Craft beer is the fastest growing segment in the Australian beer market with drinkers increasingly open to experimenting with exciting new beer styles. Much of the growth in craft has been driven by Lion through James Squire, the leading craft beer trademark in Australia. With the addition of Little Creatures, White Rabbit, Kosciuszko and Mad Brewers, Lion looks forward to a bright future in craft.
The story of how James Squire became Australia’s first brewer is a cracking yarn, and one we’re always keen (and proud) to share. He led a life that would make any man envious. It was a journey full of thievery, dishonesty and above all flavour. When James Squire was discovered stealing ingredients from the stores to make the colony’s first batch of beer, the Judge ordered 150 lashes… plus two barrels of ale. Thankfully for us, James Squire was a far better brewer than he was a thief. Our 150 Lashes Pale Ale is a clean-finishing, Australian-style cloudy pale ale for cracking refreshment.
Little Creatures Brewing was born out of the love of great beer shared by a few good mates. In particular, it was a hop driven pale ale they tasted in the north west of the U.S that really captured their hearts and gave rise to this little brewery that began on the water’s edge in Fremantle.
White Rabbit takes a dash of the wondrous and a touch of the curious to create a unique range of classic, flavoursome ales. A skilful balance of old-world techniques sprinkled with new world thinking enables us to brew beer that reaches beyond the conventional. Searching high and low for ingredients of spellbinding quality, our ales exhibit both complex flavours and wonderful drinkability.
Panhead is New Zealand's very own craft brewing monster truck rally, putting the frighteners on anyone who thinks beer should mind its own business and cower behind the wine rack. Launched in 2013 out of the old Dunlop tyre factory in darkest Maidstone, it’s been turning out award winning beers ever since.
Kosciuszko Pale Ale refreshes your palate with pleasant rich maltiness and a fruity hoppy finish. Galaxy and Pride of Ringwood hops are used to delivery a fruity take on the Pale Ale style.