Mountain Goat is our brewery in focus for July 2015. Every month we’ll be looking at a different Australian brewery. If you’ve got a favourite that you think Australia should know about, then shoot us an email to [email protected] or reach out to us on Facebook.
There’s no better Australian story than that which involves a couple of genuine blokes building something from their back yard and turning it into a fully-fledged business. That’s exactly what happened with our Brewery of the Month for July, Mountain Goat. Their story started when Dave was “cranking out homebrews” in his backyard in Melbourne and a postcard turned up from his mate Cam. Cam was back-packing in Vancouver and had realised the beauty and art of micro-brewed craft beers. His message to Dave was simple – “we need to start a microbrewery in Melbourne…”
Upon Cam’s return, their first step was to develop a product (in Dave’s backyard of course) to take to market and build the brand upon; it was here that Hightail Ale was born.
What then ensued was the difficulties of any young men striving to start a business with between zero and f*** all capital. However, like any success story, persistence and passion landed Dave and Cam their own Brewery in a warehouse in Richmond, Victoria. 17 years – and a barrel load of awards – later and Mountain Goat remains 100% independent and is still led by Dave and Cam.
The boys are committed to producing quality brews that are free from preservatives and additives, all whilst keeping the company as green as possible. In fact, to reduce transportation, only 10% of ‘the Goats’ produced make it out of Victoria. We thank the beer gods that a decent part of that 10% makes it to Sydney. Whilst the bottled variety of Hightail Ale and Steam Ale are staples in the Alpha Male office, one of our fondest lunch-time breaks involved an afternoon at Hart’s Pub in The Rocks sipping pints of Hightail Ale poured straight from the old hand pump.
I digress, Mountain Goat also encourages their team of Goat’s to ride to work. In fact, they actually pay Christmas bonus’ for it! Yeah, that’s right, getting paid to lose weight and save money on cars all whilst reducing carbon emissions. Employers of the month? You can read more about their Green Goat activities here.
The brews themselves? The previously mentioned Hightail Ale is an English styled Amber Ale with a toffee taste that’s distinct enough to entertain the taste buds, but clean enough for those who don’t usually like the “heavier” brews. Their other flagship is the certified Organic Steam Ale; far fruitier than the Hightail Ale – as you’d expect – with a crisp finish. One of our favourite beers when you’re locking yourself in for a big session of Test Cricket.
Other brews include their newer amber ale/red ale Fancy Pants, alongside their IPA; Summer Ale; no concentrate or sugar added cider (Two Step); and a series of “Rare Breed” brews that come out intermittently.
Where can you find their beers? In Victoria they should well be in every establishment and bottle shop you find. If they aren’t, proceed to leave. Outside of Vic, Dan Murphy’s is always a safe bet to find them by the can and bottle. Most pubs, bars and restaurants that specialise in craft beer will stock them in Sydney. If you find an establishment that does, please share it in the comments section below.
Oh and as for the name Mountain Goat? “Well, a mountain goat’s a big hairy animal that’s never gonna fall over.”
Thanks to our friends at Mountain Goat, we are giving away a case of Mountain Goat Steam Ale, a Mountain Goat t-shirt, a Mountain Goat cap, an Alpha Male bottle opener and an Alpha Male stubby holder.
Got a brewery you love? Send it in to [email protected] And don’t forget lads, stay confident, stay strong, stay humble, stay Alpha
Check out lasts months Brewery: Murrays Craft Brewing Co. – Beer, Art & Culture