Have you ever heard the tale of the Murwillumbah Swamp Beer? It’s a story that’ll make you smile and thirst for a beer.
Good Friday 2001 – a day that will go down in history for the community of Murwillumbah, and the birth date of the infamous Murbah Swamp beer.
At 2.00 a.m a truck carrying over 40,000 bottles of beer ran off the road and crashed into a river along Tweed Valley Way. The load of beer was cut loose to pull the truck from the water but the salvage operation was postponed by police due to the heavy Easter traffic along the highway.
As the word spread across town, the locals of Murbah took the clean up into their own hands with a mission to rescue every last beer that entered their river. The amateur rescue operation consisted of anything that floated; canoes, bodyboards, boats, eskys and jetskis to surface and save the beers. By the time the police salvage divers came to the crash site, there was not a beer to be seen, and the small town of Murbah celebrated the Easter long weekend over many cold brews and stories about their involvement in the great Murbah beer salvage.
The news made national headlines putting the town of Murwillumbah on the map. The mini doco above features key characters of the Murbah community telling the story of the greatest event to hit the small Northern Rivers town.
Here at Stone & Wood, we love a good story, especially one that brings the community together. So to celebrate the epic occasion, we’ve brewed an exclusive Pilot Batch to commemorate the Murbah Swamp Beer which will be tapped at our Murwillumbah Brewery Open Day, March 4.
Come along with the family to the Murbah Open Day and support the community’s charity of choice, The Wedgetail Retreat and Tweed Palliative Support with a gold coin entry donation. Enjoy brewery tours, entertainment (Dos Loona, Holly Tapp and Tim Schou), food (JR’s Smokehouse, The Backyard Chef, Keith Coffee & Barber) drinks ($5 beers, water and soft drinks) and some fun for the kids. Gates open from 11am-5pm (NSW time). We’ll see ya there!
Check out our Murwillumbah Open Day details.