The Crafty Pint – Barleywine Review

When you’re part of an operation that also incorporates a winery, it would be a travesty in this day and age if you didn’t take advantage. And taking advantage of its sibling is something Napoleone’s brewers have been happy to do, with this Barleywine the result of one such endeavour. The base beer was aged for six months in four French oak barrels, two of which had previously housed white wine, one red and one a fortified wine. The four were then blended back together to create this 13 percent ABV sipper.

While there’s plenty of oak on the nose, the aroma is more centred on the intense, rummy sweet malts typical of such beers. The barrels’ previous residents come increasingly into play once you’ve taken a sip of the hazy copper drop, however. While that malt led sweetness and some alcohol derived warmth is there, you’ll also pick up a fair bit of wine character, with a long, dry, tannic finish helping this barleywine appear leaner than its heft would suggest.


Tokyo Cider Collection

A big day in Tokyo today with our friends at @u_mart.cheers showing our ciders at the Tokyo Cider Collection…exciting times!

inCider Japan

inCider Japan Magazine…giving the thumbs up to both our Apple and our Pear ciders.

Japan is all about the best and freshest ingredients and we seem to be fitting in quite well! Thanks inCider!

If you are in Japan you can buy our ciders at @u_mart.


We are very excited to announce that our exclusive Australian distributor for Napoleone Cider from July 1st will be Phoenix Beers. We hosted their team at Napoleone this week and can’t wait to have them spread the Napoleone story across Australia.

If you are in the trade and would like to talk Napoleone Cider, please drop us a line – (03) 9739 0666 – and we’ll connect you.

Napoleone Apple with Pear Cider On Sale

Just $60.00 per slab for this beautifully balanced apple/pear combo!

Get it while it’s here!

Crushing Time!

The last of our apples are in and now the crush begins…

Good Beer Week!

More like Great Beer Week!

Join us for a feast to celebrate the best of the Yarra Valley with a five-course menu & matching regionally inspired brews!

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Friends From The Valley

Join our brewer, Kai Dambergs, for beers on us…a range of brews all inspired by and showcasing a range of local ingredients from our home, the beautiful Yarra Valley.