Murray’s Brewery’s ‘Go Loco’ Summer Festival features a crazy line-up of 7 fruit beers, 2 ciders, luxe cocktails, craft spirits, free concerts, BBQ and tacos –plus for the first time, hermit crab racing!
Visitors can enjoy live musical entertainment every weekend, PLUS the award-winning venue will host 3 free summer concert events – 26 December Boxing Day Rocks (featuring Brien McVernon); 1 January New Year’s Day Recovery Party (featuring Grayson); 26 January Australia Day Weekend (featuring Michael Peter).
“Where else on the peninsula can you sample fresh blueberry beer, pear cider, craft spirits and cocktails, while feasting on our famous smokehouse menu, sitting back and taking in some tunes, get educated on a brewery tour, have the kids run wild safely – and compete in crab racing? It really is loco! We couldn’t be more excited to bring a full line up of great experiences to Port Stephens this Summer,” said Brewery owner, Murray Howe.
A line-up of 7 fruit beers will add to the festivities, including Murray’s annual ‘Melon Rouge’ Watermelon Beer. While it’s a drinker’s dream, it’s a bit of a brewer’s nightmare as it’s one of the stickiest, messiest brews of the year, made from more than 100 fresh local watermelons. In addition to its regular line-up, visitors can enjoy a brand new range of fruit beers – Passionfruit, Lime, Blood Orange, Blueberry, White Peach, Watermelon, Pineapple . . . . plus the launch of Murray’s new Pear Cider. The beers will be released progressively from December.
“If you think mixing beer and fruit is for whimps, then think again! Properly balanced fruit beer can be the perfect, refreshing beverage on a hot summer day.”
A fresh summer menu, focused on smokehouse and BBQ and ironically also adding more vegan options, and new in-demand specials including taco trios will be served.
Murray’s Brewery will be opening later on Saturday nights in December and January when it will serve pizzas and fries until sunset - perfect for a family and friends get together.
There’s lots to keep the kids happy, with weekend kids’ outdoor games such as hermit crab races and apple bobbing, plus an interactive scavenger hunt game to play.
Brewery Tours occur daily at 2.15pm, and live music plays every weekend. A Brewery Bus shuttle service operates from Nelson Bay on weekends, as well as on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Murray’s Go Loco Summer festivities start on 7 December, and run through to the Australia Day long weekend in late January.
Newy local Tom Blake has a sound that of Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz....whilst creating a cool modern Blues vibe. Playing well know songs with a chilled yet upbeat vibe. Good times ahead with Tom Blake." accompanying him with some percussion instruments is his brother James, who brings in extra smooth harmonies and helps to create a cool upbeat vibe.
Alex’s easeful sound as a solo acoustic performer, is a breathtaking spectacle, and one to seek as she plays for the Newcastle crowds in a range of venues. She recreates classic and modern favourites with her signature husky and strong tones, and enjoys showcasing her craftily penned original songs alongside wide range of covers.
Austin is a singer/songwriter and cover artist from Newcastle. He covers a wide range of acoustic songs and his influences come from Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, James Bay & Bruno Mars! Austin has gained valuable performance experience from amazing venues such as Lizottes, Mattara festival and many pubs and clubs around The Hunter.
Austin plans to become an industry musician through consistent development of his artistry. With his strong passion and determination, Austin knows that the road to success through music doesn’t come easy but his mindset and drive has continued to open up more and more opportunities for him as a performer.
Austin’s raw talent and ability that he brings to his performances each and every time will amaze and inspire all and guarantee that he is an act not to be missed!
Don’t box yourself in with nothing fun to do on Boxing Day . . . . come out and celebrate Boxing Day Rocks at Murray’s Brewery instead!
The brewer is marking the public holiday with some crazy fun, including the annual release of its famous Watermelon Beer, a FREE rocking concert performed by local artist Brian McVernon, kids’ activities and hermit crab racing.
The festival is a tribute to flavour, fine tunes and family fun. It’s a great opportunity to sample a range of Murray’s medal-winning craft beer styles and flavours, as well as taste and enjoy a great selection of easy drinking local and regional wines.
Brewery owner, Murray Howe, expects the day to be a big hit with families.
“The space for kids to play is one of the most consistent compliments we receive. There’s lots to keep the kids happy, with kids’ outdoor games such as hermit crab races and apple bobbing, plus an interactive scavenger hunt game.”
“And for the big kids, we’re releasing our ‘Melon Rouge’ Watermelon Beer on Boxing Day. While it’s a drinker’s dream, it’s a bit of a brewer’s nightmare as it’s one of the stickiest, messiest brews of the year! Made from more than 100 fresh local watermelons, the base is an American-style wheat beer. The freshly hand-cut and pulped fruit is then added at the fermentation stage. The flavour is subtle, not overpowering watermelon. And the colour is a soft pink hue of the fruit. It’s easy drinking and really refreshing,” he added.
And parents can enjoy some delicious summer food sensations including the brewer’s signature ‘Big Smoke’ BBQ share platter featuring beef brisket, ribs and pork painstakingly slow-smoked over wood fired heat. Or why not try a healthy option like a lamb quinoa salad or trio of tacos? It matches perfectly to a refreshing glass of the Watermelon Beer.
There’s great kids’ $10 meal deals too, including pure fruit ice-creams matched to the fruit beer flavours all summer.
Murray’s Brewery and Port Stephens Winery is VERY family friendly, and children are very welcome.
Brewery Tours run daily at 2.15pm and cost $5 per adult (children until 12 years free).
A special Brewery Bus service will be running on the day, travelling in from Nelson Bay. The service is $5 per person, and includes a free Brewery Tour! Bookings essential.
Murray’s Brewery is open Boxing Day from 10am until 6pm.
In the popular music world Brien wrote Australian charting song Loveland for 80's band The Raiding Party. His 90's group Circuslife received high acclaim from the music industry but collapsed before a record was completed. Brien has worked with international artists such as Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, Suzie Quatro, Fastball, Mike Peters, and Slim Jim Phantom (The Stray Cats) to name a few.
His last Australian band, The Retro Rockets headlined every major Rock n Roll and Rockabilly festival in Australia and New Zealand, recorded 5 studio albums and 1 live album. Brien wrote all the songs for this band and was the lead vocalist/guitarist.