Odious Ale ingredients: add yeast from chair...
Brewers use culture from Roald Dahl’s writing chair for celebration beer at gourmet extravaganza FREEPHONE 0800 169 5505
The bestselling book is being brought to life in the vaults underneath Waterloo station in London next month in a gourmet extravaganza, Dinner at the Twits.
The event is being hosted by world renowned gastronomists Bompas & Parr, creators of food and drink based theatrical extravaganzas and experiences, and will run from September 4 to October 30.
Fans of the book will know that Roald Dahl used food to great effect, going through the Twits’ diet in revolting detail. Mr Twit loved drinking beer all day, even at breakfast.
Bompas & Parr decided to take this a step further and enlisted the help of 40ft Brewery to create something quite disturbing, Twit’s Odious Ale.
With permission from The Roald Dahl Literary Estate and The Roald Dahl museum in Great Missenden, swabs were taken from the author’s writing hut, preserved for posterity at the museum.
Steve Gardam, of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, said: “Roald Dahl’s writing hut is a magical, messy shrine to the power of imagination. Where better to find the raw material for this buckswashling new beverage?”
The beer is to be brewed in the Polish Grätzen style, but instead of the Grätzen yeast, the first fermentation will use standard ale yeast. The second fermentation will then use the yeast cultured from Dahl’s chair.
The beer itself has been describes as having a light golden colour with relatively high carbonation, Mr in fitting with the Grätzen style. Grätzen beer is sometimes also called Polish Champagne.
Harry Parr of Bompas & Parr, said: “By incorporating wild yeast cultured from inside Roald Dahl’s writing chair in our beer to accompany Dinner at The Twits, it feels like we are injecting his own dark humour and effervescent sense of fun into the brew.”
Other dishes to leap from the pages of the book into reality are the Bird Pie - Your Night of a Thousand Claws and Treasures of the Compost Heap.
Tickets are available at twitsdinner.com, and are priced from £80 to £120. The entire performance lasts 90 minutes, with several performances a day.
The Muggle-Wumps’ Downside Up Cocktail Cavern, also at The Vaults, has free entry and is open to the general public from 6pm to late, Tuesday to Saturday.