it’s a pretty different… Read more
Style
Brett Saison
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

Find out how to get your hands on Molly Rose beers via the brewery website

Molly Rose Brewing Ex Vinum Wild Dark Ale

Published October 22, 2018
Another Molly Rose release with a storied history. It started out when Nic Sandery was working vintage at a Victorian winery and, as he puts it, "borrowed" five kilograms of Heathcote shiraz. This was co-fermented with a no hop stout in which he says the wild yeast and bacteria native to the grapes were allowed "to go crazy". He kept hold of this new colony of yeast awaiting an opportunity to use it on a larger scale, which ended up being within a dark ale added to a freshly emptied… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Dark Ale

Molly Rose Brewing Sour Times

Published August 29, 2018
When two of the first half dozen beers you release have the word "sour" in their title, it's pretty clear what sort of tip you're on. Sure, Nic assures us he'll have more "normal" beers pouring at the Molly Rose brewpub when it opens, but his heart lies in more esoteric realms, the sort where blending hot filtered Ethiopian coffee roasted by Dawn Patrol with grapefruits and mandarins makes perfect sense. The coffee dominates the aroma, albeit in more of a perfumey bean manner… Read more
Style
Sour Citrus Coffee Ale
ABV
4.8%

Molly Rose Brewing Kuro Japanese Dark Lager

Published December 1, 2017
When Nic Sandery launched Molly Rose in beer form with a trio of beers under the Foundation Series banner, he left little doubt that here was something a little different from the norm. Sure, there was an IPA in the mix, but there was also this dark lager, brewed in tribute to Japanese food, in particular "their use of umami and quest for balance". In attempting to attain this goal in beer form, he concocted a dark lager with cherry wood smoked malts and kombu, a type of seaweed popular… Read more
Style
Smoked Japanese Dark Lager
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

The first Kuro is long gone but we're told it will return...

Molly Rose Brewing Sour Tom Strawberry Ale

Published December 1, 2017
Sour Tom was one of the opening trio of beers in Molly Rose's Foundation Series and has gone on to make follow up appearances. Going back a step further, it started out as a happy accident in the brewery that led to some wasted grain that needed using somehow. Into the mix came a heap of strawberries and Sour Tom was born. And, if we go a step further back again, its name comes from one of brewery founder Nic's mates, Tom O'Reilly, now making mead under the Sunlight Liquor banner and, we're told,… Read more
Style
Strawberry Sour Ale
ABV
5.5%