Melbourne’s The Everleigh has launched its Manhattan Ale, a locally brewed collaboration with Dainton Brewing. Bar owner, Michael Madrusan, says that he had been mulling over the idea of bridging the gap between craft beer and cocktails for some time.
Designed to complement, and not replace the classic cocktail, Manhattan Ale is brewed with malted rye and Noble hops, aged in Tasmanian whisky barrels and French oak shiraz casks. According to brewer Dan Dainton, this is the beginning of a series that will run to as many as six cocktail-inspired beers.
The beer emulates the infamous Manhattan cocktail, a stirred combination of sweet vermouth, rye whiskey and Angostura bitters. The aging gives the brew flavours of dark fruit, spice and woodiness.
Manhattan Ale is available through Northdown Craft Beer Movement and over the bar at The Everleigh (156/150 Gertrude Street, Melbourne).

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