Something brewing



Arthurs Point’s Point’s Canyon Brewing’s got new owners.

The boutique brewery and restaurant above the Shotover River has been sold by Wayfare to Queenstown restaurateurs James Nicholson and his partners Jane, James and Jack Paterson.

Canyon, which officially opened its doors at the end of June, 2018, has been closed since lockdown, however the brewery’s stayed open, selling its beers online.

Wayfare commercial boss Matthew Day says the company planned to reopen the restaurant last month, but when he was approached by the four — who bought Frankton Marina’s The Boatshed Cafe and Bistro last September — he knew it was ‘‘the perfect result’’.

‘‘We are incredibly pleased Canyon will lead its next phase of life with locals who love the brand, the beer, the location, and the venue,’’ Day says.

The brewery and restaurant changes hands on December 16 — existing Canyon staff will be offered employment as part of the agreement.

‘‘It really is an awesome venue, in a stunning location, and I know the new owners fully appreciate it and will ensure it has a great future.

‘‘We’re looking forward to continuing to work closely with them — as our Go Orange rafting operations share the same site, and many of Real Journeys’ vessels as well as Cardrona and Treble Cone sell the Canyon Brewing beer,’’ Day says.

Nicholson says the group’s fizzing about the new acquisition.

‘‘We look after our locals and we’re really looking forward to ensuring the local community in Arthurs Point are well-catered for.

‘‘We are excited and getting ready to do the restaurant and brewery label proud.’’

While the restaurant won’t open till early next year, Canyon Brewing will continue to brew beer in the interim.