For the fourth year running, we’re opening the gates to our Murwillumbah production brewery for a day of live music, food trucks and fresh beer for our Murbah Open Day, in partnership with Tweed Palliative Support & Wedgetail Retreat.
SAVE THE DATE, FOLKS – SATURDAY 4 APRIL FROM 11AM – 5PM
After three awesome years of the annual tradition, we’re excited to welcome the Murwillumbah and Northern Rivers communities back to our Murbah brewery, as it transforms into an intimate, open-plan beer festival that spreads across the site.
Every year, Murbah Open Day features live music, work from local artists, brewery tours and our dedicated kids area Malt Disney, with a jumping castle, craft, entertainment and face painting – all for a gold coin donation to Wedgetail Retreat.
Several food trucks will accompany the fresh beer that our crew will be pouring straight from the source, across a range of pop-bars, plus soda/water refill stations and ice-blocks for the kids.
And of course, back by popular demand and in homage to the legendary local tale, a fresh, exclusive Pilot Batch of Murbah Swamp Beer will be flowing on the day.
The story of Murbah Swamp Beer
One otherwise-normal Good Friday back in April 2001, a semi-trailer carrying 40,000 bottles of beer ran off the Pacific Highway and tumbled into the Tweed River. Soon after, to no one’s surprise, thousands of beer bottles escaped the trailer and began sinking to the bottom of the murky river. No sooner had locals heard about the incident had they made a break for the river, diving in courageously to ‘save’ the still-icy-cold beers. See the whole story in this short film here.
For the true Swamp Beer fans, we’ll have exclusive organic cotton Murbah Swamp Beer T-shirts for sale in the merch tent, with all profits from shirt sales donated to Wedgetail Retreat.
We’ll also be operating our cup exchange initiative #forcupssake again, which helps us eliminate single-use cups from our events. When purchasing the first beer of the day, punters simply pay an extra $2 deposit on a re-useable plastic cup that they can return when exiting for a $1 refund. Otherwise, these cups can be kept as a Murbah Open Day momento.
Alongside other Stone & Wood brews pouring straight from the tank, Murbah Swamp Beer will be tapped at the event and at select local venues.
In the spirit of community, for the fourth year running all profits from Murbah Open Day will go to our partners, the Wedgetail Retreat. With the help of last year’s attendees, we raised $25,000 for the vital palliative care service and hope to make the same achievement this year!
Stay tuned for following announcements on market stalls, the site map, bus timetables and the music line-up!