Spotted Cow Blog

First Milking the Cow Announement

Phil Coorey - Thursday, April 19, 2012
Bigger and Better than 2011 ! Many beers on tap including some aged beers, hand pump beauties and a few more surprises

Friday Night Launch Party - get on the VIP invite only launch party by buying tickets for the Saturday and Sunday festivities. A chance to meet and gre...et all the beer experts that are making their way to the hotel for the weekend as we all let our hair down.

Saturday and Sunday

Activities include ...

* Masterclasses that help us match whiskey and beer, a hoppy celebration of all things imperially IPA, modern day advances in home brewing , a look at what it takes to be a 'TOP 100' beer at the moment and returning bigger and better than ever the Ladies Only Beer Masterclass

* Food and Beer Matching Menu all weekend

* Home Brew Competition - this year we are looking for a Porter as per Section 12 of the BJCP guidelines (see link below) The winning beer will be launched at Octoberfest to much fanfare

* Boy and Beer pre concert get together party beginning Sunday afternoon.

* Live music and DJ's all weekend as we celebrate beer in style at the Cow!

Take care - and remember - any questions at all - then contact Phil at phil@spottedcow.com.au

Murder By Death Tour Pushed Back Till May...

Phil Coorey - Monday, February 13, 2012



Due to scheduling and time constraints Jung Hearts will be moving the intial Murder By Death tour dates to May. Jung Hearts believe that these new date changes and some venue changes will contribute to a greater overall experience for punters planning on attending shows for this tour. Several new dates have also been added to the tour, allowing the band to visit more locations in Australia.

Murder By Death and Jung Hearts are excited to deliver this inaugural first ever tour to Australia in its new and improved format.

Please find new dates and venues below. Those who have already purchased tickets can retain their tickets as being valid for these new dates, with the exception of Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne where venues have changed. Those tickets purchased at venues that are no longer being used for the tour can get a refund at point of purchase and then re-purchase their tickets for the new shows.

Jung Hearts apologies for any inconvenience caused as a result of these changes. New ticketing information will be posted in the next few days, going on sale on Friday the 17th of Feb. Stay tuned.

Perth band ELEVENTH HE REACHES LONDON regretfully cannot perform on these new dates as main tour support, however all tour supports will be announced in the coming weeks with some great local talent scheduled to appear on stage with Murder By Death. We're very excited about the support band selection for these shows.

In the past two years, Murder By Death have released the critically lauded "Good Morning, Magpie" on the venerable Vagrant Records, added Scott Brackett from Okkervil River to their lineup and had a song featured in a trailer for Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglorious Basterds' and on the successful US drama television series 'Sons of Anarchy'.

 Straddling the delicate border of Punk and Country without indulging in the cliches of either genre, their live reputation pegs them as both rabble-rousing and note-perfect, atmospheric as much as forceful and truly unmissable.

Murder By Death will begin their first tour to Australia this coming May.

'If you've never witnessed a show from MBD, this is one not to miss; the band paints a lush dark picture of the whiskey-soaked underbelly of American back roads. If Johnny Cash had spent some time collaborating with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the result may have been something like this.'
- about.com

Thursday 17th May | The Evelyn, Melbourne

Friday 18th May | The National Hotel, Geelong

Saturday 19th May | The Wall, Sydney

Sunday 20th May | Chinos, Newcastle

Thursday 24th May | Surfers Paradise Beer Garden, Gold Coast

Friday 25th May | The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba

Saturday 26th May | The Jubilee Hotel, Brisbane


Phil Coorey - Thursday, September 08, 2011
Cider consumption is rising at a rapid rate in Australia. That probably explains why the Spotted Cow decided to do something about it, and hold The Spotted Cow's inaugural Ciderfest. Featuring over 10 ciders on tap and cask as well as many more from the bottle , specifically matched to some meals that were destined to be eaten with Cider, it promises to be a day not to be missed!

Much like the famous Milking the Cow Beer Lovers Festival, there are people converging from all around Queensland to be in Toowoomba this Saturday. The Cow have even decided to launch the very first keg of Moscato that Toowoomba will see on Saturday as well. Hailing from the Yarra Valley, Innocent Bystander Moscato has only been on tap at a few venues in Queensland, but with Toowoomba's own Steve Flamsteed making the much loved drop, it was only a matter of time until it found its way to the Cow.

Ciders will be available from the following breweries...Matilda Bay , Bullmers, Little Creatures, Kelly Brothers and there will also be 10 limited edition cask ciders all the way from Wales as well!!

If like most of the country lately you have been thinking about converting to cider, then Saturday might be your chance to make that move.

Ciderfest begins at midday at the Spotted Cow till late.

Some last minute notes for the festival...

