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Saturday 14 May 2016

What do you get when cider and beer producers combine?

What do you get when a cider producer gets together with a boutique brewer? You get Tasmania's answer to the many and varied styles of fruit beers famous in Belgium. 

Innovative cider producer Willie Smith’s has joined forces with Moo Brew to create a unique, limited-release Apple Saison beer to celebrate the 2016 apple harvest in Tasmania, the apple isle.

The new brew is the latest in a list of trail-blazing beverages being produced by Willie Smith's, following a collaboration with Lark Whisky and its first drop of calvados.

Co-owner Sam Reid said the team at Willie Smith's was keen to collaborate with other successful Tasmanian brands to create new and exciting products.

"This time, we are collaborating with our friends at Moo Brew on a beer using our apple juice from new season featuring Royal Gala apples grown on the Smith family farm in the Huon Valley," Reid said.

Willie Smith's head cider maker, Dr Tim Jones, said the end result was cloudy, full bodied, dry and funky with balanced apple notes coming through on the nose and palate.

``We decided to choose a Belgian saison as they are generally regarded as `Farmhouse Style' beers, which is in line with the style of our ciders which are all produced on the farm at Grove in the Huon Valley.

‘This is the first time that we have seen a brewer and a cider maker collaborate on a product in Tasmania."

Head brewer from Moo Brew, Dave Macgill, said he was excited to work with the team at Willie Smith’s to develop the beer, 

"[MONA and Moo Brew owner] David Walsh doesn’t usually drink cider but he loves his Belgian beers and so we’re hoping he likes this combo!" said Macgill. 

Just 40 kegs of the Apple Saison have been produced and will be available at MONA Museum, the home of Moo Brew, and The Apple Shed, the home of Willie Smith’s. And, soon, nationally. A first. 

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