This pub will never run dry
By UTE SCHULENBERG
MURRAY Howe knows his Pub with No Beer at Taylors Arm will never run dry again ? because yesterday he opened a brewery in the backyard.
"We'll never run out again ? even if it floods," Mr Howe said.
"In fact the locals would probably be happy if it floods a lot!"
Yesterday saw the launch of Mr Howe's new craft beer business ? 'Murray's Brewing Co', which has its headquarters at the renamed 'Pub with No Beer Brewery'.
Buying what he describes as 'arguably the country's most famous pub' was the fulfilment of his dream to both own a pub and spread the word about beer.
"I am passionate about introducing the joys of beer to others," he said.
"Beer is more than coloured water. It is a food that you can match with anything."
His vision is to become a market leader not only in beer quality and flavour but also in tourism.
The Pub now boasts a totally renovated bar area, an entirely new menu of beer-inspired dishes and a regular entertainment program.
Future plans include a beer museum in the old church nearby, brewery tours and beer education courses.
"It will be a beer lovers' nirvana," he said.
Mr Howe has gathered a team from far and wide to help him realise his dream. Key among them is head brewer Graeme Mahy, who has relocated from New Zealand for the job.
The civil engineer-turned-brewer has an impressive beer pedigree with 22 years of home brewing experience, another five in commercial brewing, a swag of brewing medals plus he is an international beer judge.
"This is my craft and my passion," Mr Mahy said.
"I have a lot of recipes I want to try and from now on I'll have to wander around the vats with a glass testing the new brews."
The first Murray's brew will flow from the taps this New Year's Eve with a huge all day/all night party, featuring party band The Wolverines, to mark the mile- stone.