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Aussie Rock Icon Weekend at the Cow

Phil Coorey - Friday, October 12, 2012

The memories for the last 20 years are there for fans of all ages of Frenzal Rhomb and Reguritator. Whether it be at a legendary Big Day Our appearance, nights spent in front of the TV watching the "band in the bubble" or a famous pub gig that only you and your friends were at amongst a lucky few, we all have great memories of these two special bands.

In what is either a stroke of luck, co-incidence or a calculated plan to celebrate 90's nostalgia - the Spotted Cow has somehow managed to host both these bands on consecutive nights on Friday, October 19 (Frenzal Rhomb) and Saturday, October 20 (Regurgitator).

It's a call to the glory days when Generations X and Y could mix and not reach for their smartphones during moments of uncomfortable silence, when the cigarette lighters came out instead of a cameras, when beer choices were limited to maybe 1 or 2 selections (the Spotted Cow has some explaining here to do as well!) .

Two nights of mayhem, memories, check ins and hash tags. Next thing you know bands like Tumbleweed and the Datsuns will be waltzing through the door...

Tickets are still available but selling well. Contact the Spotted Cow or visit oztix for details.

Get ready for a crazy month at the Cow!

Phil Coorey - Friday, August 03, 2012
August Live Madness At the Spotted Cow

The Spotted Cow has well and truly arrived as a live venue to be reckoned with in Queensland. Feeling as confident as ever , Manager Phil Coorey and Promoter Michael Cook have put together an eclectic line up of musicians that would make Splendour in the Grass water at the mouth.

First up , are rising Indie Rock Legends Children Collide hitting the Cow Thursday, August 23 as part of their 19 date National "Monument" tour. Promising to bring fans a hefty chuck of their new record, as well as their old classics - it promises to be a night to remember.
Next up comes Tim Rogers , lead singer from one of Australia's best ever rock band , You Am I. His songwriting is stronger than ever and it is a chance also to get up close and personnel and talk all things classic rock, footy even baseball!

The final week of August sees the wonderful Lanie Lane gracing the Cow. She possesses one of the most unique and amazing voices in the country - it'll leave the whole crowd spellbound for sure and promises to be a night no one will stop talking about soon.

September 1st sees the arrival of punk rock legends from New Zealand Die! Die! Die! - drawing on inspiration from some of the worlds greatest punk rock bands like Wire, Joy Division and Bad Brains , they have harnessed that energy and combined it with a legendary do it yourself attitude that has drawn praise from all over the world.

These four shows are ticketed and as a bonus the Spotted Cow will be offering a special "4 for" package that will be well and truly worth your while - contact Phillip at the Cow for details.

As mentioned - enough to make a festival line up weak at the knees, isn't it??!

Thursday 23 - Children Collide
Saturday 25 - Tim Rogers
Thursday 30 - Lanie Lane
September 1 - Die! Die! Die!

All Tickets available at the Cow and on

120 Years at the Spotted Cow Celebration

Phil Coorey - Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Even though their own sign on their very own door says "The Spotted Cow Licensed 1892", the Coorey family almost missed their very own 120th anniversary.


Luckily (or unluckily) for them 12 months ago, their beloved Souths had squandered yet another two points which sent the pub's patriarch Michael Coorey rummaging through some drawers for an aspirin, upon which he stumbled on some paperwork.


The original license, dated 1892.


So when Michael asked Dianne and Phil: "Hey, did you guys realise we're 120 next year?!” it got the ball rolling for what promises to be one hell of a celebration at the Spotted Cow.


The licence at the Cow has serviced Toowoomba proudly for 120 years and will continue to do so for another 120.


Will the Coorey family still be here then? Phil thinks “I’ll be lucky if I am here another 20!”


To celebrate in style they are hosting a black tie cocktail gala evening on Friday July 20, which promises to raise the roof in true Spotted Cow style.


“We are getting RSVPs from everywhere, people who met at the Cow and have since started families are coming back, people who studied in town and have moved away can’t wait to celebrate at their old watering hole from 10- 15 years ago , and of course all our loyal regulars have marked their diaries."


Tickets are $99 and are an all-exclusive premium savories and alcohol package for 4 hours. Contact Phillip for details on 0409 349 889 or email Tickets are also available online on oztix as well.


Get Your Porter's In!!!

Phil Coorey - Thursday, April 19, 2012

The winning beer will be professionally made and resold at the famous Octoberfest Celebrations for the Spotted Cow!

