Help christen the suburban cellar door and winery at its official launch this weekend.
What was Little Bang’s brewery is now Ferg’s Stepney
In February, CityMag was toured through an empty warehouse in Stepney – the former home of Little Bang Brewing, gutted and stripped back to its bare walls – where winemakers Jordan Hein (Moorak) and Bevan Ferguson (Massey) were preparing to build a dual cellar door and winery, Ferg’s.
After a remarkably quick construction period, the suburban haunt will debut this week, with a soft opening happening on Wednesday evening, 10 April before the grand opening on Saturday, 13 April.
Barely a trace of its former life as a brewery is visible, with designer Andrew Eden’s handiwork crafting a “really comfortable and homely” space.
“The challenge was how to turn that factory space into something a bit more inhabitable,” says Andrew, founder of design firm AG.
“It’s predominantly Birch ply, so beautiful, natural material that’s soft to touch, so you get a warmth out of a space already. And then it’s contrasted with perforated metal, which is finished in a white powder coat.
“It’s going to be cool. It’s a unique space in Adelaide. There’s lots of trends going around in Adelaide with interior design studios and things, and we decided to steer clear of that, so I’m hoping it’s going to stand out because of that.”
The beer garden has been lined with booths and Jordan and Bevan have installed a pergola to weatherproof the area, while inside, the furniture has been installed on caster wheels so the space can be augmented to be used as a winery.
The Ferg’s launch event on Saturday, 13 April will see food from Press* chefs Andrew Davies and Josh Lansley, wines from Moorak, Massey, Slow Lane, and the first showing of the Ferg’s house label.
Jordan and Bevan also hinted at some collaborations in our earlier discussions, which have since come to fruition: they’ve produced a beer with Little Bang called Frosty Bronsons, as well as Ferg’s gin, made with award magnets Imperial Measures Distilling.
Ferg’s will run from 3pm ‘til late Wednesday to Friday and 12pm ‘til late on Saturday and Sunday. The official launch kicks off at midday on Saturday, 13 April.