Featherstone Brewery started as a dream for founders Mark and Clare Riley in 2012 then becoming Grahamstown’s (now Makhanda) first licensed craft brewery in 2016. Originally situated in the Featherstone Kloof (the inspiration for our brewery’s name) the location had an abundance of natural mountain spring water. The goal was to “keep it local” where local features prominently in names, labels and where possible ingredients.
In late 2019 the Riley’s due to personal circumstances decided to pursue a new adventure and transferred the whole brewery to another local craft brewer and founder of Entrepid Brewing, William Yell in January 2020. As a homebrewer, William brewed an Historic Beer – a German style Kottbusser – that won the RHBC Home Brew Fest in PE. The beer launched commercially as Renascence and a new Grahamstown craft brewery was born. Renascence is a Honey Wheat Ale brewed with local honey and is available in Makhanda/Grahamstown.