Modus Operandi

When Modus Operandi opened in July 2014, it did so with little to no fanfare. Then, just three months later, in front of a packed house almost stunned into silence at the inaugural Craft Beer Industry Association Craft Beer Awards, its owners and brewer were invited to the stage to collect the trophy for Australia’s Best Amber/Dark Ale. Then the trophy for Best IPA. Then Champion Small Brewery. Then Champion Australian Craft Beer. Now, how does that happen?

The first significant part of the tale began when husband and wife Grant and Jaz Wearin travelled to America on an extended vacation, touring, working and drinking at every brewery their campervan would take them. It was a holiday mixed with R&D during which they studiously noted all the things that made breweries good and bad, then brought those ideas back to Sydney ready to open their own brewery.

Equally important was something (or someone) else they brought back in their luggage: a brewer named DJ McCready. Having cut his teeth at the iconic, can-pioneering Oskar Blues brewery, DJ was not only experienced but also up for the not insignificant challenge of moving halfway around the world to head a new brewery in Mona Vale – an area as renowned for good beer as his native North Carolina is for its balmy winters. Together, the three set about bringing the best of American craft beer to Australia.

One of the key things they highlighted was the old idea that first impressions go a long way. So, on day one, they launched with seven beers: cream ale, pale ale, porter, two IPAs and a couple of saisons – and all of them made to an excellent standard and ready to make a statement to whoever walked through their door. And that’s more or less how it has remained since, with that core range being supplemented by a diverse range of limited releases, anything from coffee lager to passionfruit saison and whiskey barrel-aged porter.

Yet, despite a beer list seemingly angled towards those experienced enough to sniff out the hop profile on an IPA at ten yards, that isn’t necessarily their target audience. They wanted their community – one hitherto hidden from the the joys of craft beer – to come and support what their little brewery was about; namely, keeping things honest, local and fresh. That means Modus Operandi isn’t necessarily all about the beer, but about creating a nice environment where you want to hang out with your friends or family. It’s about games of corn hole in the driveway, movie nights and live bands playing in front of the tanks. That and some damn good food.

Everything on the menu, you won’t be surprised to know, goes beautifully with beer. The hearty options go hand in hand with it: sticky ribs, pizza, buffalo wings and a burger dripping in so much decadence that you know you shouldn’t but couldn’t possibly refuse. Lighter options include the platter of cheese, bread, chutneys and lavosh where everything bar the cheese is made from scratch on site with their own beer as an ingredient. If you’re up for something a little more intense, you can order yourself a nice pint of bacon (yes, a pint glass full of bacon rind...), or take the Carolina reaper chilli buffalo wing challenge where, for the pleasure of consuming the world’s hottest chilli, you can earn yourself a couple of beers to douse the fire.

When you invariably decide on a favourite beer, you’re able to take it home fresh in one litre squealers, two litre growlers, or – in what was a first for Australia and second in the world – one litre cans. Called CANimals, these silver beauties are filled directly off the tap then sealed using a turn-of-the-century food sealer. In early 2016 they went one step further and installed a large scale canning line which spits out 500ml tinnies of their multi-award winning range and regularly released seasonals.

When the Wearins set out on their American adventure several years ago, their idea was to create a brewery that had the best of everything. A few years on, it's hard to argue they haven't achieved that.

With another former Oskar Blues alumni, Dennis de Boer, having taken charge of the brewery operations, their reputation has continued to soar; their brewpub is constantly packed, their championing of cold storage from brewery to glass has won many admirers and their trophy collection gets fatter after every major awards ceremony – their Champion Small Brewery win was followed by Champion Medium Brewery a year later, then Champion Large Brewery in 2018 when the awards was renamed The Indies. They're nothing if not consistent.

Nick Oscilowski

Name
Modus Operandi
Address

14 Harkeith Street
Mona Vale
NSW 2103

Phone
(02) 8407 9864
Regular events

Wed: Ping Pong + Pints
Thur: $10 burgers, $15 jugs & vinyl sets
Fri-Sun: Live music (see social media for lineup and times)

Open Hours

Wed-Sun: 12pm to 10pm

Tours

By appointment


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The Specials

Modus Operandi Hazy Series 06: Apricot & Coconut Milkshake
Modus Operandi Hazy Series 05: Cherry, Coconut, Cream
Modus Operandi Doppelator
Modus Operandi Press Rewind IPA
Modus Operandi MMXX Russian Imperial Stout
Modus Operandi Hazy Series 04: Azacca, Mosaic & Hort 4337
Modus Operandi Hazy Series 03: Mango Hazy with El Dorado & Mosaic
Modus Operandi Hazy Series 01: Hazy Pale
Modus Operandi Blueberry Imperial Sour
Modus Operandi Fizz Wizard Sour IPA
Modus Operandi Sonic Prayer Hazy IPA & DIPA
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Modus Operandi Regulars

