Australian brewery James Squire has added a 10th brewhouse to its portfolio situated at the iconic North Wollongong Hotel.
The Daring Squire will open its doors on December 19, on a site once owned by publican Thomas Bode who made his fortune in the Victorian goldfields.
Lion’s general manager of Craft, Gordon Treanor, said James Squire is excited to expand its partnership with Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group.
“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,” said Treanor.
James Squire got rid of the traditional design’s interior layers to reveal the original brickwork and complemented it with copper, timber and black metal. They added high ceilings in the main area with the bar and a three-sided log fireplace.
It’s full range of beers will be available on tap at The Daring Squire, including the One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale, Hop Thief 9 American Pale Ale, Jack of Spades Porter and limited edition brews like Close Shave Refreshing Ale.
James Squire’s head chef Jake Agostino whipped up a contemporary menu to suit the beer range, including gourmet share plates and pizza alongside the classic pub favourites and kid’s menu.
“We really wanted to bring pub dining into the 21st century for The Daring Squire menu. 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 just 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 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,” said Agostino.
The Australian brewing company said the Daring Squire will boost employment, training 50 staff in the Illawarra area before launching.