A Declaration of Independence.

As most of you know, Modus remains proudly independent. Which means it is still owned and operated by Jaz & Grant Wearin, who began the business 5 years ago. Modus is run by a small team of around 30, spread from office duties to brewery, venue and sales. Jaz & Grant are still very much hands on, and remain active members of the team on a day to day basis.

As the new 375ml cans rolled out earlier in the year, you’d notice a new addition to the cans. The Independent Brewers Associations (IBA) Independence Seal.

Image courtesy of iba.org.au

Image courtesy of iba.org.au

This seal is designed to help Australian owned independent breweries differentiate themselves from those owned by multi-national beer companies. This seal also assists Aussie craft beer fans to easily identify local and independent breweries and encourage consumers to #askforindiebeer.

As BrewCon 2019 opened this week, we wanted to work with Liquex Logistics, and the Independent Brewers Association, to celebrate all things independent.

The name Liquex Logistics may not mean much to you now, but this company has very much the same M.O. as we do here at Modus Operandi, and we’re proud to partner up with them for the Indie Awards season this year. Based in Melbourne VIC, Liquex Logistics have been providing warehouse and logistic solutions to the beverage industry for over 30 years.

As you may know, we cold store and cold transport all our products so consumers are getting the freshest product available. This isn’t something we take lightly, and we’ve even converted our delivery truck into a roving cool room. So this partnership was destined to happen.

We also worked with local Melbourne artist, Keo Match, who created an amazing mural for us, on the side of the Liquex Logistics warehouse in Sunshine West, VIC. Keo is an Australian Creative & Painter. He is skilled in the art of illustration, graphic design and even animation. Go and have a look at what else this legend does at www.keomatch.com.au

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In a final sign off to Indie Beer, we are extremely proud to report Modus picked up the Champion IPA award last night for Former Tenant Red IPA at the Indie Beer Awards. This is the fourth time Modus has picked up the Champion Australian IPA award which we are very chuffed about! The atmosphere at last nights awards was contagious with a great outlook for Indie Beer in Australia. Watch this space! 

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MO Crew.jpg


The week that was

Well, don’t we have a lot to reflect on this week! Not only did we celebrate 5 years of Modus, we also held an in house IPA Masterclass to celebrate International IPA Day! We just wanted to thank each and every person who not only made it to one, or both of these events, but who wished us a Happy Birthday and helped Modus become what it is today!

We had an AMAZING turn out for our 5th Birthday, which saw 5 brand new beers, 2 amazing musical acts and a roving magician. Team M.O. worked around the clock to ensure this was a birthday that was not forgotten in a hurry!

We were joined by Morton Choppers, who wooed us throughout the afternoon until we were joined by the Rockabilly Gods known as The Van Demons. These guys know how to bring the noise! While the night went on, we had Magician Eric Kwok roving between guests and wowing the audience with some of the most insane acts we’ve ever seen.


We also teamed up with In an Instant Photo Booth so we could ensure everyone took home a little of the #modusturnsfive celebrations with them.

Check out our new Facebook photo album now!

Stay tuned for an update on our Fathers Day activities, and Modus Markets on the 25th of August.

Here’s cheers for 5 more years!

Pangea IPA

Pangea IPA

Pangea Unfiltered International IPA

Brewed for International IPA Day and pouring in time for the Modus 5th Birthday, we’re excited to announce our latest National Limited Release available in cans and pouring at some seriously exciting tap takeovers.

We will be pouring at the Birthday 27th July and then going deeper with a series of IPA Day events.