Modus Operandi Modus Beer

Tapped May 22, 2020
The brewery might have first made a name for itself on the back of big, trophy-winning, hop forward releases but anyone who knows Modus - particularly its locals - knows the team like to keep a broad range of beers coming from their Mona Vale home. Beers like Pittwater Premium Draught don’t just namecheck the locale but were brewed with enjoying a beer by the water and drinkers with more mainstream tastes in mind. And now that approachable offering has been followed by what’s simply called Modus… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
4.2%

Modus Operandi XPA

Tapped May 19, 2020
We like to make up new words in the beer industry, even if most of them are initials, acronyms, or portmanteaus. Someone made up the style XPA a few years ago (and we’re still not all agreed about what it means). Now, in keeping with this grand tradition, Modus describe their new core range XPA as "tropi-lo-cal", an adjective to capture tropical hop flavours, but also lower calories to help stave off beer belly. First released as a keg-only beer over the summer of 2019/2020, Modus XPA… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
4.2%

Modus Operandi Silent Knight Porter (Core Range)

Tapped June 23, 2019
Ask someone the first thing that comes into their mind when they think of Modus Operandi and we'll wager the majority come up with something related to hop forward beers or IPAs. They'd have good reason to do so too; it's been upon such beers the serial trophy winners from the Northern Beaches have built much of their reputation. Yet it would ignore many other gems in their locker; indeed, back in 2016, The Crafty Pint's panel opted to include their dark beers en masse in our Best New NSW Beers Of… Read more
Style
Porter
ABV
5.8%

Modus Operandi Wippa Snippa

Tapped March 8, 2019
With the move from 500ml to 375ml cans, Modus have made it easier for their fans to grab a four-pack off the shelf for a quiet night in. They’ve made it easier again by adding Wippa Snippa to their core range at the same time. Some of us remember this beer’s ancestor from 2016, the Whippa Snipa Session IPA. The new Wippa Snippa bears some similarities, but has also been tweaked in all the right places. It’s dropped from 4.1 percent to 3.8 percent ABV, officially bringing it into the realm of… Read more
Style
Session Pale Ale
ABV
3.8%

Modus Operandi Pittwater Premium Draught

Tapped October 12, 2018
It’s funny how things come full circle. When Modus Operandi opened in 2014, it felt like a limitlessly exciting time in the beer world, one where small breweries were popping up with a frequency that allowed time and space for intrigue. They were becoming, to borrow parlance assumed by the tech world, disruptors. There wasn’t enough competition for them to be especially competitive with each other so more or less everything that came from a microbrewery was enough to cause a ripple in its own… Read more
Style
Beer
ABV
4.4%

Modus Operandi Sonic Prayer IPA

Tapped October 27, 2015
Maybe it's the lingering effects of mid-90s forest parties or just the wantonly naive optimism upon which Crafty Towers is built (which are probably one and the same thing), but there's a growing sense that a Third Summer of Love could be nigh. It's several years overdue, after all, and the pieces are in place. On the one hand, the planet's in a terrible state, however you look at it, and most of those in a position to do anything significant about it are working actively to make things worse. On… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
Marshall Stack 11 IBU

Modus Operandi Pale Ale

Tapped August 21, 2015
The adding of ‘y’ to the end of words is an endearing quirk of the Australian vernacular. Any name to which it’s applied immediately seems to become a little more informal, grounded and familiar; it must be nice walking into a room with a name like Barnesy, Warney or Hughesy – like you’re wearing a blanket of general acceptance. For foreigners though, it can take a while to catch onto the local dialect. So, as part of their steps towards further integration, the American brewers at the… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.2%
Awards

Best International Style Pale Ale – AIBA 2016
Champion Australian Pale Ale – CBIA 2015

Stockists

Modus Operandi Brewery

Modus Operandi Silent Knight Porter

Edward Hallstrom, as we know from the story of the Zoo Feeder IPA, was a philanthropist of note. But giving requires a fortune first and Hallstrom got his by inventing a fridge called Silent Knight. Evidently the unit was cheap to buy so became very popular - thus the fortune - but was so astronomically expensive to run that Hallstrom actually came to an agreement with electricity suppliers to subsidise his customers’ running costs. Still, it’s an Aussie-made success story and having a beer named… Read more
Style
Porter
ABV
5.6%
Awards

AIBA 2017 – Gold

Modus Operandi Former Tenant Red IPA

What more do you need to say about the beer which was awarded Champion Australian Beer only three months after it was officially released? The Former Tenant is named for the former tenant of the site where Modus Operandi brewery now sits, a slightly unfortunate marijuana grower who was caught out when police were pursuing another criminal down the alley next door only for the police dog to pick up the weedy scent coming through the extractor. With hops and marijuana being famously close in botanical… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
7.8%
Awards

Champion IPA Indies 2019

Gold Australian International Beer Awards 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016

