The Black Oystercatcher Wines has bought the most southerly craft brewery, Fraser’s Folly. The brewhouse will now move to the Black Oystercatcher Wine Farm, where founder and brewmaster Fraser Crighton will continue to make and represent the beer.
According to Dirk Human, founder of the Black Oystercatcher, the addition of Fraser’s Folly to the Black Oystercatcher’s wine repertoire was a logical next step.
“I’ve always loved the beer. So for us to bring Fraser’s Folly into the Black Oystercatcher’s fold made perfect sense. We’re now looking forward to together growing the business further.”
The Black Oystercatcher is now converting an old shed to become the new brewhouse, and has bought new equipment. This will allow Fraser’s Folly to meet the rising demand, and to continuously work to perfect quality.
The Black Oystercatcher’s focus will remain on winemaking, the restaurant and the accommodation on the farm. However, Human adds that with the Fraser’s Folly Brewhouse on the farm, it’ll add to the Black Oystercatcher experience.
“We’ve built a new venue for our restaurant and events, we’re adding a brewhouse where visitors can see the process of making beer in action, and we’re adding a deli and a range of other local products to our range. It’s all part of providing visitors to our area a reason to stay a little longer in the Overberg.”
The Fraser’s Folly Brewhouse will officially launch at the Black Oystercatcher Beer Festival on 16 December – a free festival for beer and wine lovers.
Fraser’s Folly will also form part of the Tip of Africa SOS Festival (Sauvignon Blanc, Oysters and Stout Festival), taking place from 26-28 December.