Decoction: the liquor resulting from concentrating the essence of a substance by heating or boiling, especially a medicinal preparation made from a plant.
The use of the decoction process or technique creates the distinctiveness enjoyed in Moon Under Water beer. The only known brewery in Western Canada to use this ancient tradition born out of Germany, very few breweries use the method in North America or worldwide anymore. They also employ traditional lagering techniques which take 6-8 weeks. The reason: it takes 6-8 weeks for a brew versus 6-8 days, thus requiring addition tanks and a lot of patience.
Into their fourth year of ownership, Moon Under Water’s story sounds like planetary alignment the universe allowed to happen as Anne Farmer and son Clay Potter lead the family-run business. Clay studied Microbiology at UVic with the vision of working in the medical field. During a Microbiology Co-op at Lighthouse Brewing he fell in love with brewing and went on to do a Master’s Degree in Brewing & Distilling at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Shortly after finishing his Master’s, Moon Under Water was up for sale and they jumped on the opportunity.
Now open seven days a week with a brand built for sales happening all over BC, they can hardly keep up with the space and demand. They brew seven days a week and since purchasing the brewery they acquired four more custom-built tanks for the intricate German style brewing process. Last year Moon Under Water’s “Lightside of the Moon” was voted by CBC as the best craft beer for the summer. They offer six core beers on tap well as very sought after seasonals for off-sales and growler fills at the brewpub, and you’ll find the beer in most private and government liquor stores throughout BC in both cans and bombers.
Besides this incredible feel good success story, co-owner Anne says, “People keep coming back to the brewpub for the atmosphere, the high quality award-winning beer, and the food.”
Clay and Anne hope you’ll enjoy some of your time this long weekend at the brewpub or enjoying one of their brews with your feet up relaxing.