Gold Sydney Royal 2019, 2018, 2017 (& Best NSW Beer 2017), 2015

Gold Indies 2018, 2017

Champion Amber/Dark Ale & Champion Australian Beer Indies 2014

Modus Operandi MOFOS Saison

What’s up with this mofo? It’s the Modus Operandi Funky Orange Saison, of course. Along with the seasonal Pepper in the Rye, this was one of the brewery’s two original saisons and is the smaller of the two, thereby given the delicate title of ‘petite saison’. And that’s quite apt for a beer which is just 4.2 percent abv and designed to be a refreshing, yet flavourful, session ale. As something of a gentle introduction into the interesting world of the Belgian/French style beer, MOFOS… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
4.2%

Modus Operandi Layback Aussie Ale

Summer ales have become quite de rigueur in recent years but Modus Operandi weren't just being dedicated followers of fashion when they launched their brewery with one on the menu. Originally released under the name Lola, it was a homage to The Kinks’ eponymous character and something that comes across all sweet and pretty but you find out it’s a little more, ahem, ‘robust’ than first expected – perhaps not even a summer ale at all. With a big blend of American hops, Lola was noticeably… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
ABV
4.5%

Modus Operandi Kite Flyer Ale

This is a beer that almost never happened but, in a way, had to. When it opened, Modus Operandi was bringing craft beer to a population largely unfamiliar with fuller flavoured beer so they wanted - nay, needed - a beer to act as a gentle introduction and please the masses. But a gateway golden ale - the popular option for many brewers - just didn’t seem the right fit, so brewer DJ suggested a Cream Ale. This style of beer isn’t a common one in Australia and owner Grant reckoned it wouldn’t… Read more
Style
Cream Ale
ABV
4.8%

Modus Operandi Specials

Modus Operandi Hazy Series 06: Apricot & Coconut Milkshake

Tapped September 9, 2020
The Modus team describe this one as “Nanna's homemade Apricot Coconut Bites”, but I must admit I never had such a treat homemade. I did, however, have apricot coconut balls from the school tuckshop – at five for 5c, they were a regular treat whenever I found a battered coin on the ground. (I swear my childhood wasn’t as Dickensian as it sounds.) Modus have doubled down on all the characteristics they were aiming for here: apricot plus stonefruit aplenty from the Sabro and HPA-016 hops give… Read more
Style
Apricot & Coconut Milkshake IPA
ABV
7.0%

Modus Operandi Hazy Series 05: Cherry, Coconut, Cream

Tapped August 13, 2020
Modus Operandi’s Hazy Series has already taken drinkers on a trip through unnamed hops and ever-changing booze levels with a hefty injection of fruit along the way, and now the series has found its way into milkshake territory. Meet Hazy 05: Cherry, Coconut, Cream – a carnival stop on the brewery’s hazy journey in which lactose and cherry join hype hop Sabro for a tropical and creamy ride. It’s a rather sweet ride too, with the beer’s soft, luscious malt body providing an ice cream like… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
7.0%

Modus Operandi Doppelator

Tapped July 24, 2020
I’m a child of the 80s and 90s, so when I first saw Modus Operandi's Doppelator, my mind jumped straight to Terminator (though if I’m being honest, the jingly ad for this 90s toy was actually the first thing that popped into my head). But when I finally untangled myself from my own nostalgia, I was able to see that the -ator suffix wasn’t a reference to that Austrian beefcake Arnold Schwarzenegger, but to Munich brewery Paulaner and the Salvator doppelbock they’ve been brewing for almost… Read more
Style
Doppelbock
ABV
7.6%

Modus Operandi Press Rewind IPA

Tapped July 7, 2020
When Modus set up their hazy program, they did two things. One: they gave themselves licence to experiment further with hazy beers. Two: they gave themselves space to keep working with non-hazy beers, rather than getting entirely swept up in the haze craze. With Press Rewind, they’ve pulled away from the tropical juice flavours, negligible malt character and low bitterness of the NEIPA nebula and have landed back in West Coast IPA territory. Not only does Press Rewind not look like brekky juice,… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.5%

Modus Operandi MMXX Russian Imperial Stout

Tapped June 23, 2020
They say there’s a beer for every occasion, and when it comes to imperial stouts, occasion matters. I drank Modus Operandi’s MMXX in the cold of night on the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, while watching Sherlock Holmes track a gigantic hound with coal-black fur across the dark, craggy moors of England. I challenge you to find a better occasion to drink it - short of perhaps cracking it upon the wintry moors themselves. In an era where chocolate, lactose and nitro are so often… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
8.5%

Modus Operandi Hazy Series 04: Azacca, Mosaic & Hort 4337

Tapped May 28, 2020
When Modus said they were going to “take it up a notch” with their Hazy program, and that “the series gives us licence to play with yeast and hops and dial up the ABV”, they weren’t kidding. The fourth in the series is a triple dry-hopped, ten percent ABV fire hazard (in a good way). We’ve all heard of “Stop, Drop and Roll” when it comes to fire safety. Well, with this hot thing, we need to follow those instructions in reverse. Roll - Roll the can briefly before opening to wake up… Read more
Style
TDH IIPA
ABV
10.0%

