Moon Under Water
Moon Under Water Brewpub | 350 Bay St, Victoria, BC V8T 1P7
Among the cluster of craft breweries in Victoria's Rock Bay area is newcomer, Moon Under Water. Owned and run by brewmaster, Clay Potter, Moon Under Water concentrates on traditional German lager-style beers. Clay is disarmingly open as he talks about the traditional Decoction Mashing process he uses. "As far as I know, no one else is doing that around Canada" he says. Clay believes this time-consuming additional effort allows him to make "...really dry beers with intense flavours." Clay studied biochemistry but decided he wanted to get into brewing. At first, he worked running Lighthouse Brewing's lab. After the mass exodus of the core team that formed spin-off Driftwood, he got hands-on experience working under Paul Hoyne. Like a number of Canada's brewmasters, he went back to school in Scotland getting his Masters in Brewing & Distilling. Returning to Canada, his mother Ann Farmer and his step-father Steve Ash convinced him to purchase old converted German-style brewing equipment and start Moon Under Water. Today, Ann runs the brewpub, Steve runs the associated distilling operation. Clay can be found there every morning at 5 am starting the first of the day's two brews. Moon Under Water comes from the 1946 essay by George Orwell about a fictitious public house.