Pumpkin Ale, Bat Wings, Witches Fingers and delicious-sounding ‘Scabs’ are some of the weird and wonderful delights being served up at Murray’s Brewery this Halloween weekend, alongside great entertainment, tours and tastings.
The annual collaboration between brewers and chefs has extended from beer to also include food this year, with Head Chef Adam Ritchie creating some seriously spooky creations.
“The highlight will be our Witches Fingers served in Creepy Crawly Sauce – I’ve been looking for an excuse to make this for ages!,” says Adam. “It’s a vegetarian dish centred on beautiful new season asparagus. And of course, we just had to make ‘Bat Wings’ - specially presented marinated chicken wings. And then there’s Scabs, housemade beef jerky. Who could resist? Plus there will be a delicious special or two matched to our Pumpkin Ale.”
Murray’s Pumpkin Ale is one of the craft brewer’s most sought-after specialty beers, loved by both men and women. But according to Adam, the fun starts only when you get to drink the end brew.
“The kitchen team has the joy of peeling and dry roasting 80 kilograms of pumpkin – and believe me, there’s not many volunteers! We also select the best cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice for the beer,” says Adam.
Everyone agrees the end result makes the pain worthwhile, and the brew really does taste like pumpkin pie in a glass. Its low bitterness level, distinct colour and flavour and good drinkability at 5.2% abv makes it a perennial favourite.
Murray’s Pumpkin Ale is a special spiced beer. In addition to British and German malts, the beer has cooked pumpkin added to the mash. The pumpkin adds a subtle sweetness and pumpkin aroma and flavour that is enhanced by the addition of the spices.
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are believed to have made ales using pumpkin. Due to water unreliability at the time, pumpkin ale was most likely the drink served at the earliest Thanksgiving events in America. Later, the American colonists used pumpkins as a fermentable base for beer, as English barley was both expensive and scarce.
What: Murray’s Halloween Weekend – Pumpkin Ale, Ghoulish Food Specials, entertainment, Brewery Tours
Where: Murray’s Brewery and Port Stephens Winery, 3443 Nelson Bay Rd,Bobs Farm in Port Stephens, NSW
When: From Friday 31 October - Sunday 2 November (or until Pumpkin Ale sold out)
More: Call 4982 6411 or visit www.murraysbrewingco.com.au
Murray’s Pumpkin Ale will be available on draught only from Friday 31 October at Murray’s Brewery until sold out. Great food, beer, wine, entertainment and tours. Brewery Bus operating Saturday and Sunday from Nelson Bay.