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Almost 230 years ago, the first fleet arrived at Sydney Cove and a convict named James Squire stepped ashore in chains. He didn’t know it then, but this chicken-stealing highwayman had been presented with a remarkable opportunity. A charmer, a swindler and a cunning rogue, James would go on to become the father of Australian brewing – and a bona fide legend.
The Squire’s Landing is Australia’s newest James Squire Brewhouse. Developed in collaboration with renowned hospitality group, Mantle Group Hospitality, The Squire’s Landing tells the legend of James Squire; a convict on the First Fleet but perhaps more importantly, Australia’s first brewer.
The venue is a two storey restaurant and brewhouse with a freestanding, fully glazed microbrewery overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. It is here that The Squire’s Landing’s Head Brewer crafts exclusive small batch brews onsite, whilst working collaboratively with Malt Shovel Brewery to deliver outstanding James Squire Limited Releases and nine core range beers and cider.
The story of how James Squire became Australia’s first brewer is a cracking yarn, and one we’re always keen (and proud) to share. He led a life that would make any man envious. It was a journey full of thievery, dishonesty and above all flavour. Indeed, James Squire had an appetite to taste it all.
From being a convict on the First Fleet, Squire turned his life around and rose to become one of the governor’s guards, the father of 11 children and, perhaps most significantly, the colony’s first and most sought-after brewer. An impressive resume by anyone’s standards, he lived enough life for several men.