FRASER’S FOLLY BREWING COMPANY
Crafting distinct, small batch beers with serious personality.
That’s why we started Fraser’s Folly Brewing Company. To craft unique, sought-after beers. It’s craft beer for the discerning beer drinker, for those looking to dodge the mainstream maelstrom. You won’t find us everywhere – on purpose. We choose to work with real beer enthusiasts, those who love craft beer as much as we do.
WHAT’S OUR SECRET?
We hand-select only natural ingredients; goods tested over generations. They’re wholesome and unprocessed, and lay the foundation for quality beer. Then there’s our cool, fresh, natural spring water – the heart of our beer.
And finally, our craft beers are blended with imagination, craftmanship and originality. Sure, we love brewing the easy-drinking ales. But we have just as much fun getting spunky, innovative and inspired in the brewery. It’s big personality – in every small batch.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THIS…
It’s the batch number, on EVERY bottle. This number tells of all the steps we take to vouch for the quality. It’s about using the right equipment. And about testing each small batch, after each brewing step.
IT’S NOT HARD TO SPOT US.
Our Fraser’s Folly Brewing Company packaging is a one-of-its-kind in South Africa. You’ll know it, and remember it, when you see it. Each bottle is hand-wrapped. (The packaging started by accident, when we ran out of stickers back in 2010). Today our glass bottles and natural paper wrapping are easy to repurpose or recycle.
BIG PERSONALITY IN OUR BEER
Since 2010, we’ve been developing – and perfecting – our recipes. But these aren’t your mainstream brews. It’s about using our imagination and craftmanship. And combining old-style brewing, with state-of-the-art equipment. The result? Personality you’ll taste. Yip, it’s that unique, while still being easy to drink. So pop in at the Black Oystercatcher Wine Farm (check in at the Tasting Room) to learn more.
FRASER’S FOLLY PILSNER
THE PILSNER IS A CRISP, EASY DRINKING SUMMER LAGER.
We ferment it half as ale and half as lager, and use two different yeasts. The result? A ‘hoppy’ lager with a nose of fresh bready malt, lemon (almost like lemon sherbet) and grassy hops. (Previously called the Soutie).
STYLE – PILSNER
- ABV 4,2% 4,2%
- IBU’s 22% 22%
A tasty pairing
Try the Pilsner with seafood, lemon chicken and even with a fresh, crunchy salad.
FRASER’S FOLLY PALE ALE
THIS ENGLISH ALE IS PERFECTLY BALANCED WITH RICH MALT AND SLIGHT BITTERNESS, AND HAS LIGHT CARBONATION.
It has a nose of freshly-baked biscuits (who can resist those) and citrus hops.
STYLE – ENGLISH PALE ALE
- ABV 3,7% 3,7%
- IBU’s 34% 34%
A tasty pairing
This English Pale Ale pairs very nicely with a great South African braai – like chops, sirloin steak or sausages. Or try it with an Indian Curry.
FRASER’S FOLLY WEIZEN
THIS IS AN UNFILTERED GERMAN-STYLE WHEAT BEER. LIGHT, REFRESHING, AND ALMOST SPRITZY, AND PERFECT FOR SUMMER.
We brew this beer with wheat malt and pale malt – and a secret ingredient. It has a nose of banana bread, cloves and bubblegum. When you taste it, look out for the banana bread and dry peaches flavour. It has a high carbonation and a dry finish.
STYLE – GERMAN WHEAT BEER
- ABV 4,5% 4,5%
- IBU’s 10% 10%
A tasty pairing
Given the Weizen beer’s German heritage, we’re sticking with the German theme. So try this beer with a delicious, perky Bratwurst or other sausages or cured meat. Also delicious with soft cheese.
MOER KOFFIE STOUT
THE MOER KOFFIE STOUT CAME ABOUT AFTER WE TEAMED UP WITH THE GUYS FROM BEER COUNTRY.
This beer didn’t come easy. It took us months to find the right coffee. And there’s another secret ingredient: you have to find the right water. But the result is fantastic: a nose of bold coffee, caramel and dark chocolate with smoke. And intense coffee, caramel and chocolate flavours, with a dry finish.
STYLE – FLAVOURED STOUT
- ABV 5,5% 5,5%
- IBU’s 0% 0%
A tasty pairing
This beer deserves to be tasted with rich food. So try it either with a really rich beef stew or beef ribs. It’s also a perfect combination with a full English breakfast or oysters. Or drink it as a dessert beer.
WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN OUR FRASER’S FOLLY BEER CLUB
You’re invited to join me, as a Beer Club member, as we have fun together digging into my craft brewing world.
DID WE MENTION ALL THE PERKS?
Like your beer savings, your name being first on the list for new releases (think: Brandy Cask beer), and loads more.
Want to find out more? BREAKDOWN OF PERKS HERE.
Skip that step – GO STRAIGHT TO BECOME A MEMBER (It entails buying 2 cases of our beer – once a year).
THE BREWHOUSE AT THE BLACK OYSTERCATCHER
For Fraser’s Folly Brewing Company, it all started in Struisbaai, a small town right at the most southerly edge of Africa. For six years I made and sold my craft beer from here. Until 2016, that is, when I joined the Black Oystercatcher Wine Farm. And that’s where you’ll find us today.
We’ve got some pretty state-of-the-art equipment here, to make sure we capture quality in every bottle. And we work with a team of talented and committed people to brew and sell fantastic small batch beer from the southernmost brewery in Africa. Check in at the Black Oystercatcher Wine Farm Tasting Room and Restaurant to learn more about our craft beer.
BEER TASTING and FOOD PAIRINGS
Join us for a beer tasting at the Black Oystercatcher Tasting Room and Restaurant. Our standard beer tasting costs R40, and includes our Pilsner, Pale Ale, Weizen and Moer Koffie Stout.
Better yet, pair it with a delicious meal from our Black Oystercatcher Restaurant.
How about a Pale Ale paired with a Steakpan? Or a Weizen with a Gourmet Burger? A Chicken Ciabatta and Pilsner? Or how about a Dark Chocolate and Nut Brownie, paired with the Moer Koffie Stout…
Here in South Africa, I think the word is ‘gatvol’. I’m told it means ‘fed up’. That’s how I felt when I first started looking for quality craft beer here. There simply wasn’t that much to choose from. So I started making my own in 2010 – in the seaside town of Struisbaai, right at the most southerly tip of Africa.
What I had at the time was a winemaking degree from Plumpton College in the UK. Years of fun practicing with my home brewing kit there. And even more years of tasting fantastic craft beer from around the world.
That’s how Fraser’s Folly Brewing Company was born, with me, Fraser Crighton, as the brewmaster.
So how did a Soutie end up in the Overberg area in SA? Well, of course it involves a woman, one I followed to Struisbaai. Seems to have been a good choice.
Six years later, my journey here took a new twist. Fraser’s Folly beer had been sold throughout the Overberg, including the Black Oystercatcher Wine Farm (not too far down the road from Struisbaai). Founder Dirk Human and I started chatting. He had always loved Fraser’s Folly craft beer. And he had big plans for the wine farm as a destination.
And so in 2016, he bought the Fraser’s Folly Brewing Company. I stayed on as the brewmaster and the face of the beer. In turn, I got a brand new Brewhouse, with awesome new equipment, now based at the Black Oystercatcher Wine Farm. And the chance to make even more great quality small batch beer for the discerning beer drinker.
GIVE US A SHOUT
Address Black Oystercatcher, Elim
Aside from brewing our five craft beers, we’re constantly experimenting with new ones.