Oktoberfest comes to Port Stephens this long weekend
The world’s biggest festival is coming to Port Stephens, with the launch of Oktoberfest at Murray’s Brewery this October long-weekend. And the celebrations will continue all month!
Three specially-brewed festival beers are being released at the festival, including the brewer’s first Kransky smoky sausage beer, and Black Forest Cake beer. Oktoberfest food features Kransky Burgers, smoked meats, house-made pretzels and more. Free ‘rocktoberfest’ concerts will be performed at the Oktoberfest-themed Bobs Farm brewery.
One of the region’s favourite big bands, The Lamplighters, headlines festival entertainment, with a huge free concert on Sunday 1 October. While on Saturday 30 September Newcastle Indie/Roots artist, Tom Blake, performs. And there will be live entertainment each weekend across October.
“So break out the lederhosen, start practising your oompah-pahs and celebrate the world’s biggest festival, down under, at Bobs Farm this October long weekend. There’ll be spot prizes for best dressed. Hope to see you there!” says brewery owner, Murray Howe.
The Oktoberfest in Munich is the largest festival in the world. In 2017, over 7.3 million litres of beer are expected to be consumed there. This consumption accounts for about 30% of the entire annual beer production of all the Munich breweries combined. Visitors also eat a staggering 400,000 sausages – or around one sausage for every two seconds during the festival’s business hours! And the festival record for number of beers carried in one go is 27!
“It seems that beer really can stimulate an economy,” added Murray. “In Germany, Oktoberfest is one of the nation’s biggest exports, and last year the Oktoberfest festival generated a staggering AUD$1.63 billion for its economy.”
Many people may not know that Oktoberfest is also the name of beer style.
“Technically, authentic ‘Oktoberfestbier’ is brewed only by the breweries within the city limits of Munich. All other beers brewed to emulate the original must be labelled Oktoberfest-style beer! Murray’s is brewing a traditional Oktoberfest beer – or should I say Oktoberfest-style beer, which is smooth, clean, and rather rich, with a depth of malt character,” says Murray’s Brewer, Alex Tucker.
“We’re also pouring a Kransky-inspired beer, brewed with a smoky sausage flavour, and a Black Forest Cake-inspired beer. There will be loads of festival food specials to accompany our German-style beers – think sausages (maybe not 400,000 of them though), and pretzels with housemade mustard,” he added.
Munich celebrates its 207th anniversary of Oktoberfest this year. What is known today as the world’s biggest beer festival actually started out as a Royal Wedding on 12 October 1810 – where a horse race was the big attraction, and not the beer. Today, Oktoberfest is all about the beer.
Visit Murray’s Brewery this long weekend (and across the full month of October) for Oktoberfest beer and food, music, activities and events:
What: Murray’s Oktoberfest: beer, food, music and activities. Free live concerts – Sat 30 Sep (Tom Blake); and Sun 1 Oct (The Lamplighters big band). Open all day public holiday Mon 2 Oct.
Where: Murray’s Brewery and Port Stephens Winery, 3443 Nelson Bay Rd, Bobs Farm in Port Stephens, NSW
When: All October long weekend (from 30 September), from 10am until 6pm.
Tickets: Free entry. Brewery Bus from Nelson Bay $5 each way.
Bookings essential: Call 4982 6411 or visit www.murraysbrewingco.com.au
About Murray’s Craft Brewing Co
Port Stephens-based Murray’s Craft Brewing Co. is one of Australia’s leading craft beer and cider brewers – known for its “unboring” beers. From humble beginning in Taylors Arm (population 50) on the NSW North Coast, Murray’s Brewery relocated to larger premises at Port Stephens where today it runs a microbrewery, Cellar Door and one of the region’s best restaurants. Murray’s beers are available nationally. www.murraysbrewingco.com.au