‘Drink­ing beer is about the qual­ity...’

Pas­sion­ate brewer says it is time to put his feet up

South Western Times - - Faces & Places - Mitchell Wood­cock – Grant McClin­tock

AFTER 10 years of hops, yeast and good times, Fer­gu­son Val­ley brewer Grant McClin­tock is mov­ing on from his pas­sion to travel the world.

Grant is no stranger to a sea-change, hav­ing left the min­ing in­dus­try after 25 years to fol­low his pas­sion for beer.

The crisp taste of an ale had al­ways been sweeter when it was brewed him­self, so Grant de­cided to share this with the world and start a busi­ness – The Moody Cow Brew­ery.

He said the min­ing in­dus­try had grown tire­some and hav­ing brewed a “de­cent drop” for a num­ber of years as a hobby, he de­cided to give it a go as ca­reer.

“I thought it was now or never and I did not want to die won­der­ing,” he said.

Grant said the defin­ing mo­ment of his brew­ing ca­reer was when he fin­ished his first Grun­ters Amber Ale.

“It is an English-style beer that is more malt-driven than hop-driven, but is nicely bal­anced,” he said.

“I mucked around with it for a fair while – when I was brew­ing it I was think­ing I might want some more colour in it or a bit more flavour.

“Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder and this one hap­pened to be the one for me which I found to be the best bal­anced.

“Drink­ing beer is about qual­ity not quan­tity.”

De­spite Grant’s pref­er­ence for the amber ale, the most pop­u­lar at Moody Cow is the Taksi Pale Ale. “It is not just a pale ale, but is more an ex­tra pale ale,” he said.

“There is a new hop called citra which I use and it gives it more of a fruity aroma that hits you be­fore it hits your lips.”

Grant said he had brewed beer for a long time, en­joy­ing both the process and the end re­sult.

“You are like an artist or a chef. You add in­gre­di­ents to it hop­ing to get the de­sired out­come,” he said.

“It is quite re­ward­ing, es­pe­cially when you pro­duce some­thing that comes out which peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate.” Grant did not just jump blindly into a busi­ness though, spend­ing a year at univer­sity study­ing the craft, be­fore work­ing for var­i­ous brew­eries both in WA and his na­tive coun­try of New Zealand.

Grant said it was time for him to “kick back a lit­tle bit” after putting his all into the brew­ing in­dus­try.

“I want to travel cen­tral Europe for a bit,” he said.

Grant will also spend more time with his fam­ily, but will still brew a drop or two in his spare time.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Grant McClin­tock gave away a ca­reer in min­ing to pur­sue his pas­sion for brew­ing beer. A decade later and he is now set to take up an­other pas­sion – travel.

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