MEDIA RELEASE: The Charming Squire comes to Brisbane


April 17, 2014 by 250 Beers

Last October, Mantle Group and Lion confirmed widespread rumours surrounding a James Squire venue on Brisbane’s Grey Street.

The latest media release (below) confirms the name of Australia’s latest James Squire brew bar and also confirms that brewing will take place on site – something that hadn’t been officially confirmed until very recently.

Further details will follow in due course including menus and, of course, an opening date.


The Charming Squire comes to Brisbane

the charming squireMantle Group and James Squire are pleased to announce that ‘The Charming Squire’ will be the name of the highly anticipated James Squire Brewbar launching in Brisbane later this year.

In line with the brand’s five other Brewbars around Australia, the name honours the life of James Squire – the infamous, yet charismatic, rogue convict-turned-brewer who inspired the creation of the award-winning range of flavoursome beers.

The Charming Squire, located at 133 Grey Street, Brisbane, will boast an interactive venue design and service style that aims to encourage customers to get intimately acquainted with the brewing process, and explore the many and diverse flavours and styles of craft beer.

With the grandeur of high ceilings and minimalist finishes, the interior design and architecture will evoke a sense of organic and raw craftsmanship. The theme will bring to life the story of the extraordinary life of Australia’s first brewer, James Squire.

The team were fortunate to be able to work with the talents of Brisbane’s Kim Baber from Baber Studio and Sydney’s Huw Turner from Collins and Turner.

Mantle Group director Godfrey Mantle said the team have put a lot of time and energy towards the interiors and the material palate to create a crafted and textured space that will create a contemporary atmosphere for people curious to explore new flavours.

“The Charming Squire includes a unique dining experience purposely designed and created by the group’s executive chef Deniz Coskun (former head chef at award-winning Brett’s Wharf and Tank Restaurant), which celebrates the simple pleasures of food while working with local producers,” Mr Mantle said.

“The menu will be supported by an architecturally designed kitchen and venue fit out. Features of the menu will include the installation of unique coal-fired spits, used to bring out purity of flavours of the meat that can be matched with an array great tasting James Squire beers.

“We have always wanted to open a venue at South Bank as we feel the precinct is a vibrant area that will become one of the city’s leading dining and entertainment hubs.

“The Charming Squire was a natural progression for Mantle Group who over the years has become one of the biggest draught beer accounts in Queensland and were very early supporters of the craft beer industry in Brisbane.

“Mantle Group has a strong relationship with James Squire, which we’re looking to grow and build on. We see this project, a first of many.”

The Charming Squire will be the sixth James Squire Brew Bar around the country, according to Lion’s Craft Director Brett Grebert.

“We are really excited about the new Queensland addition to our Brewbars around the country. It’s testament to the popularity of the unique environment and experience that the Brewbars offer as to why we are expanding the family of venues,” Mr Grebert said.

“With a focus on craft beers, an innovative dining menu, and the grand space, we are confident that the James Squire Brewbar will appeal to visitors who love experiencing interesting and original flavours.”

The James Squire team will bring their passion for craft brewing and flavour expertise from running the home of James Squire; the Malt Shovel Brewery, to help set up and create The Charming Squire. Mantle Group will manage the day-to-day logistics and operation of the venue.

For more information visit The Charming Squire Facebook page to keep up-to-date with the venue’s progress or call 3456 1512.

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About Mantle Group

Mantle Group is 100% privately owned by Godfrey and Jenny Mantle. The group’s business investments include property, hospitality, education and agriculture throughout Australia and overseas.As one of Brisbane’s largest and longest running food and beverage operators, Godfrey and Jenny established their successful hospitality business in Brisbane in 1979 and in 1982 became one of the first retailers in Queen Street Mall.

Today, Mantle Group operates Queen Street’s Pig ‘N’ Whistle, Jimmy’s on the Mall, Café East and Milano along one of Australia’s busiest pedestrian malls. The group also includes two other Pig N Whistle restaurants at Riverside and Indooroopilly, the Queensland State Library Café, Phuc Deli-Viet and a catering company Mantle &Cook. The team have just bought the former Ortiga restaurant at Fortitude Valley, which they will reopen later this year.

About Malt Shovel Brewery and James Squire Beers

Soon after his arrival as a convict on the First Fleet, James Squire was caught stealing supplies to brew Australia’s first beer. The result was so palatable the colony’s ranking officers only gave him 150 lashes. After fathering eleven children and working his way up from convict to publican and landowner, Squire established his brewery and the Malting Shovel Tavern on the banks of the Parramatta River. Today, the Malt Shovel Brewery at Camperdown is home to the James Squire beers brewed in his honour…

James Squire is a pioneer of craft beer in Australia, committed to creating exceptional, flavoursome and truly unique beers.

The beers are hand-crafted and they each have their own distinctive flavour, amazing aroma and rich colour. The James Squire beers are truly enjoyable to drink.

The dedicated team of brewers use their experience, knowledge and passion to create a range of exceptional, authentic craft beer styles using only the finest and freshest ingredients.

James Squire has won countless awards, trophies and medals for its permanent range of beer, including: Original Amber Ale, Golden Ale, Pilsener, India Pale Ale and Porter. Most notable being titled Champion Australasian Brewery in 2000 and 2003 at the Australian International Beer Award and being awarded as the best Bohemian style Pilsener at the World Beer Cup 2008.

James Squire always pushes boundaries by experimenting with ingredients and brewing practices to create distinctive, character-filled beers. As a result, limited release beers are brewed each year and have been widely praised for their unique flavours.

Limited Releases over the years have included Australian Strong Ale, Colonial Wheat Beer, Rum Rebellion Porter, Hop Thief Ale, Sundown Lager and Pepperberry Winter Ale.

James Squire’s distinctive beers are ideal to pair with food. The character-filled and diverse flavours of the range perfectly compliment or contrast many great dishes.

There are five James Squire Brewhouses, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Newcastle, and Hobart, with Melbourne and Perth each having its own micro-brewery on-site.

James Squire has won countless awards, trophies and medals for its flavoursome beers. In 2012, James Squire picked up four awards at the Australian International Beer Awards for The Chancer Golden Ale, Sundown Australian Lager, Mad Brewers Hoppy Hefe, & Nine Tales Amber Ale. James Squire also won gold in 2010 for Sundown Lager and was awarded the best Bohemian-style Pilsener at the World Beer Cup 2008. 


3 thoughts on “MEDIA RELEASE: The Charming Squire comes to Brisbane

  1. Monica J says:

    Soon, I’ll be abel to do a pub crawl from James Squire to Tomohawk and Hoo Ha bar and then to my apartment. Woohooo!

  2. […] Tomahawk Bar – along with Hoo Ha Bar literally around the corner – provides South Bank residents, workers and visitors alike with exciting beery options. Plus, the northern end of Grey Street will soon see the opening of Queensland’s first – Australia’s sixth – James Squire brewpub – The Charming Squire. […]

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