Award-winning, nationally recognised brewery, Modus, has just opened the very large doors to its epic new Merewether brewery – a fully operational brewery, alongside an architecturally spectacular and innovative dining space, set in the heart of the beachside Newcastle suburb of Merewether.
Grant and Jaz Wearin, the founders and owners of Modus, had always had their eyes on the Newcastle area, despite setting up their first brewery in the Northern Beaches suburb of Mona Vale seven years ago. Newcastle was always in their blood with Grant’s family hailing from the area and with his grandfather owning the local corner shop just around the corner from the new brewery.
In 2019, after searching for some years, Grant and Jaz found their dream Merewether site, which was originally a panel beating business. Once the development was approved in 2020, the team has been full steam ahead creating a striking and innovative space, which operates on 100% green energy.
Already earmarked for architectural design awards due to its imaginative and sustainable architectural materials, the new Modus brewery is unlike any other built in Australia. The spectacular space is highlighted by three-metre rammed earth walls, crafted with earth from bushfire-ravaged regions; a nine-metre-high, glowing cube structure housing the brewery tanks; one-of-a-kind bathroom tiles fabricated from recycled shampoo bottles; two 10-metre bars also made of rammed earth; and a pavilion space featuring six-metre-high sliding doors and mature trees to give a sense of space. To top this off, the brewery equipment is state of the art and will feature impressive solar and water saving systems, making the site truly sustainable. And, all this only minutes away from the picturesque Merewether Beach.
The breathtaking space can house just under 300 people and visitors can enjoy delicious, brewery-fresh Modus beers poured from 36 frosty taps. The beers on offer will include the core Modus range, including their non-alcoholic NORT range, as well as limited local-only releases ranging from sours to lagers, hazy hoppy IPA’s to dark beers. The range will be insane and always changing! And if beer isn’t your thing, don’t worry – an extensive selection of curated cocktails, wines and spirits are also on offer.
The menu is going to be as delicious and innovative as the drinks on offer – elevated pub fare with a sprinkle of fresh Mexican and fresh seafood, small and large share plates, an entire vegan section, innovative kids meals, takeaway lunch options, barista-made coffee, offerings from The General such as offer fresh bread, deli selections, wines and more. There will also be a large selection of Modus and NORT takeaway options when it comes to beer and merchandise.
Being part of the local community has been part of this new brewery’s DNA with the architect, all the construction team and the vast majority of contractors being from the Newcastle area.
Grant commented about the brewery and its new community, “Modus is a national beer brand, which will now be headquartered and brewed in Newcastle. We will proudly be employing over 60 employees in the hospitality and manufacturing industries, which have been hit hard by the pandemic. Newcastle is known for its manufacturing history and we are excited to now be part of its next chapter in industry.
“Brewing is usually hidden in industrial areas, but we wanted to be able to share this venue with the community, which is why we worked so hard at securing a site that everyone in Newcastle could easily access and not only see the brewing process unfold in front of them, but also to sit and enjoy a world-class hospitality venue in an amazing location.”
This multi-purpose venue has impressive function spaces (Barrel Room, Operandi Room & The Pavilion) for corporate and social functions and will include a huge kids area, slated for later in the year, which will also be available to be booked out for private kids’ functions.
There will be brewery tours, masterclass events, limited edition beer release occasions and collaboration events with the local community (think surf film releases, live football screening, pints & Picasso, men sheds, cocktail making etc), as well as night markets in the laneway to the side of the venue in 2022.
20 Merewether Street, Merewether NSW 2291
02 4011 5850
Images: Dom Cherry