When word first came through that Murray's was producing a "premium lager", shock spread through Crafty Towers. Surely just because they've opened a new venue in Sydney doesn't mean they have to knock out a 5% Eurolager to appease the masses! Isn't that everything that the brewery rails against? We needn't have worried... "It's a piss take on the concept of a premium lager," says brewer Shawn Sherlock. "It was a standing joke that we'd never brew one and obviously we never have." Instead Vesuvius is a 7.1% pilsner, which Shawn won't describe as Imperial (has to be over 10% for that apparently), but is still big. It's made with all German malt and a slightly different blend of his beloved Kiwi hops "to keep the aroma interesting". It feels and tastes like a normal pilsner, he says "but with a more aggressive bitterness". That said, he says it's elegant for a beer of its size and is one of two being launched at the two Murray's venues for the long weekend.