Modus IPA Day Masterclass

Carwyn Cellars IPA Day Masterclass, 12 Tap Showcase

Franklin Hotel, South Australia, 6 Tap Showcase

The Grainstore, Newcastle. IPA Day Showcase

2nd August

The Tipplers Tap Southbank 6 Tap Showcase

Hop Heads Vic Birthday Party 12 Tap Takeover

Beach Club Collaroy International Beer Day Takeover

East of Everything, 12 Tap Showcase

3rd August

Bar Joesphine, 5 Beers for 5 years

Old Canberra Inn, 9 Tap Showcase, 10th August

The Quarrymans, 16th August




Bilgola Cellars

Collaroy Plateau Cellars

Cromer Cellars 

Elanora Heights IGA

Le Pont Wine Store

IGA Elanora Heights

IGA Warriewood

Le Pont Wine Store, Clareville

Manly Bottler

New Brighton

North Avalon Cellars

North Balgowlah Cellars

North Curl Curl Cellars 

Pittwater Cellars

Porters Liquor Narrabeen

Sydney Wine Merchants

Terry Hills Tavern

Warriewood IGA

Waterfront Store Churchpoint



Beer Cartel 

Blue Gum Hotel

Bonds Corner Northbridge

Cellarbrations Lane Cove

Chambers Cellars Milsons Point

Cutty Cellars

Hornsby Porters

IGA St Ives

Jims Cellars 

Midway Cellars Denistone 

Porters St Ives

Tom's Cellars West Pymble

Waverton Porter’s

Wine Culture

Wine Haven



Ashfield Cellars

Balmain Wine Store

Barney’s Rosebury

Camperdown Cellars Parra Road

Lock Stock and Bottle

Liquor Emporium

P&V Bottle Shop

Prince Wine Store

Sydney Park Hotel

The Sackville Hotel

The Henson

The White Cokcatoo

Union Hotel

Woolpack Redfern


Bankstown Sports

Bottlemart Toongabbie

Craft Cartel


Australian Wine Centre

Aussie Heritage

Bondi Beach Cellars

Camperdown Cellars Bronte

Camperdown Cellars Darlinghurst

Camperdown Cellars Double Bay

Chippendale Cellars

Clock Bottle Shop Surry Hills

Coogee Bay Hotel, Coogee

Liquor Emporium Alexandria

Liquor Emporium St Peters

Little Bay Cellars

Lock Stock & Bottle

Oak Barrel

Red Bottle Pitt Street

Ritz Randwick

Robin Hood Hotel

Royal Albert Hotel

Steve’s Cool Booze, Kingsford


Barny's Rosebury

Bottle O Briens Cronulla

Lagarno Cellars

Little Bay Cellars

Loftus Cellars

Porters Liquor Bexley

Roxsia Hotel

Thirroul Cellars

Warilla Celebrations


Coledale Cellars

Crown West Cellars

Husskson Drive Thru

Mollymook Cellars

Page Bottler

Panania Cellars


Picton Cellars

The Little Prince

Thirroul Cellars

Warilla Cellarbrations  


Bottlemart Blaxland

Carrington Cellars

D'Vine Cellars

Glenbrook Liquor Store

Lapstone Hotel

Leura Cellars 


DaQuinios Group


Adamstown Cellarbrations

Berkley Vale Cellars

Bottle O Lambton

Georgetown Cellars

Oldfield Cellars

Prince Of Wales

Tamworth Hotel

Tighes Hill

The Dam

Tighes Hills Cellars

Warners at the Bay 

Welders Dog


Great Northern 


Page Bottler

Plonk Belconnen

Plonk Fyshwick



Black Sheep Newmarket

Black Sheep St Lucia

Black Sheep Stafford 

Black Sheep The Gap

Black Sheep Sues Corner + Shorncliffe 

Brisbane Brewhouse

Cellarbrations Aspley Hotel

Cellarbrations Bowen Hills

Cellarbrations Currumbin Creek

Cellarbrations Greenslopes

Cellarbrations Surfair

Cellarbrations Treetops Tavern

Cellarbrations Wises Road

Cellarbrations Yandina Hotel

Craft Red Hill

Federal Hotel

Harry Brown Eaton Hills 

Harry Brown’s PA Hotel

Hemmingways Cairns

Liquor Legends Stafford Tavern 

Malt Traders CBD

McGuires Carina

Norths Leagues Club

Ritchies Boambee

Stone and Brew

The Northern Hotel Byron Bay

Super Cellars Muwillumbah

The Wine Emporium 

Valley Wine Store

My Beer Dealer




APOD Liquor

Abacus Bar and Kitchen

Arbory Bar & Eatery

Ascot Vale Cellars

Bar Josephine

Beermash Cellars

Beer Deluxe Fed Square

Blackhearts & Sparrows

Bottle House Balaclava

Carwyn Cellars 

Cambrian Hotel

Cellarbrations Chas Cole

Cellarbrations Jacks Cellars

Cellarbrations Tottenham

Clifton Hill Brew Pub



Dr Morse

East of Everything

Far Side Beers

Fiz and Hop

Grape & Grain


Hop Supply Co

Hopheads Altona

Hopheads Point Cook

Hudson Road Wine & Beer



Local Bottle Shop

Local Taphouse

Malt & Vine

Melbourne Cellar Door

Mr West

Nillumbik Cellars 

Olinda Cellars

Otters Promise

Parkhill Cellars

Pin Oak Beer and Wine

Purvis Cellars

Ritchies IGA Tower Hill

Slowbeer Fitzroy

Smith St Cellars

Stockade Cellars

The Local Taphouse

