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James Squire takes beer lovers on a journey

The history of Australia’s first brewer, James Squire, was recently revealed as the world’s first ‘Edible Biography’ in the former Darlinghurst Gaol.

The ‘Edible Biography’, designed by Bompas and Parr, UK-based leaders in contemporary flavour-based design and culinary research, took guests on a multi-sensory journey, comprised of a seven-course feast interspersed with audio-visual dramatic elements that drew inspiration from James Squire’s true story: from criminal to beer craftsman.

“The story goes that when James Squire was discovered stealing ingredients to make the colony’s first batch of beer, he narrowly avoided execution, and was instead fined five pounds and sentenced to receive 300 lashes … ‘One hundred and 50 now, and the remainder when able to bear it’,” Malt Shovel Brewery Head Brewer Chis Sheehan said.

“Since we launched One Fifty Lashes in 2011, it’s proved a hit around Australia. This pale ale is refreshing thanks to its added malted wheat, and delicate hop notes of passionfruit, citrus and grapefruit.”

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