In July 1791 while exploring the Hawkesbury River system, Matthew Follet’s small boat became separated from his companions. After days of frantic search, they found him on a river bank far down-stream, bedraggled, red-eyed and with a shocking story. He had been passing through a wild, narrow gorge when a monstrous ‘Hairyman’ had descended on him and forced his boat against the rocks. Follet had hammered the bugger, but with the vessel fatally holed he had just one option: two barrels, lashed together and emptied of their contents (the expedition’s ration of cool, clear satisfying Pacific Lager), had made a crude but effective raft to escape on. In view of all that Follet had gone through, it was thought best to cut short the expedition.
Hairyman Brewery is located on the shores of Botany Bay, where it is reported the Hairyman roamed himself. A family run brewery with a 25 HL brewhouse and a number of fermenters designed to cover the various capacity requirements of a small brewery.
DID YOU KNOW?
Hairyman brewery pays homage to the legendary Hairyman who roams this great southern land. He created notoriety on the shores of Botany Bay, the story of one such encounter is recorded in the National Library Archive .records, documented back in settlement days, “The Wild Hairyman of Botany Bay” frightened the life out of the new settled colony in his quest to partake of their rations of fine ale and spirits.