Stone & Wood has brewed a beer in honour of the infamous Murbah Swamp Beer incident.
On Good Friday in 2001, a truck carrying over 40,000 bottles of beer ran off the road and crashed into a river along Tweed Valley Way in Murwillumbah, where Stone & Wood’s production brewery is now located.
The locals of the town nicknamed ‘Murbah’ took the clean-up into their own hands with a mission to rescue the beers from the river.
The salvaged beers were dubbed ‘Murbah Swamp Beer’, appropriated from the Malt Shovel Brewery initials on the bottlecaps.
The news made national headlines and was immortalised in the below short film that was a Tropfest finalist in 2002.
To commemorate the Murbah Swamp Beer incident, Stone & Wood has brewed an exclusive Pilot Batch that will be tapped at its Murwillumbah Brewery Open Day on Saturday March 4.
“Here at Stone & Wood, we love a good story, especially one that brings the community together,” Stone & Wood said.
“Our fourteenth Pilot Batch is a German Kolsch. We crafted a light, refreshing well-balanced beer to enjoy on a hot day.”
Stone & Wood’s Murbah Open Day runs from 11am to 5pm on Saturday March 4. A gold coin entry donation will support local charities The Wedgetail Retreat and Tweed Palliative Support.
There will be brewery tours, entertainment (Dos Loona, Holly Tapp and Tim Schou), food (JR’s Smokehouse, The Backyard Chef, Keith Coffee & Barber) and drinks ($5 beers, water and soft drinks), as well as some fun for the kids.