Phil Coorey - Thursday, June 09, 2011

Well the time has come and we are ready to go, there will be over 50 beers to go through, an exciting festival only menu, brewers from all over Australia and some great live music to make this three days Toowoomba will remember for a long time!

As you might have seen on the Cow website, there are packages available for the festival, however let me stress that these are packages only and were put up as they offer great value and were put up to help us gauge interest for the festival.

You are under no obligation what so ever to buy these , you can turn up to the festival at any stage throughout the three days and just have a few beers. The live music is free entry as well.

If you do buy a package for the launch, $5 from each ticket will be going towards Japanese Tsunami relief as we have a Japanese punk rock band playing that night, there will be some Japanese style savouries available as well as part of the package price.

It really promises to be a great weekend and we hope to see you down there!

If you have any questions, then do not hesitate to contact me on phil@spottedcow.com.au



Phil Coorey



Phil Coorey - Friday, June 03, 2011

The Spotted Cow’s inaugural beer festival this June long weekend will feature a limited release VALE/COW brewed just for the Spotted Cow Hotel in Toowoomba, by McLaren Vale Beer Company head brewer Jeff Wright.

Spotted Cow owner Phil Coorey said “this is what craft brewing is all about”.

“I love telling customers that we have a beer being made for us only,” Phil said. “Craft beer is all about uniqueness and this takes that to a whole new level.

“Craft beer is hard to define for some. It’s growing at a rapid rate in Australia and is still a new idea to many.”

Phil said the project came about with the help of Ross Kenrick (creator of the fabulous Double Ninja beer that will also be at the festival) at Baccus Brewing in Brisbane. Jeff Wright was able to drop by on his May tour of Queensland with East Coast Marketing Manager Josh Stuart and make a supercharged India Pale Ale especially for the Spotted Cow.

To be known as VALE/COW it will only available in an extremely limited supply over the weekend.

“A chance like this doesn’t come along very often so we grabbed it,” Phil said.

So what does it taste like?

“We got excited and crammed plenty of hops in there and wanted to make a beer that would satisfy what the Cow was looking for, for their festival’s patrons,” Jeff Wright said.

“Phil assured me that they live on the edge, so we took our beer out there and think it will be a real highlight set amongst the 50 beers they are launching on tap the June long weekend.”

Article on Beer Festival

Phil Coorey - Monday, May 30, 2011

Forget Buckingham Palace, The Spotted Cow at Toowoomba is the place to be this Queens Birthday Long Weekend, with the inaugural Milking the Cow beer lover’s festival attracting almost as many visitors as the royal wedding of Wills and Kate.


Publican Phil Coorey is over the moon with the level of interest.


 “I really did not expect the reaction to the festival that we are getting. People are buying tickets from all over Country Qld, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and northern NSW. I’ve decided to order extra beers and we look like having 60 different beers on tap beginning from around 8pm Friday night.  This is not the first beer festival in Australia, but we hope to make it one you will remember.“


He has specifically tried to cover the burgeoning craft and home brew market, while making sure people don’t go hungry with a special menu designed to match some featured beers on “advice from the breweries in question”.


 “With an equal mix of professional and home brewer involvement we think we can reach out to all fans of beer. Ultimately our goal is to educate home brewers with the knowledge from the world-class brewers and they will be teaching master home brew and specialty beer classes throughout the long weekend.”


"So to sum up this extravaganza, if we can, there will be too many beers on tap to count, a special weekend menu that has been matched to specific beers, countless live acts highlighted by Japans “Jet Boys” and a special Sunday afternoon appearance from ex “Dallas Crane” legend Dave Larkin. A home brew competition where the winning beer will be brewed in Brisbane and then sold at the Spotted Cow one day, a chance to mix with some of the most respected brewers in Australia as you ‘milk’ them for all the information you can.

Any final words from Phil? “If we could jam anything else into this weekend, we would have for sure!”

Festival kicks off Friday June 10 at 8 pm and runs until late Sunday night (June12) , there are no tickets available but the various packages available represent great value. Visit www.spottedcow.com.au or call Phil on 0409 349 889 for more details

The Delta Riggs!!

Phil Coorey - Tuesday, May 24, 2011
They say there's no rest for the wicked and this couldn't be truer for iniquitous rock 'n' roll throwbacks The Delta Riggs. Days after winding up the Four to the Floor tour with fellow blues-rockers, Black Devil Yard Boss, The 'Riggs headed into Sydney's 301 studios to lay down their new EP, Talupo House Sessions Vol. 1, joined by US producer dp13.

Talupo House Sessions Vol. 1 is the first of two EP's to be released in 2011, taking both title and inspiration from the rural NSW farmhouse The Delta Riggs used as a writing haven in 2010. "Vol. 1" is a frantic, dark and immediate collection, that draws on the isolation felt by some members during this period, whilst celebrating vestiges of rock's whiskey-fuelled glory days.

