GABS brewer – Moylans Brewery

Denise Jones, brewmaster from Moylans Brewery in California talks about their beer – which we get the chance to try before anyone in the States.

What beer are you making for GABS?
We are brewing a Rye Pale ale.

Does it have a name yet?
No name as of yet

Where did the inspiration come from?
We talked about a big beer but settled on a drinkable session brew.moylans

How much effort goes into designing a beer for GABS?
Creating the recipe, brewing the beer, packaging and exportation to OZ….seems simple enough. The timing and logistics always need to be organised and we are happy to have Adam from Northdown handling our beer on the other end.

Does GABS give you the chance to go a bit crazy and try something you might not normally brew?
This is a new Moylan’s original….never been brewed before.

Does the spectapular bring out a competitive streak?
No competition…just looking forward to having my friends in Australia enjoy another one of our offerings from Northern California.

Explanation for the unaware: GABS is Great Australasian Beer Spectapular, a beer festival in Melbourne, Australia, from May 24-26 this year where brewers make a beer they’ve never made before and bring it along so the punters can try it. Cool, huh?

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  1. Thanks for this Glen. I subscribed to your blog a couple of months ago and I really enjoy reading them. It’s often a welcome procrastination tactic at work during the week. In fact personally I think you do a great job of managing a blog with entertaining and relevant posts, timely updates and an easy to read format.

    I’ve recently started a blog of my own and I was hoping to source some feedback from you if you are amenable. I’ve only done a few posts and am still in the learning stages. Fortunately as I learn I really have only 5-10 people reading the blog; most of which are close family and friends. If you have a spare few minutes, do you mind sending some feedback on my blog? You can find it at

    By way of introduction, I’m a passionate home brewer, professional marketer at Kraft Foods and am part time intern brewing at Mornington Peninsula Brewery in Melbourne with a long term goal of opening my own microbrewery as a brewery/bar. I’m hoping that a blog will help me learn social media / PR skills in a safe environment while I also get to know craft beer fans and industry professionals.

    Actually I noticed the other day that one of your upcoming GABS interviews is with Scott from Red Duck Brewery. I’ll have the fortunate opportunity to make a brew with Scott from Red Duck as a prize for winning the Victorian amateur brewing competition. He cc’d me on a message he sent to you yesterday. Looking forward to seeing my upcoming beer plans in your blog!!

    Thanks again for the entertaining blog Glen.

    Kind regards,

    Dereck Hales

    • Thanks for the kind words Dereck. I’d also started my blog partially to learn how things like Twitter worked and effective ways of promoting my blog there and on Facebook. Another reason was because banging on about beer seemed like a fun thing todo.
      As for the writing, I think that comes easy for me because I’m a journalist by trade. So writing a few hundred words on a subject and making it reasonably coherent is something I have a bit of experience in.
      I’ll certainly have a look at your blog and provide some feedback. But I can tell you not to worry about mainly having an audience of family and friends at this stage – that happens to all of us. One of the keys to getting lots of readers is to write pretty regularly (I aim for a minimum of three posts a week) so when people come back to the site, there’s likely to be something new.
      The other is to promote each new post via whatever social media platform you want.
      As for the Red Duck Q&A, that’ll be running in a few weeks – I had a big response to my requests for brewer Q&As and what I thought might just run for the first two weeks of March will now stretch into April.

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