Craft Beers

a lineup of James Squire beers


Discover James Squire’s iconic range of small batch and limited release brews, always rotating on our taps. Head Brewer Mick Barnes has a penchant for pushing boundaries, constantly experimenting with different styles, hops, and malts, resulting in extraordinary beers found exclusively at The Charming Squire.

Feeling overwhelmed by choice? Fear not. Try our beer tasting paddles. Why settle for one when you can have them all?

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Sunshade | Rice & corn lager

Is it Cerveza or Biru? Like a mariachi band playing in Tokyo it seems a little confusing but damn does it work!

Taking inspiration from both beers from across the Pacific to create the ultimate expression of refreshment. Brewed using rice, corn and just the right amount of hops, it’s the ultimate world tour in a pint glass.

Emberwood | Doppelbock

This Doppelbock is a deliciously rich and malt forward beer with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and complex flavour profile. It’s perfect for savouring on a chilly evening as the cooler autumn nights roll in with a hearty dish like roast pork or some aged cheeses. 

Hop Cannon | Hazy IPA

Take a sip of this hazy IPA and let the tropical hops whisk you away from winter to a blissful paradise. Notes of juicy pineapple, mango, papaya and zesty citrus dance on your tongue, refreshing your senses and creating a truly tropical experience. This beer is definitely a fruit journey worth repeating. 

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.

Year Round Brews

Enjoy all of your well-known favourites from the James Squire core range year round!

Broken Shackles Lager

James Squire fought his way to freedom, taking plenty of risks and finally breaking the shackles of his seven year sentence to set up Australia’s first brewery.

A crisp lager that exhibits a balance of subtle herbaceous hop notes with a refreshingly uncomplicated clean finish. Brewed using pale and munich malts combined with noble Hallertau Mittelfruh hops, this brew is a quality quencher.

A bottle snd schooner of James Squire Broken Shackles

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.

A bottle and schooner of James Squire Swindler

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.

A bottle and schooner of James Squire Mid River

One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale

When James Squire was discovered stealing ingredients from the stores to make the colony’s first batch of beer, the Judge ordered 150 lashes… plus two barrels of ale. Thankfully for us, James Squire was a far better brewer than he was a thief.

A clean-finishing, Australian-style cloudy pale ale for cracking refreshment. Malted wheat adds to its refreshing character and a concoction of hops creates fruity aromas with hints of passionfruit, grapefruit & citrus.

A bottle and schooner of James Squire One Fifty Lashes

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.

A bottle and schooner of James Squire Chancer Golden Ale


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.

A bottle and schooner of James Squire Four Wives Pilsner


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.

A bottle and schooner of James Squire Nine Tales Amber 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.

Full bodied with some malt sweetness upfront balanced by a refreshing moderating bitterness with complex hop flavours and accompanying aromas of mandarin, passionfruit and cream. Hop Thief 10, the latest in the series again celebrates what amazing characteristics hops can contribute to beer. This time we’ve added a newbie Sabro to add some unique flavours along with some of the classic favourites Simcoe, Mosaic and Galaxy.

A can and schooner of James Squire Hop Thief


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.

A bottle and schooner of James Squire Jack of Spades Porter


James Squire Ginger Beer has been carefully crafted with Australian ginger for a light, refreshing and zingy ginger taste. It can be enjoyed straight from the can or over ice with fresh lime.

A can and glass of James Squire Alcoholic Ginger Beer


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.

A bottle and schooner of James Squire Orchard Crush Apple Cider