Beer is a Conversation: Jaz and Grant Wearin

This week we catch up with Jaz and Grant Wearin from Modus Operandi. We caught up with Grant around 12 months ago after Modus was named Champion Large Brewery at the Indies and we had a wide ranging chat about that award, beer quality and date coding.

This conversation was recorded last week as the pair were gearing up for their fifth birthday celebrations and I was interested in hearing from the couple about the realities of running a family brewery. When I last spoke with Grant, the pair were expecting their first child and I was interested to hear how, with baby Arch about to celebrate his first birthday, they are managing the demands of an expanding brewery and finding balance in an industry – often with unsocial hours – with their expanding family.

As happens in a dynamic business, the interview was cut short and when we reconvened a few days later Jaz had been struck down with the flu, but the second half of the conversation features Grant discussing the special celebration beers the brewery is releasing to mark its fifth anniversary, as well as a beer launched for IPA Day next week. We discuss the challenges the breweries face is building a core range while acknowledging the importance of regular releases and seasonals and how they manage these one-offs while maintaining quality.

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