Modus Operandi Hazy Series 03: Mango Hazy with El Dorado & Mosaic

Tapped May 19, 2020
You have to give MO points for the consistent theme of their Hazy series. Hazy 01 was a 5 percent ABV pale with Galaxy, Citra and Mosaic hops; Hazy 02 was a 6 percent ABV IPA with Mosaic, El Dorado and Galaxy hops. It’s only fitting that Modus should take another step up with Hazy 03 and make a 7 percent ABV mango IPA with El Dorado and Mosaic. As with all hazy beers, give the can a gentle roll before pouring; it works wonders to ensure that much sought-after haze makes it into your glass. Then,… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA with Mango
ABV
7.0%

Modus Operandi Hazy Series 01: Hazy Pale

Tapped April 16, 2020
Former Tenant. Sonic Prayer. Dream Weaver. Future Factory. We could go on listing all the popular hop-forward Modus Operandi beers of recent years but we’d likely miss a few. Heck, there’s been enough of them even the brewery team may well forget a few. Hoppy beers are a big part of the brewery’s DNA and they've been turning increasingly hazy too. Which brings us here to the launch of a new program dedicated to the haze. The first beer in the Hazy Series – complete with a label as decipherable… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale
ABV
5.0%

Modus Operandi Blueberry Imperial Sour

Tapped March 20, 2020
Three hundred kilos of blueberries. That's an awful lot of blueberries. If you're having trouble visualising it, that’s 2,400 punnets, or approximately 2.8 plump Violet Beauregardes. It's also how many blueberries the team at Modus Operandi put into their Blueberry Imperial Sour. Apparently the team "hand pummelled” the blueberries. I like to imagine that's exactly as messy as it sounds, possibly also involving a lot of stomping (hygienically, of course), but I guess it's more likely they… Read more
Style
Imperial Blueberry Sour
ABV
8.0%
Stockists

On nationwide release wherever you find Modus beers

Modus Operandi Fizz Wizard Sour IPA

Tapped February 12, 2020
For their first nationwide limited release tinnie of 2020, Modus Operandi have followed a path they walked regularly in 2019 – and, really, have done ever since they launched – with another hop forward IPA. It’s not just hops at play here, though, with Fizz Wizard combining its hops with a mouth-puckering tartness and fresh fruit in a beer that’s aims to help knock back the last of the summer’s heat and humidity. There’s no prize for guessing where the name came from but we'd defy any… Read more
Style
Sour IPA
ABV
5.6%
Stockists

Check the brewery's stockist list for your nearest Fizz Wizard

Modus Operandi Sonic Prayer Hazy IPA & DIPA

Tapped December 13, 2019
The psychedelically-inspired Sonic Prayer first started sending out its hoppy reverbs as a limited release in 2015 but its popularity - both among drinkers and within the Modus team - soon saw the beer move into the brewery’s core range. Now Modus have quite literally doubled down on the beer by offering up two super Sonic twins: Hazy and Double Sonic. You can watch the yarn of their conception here (one told with a reliably tongue-in-cheek approach) but the premise of the double release is a simple… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA & Double IPA
ABV
6.0%

Modus Operandi Beached Az Brew Trans Tasman Ale

Tapped November 26, 2019
Cult cartoon Beached Az made a return recently in the shape of a new ten-part series to mark the decade of whale and seagull's first adventures on the ABC. The shows – and accompanying documentary series Teached Az – focus on issues such as climate change, overfishing, the impact of plastic on beach and ocean life and so on. As whale and seagull tell Josh Pikefish in one episode, if you want to get a message across to someone it's best to do it in a positive manner. And what could be more positive… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
4.5%

Modus Operandi Dream Weaver 2019

Tapped October 2, 2019
In a world of nonstop new releases, with a fresh NEIPA around every corner, it takes confidence, courage, and quality to re-release a hazy IPA. Luckily Modus Operandi have all three, and have channelled them superbly into this year’s Dream Weaver. There have been some minor changes to the recipe, as hinted at by the slight change in the name from “Unfiltered IPA” to “Hazy IPA”. The biggest change was switching yeasts to London Fog (which seems to be revealing itself as one of Modus’ favourite… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
7.0%

Modus Operandi Pangea International IPA

Tapped July 31, 2019
Plenty of breweries release an IPA for International IPA Day - free marketing, right? But one clever soul at Modus Operandi had a stroke of genius: when the team was discussing what kind of IPA to make, they said, “It’s International IPA Day… why don’t we make an International IPA?” So that’s exactly what they did. They used hops from all over the world - Magnum from Germany, Styrian Golding from Slovenia, Cashmere and Centennial from USA, Kohatu from New Zealand, and Galaxy from our… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.5%

Modus Operandi Born To Rum Porter

Tapped April 23, 2019
Is there anything better than combining Springsteen and craft beer? Not in this writer’s opinion. Modus Operandi’s Boss-inspired Born To Rum was first poured at the Good Beer Week Gala in March 2019 and has been given the chance to run away with a much wider tinnie release for Easter. Taste wise Born to Rum is a little like a rum-injected version of the brewery’s oft seen Silent Knight Porter – one that’s sprung with coconut too. As you strap your hands around the beer, it's the rich dark… Read more
Style
Rum Porter
ABV
6.5%

