A creation worthy of George’s Marvellous Medicine is to be revealed as part of a new theatrical dining experience, Dinner at the Twits. Mr Twit’s Odious Ale is a beer created using yeast swabbed from the writing chair of the famous children’s author, Roald Dahl.
The new brew is the bonkers creation of Microdistillary, 40FT Brewery and food designers Bompas & Parr. In order to create the beer, the brewers took swabs from the former home of Dahl and found the appropriate cultures on the writing chair. With the permission of Dahl’s estate, the yeast will be cultured to create Mr Twit’s Odious Ale.
The beer will be brewed in the Polish Grätzen style, replacing the typical Grätzen yeast with a first fermentation of standard yeast and a second using the fungi collected from the chair.
The beer is to be served at Dinner at the Twits, an interactive theatrical dining experience which will take place at The Vaults in London this autumn. Alongside the unique beer, guests will also be served curious canapes and bristling bird pie.
Steve Ryan of 40FT Brewery said “We’ve been lifelong fans of Roald Dahl and so it’s an honour to be collaborating with our friends Bompas & Parr to create this beer together.”
Bompas & Parr have been described as “culinary deviants” (The Guardian) and “Willy Wonka during his freewheeling student days” (The Independent). Harry Parr, of Bompas & Parr said “A fair number of our previous projects have been inspired by Roald Dahl in some way or other, so it’s been a delight to work directly with the Roald Dahl estate and, indirectly, one of the best loved storytellers of all time, in his centenary year.”
“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.”