James Squire has been synonymous with Australia’s burgeoning thirst for dedicated, quality craft beers over the past decade or so. The success of the cheeky convict’s brand has seen it open up a number of James Squire brewhouses in metropolitan centres throughout the country. Lost At E Minor went along to the opening of The Squire’s Maiden, located in Newcastle’s Honeysuckle precinct, which is perched over the city’s working harbour.
The Terrace Bar in Newcastle, about two hours north of Sydney, is a new small bar and alternative arts/underground music venue with the feel of a San Francisco divebar. A wide variety of craft beers and famous local Hunter wines are available, while local and visiting must-see acts perform in the venue’s intimate gig room. The atmosphere is cool, relaxed, and different to most nightspots in the city – think less meatmarket, less hot TV screens, and more vibe, hipster-chic.
The world of craft brewery has been growing at speed over the last few years, greatly expanding the beer drinker’s horizons. Beerbods is a subscription scheme that selects and delivers a weekly choice of craft beer. Perfect for those who like to be promiscuous with their beers.
Newcastle Craft Beer weeks kicks off this Sunday, 18th of November, and in only its second year, has already grown to cover 18 establishments with more than 40 events. Corey Crooks, operator of the craft beer-only Albion Hotel in Newcastle, two hours north of Sydney, came up with the idea over – you guessed it – a couple of beers one afternoon with a like-minded publican.