Modus Operandi & RAS Show Stopper

Tapped April 14, 2019
The prominent event in many a Sydneysider’s calendar at this time of year is the Royal Easter Show, which brings local and regional livestock, produce and entertainment to the city for a few weeks. In 2019, there’s a better reason than ever to visit, and that’s thanks to the creation of a unique beer brewed exclusively for the show, Show Stopper. Made with freshly-harvested Cascade hops from small NSW grower Ryefield Hops, malt sourced from Voyager Craft Malt, and brewed by Modus Operandi,… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
4.2%
Stockists

Find it at Sydney's Royal Easter Show

Modus Operandi Future Factory IIIPA 2019

Tapped February 15, 2019
Even before the second (not third as we originally wrote) instalment in Modus Operandi's Future Factory series reached shelves, corners of the beer internet were closely watching to see where the cans would land. It’s little wonder: the Mona Vale brewery has done a marvellous job carving a place for its hop forward beers in the hearts of many a craft beer fan – not to mention beer judges – and a hazy triple IPA seems a surefire way to stoke excitement levels all the way up to ten. And that… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
10.0%
Stockists

Modus Operandi Brewery

Heartbreaker, VIC

Royal Albert Hotel, NSW

Franklin Hotel, SA

Then nationwide

More stockists...

Modus Operandi Tropic Haze Unfiltered Pale

Tapped November 27, 2018
For their final nationwide new release of 2018 Modus Operandi hasn’t delivered a showstopper. At least not in a knockout punch / injury time field goal / fireworks at the end of a concert way. Tropical Haze is more a case of subtle envelopment, where you don’t necessarily know you’ve been got ’til they have you. And it’s part of a longer journey. The beer itself is a five percent ABV pale ale (remember those?) rather than the almost-anticipated big, hazy IPA. Yes, it’s still got a boatload… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Available nationwide from good beer stockists

Modus Operandi Southern Hemispheric Black IPA

Tapped August 24, 2018
The third of the Black Label series beers to leave Modus Operandi's Mona Vale brewery in winter 2018 is a kind of Southern Hemisphere spin on their hugely popular Cascadian Howl. We say "kind of" as it's close to black and chock full of hops, but it's also not as big or dense on the palate. The main point of difference, however, is the provenance of the hops, all of which come from Australia and New Zealand. They're set to work in a beer that, were you to present to a blindfolded mate,… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
6.9%
Stockists

Southern Hemispheric is launched on Aug 24 at:

Carro Bowlo Newcastle

Royal Albert Hotel

New Brighton Hotel

Old Canberra Inn

Mongrel

Saint John Craft Beer

Then at Bendigo on the Hop on Aug 25

More stockists...

Modus Operandi Moon Tan Stout

Tapped June 22, 2018
It’s not often they make ‘em like this any more. More hops. More booze. More sweet. More sour. That’s what the people want, they say. It’s all about having something fresh, something new, they say – the planned obsolesce of the beer world putting the classics out of fashion. But some things will never be out of style. A solid stout is one of them. Modus Operandi found the imperative to make one for BrewCon 2018, the beer conference being held in their home city of Sydney. They got talking… Read more
Style
Stout
ABV
6.8%

Modus Operandi Dream Weaver Unfiltered IPA

Tapped April 24, 2018
You could feign surprise that Modus Operandi’s latest limited release is a New England style IPA. You’d fool no one. At least, no one that’s been paying attention. In roughly the past year’s worth of monthly one-off beers from the Mona Vale brewery, the bulk of them have been hazy or an IPA or both. Indeed, few local brewers have dedicated as much time and resource towards an apparent fascination with what became, with surprising rapidity, the defining beer style of 2017. And that may well… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
7.0%
Stockists

For full list of stockists, see the Modus website

Modus Operandi Majestic Leopard

Tapped February 24, 2018
Modus Operandi continues along the path it has been treading – or perhaps in this case, prowling and pouncing – in recent months with another beer that's all about the hops and the haze. Majestic Leopard – complete with image of rather timid looking pussy cat on the label – is "a little beer that wants to be bigger", according to the brewery, which is also tagging it a session ale, even at 5 percent ABV. What you get from its cloudy goldenness is a kinda creamy, hop led texture,… Read more
Style
Hazy Session Pale
ABV
5.0%

Modus Operandi Sunstroke IIPA & Twisted Melons

Tapped January 26, 2018
The folk at Modus Operandi have evidently been channeling the spirit of mateship in the lead up to long weekend as they’ve teamed up with two top beer venues in different states for their first two new releases of 2018. The first is Sunstroke, a double IPA brewed for the second Hopquest event at Beer DeLuxe in Melbourne’s Fed Square. An unfiltered, tropical fruit focused IIPA, it would appear to be a natural progression from the Future Factory IIPA that closed out 2017 in such a sweet way for… Read more
Style
IIPA & Watermelon Gose
ABV
8.6% & 5.6%
Stockists