This year we are looking for a Porter - there are three different styles in the BJCP guidelines that can be submitted - please see below

Entry is only $5 - forms will be up soon - but now is a good time to get started , right?!

Thanks Phil Coorey

12A. Brown Porter
Aroma: Malt aroma with mild roastiness should be evident, and may have a chocolaty quality. May also show some non- roasted malt character in support (caramelly, grainy, bready, nutty, toffee-like and/or sweet). English hop aroma moderate to none. Fruity esters moderate to none. Diacetyl low to none. Appearance: Light brown to dark brown in color, often with ruby highlights when held up to light. Good clarity, although may approach being opaque. Moderate off-white to light tan head with good to fair retention.
Flavor: Malt flavor includes a mild to moderate roastiness (frequently with a chocolate character) and often a significant caramel, nutty, and/or toffee character. May have other sec- ondary flavors such as coffee, licorice, biscuits or toast in sup- port. Should not have a significant black malt character (acrid, burnt, or harsh roasted flavors), although small amounts may contribute a bitter chocolate complexity. English hop flavor moderate to none. Medium-low to medium hop bitterness will vary the balance from slightly malty to slightly bitter. Usually fairly well attenuated, although somewhat sweet versions exist. Diacetyl should be moderately low to none. Moderate to low fruity esters.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light to medium body. Moderately low to moderately high carbonation. Overall Impression: A fairly substantial English dark ale with restrained roasty characteristics.
History: Originating in England, porter evolved from a blend of beers or gyles known as “Entire.” A precursor to stout. Said to have been favored by porters and other physical laborers. Comments: Differs from a robust porter in that it usually has softer, sweeter and more caramelly flavors, lower gravities, and usually less alcohol. More substance and roast than a brown ale. Higher in gravity than a dark mild. Some versions are fermented with lager yeast. Balance tends toward malt more than hops. Usually has an “English” character. Historical versions with Brettanomyces, sourness, or smokiness should be entered in the Specialty Beer category (23).
Ingredients: English ingredients are most common. May con- tain several malts, including chocolate and/or other dark roasted malts and caramel-type malts. Historical versions would use a significant amount of brown malt. Usually does not contain large amounts of black patent malt or roasted bar- ley. English hops are most common, but are usually subdued. London or Dublin-type water (moderate carbonate hardness) is traditional. English or Irish ale yeast, or occasionally lager yeast, is used. May contain a moderate amount of adjuncts (sugars, maize, molasses, treacle, etc.).

Vital Statistics:
IBUs: 18 – 35 SRM:   20 – 30
OG: 1.040 – 1.052 FG: 1.008 – 1.014
ABV:   4 – 5.4%
Commercial Examples: Fuller's London Porter, Samuel Smith Taddy Porter, Burton Bridge Burton Porter, RCH Old Slug Porter, Nethergate Old Growler Porter, Hambleton Nightmare Porter, Harvey’s Tom Paine Original Old Porter, Salopian En- tire Butt English Porter, St. Peters Old-Style Porter, Shepherd Neame Original Porter, Flag Porter, Wasatch Polygamy Porter

12B. Robust Porter
Aroma: Roasty aroma (often with a lightly burnt, black malt character) should be noticeable and may be moderately strong. Optionally may also show some additional malt char- acter in support (grainy, bready, toffee-like, caramelly, choco- late, coffee, rich, and/or sweet). Hop aroma low to high (US or UK varieties). Some American versions may be dry-hopped. Fruity esters are moderate to none. Diacetyl low to none. Appearance: Medium brown to very dark brown, often with ruby- or garnet-like highlights. Can approach black in color. Clarity may be difficult to discern in such a dark beer, but when not opaque will be clear (particularly when held up to the light). Full, tan-colored head with moderately good head retention.
Flavor: Moderately strong malt flavor usually features a lightly burnt, black malt character (and sometimes chocolate and/or coffee flavors) with a bit of roasty dryness in the finish. Overall flavor may finish from dry to medium-sweet, depend- ing on grist composition, hop bittering level, and attenuation. May have a sharp character from dark roasted grains, al- though should not be overly acrid, burnt or harsh. Medium to high bitterness, which can be accentuated by the roasted malt. Hop flavor can vary from low to moderately high (US or UK varieties, typically), and balances the roasted malt flavors. Diacetyl low to none. Fruity esters moderate to none. Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-full body. Moderately low to moderately high carbonation. Stronger versions may have a slight alcohol warmth. May have a slight astringency from roasted grains, although this character should not be strong. Overall Impression: A substantial, malty dark ale with a complex and flavorful roasty character. History: Stronger, hoppier and/or roastier version of porter designed as either a historical throwback or an American in- terpretation of the style. Traditional versions will have a more subtle hop character (often English), while modern versions may be considerably more aggressive. Both types are equally valid. Comments: Although a rather broad style open to brewer in- terpretation, it may be distinguished from Stout as lacking a strong roasted barley character. It differs from a brown porter in that a black patent or roasted grain character is usually pre- sent, and it can be stronger in alcohol. Roast intensity and malt flavors can also vary significantly. May or may not have a strong hop character, and may or may not have significant fermentation by-products; thus may seem to have an “Ameri- can” or “English” character. Ingredients: May contain several malts, prominently dark roasted malts and grains, which often include black patent malt (chocolate malt and/or roasted barley may also be used in some versions). Hops are used for bittering, flavor and/or aroma, and are frequently UK or US varieties. Water with moderate to high carbonate hardness is typical. Ale yeast can either be clean US versions or characterful English varieties.

