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 Allan Tilden is forever experimenting with styles, hops and malts, resulting in unique beers exclusive to The Charming Squire.

Can’t decide which brew to try? We have beer tasting paddles available for when you can’t pick just one – simply ask our team at the bar for details.

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Redemption Red IPA

A robust blend of caramel malt sweetness and a bold hop character. The deep amber hue hints at its rich malt profile, offering a well-balanced taste with caramel and toasty notes upfront. Mosaic and Galaxy hops contribute a stone fruit and tropical aroma leading to a refreshing bitterness at the end.

Tropical Sunset Mango Sour

Brewed to be enjoyed on these warm summer afternoons. This tangy Berliner Weisse has been generously infused with Kensington Pride mangoes to bring you a deliciously refreshing, tropical brew.

Rhine River

Light, crisp and refreshing this style originated from the town of Cologne, Germany. A beer that is delicate and oh-so-quaffable! A touch of fruity esters derived from the yeast and a light to medium bitterness balances the light malt profile, a beer brewed to enjoy in volume!

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

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!

Please note, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation the number of craft beers available on tap will be limited.

Broken Shackles

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.



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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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

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.



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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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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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.

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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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Ginger Beer

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.

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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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