And select venues in ACT, NSW, SA & VIC

Modus Operandi Future Factory IIPA

Tapped November 17, 2017
Finish with a bang. That was the general vibe in Mona Vale when the brewers of team Modus got together to decide what would be their last limited release canned run for 2017. And what could be more appropriate for a hop focused brewery than an even hoppier beer? So it is we arrive at the Future Factory double IPA. In creating it they’ve evidently leaned on some of the lessons learned from one of their major projects of 2017, namely a steady exploration of increasingly hazy New England IPAs. Having… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.5%

Modus Operandi Gadzooks & Tropical Contact High IPAs

Tapped September 18, 2017
Pushing boundaries and experimentation are welcome features of the craft beer world. And, arguably, the one experiment to have been most widely tested by brewers in Australia in recent times is that of the New England IPA. In some quarters, the hazy, juice like style has been galvanising and, in others, polarising, but almost everywhere it has sparked curiosity. That’s certainly the case in Mona Vale where the Modus Operandi brewers have released several different versions of the style, each of… Read more
Style
New England IPAs
ABV
6.3% & 6.8%

Modus Operandi Triple Deity IPA

Tapped August 2, 2017
On the occasion of its third birthday, Modus Operandi officially joined the haze craze. Sure, they’d previously added some yeasty fuzz to a batch of XPA and partaken in some collaborative cloudiness down on the Yeast Coast, but this represented their first concerted solo push into the murky realms of the New England style IPA. It’s called the Triple Deity, it looks like the leftovers in the sink after you've cleaned a paintbrush and it tastes like a piece of citrus fruit bitten right off a tree.… Read more
Style
New England IPA
ABV
6.4%

Modus Operandi & Wheaty Brewing Corps & Fixation Yeast Coast IPA

Tapped August 1, 2017
Like one of those supergroups that forms from time to time in the music world and bashes out a few great tunes before returning to their individual awesomeness, the crews from Modus Operandi, Fixation and the Wheaty Brewing Corps have brought the band back together for the Yeast Coast IPA. It’s a beer that’s been made before, starting out at a past Good Beer Wheaty in Adelaide and to which Chris White, from American yeast propagator White Labs, also added some crucial expertise. It was crucial… Read more
Style
New England IPA
ABV
6.6%
Bitterness
45 IBU

Modus Operandi Cascadian Howl

Tapped May 26, 2017
Pretty well everyone knows that Modus Operandi makes a good hoppy beer. Their reputation has, for the main, been built upon that; look at the pile of trophies their beers have gotten at competitions since their inception and you’ll find it’s hoppy ones that are responsible for most of them. But the brewery is no one trick pony. In 2016, for example, our NSW panel put forward their assortment of dark beers as some of the best new beers in the state. Then there's a beer like the Silent Knight Porter… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
8.2%

Modus Operandi Lost Key XPA

Tapped February 10, 2017
At the end of last year, our panel selecting their best new NSW beers of the year threw something of a curveball. Modus Operandi has, more than anything else, made its name on the back of a series of fine hop forward releases. Yet the panel chose to highlight the Mona Vale brewery's darker side. For the first limited run can release of 2017, however, it's back to their beloved little green flowers in the shape of Lost Key, an XPA first brewed with Black Bunny Kitchen from the Sunshine Coast late… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
5.2%
Stockists

And many good beer outlets across NSW

Modus Operandi Haver IPA

Tapped September 29, 2016
While they make tight beers across plenty of styles, Modus Operandi has undoubtedly built much of its fame from its hoppy beers. The recent announcement that they had retired their former trophy-winning IPA, Zoo Feeder, from the core range was met with disappointment by many, but the good news for lovers of Modus’ big hop bombs is that they’ve barely managed to go two weeks before releasing another one. This new beer has been brewed in collaboration with the team from The Dutch Trading Co.,… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
7.4%

Modus Operandi Kiwi Kerfuffle In Brussels

Tapped August 26, 2016
Despite the attention they get for their hoppy American beers, Modus Operandi has long had a thing for saisons – in fact, on day one of their brewery opening they poured two in the form of Pepper In The Rye and MOFOS, with more soon following. But the latest may well be their best yet. It’s called Kiwi Kerfuffles In Brussels and if you guessed that this means a Belgian saison yeast crossed with New Zealand hops, you’d be right. It throws out some bubblegum aromas at first but the big winner… Read more
Style
Hoppy Saison
ABV
7.2%
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Modus Operandi Lager

Tapped August 6, 2016
In something of a surprise move, Modus Operandi has brewed a lager. That’s not to say that they were ever lager-averse – in fact, considering the clientele around their Mona Vale home, you can imagine their locals would have been right into it from the beginning – but that they’ve had such a fast start to brewery life and their beers are in such healthy demand that you can’t image them having the capacity to let a lager sit around and take up valuable tank space. Yet they’ve decided to… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
4.6%