Vital Statistics: IBUs: 25 – 50 SRM: 22 – 35

Commercial Examples: Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Por- ter, Meantime London Porter, Anchor Porter, Smuttynose Ro- bust Porter, Sierra Nevada Porter, Deschutes Black Butte Por- ter, Boulevard Bully! Porter, Rogue Mocha Porter, Avery New World Porter, Bell’s Porter, Great Divide Saint Bridget’s Porter

12C. Baltic Porter
Aroma: Rich malty sweetness often containing caramel, toffee, nutty to deep toast, and/or licorice notes. Complex alcohol and ester profile of moderate strength, and reminiscent of plums, prunes, raisins, cherries or currants, occasionally with a vinous Port-like quality. Some darker malt character that is deep chocolate, coffee or molasses but never burnt. No hops. No sourness. Very smooth.
Appearance: Dark reddish copper to opaque dark brown (not black). Thick, persistent tan-colored head. Clear, although darker versions can be opaque. Flavor: As with aroma, has a rich malty sweetness with a complex blend of deep malt, dried fruit esters, and alcohol. Has a prominent yet smooth schwarzbier-like roasted flavor that stops short of burnt. Mouth-filling and very smooth. Clean lager character; no diacetyl. Starts sweet but darker malt flavors quickly dominates and persists through finish. Just a touch dry with a hint of roast coffee or licorice in the finish. Malt can have a caramel, toffee, nutty, molasses and/or lico- rice complexity. Light hints of black currant and dark fruits. Medium-low to medium bitterness from malt and hops, just to provide balance. Hop flavor from slightly spicy hops (Lublin or Saaz types) ranges from none to medium-low.
Mouthfeel: Generally quite full-bodied and smooth, with a well-aged alcohol warmth (although the rarer lower gravity Carnegie-style versions will have a medium body and less warmth). Medium to medium-high carbonation, making it seem even more mouth-filling. Not heavy on the tongue due to carbonation level. Most versions are in the 7-8.5% ABV range.
Overall Impression: A Baltic Porter often has the malt flavors reminiscent of an English brown porter and the restrained roast of a schwarzbier, but with a higher OG and alcohol con- tent than either. Very complex, with multi-layered flavors. History: Traditional beer from countries bordering the Baltic Sea. Derived from English porters but influenced by Russian Imperial Stouts.
Comments: May also be described as an Imperial Porter, al- though heavily roasted or hopped versions should be entered as either Imperial Stouts (13F) or Specialty Beers (23). Ingredients: Generally lager yeast (cold fermented if using ale yeast). Debittered chocolate or black malt. Munich or Vienna base malt. Continental hops. May contain crystal malts and/or adjuncts. Brown or amber malt common in historical recipes.

Commercial Examples: Sinebrychoff Porter (Finland), Okocim Porter (Poland), Zywiec Porter (Poland), Baltika #6 Porter (Russia), Carnegie Stark Porter (Sweden), Aldaris Porteris (Latvia), Utenos Porter (Lithuania), Stepan Razin Porter (Rus- sia), Nøgne ø porter (Norway), Neuzeller Kloster-Bräu Neu- zeller Porter (Germany), Southampton Imperial Baltic Porter

Vital Statistics:
IBUs: 20 – 40 SRM: 17 – 30
OG: 1.060 – 1.090 FG: 1.016 – 1.024
ABV: 5.5 – 9.5%
BJCP Style Guidelines — 2008 Edition

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 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

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.'

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 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 or call Phil on 0409 349 889 for more details