We have a new beer on tap at the Railway Hotel, Condobolin: James Squires – One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale.
Official Bio of this beautiful beer from the James Squire website – www.jamessquire.com.au
So where does One Fifty Lashes fit into Squire’s flavourful life story?
The Lashes name is based on the true story of James Squire being discovered stealing ingredients from the hospital stores soon after his arrival with the first fleet, in order to make one of colony’s first batches of beer. The magistrate ordered 300 lashes… and he received 150 with the remainder to be served “when he could bear it”. James never received the balance of his sentence most likely because his attempts at brewing had proven so promising. It was known that he was already brewing at the time for the personal consumption of General Grose & Colonel Paterson and perhaps this explained why he was shown leniency.
But what about the beer?
Well Lashes is a refreshing cloudy pale ale with restrained bitterness and a clean, smooth finish. We’ve used malted wheat as well as pale barley malt to add balance to the finish, while the late addition of Nelson Sauvin & Amarillo and also some Australian grown Willamette hops deliver a subdued fruity nose with hints of passionfruit, grapefruit and citrus. While modelled along the guidelines of the Australian Pale ale style in both appearance & degree of hoppiness, in true James Squire fashion we could not resist adding our own little twist. Lashes Pale is aimed at 4.2% alcohol, technically aligning it more toward the English Bitter Ale style. The result is a well balanced pale with a foot in both the English & Australian camps – A bit like James Squire the man!
Try our new ale and let us know what you think.