Modus Operandi Whippa Snipa

Tapped July 27, 2016
If were to put the words "Modus Operandi" and "IPA" together in a sentence, logic would tend to send you towards either of their pair of multi award-winning American IPAs, Former Tenant and Zoo Feeder. But for something a little different and a little subtler, they’ve released a session IPA. For non-Aussies, Whippa Snipa is a local colloquialism for a weed whacker / weed eater and its inference here is of being a lawnmower beer, which is to say one you’ll be craving once you’re… Read more
Style
Session IPA
ABV
4.1%
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Modus Operandi Caribbean Queen

Tapped July 27, 2016
With such a successful start to life as a brewery, it’s hard to believe that Modus Operandi has only just turned two years old. But it is true, and has been marked with a birthday beer. A homage to Billy Ocean that sounds more like the name of a cruise ship, Modus’ birthday beer is a brown ale called Caribbean Queen. It’s something with roots in the equatorial islands, having had loads of coconut and milk chocolate added, and it’s the latter which has really come to the fore to create a… Read more
Style
Dark Ale
ABV
6.7%
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Modus Operandi MODJUICE

Tapped July 1, 2016
Hot on the heels of plundering their hop stockpile for the multi-venue, simultaneously tapped, "fresh is best", CCC double IPA, the crew at Modus Operandi is balancing out the ledger with a spritely session IPA. And it’s something of a diametrically adjusted ale, seeing as it’s more of a summer style beer but one that’s been prepped for winter. You see, during flu season everyone is reaching for the vitamin C in the hope that it will help stave off the ill effects of the virus (although… Read more
Style
Health Beer
ABV
3.5%
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Modus Operandi Escobar Stout

Tapped March 18, 2016
After a couple of years dazzling people with their straight up hoppy IPAs, Modus Operandi has been quietly following a more esoteric path of late. First there was the Earthless-inspired Sonic Prayer IPA, then the Powcohicora-influenced Drupey One, now comes a stout made with yerba mate and named after everyone’s favourite pre-nineties moustachioed purveyor of illicit narcotics, Pablo Escobar. The beer is built on a traditional British oatmeal milk stout base of crystal and chocolate malts, but… Read more
Style
Oatmeal Stout
ABV
6.0%
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Modus Operandi The Drupey One

Tapped March 3, 2016
The first new beer for Modus Operandi in 2016 is a bonafide autumn seasonal release, although not one directly inspired by the Australian version of autumn. Rather, its roots lie in the fall of the northern hemisphere which marks the onset of the pecan nut harvest. MO brewer Dennis, an American whom we can trust for such tidbits, says pecans are synonymous with autumn in the states and that the pecan is the only nut native to the USA; it was purportedly a major autumnal food source for Native Americans,… Read more
Style
Nut Brown Ale
ABV
4.5%
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Modus Operandi Cream of the Hop #4

Tapped December 21, 2015
The fourth and final Cream of the Hop release from Modus Operandi in 2015 seems to underline a change of direction for the series. Having begun mid-year as a way to showcase a single experimental hop, subsequent releases have gradually moved away from that idea and morphed into a wider in-house experimentation program. The one important constant still holding it all together is that all the Cream of the Hop beers use the same wheat-heavy grist as a base, though they’ve no longer restricted themselves… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.6%
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Modus Operandi Summer Saison

Tapped November 28, 2015
From day one, it’s been clear that Modus Operandi don’t mind experimenting with a saison or three. Launching with the spicy Pepper in the Rye and ‘Funky Orange’ MOFOS, they’ve followed up with one made with passionfruit, one with honey and a sub four percent ABV, poetically licensed bastard pilsner blend named for Elton John’s exquisite Tiny Dancer. The sixth and latest is the Summer Saison. The idea here was to keep things pretty traditional and pretty French. To that end, they’ve… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
4.0%
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Modus Operandi Cream of the Hop #3

Tapped October 13, 2015
Timed rather nicely for the onset of a spell of warm weather, Modus Operandi have released the third in their Cream of the Hop series. As with previous efforts, it’s built on a wheat pale ale base and has had experimental hops added. The first used the still-in-development Australian hop HPA35, the second used American Azacca and this third builds on that theme, but in a slightly more celestial sense, by using Equinox hops from the USA. Considering it’s a new hop to the people who brewed the… Read more
Style
Single Hop Pale Ale
ABV
5.6%
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Modus Operandi 3.30 Coffee Lager

Tapped September 24, 2015
Before Modus Operandi properly burst onto the beer scene towards the end of 2014, they’d been tinkering away for a few months in their Mona Vale brewery and honing their core range of beers. But filling the final, vacant tap space was a one-off release called 3:30, so named for the time (in the post meridian sense) that you might be dwelling on whether it was too late for a coffee or too early for a beer. It’s a “pivotal” point in the day, say the brewers, so the answer, clearly, was both:… Read more
Style
Coffee Lager
ABV
5.0%
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Modus Operandi Cream of the Hop #2

Tapped August 21, 2015
When Modus Operandi released their Cream of the Hop #1 in July, we were under the impression that it was going to be an annual brew and we wouldn’t see the follow-up until 2016. Considering that it’s only August and they’re releasing Cream of the Hop #2, we were apparently rather mistaken. The idea of this series is to use the same base beer each time but showcase a different, experimental hop. Far from being a way to trial only the latest Australian grown hops – as was the case in COTH… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.6%
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Modus Operandi Total Eclipse

