The long-awaited Moody Cow Brewery in Western Australia’s Ferguson Valley opened for business for the first time this week.
Moody Cow is the creation of Grant McClintock, the latest in a growing line of Australian homebrewers to take the logical but daring next step to commercial beer production.
The name of his business fits neatly with the Ferguson Valley’s dairy farming past, although McClintock assures this is accidental as it was coined long before a site for the operation had been acquired. Nevertheless, the connection has been reinforced by his use of ex-dairying vats to build a brewing system which in the main will produce 1,200 litre batches.
McClintock will maintain a draught focus at Moody Cow Brewery, although he has a small bottling plant and will bottle some unfiltered and unpasteurised beer for sale from his premises.
Beer, however, is not the only attraction at Moody Cow. The family-oriented complex includes a restaurant, space for weddings and other social functions, and a children’s playground. It is set in a rural landscape, with a grassy amphitheatre for outdoor concerts, and open space for do-it-yourself recreation.
Moody Cow Brewery,
791 Ferguson Road,
Ferguson Valley, WA, 6236
ph. 0408 987507