Union Wine Store

Village Vineyard

The Vin Wine & Spirits

Vintage 72

Williamstown Fine Wine

Wine Rebublic Northcote



Boyanup Cellars

Cellarbrations Ardross

Cellarbrations Beldivis

Como Crafty Corner

Copper & Oak

Harry Brown

Int Beer Shop, Leederville 

Liberty Liquor

Liquor Barons Austin Lakes

Liquor Barrons Bullcreek

Liquor Barons Duncraig

Liquor Barons Greenwood

Liquor Barons Hillarys

Liquor Barons Ocean Reef

Liquor Barons Perth City

Liquor Shed, Jandakot

Swanbourne Cellars 

St James Bottle-O

The River


Thirsty Camel Maddington

Wine Thief



Booze Brothers Unley

Gilbert Street Hotel

Goodwood Cellars

Lakes Resort Hotel

Old Spot Cellars

Parade Cellars

Pulpit Cellars

Sip N Save Cellars West Beach

The Edinburgh Hotel & Cellars

The Franklin Hotel

The Little Pub

Wheatsheaf Hotel


Big Bargain Lenah Valley

Cellarbrations Cambridge

Cellarbrations at the Abbey

Cellarbrations Kingston

Cool Wine Hobart

Crown Cellars

Destination Cellars

Empress Craft Beer

Evolve @ MACq01

Hop Vine and Still

Jack Greene



Saint John Craft Beer

Shoreline Hotel Bottleshop 

Steve’s Liquor Lindisfarne

The Bush Inn Deloraine

The Tah Hotel Bottleshop 

World’s End Brew Pub

9/11 Devonport 

9/11 Gasworks

9/11 Kingston

9/11 Launceston City

9/11 Newstead

9/11 New Norfolk

9/11 Shoreline

9/11 St Ives



We’re a week out from the biggest party of the year, so now is the time to let you in on our secret Birthday Beer list. We’ve been working super hard to bring you a line-up you will not forget in a hurry.

To keep with the party theme, the first beer we’re going to introduce you to is:



This bad boy is choc full of oats, wheat and lactose fermented with London Fog years. El Dorado hops start adding the fruity layers to this before the Mango, Passionfruit and Strawberries are added creating this tasty treat.

ABV – 6.2%



No, we haven’t been slacking off around here playing NightCrawlers! This beer has been aged in Bourbon Barrels on vanilla beans (shout out to Woody Barrellson & Barrel Braithwaite). It is a dark, dessert style porter blended with blackberries, blueberries and raspberries to create a sweet finish that cuts against the dry base beer. Laughs are cheap… With this beer, we’re going for gasps.

ABV – 6.8%


This hazy pale has used a mix of Australian and Kiwi hops. Heaps of wheat and oats give it a soft mouthfeel while the London Fog yeast gives it a haze and loads of fruity esters that compliment the hops.

ABV – 5.5%



The Zoo Feeder is back, and we’re hungrier than ever! This was the only beer to win back to back champion IPA awards in 2014 & 2015. We took a classic English style IPA and made it stronger than ever with a heavy American style influence. We’ve bought this IPA back especially for IPA day, so strap those chaff bags on and get ready.

ABV – 7.2%


This year we had our first Modus Brew Club, and the team wanted to push the envelope with this one. We sourced Bergen Norwegian Kviek Yeast from Bluestone. Our malt came from our friends at Gladfield. This one we’re excited about!



A modern international unfiltered IPA – packed to the brim with flavour and aroma. We’ve tried loads of techniques to punch out the hops – first wort hop, bittering, late, whirlpool additions and a warm DH – oh and a cold one too!

ABV - 6.5%



It’s fitting we decided to make a Stout as our official birthday beer, as Stout is also turning 5 this year. This beer was brewed for our 5th Birthday, hence the name. It’s been barrel aged for months in Woodford Reserve Oak, this imperial stout has been blended to give a smooth, vanilla finish, complimented by the bourbon. At 13.2% this one is a sip and savour.

We’ve worked hard to bring you the best birthday line-up we could, and we couldn’t have done it without a few of our friends.

We’ve been lucky enough to work with local business, The Berry Man and their great range of fruits and purees for a few of these beers. Believe us when we say they’re berry good to work with… And they are better at berries than we are at puns…


We can’t wait to show you what else we have in store for you, so make sure you pop down to Modus H.Q. on Saturday the 27th of July to help us ring in 5 Years of Modus.