Malt Shovel Brewery
|Headquarters||99-101 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Camperdown, New South Wales|
|Website||http://www.malt-shovel.com.au/ Malt Shovel Brewery website|
The Malt Shovel Brewery is an Australian brewery owned by Lion Nathan and located in Camperdown, New South Wales. It is best known for the James Squire range of beers. The beer is named after the convict brewer James Squire, who is said to have created Australia's first commercial brewery.
In 1988, master brewer Chuck Hahn established the Hahn Brewery (then Australia's largest microbrewery) in a former furniture factory, in Camperdown, an inner-city suburb of Sydney. In 1993, the boutique beer-making operation received financial support from Lion Nathan. In late 1998, the brewery was relaunched as the Australian craft-brewing arm of the Lion Nathan group, and was renamed the Malt Shovel Brewery, after the James Squire's original brewery tavern ("The Malting Shovel"). The Malt Shovel Brewery produces boutique beers in small batches and in honour of Australia’s first brewer, the brewery named their range of natural ales 'James Squire'. In 2003, the business produced four million litres of beer and in 2010 it had increased to 4.74 million litres. In 2008, the brewery acquired the adjoining building, which allowed the company to expand both its production and storage facilities.
The company has also established a number of brewpubs, with the James Squire Brewhouse on Russell Street, Melbourne, the Squire's Maiden on Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle, the Generous Squire on Murray Street, Perth, the Curious Squire on O’Connell Street, North Adelaide, the Squire's Bounty at Salamanca Place, Hobart and the Charming Squire on Grey Street, Brisbane.
The Malt Shovel Brewery produces five main brews under the James Squire brand, each with a moniker related to the James Squire story:
- Nine Tales Original Amber Ale (formerly James Squire Original Amber Ale) is a handcrafted English-style Brown Ale, consisting of a blend of Pale and Crystal malts, three distinct hops, and a 140-year-old top fermenting ale yeast. (Silver medal 2008 Australian International Beer Awards, Bronze medal 2009 AIBA, Silver medal 2012 AIBA) Alcohol content: 5.0%
- Chancer Golden Ale (formerly James Squire Golden Ale) is an English-style Summer Ale, created with toasted grains of wheat and barley, combined with new season Amarillo hops. (Silver medal 2008 Australian International Beer Awards, Silver medal 2009 & 2010 AIBA, Bronze medal 2011 AIBA, Silver medal 2012 AIBA) Alcohol content: 4.5%
- Four Wives Pilsener (formerly James Squire Original Pilsner) is brewed using Pale and Munich malts, Saaz hops and lager yeast. (winner of 'Best Pilsner' at the 2002 Australian International Beer Awards, Silver medal 2008 AIBA, Bronze medal 2009 AIBA, Silver medal 2010 AIBA, Bronze medal 2013 AIBA) Alcohol content: 5.0%
- Stowaway India Pale Ale (I.P.A.) (formerly James Squire Indian Pale Ale) has robust malty flavours and earthy floral aromas from dry hopping with English Fuggles hops. (Silver medal 2008 Australian International Beer Awards, Bronze medal 2009 AIBA, Silver medal 2010 AIBA) Alcohol content: 5.6%
- Jack of Spades Porter (formerly James Squire Porter) is a dark beer consisting of five different malts combined with roasted barley and wheat. Porter has a longer maturation than the other James Squire brews. (Gold medal 2002 Australian International Beer Awards, Silver medal 2008 & 2010 AIBA, Bronze medal 2011 & 2012 AIBA) Alcohol content: 5.0%
- Orchard Crush an apple cider using a blend of Granny Smith, Pink Lady and Red Delicious apples from the Orange and Mildura regions. Alcohol content: 4.8%
Occasionally, the brewery creates speciality brews which are typically sold as limited-release products, produced in much smaller quantities than the regular brews:
- Hop Thief American Pale Ale is brewed using Simcoe and Columbus hops. Alcohol content: 5.0%
- Australian Strong Ale
- Rum Rebellion Porter
- Pepperberry Winter Ale
- Sundown Lager - 2009 Bronze medal Australian International Beer Awards, 2010 Gold Medal AIBA, Silver Medal 2011 & 2012 AIBA
- The Constable Copper Ale
- Australian White Beer is brewed using fresh wheat, extremely pale malt and Willamette hops. Alcohol content: 5.0%
- Noir Stout an imperial-style stout, brewed with pale chocolate, dark crystal barley malts, roasted black wheat malt, Australian Super Pride hops, New Zealand Super Alpha hops and powdered liquorice root. Alcohol content: 7%
- Hoppe Hefe brewed using a blend of Citra and Motueka hops along with wheat barley. (Silver medal 2012 Australian International Beer Awards) Alcohol content: 7.0%
- Wee Highlander a rich, full-bodied Scotch Ale brewed using peated malt. Alcohol content: 6.7%
- Garden De Paradisi launched mid-February 2014. Alcohol content: 6.2%
- Ginger Chops Ale a ginger beer made from an authentic balanced beer with spicy ginger and Australian honey. Alcohol content: 4.2%
- Scribbly Gum Lager (Bronze medal 2011 Australian International Beer Awards) Alcohol content: 6.7%
- New Norcia Abbey Ale - launched 23 September 2007, a monastic ale which is brewed in the Belgian Strong Golden Ale style at the Malt Shovel Brewery and shipped to Western Australia for aging in the cellars beneath the monastery at New Norcia. (Bronze medal 2008 & 2010 Australian International Beer Awards, Silver medal 2009, 2011 & 2012 AIBA, Bronze medal 2013 AIBA)
- Kosciuszko Pale Ale, originally brewed at the Kosciuszko Brewery (established by Chuck Hahn in April 2009 in Jindabyne, New South Wales) and now produced and bottled at the Malt Shovel Brewery. (Bronze Medal 2012 Australian International Beer Awards) Alcohol content: 4.5%
- TEN20 Commemorative Ale
Malt Shovel Brewery has won numerous awards, medals and trophies world wide for their permanent range of products. The most notable awards include:
- Australian International Beer Awards
- 2000 Champion Australasian Brewery
- 2003 Champion Australasian Brewery
- 2003 James Squire Amber Ale (subsequently renamed Nine Tales Original Amber Ale) won Champion Lager
- World Beer Cup
- 2006 - Chancer Golden Ale received the bronze award in the English-style Summer Ale category.
- 2008 - Four ‘Wives’ Pilsener received the gold award in the Bohemian-style Pilsener category.
- 2010 - New Norcia Abbey Ale received the gold award in the Other Belgian-style Ale category.
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