Murray's Vesuvius


Published June 10, 2011

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.


3443 Nelson Bay Rd
Bobs Farm
NSW 2316

(02) 4982 6411
Open Hours

Cellar door
Mon to Fri: 10am to 5.30pm
Weekends from 10am
Lunch: Open 7 days
Dinner: Friday and Saturday nights in January (bookings essential)


Public tours daily at 2pm. $5 per person. Bookings recommended.
Groups of 20 or more and private tours by appointment.
Extreme Brewery Tours via helicopter. (Murray is not the pilot - but he'd love to be). By appointment.