As a band with a burgeoning live reputation, The Delta Riggs have captured their frenetic energy with the majority of the EP being recorded in a single "live" session. Opener 'Penny Drops', typifies the brash vigour that The Delta Riggs are becoming known for, with guitarist Aaron Jackson's howling riffage and references to the appeal of habitual abuse and a search for deeper fulfilment. On the foot stomping 'All The Little People', front man Elliott Hammond mixes fable with social commentary of small-town prejudice, with a harrowing tale of a mountain community terrorised by a blood-thirsty beast.

Elsewhere, quiet moment 'Don't Cry' explores their soulful penchant for southern gospel harmonies, whilst the psych-prog epic 'Heavy Water' promises to become a crowd favourite, with a massive half-time chorus drop and furious intro / outro jams. Talupo House Sessions Vol. 1… 6 blistering new tracks by The Delta Riggs. Get set to rock your cotton-pickin' socks off!

Come and check them out at the Cow this Friday Night!!! Free Gig

Move over Christian Bale - here is the real Dark Knight...

Phil Coorey - Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Murray's Dark Knight is made in the traditional Porter style from six specialty malts. It is full bodied, rich and complex. The beer is a deep ruby colour, with a creamy, off-white head. Murray's Dark Knight has an aroma of caramel and bittersweet chocolate and finishes with a balanced bitterness.

It's ideal with rich red meat casseroles, or for the more adventurous, try with Chocolate Mud Cake.

Dark Knight (4.5% abv)

We are so excited about this beer that we ordered extra - it's a real hit in the stubbies and will go off as a typical winter Porter come June. It has also been matched to the special food/beer menu for the weekend with the Braised Beef Cheek Pie with Beer Battered Fries.

Don't Miss out!!

The Critics Choice - Stone and Wood Pacific Ale

Phil Coorey - Saturday, May 14, 2011

You honestly thought we would have a craft beer and not invite the guys from Stone and Wood? What Am I? Stupid???

Inspired by our home on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and brewed using all Australian barley, wheat and Galaxy hops, Pacific Ale is cloudy and golden with a big fruity aroma and a refreshing finish.


After being dry hopped at the end of fermentation, our Pacific Ale is then drawn straight from the storage tank at the brewery into kegs and bottles.


Drawing it from the tank and straight into a keg or bottle without filtering or pastuerising it means that the beer can be enjoyed at the pub or at home in the same condition as it is when we try it from the tank at the brewery … simply fresh.



Why don’t we filter or pasteurise our Pacific Ale?


Filtering beer removes the remaining yeast which causes the beer to look cloudy; unfortunately a lot of the flavour is also removed by the filter.


Pasteurising beer usually involves a heating process which gives it some stability for shipping long distances or storing for a long time. Unfortunately this process can also knock some of the crisp freshness out of the beer.


What about the yeast in the bottom of the bottle?


We leave the yeast in Pacific Ale because we believe it adds something special to the flavour of the beer. The yeast drops to the bottom of the bottle over time so we recommend you give the bottle a gentle roll or tip it upside down before opening it to rouse the yeast and mix it up.

This wonderful beer will be on tap all three days as it has been specially matched to the beer festival weekend menu as well.

See you tomorrow for another tasting note and have a good Saturday!

Phil Coorey

Who is keen to taste to taste a winner in June?

Phil Coorey - Friday, May 13, 2011

McLaren Vale is home to an abundance of epicurean delights. It’s also home to one of Australia’s most remarkable new beers.
Vale Ale is a vivacious, fruity ale with a burnished gold aura and a fine haze. It opens with the glistening aroma of hops harmonised with a hint of passionfruit.These notes strike a chord with an air of nutty maltiness followed by a soft bitterness. Culminating in a surprising dry finish, Vale Ale is perfect for slaking a summer’s thirst.

Appearance: Cloudy from bottle conditioning with live yeast cells. Golden/copper colour.
Aroma: Boiled lollies.
Flavour: floral, fruity. Medium body and bitterness.


Pale - sweet malty flavour
Wheat - Mouth feel and ‘palate fullness’
Crystal - Caramalised flavour and imparts golden colour.


Super Alpha - soft bitterness
Amarillo - passionfruit grapefruit
Cascade - spicy, citrusy.

What can one say about this beer, that has not been said already. jeff Wright is meticulous in his preparation of this beer and it shows. Voted as the top drop in Australia by the drinkers at the mighty Local Taphouse establishments , it deserves every accolade it gets. We are excited to showcase this beer next month , but also we can't wait for you to meet the guys from MV Beer as well.

Next up - Stone and Wood Pacific Ale - the critics choice!!!

Take care,

Phil Coorey