SMALL BATCH BREWS

There are always small batch brews rotating the taps at The Charming Squire. We even have our own Head Brewer who works in The Charming Squire’s onsite microbrewery! Head Brewer Simon Rowe is forever experimenting with styles, hops and malts, resulting in unique beers exclusive to The Charming Squire. Sign up to our Beer Club to be the first to know when a new small batch brew is available!

Old Hands

This traditional Belgian ale was originally brewed for the monks who worked in the monastery breweries. Pilsner and Abbey malt give the beer a light straw colour but the yeast is the star. Banana and clove dominate the aroma with some spicy notes. Light body and biterness make for an easy drinking belgian ale.

Seven Years

Pale malt, Light Crystal Malt and Vienna Malt give this Session Pale Ale a light malt backbone. Citra and Wai-iti hops produce aromas of citrus and tropical fruit with a well-balanced bitterness.

Limited Releases

Located in Sydney’s inner-city suburb of Camperdown, The Malt Shovel Brewery is home to a small team of expert brewers who, relying on minimal automation, experiment with hand-crafted, innovative brews that have come to be known as the James Squire Limited Releases.

The Wreck Preservation Ale

The world’s oldest surviving beer – made new! The James Squire brewers have resurrected, then tamed a 220-year-old shipwreck yeast, crafting it into a dark, malty, spicy & stormy brew that’s truly a once in a life time taste.

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Lo Phi Sour Pina Colada Sour

This sour is dark amber in colour with initial flavours of pineapple and a hint of coconut. This beer delivers a sourness that is a real palate cleanser, leaving you wanting more!

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Year Round Brews

Alongside our several small batch and Limited Release beers we also have taps dispensing all your well-known favourites from the James Squire core range. These are year-round brews, always on tap!

One Fifty Lashes
Pale Ale

Australia’s first batch of beer earned its brewer 300 lashes, 150 now and 150 when he could bear it. Thankfully for us, James Squire was a far better brewer than he was a thief.

Experience thirst-quenching redemption in this clean-finishing pale ale. Malted wheat adds refreshing character, while the fruity infusion makes for an enticing aroma with hints of passionfruit, grapefruit and citrus.

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THE SWINDLER
TROPICAL PALE

Nine stolen chickens earned James Squire a cramped berth on the First Fleet. But he had other plans, swindling his way onto the ‘Women’s Ship’ & thoroughly enjoyed the rest of his journey.

Swindle yourself a moment to savour this refreshing dry hopped summer ale. Light straw in colour with a billowy head and bursting with tropical notes of pear and watermelon, The Swindler is the perfect summer side-kick.

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THE CHANCER
GOLDEN ALE

Never one to let a ball and chain hold him back, ex-convict James Squire seized every opportunity his emancipation offered. His unique blend of charm, skill and luck ultimately rewarded him with an enviable fortune as Australia’s first brewer.

Arguably the best looking of the James Squire craft beer range, the highly-drinkable The Chancer is noted for its distinctive orange-golden colour, unique tropical fruit aroma, restrained bitterness and dry finish.

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HOP THIEF NO. 9
AMERICAN PALE ALE

By hook or by crook, James Squire always found a way to source the finest hops available for his flavoursome ales. Sometimes this resulted in a good lashing and other times in a handsome reward, but always in a good story to tell with a great-tasting beer.

A Hop Thief first, No. 9 showcases Citra Lupulin – a double hop hit that delivers bold yet smooth flavours of floral and citrus, while Calypso hops add soft aromatics and pleasantly fruity aromas of apple and pear.

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Four 'Wives'
PILSENER

It’s a matter of historical fact that James Squire had an eye for the ladies, having taken a wife and three mistresses throughout his life. He left all of them something in his will, but thankfully we got the beer.

Strong, bold and with more hopping than most lagers, Four ‘Wives’ is an alluring drop with floral and herbaceous aroma, deep gold colour and spicy palate that gives way to a longer bitterness.

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NINE TALES
AMBER ALE

Every man’s life tells a story, but James Squire’s would have filled a library. From chicken thief and convict, he later found success as the Governor’s bodyguard, a publican, baker, butcher, money-lender, local constable and, of course, Australia’s first brewer.

The original James Squire brew, Nine Tales is a full-bodied, malt-driven beer characterised by its rich copper colour, toffee-caramel sweetness and nutty finish balanced against citrus hop notes.

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JACK OF SPADES
PORTER

Back when rum was the unofficial currency, it took a real gambler to bet his future on brewing. But James Squire was never one to shy away from a challenge, quickly building a fortune from his brewery and tavern.

Utterly unique, Jack of Spades Porter has a more delicate complexity than a regular stout with its rich black colour, coffee and chocolate aroma, and pillowy head.

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Mid River Pale Ale

Mid River is a full flavoured pale ale with Vienna and Munich malts creating a rich, malty character. German hops give crisp herbaceous flavours and US hops add bright citrus and fruit aromas. All of this with just 3.5% alcohol.

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ORCHARD CRUSH
APPLE CIDER

As Australia’s first brewer, James Squire grew many of the ingredients found in his first batches of brew himself. Having had an orchard on his land, it wouldn’t be surprising if he experimented with cider in his day.

Orchard Crush is a traditional cloudy cider with a fragrant, fresh aroma, a broad, clean palate and a crisp finish, making for a most refreshing choice.

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