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Friday
Jul262013

HOP THIEF GOES YEAR-ROUND


James Squire is turning its Hop Thief into a full time beer.

The Australian team captain for The Bashes will, late this month, become a permanent member of the James Squire range. 

The fifth generation of the Hop Thief varietal series, the Hop Thief 5 is a celebration of Centennial and Citra hops in the chase for James Squire's aim of a "Life full of flavour".

Whilst there have been four limited Hop Thief releases over the past few years that showcased hops from around the world, Hop Thief 5 marks the transition to a permanent release series. From now on the beer will be available all year round; with seasonal changes to the hop recipe,” said Malt Shovel Head Brewer, Jeff Potter.

James Squire has tried to develop a full-bodied hop flavour, true to the American Pale Ale ethos, with the specific hops chosen for their citrus and stone fruit profiles, all balanced by a creamy malt body.

We hope this new release will give our drinkers something to savour, as well as build anticipation for the next edition to the Varietal Series, which will once again celebrate the unique characteristics of different hop varieties,” said Potter.

James Squire Hop Thief 5 will be available on tap at select venues across Australia from this month.

Like all of the Hop Thief varieties, it commemorates Australia's first brewer, James Squire, who stole horehound so he could brew his own beer shortly after arriving in Australia during its convict days.

The judge ordered that he receive 150 lashes, plus deliver him two barrels of his ale, as punishment and it took Squire another 15 years to become the first person to grow hops on Australian soil, thereby becoming the first to brew fresh beer.

All of that history, plus the sheer quality of the preceding four versions of the Hop Thief, is why it's the Australian team captain in The Bashes.