• Malt Shovel head brewer Haydon Morgan, venue manager Toby Wiedemann, and head chef Jake Agostino.

Photo by Jane Dempster
    Malt Shovel head brewer Haydon Morgan, venue manager Toby Wiedemann, and head chef Jake Agostino. Photo by Jane Dempster
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James Squire is preparing to open its 10th Australian brewhouse before Christmas in Wollongong, NSW.

The new brewhouse, The Daring Squire, will open on Wednesday 19th December next to the North Wollongong Hotel.

“We are thrilled to be opening our 10th James Squire brewhouse in Wollongong. This adds another chapter to the evolving and successful story of James Squire, the namesake brand of a convict who became Australia’s first brewer,” Lion’s general manager of Craft Gordon Treanor said.

The full James Squire range of beers will be available on tap at The Daring Squire, including One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale, Hop Thief 9 American Pale Ale and Jack of Spades Porter, as well as limited edition brews like Close Shave Refreshing Ale.

Head chef Jake Agostino has created a contemporary pub menu around the James Squire beer range. 

“We really wanted to bring pub dining into the 21st century for The Daring Squire menu,” said Agostino. “A lot of thought has gone into the flavours of our dishes to ensure items like Crispy Skin Salmon and Sutton Forrest Lamb Rump with duck fat potatoes and jus will pair perfectly with our range of ales.

“Signature dishes even feature James Squire beer as hero ingredients such as our Steamed Mussels in house-made Orchard Crush broth. For me, it is all about using food to provide guests with a sense of comfort and enjoyment after a day’s work or rest.” 

The Daring Squire will see the hiring and training of 50 staff from the local area ahead of launch.