Malt Shovel Brewery
US-born Dr Charles ‘Chuck’ Hahn has enjoyed two separate craft-beer careers over two decades, operating out of the same Camperdown brewery. In the late ’80s he opened it as the independent Hahn Brewery, specialising in a flavoursome pilsener-style beer; in 1998 the brewery was relaunched as, effectively, the Australian craft-brewing arm of the Lion Nathan group, and rebadged as Malt Shovel Brewery. Its James Squire range of beers grew from the original Amber Ale, with Pilsener, Porter and India Pale Ale added to the regular portfolio and various limited-edition batches rolled out. Golden Ale proved so popular as a summer seasonal that it became a regular brand and as certain beers outgrew the Camperdown brewery, they were farmed out to Tooheys. The relationship between Hahn and Lion Nathan is somewhat confusing with the latter producing Hahn Premium Lager, Chuck Hahn’s original brand, which has morphed into a more mainstream lager, while other Hahn releases have been rolled out over the years. During 2008, Malt Shovel acquired an adjoining building, which allowed the company to expand both production and storage facilities, while a visitor centre is planned for the Parramatta Road shopfront.
There is a sound cross-section of styles covered in regular brands with frequent seasonal and limited-edition brews.
James Squire Amber Ale
Behind the Label
James Squire was a convict who became the colony’s first successful hop grower and brewer; for a time, he operated the Malt Shovel Tavern at Kissing Point Road – hence the presentday brewery’s name. When James Squire Amber Ale was first launched six episodes from his colourful life were featured on different labels, meaning you had to buy at least a six-pack to get the full story. Each new James Squire label had its own personality but in recent times they have been remodelled to ensure a more consistent house style.
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