The true story of how James Squire became Australia’s first brewer is a good 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.
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.
James Squire lived life to the fullest in his journey from scoundrel to respectable pioneer. Adventure, excitement, danger, risk, reward, women and, of course, beer were James’ constant companions. His story continues to inspire today, from men of many tastes who, like James, prefer to take the path less travelled to the craft beer brewed in his name…
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