Tapped July 25, 2015
To help them reflect on the best of the year just gone (and it has been a rather good one), for their first birthday the team at Modus Operandi are tapping a special treat in the form of a Russian Imperial Stout. Or, rather, two of them. The original beer was brewed six months previous before being divided in two, with some going into Bimbadgen Estate port barrels and some going into Lark distillery whiskey barrels. Having been torn apart, left sitting around for six months, wondering what to do… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
9.5%
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Modus Operandi Cream of the Hop #1

Tapped July 23, 2015
Modus Operandi have garnered themselves quite the reputation when it comes to hoppy beers. Thus far that’s largely been thanks to brewer DJ McCready who, having brought his experience working in the comparatively advanced US beer scene, has been creating recipes that manage to balance in-your-face American flavour and flair like a stilt walking, stars and stripes adorned Abe Lincoln mascot. But the brewery’s latest one-off is something of a departure from the norm, not because they’ve shied… Read more
Style
Australian Pale Ale
ABV
5.6%
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Modus Operandi Black Lab Milk Stout

Tapped June 26, 2015
If you’ve ever popped up to the Modus Operandi brewery in Mona Vale, it’s likely that you’ll have been greeted enthusiastically by the brewery’s unofficial mascot, a silky, jet black labrador named Stout. Being a puppy, he’s eager to get into everything, including bags of fermenting fruit – destined for beer – that dogs really shouldn’t eat because it gets them drunk and worries their owners that they’re about to cark it. However, having survived the perils of brewery life to date,… Read more
Style
Milk Stout
ABV
5.0%

Modus Operandi L90 Imperial IPA

Tapped June 1, 2015
For the uninitiated, the L90 is the longest commuter bus route in Sydney, winding its way more than 40 kilometres from the CBD up through the northern beaches. With no train lines in the area, the service is something of a lifeline for the carless of the northern suburbs and, for anyone wanting to travel to Modus Operandi, it’s also the most viable option for getting to and from the Mona Vale brewery. So when the brewing team put their heads together for ideas for their first entry to the GABS… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
9.0%
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Modus Operandi Barrel Aged IPAs

Tapped April 21, 2015
When we first visited Modus Operandi in mid 2014, a short while after they’d opened, owner Grant Wearin pointed out a couple of Lark Distillery barrels they’d procured. One was filled with their Dark Knight porter and the other was sitting empty and they were throwing around the idea of filling it with their red IPA, the Former Tenant, back before it had been crowned Champion Australian Craft Beer by the Craft Beer Industry Association. The barrel-aged porter came, was delicious, then went,… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged IPA
ABV
Various
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Modus Operandi / Royal Albert The Dopey One

Tapped March 19, 2015
The Royal Albert Hotel and Modus Operandi seem to be getting on rather well. The former has been pouring one or another of the latter’s beers almost every day since MO started exporting beyond Mona Vale and into Sydney proper. The Albert is also the only place outside the brewery to have one of Modus’ infamous CANimal machines behind the bar. If it wasn’t clear that these guys are already BFFs, they’ve now gone and made a beer together which, in brewing terms, pretty much means they’re… Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
ABV
5.0%

Modus Operandi Zoo Feeder IPA

In the early to mid 1900's the land where the Modus Operandi brewery now stands was owned by a gentleman named Edward Hallstrom. He was a noted philanthropist, which earned him a knighthood, and devoted much of his attention towards Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, using his land to grow feed and raise animals – amongst them a pair of white rhinos. As homage to this history, the team at Modus decided to name one of their flagship beers after him, the Zoo Feeder. The beer somewhat named in his honour is… Read more
Style
US IPA
ABV
7.2%
Awards

Champion IPA - Craft Beer Awards 2014
Champion IPA - Craft Beer Awards 2015

Modus Operandi Pepper In The Rye Saison

It would hardly be a Modus Operandi beer if it weren’t made in reference to a colourful cultural figure, whether that be Edward Hallstrom of Dee Why, Lola of old Soho or in this case Holden Caulfield, the adolescent protagonist from Catcher in the Rye. It’s supposed to be a fun and unashamedly different beer and it certainly is one that fits comfortably in the style category labelled ‘other’. Working off a Belgian farmhouse base, there are all manner of interesting things going on within;… Read more
Style
Table Saison
ABV
6.2%
Awards

Bronze - Craft Beer Awards 2014

Modus Operandi M.O.na Pale Ale

The story of this beer is that there is no real story - it’s just M.O.na Pale for Mona Vale. But unfortunately that’s selling the beer a bit short. This US-inspired pale ale started out in the brewery's permanent range before being bumped to a seasonal when they rebranded at the end of 2015. When they first opened it was Modus Operandi’s least-hoppy hoppy beer, but in saying that it sure ain’t short of hops. That’s thanks to six different additions of US Centennial which helps produce a… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
5.8%
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