James Squire was a kind man known for sharing his good fortune through his ingenious craft beer brews.

We would like to extend the same gesture by offering you exclusive craft beer tasting and events.

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Hop Father Extra Pale Ale

A thirst-crushing cloudy pale with extra punch! Dry hopped with Denali and Eureka this hopped up pale has showcases citrus and pine notes with a subtle pineapple aroma – perfect for summer festivities.

Year Round Brews

Year round brews, always on tap.

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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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 ALE

On earning his freedom in 1795, James and his fellow freed-convicts were awarded 30 acres of NSW crown land. James cunningly rounded up those less daring souls and purchased their grants for a shilling, swindling some 970 acres on which he grew his hops and fortune.

The Swindler is the perfect year-round sidekick for good mates and sunny days, wherever and whenever you may find them. Bursting with taste and aroma, it’s a cracking match for a fresh, seasonal menu of hearty salads, lighter barbecue dishes and succulent seafood.

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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. 8
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.

Unlike any other craft beer, this happily hop-heavy brew reinvents itself every year. Using Crystal and Cascade hops, Hop Thief 8 has a pleasantly tropical tang, vibrant hint of citrus, and alluring scent of grapefruit and spice with floral aromas.

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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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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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