James Squire, Australia’s first brewer, was a risk taker who liked to taste it all. His legacy lives on today with a range of delectable Craft Beers at the Squire’s Maiden, dispensing all the new limited releases & classics from the James Squire range.


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 experiment with hand-crafted, innovative brews that have come to be known as the James Squire Limited Releases, on tap only while stocks last.

Cabin Fever
Session IPA

For settlers and convicts alike, the long voyage to Australia in cramped conditions was no fun at all. Upon arrival, James Squire’s Malting Shovel Tavern was the ideal place to recover from one’s Cabin Fever and enjoy an India Pale Ale.



Kolsch is a German-style easing drinking ale with extended maturation, and this one has been dry-hopped like the traditional style IPAs but fermented as a lager, rather than an ale. Karni Kolsch has been infused with a vanilla flavouring that's reminiscent of fairy floss and will make you feel like you’re at a carnival. There’s not too much sweetness, but you’ll certainly notice the pinkish tinge and subtle vanilla aroma.



It's not often you have a brewer who is also a confectioner, so we wanted to try something new. The result? A limited edition Mint Heist Peppermint Belgian Ale.

Based on the classic Belgian ale style, the typical fruity, sweet and spicy characters are enhanced with peppermint overtones to differentiate it from the herd. Dark candied sugar is used to create a rich colour and add a hint of treacle/molasses.

Mid River
Pale Ale

Mid River is a full flavoured easy drinking 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.


Year Round Brews

Alongside our James Squire Limited Release beers we also have taps dispensing all the 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.



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.

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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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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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'

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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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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India Pale Ales were brewed with higher alcohol and extra hops to survive long sea journeys from London to colonial India. Convict James Squire concocted his own survival plan, smuggling himself onto the ‘women’s ship’ for the arduous voyage to Australia.

An intriguingly versatile IPA, the feisty Stowaway has a rich and robust taste, earthy, resinous and malty aroma, and lingering bitter finish.

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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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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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