Tasmanian craft brewery Moo Brew has opened Manky Sally’s, a new taphouse and bar on Hobart’s Salamanca strip.

Moo Brew is owned by David Walsh, founder of Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (Mona). Manky Sally’s is located near the Mona Roma ferry terminal, connecting the two parts of Walsh’s portfolio. It is headed by the trio of Moo Brew’s managing director Lauren Sheppard, head brewer Jack Viney and head chef Sam Bray.

Now Tasmania’s oldest and largest craft brewery, Moo Brew was founded when Walsh found the signature-shaped bottles and needed a beer to fill them. Previously, Mona was the best place to drink Moo Brew on premise, and Manky Sally’s pays homage to this history with its artistic elements. Mona’s design team created an installation of over 3000 illuminated amber bottles, forming a secluded corner of the venue.

“Our distinctive bottle has had such an impact on Moo Brew, so it felt important to celebrate it in this new venture, albeit it in an unexpected way,” said Sheppard, “And, with the name a cheeky nod to our location, Manky Sally’s is not your typical taphouse.”

The bar’s design utilises on reclaimed and repurposed materials, including Axminster carpet sourced from a cottage on Maria Island, and plumbing fixtures transformed into bespoke lighting.

“We’re creating the type of bar where we’d want to drink, eat and meet up with friends,” Sheppard added. “It’s like nothing else you’ve ever seen and that’s really the point. At the same time, Sally’s will offer informal but impeccable service, whether you’re on the Tassie tourist trail or a local bar fly.”

The bar will feature a nano-brewery, allowing the brewing team to experiment further, producing limited edition brews for patrons.

“Sally’s tiny brewing tanks have given us the freedom and flexibility to conduct lots of creative experiments and we look forward to opening the doors and getting instant feedback from people sitting at the bar,” enthused Viney.

The bar will feature 14 taps, pouring core Moo Brew beers, two seasonal releases, two experimental beers brewed onsite, a guest Tassie beer and a cocktail. Batched cocktails, Tasmanian spirits and local wines will also be on offer.

Bray has designed the menu to pair with Viney’s experimental brews, and highlights fresh, local, seasonal food. Moo Brew even features on the menu, such as the Dark Ale in the chocolate ice-cream sandwich. Manky Sally’s will open on Saturday May 6.

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