Beer lovers travel to the USA, get inspired and open a brewery. Okay, it’s not the most original story but it happens again and again for a reason.
And aren’t we glad it did in the case of Modus Operandi?
MO stormed into the Sydney craft beer scene. They’d been open mere months before they cleaned up at the Australian Craft Beer Awards during Sydney Craft Beer Week 2014. Talk about an instant impact. The awards in full:
- Australia’s Best Amber/Dark Ale
- Australia’s Best IPA
- Champion Small Brewery
- Champion Australian Craft Beer
Not bad for a brewery that was about three months old.
But there was a lot of hard work before the brewery opened to earn those awards.
An American influence
Motoring around the states, exploring the American craft beer scene in minute detail, led husband and wife Grant and Jaz Wearin, to where they are.
They drank, talked and drank some more. Then they repeated the process again and again, soaking up as much knowledge as they did quality beer.
They also picked up a head brewer over there, DJ McCready, who has since moved onto different pastures. But the good work remains.
The focus (or modus operandi) of MO’s beers is quality. They’re committed to the finest ingredients. They are explicit about how their beer should be handled – it’s a live product and it shouldn’t be allowed to get warm. It’s best stored cold and enjoyed fresh.
Now they’re bringing an American style of craft beer to Sydney. Pales ales, ambers and IPAs are now supported by a range of limited releases.
Welcoming the community
Their tasting bar has a pretty intense beer menu but they are welcoming of newbies.
In fact, this is who they’re actively chasing. Mona Vale, where they’re based, hasn’t really been a hotbed for good beer. But now, punters can visit the brewery bar and taste some of Australia’s finest craft beers.
In this way, and by creating a friendly and welcoming basecamp, they’re embedding themselves in the community. A community that’s wider than just Sydney’s craft beer geeks.
Another thing they’ve brought to the Sydney scene by way of America is the CANimal. These monolithic silver cans are filled and sealed at the brewery. It not only lets you take home a large amount of beer, but keeps it cold, fresh and protected from the light.
Along with the yankee inspired food at the bar, they’re bringing the best of the US right to our sky blue shores.
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