If ever there were a former prime minister we’d like to have a beer with, it’d be Bob Hawke. Not only can he skol a schooner like a champ, but he’s also the face, name and ambassador of a beer company, Hawke’s Brewing Co, which came onto the scene in 2017.
On Saturday the company launched a mural of the legend, painted on the side of Newtown’s Carlisle Castle Hotel. It depicts a shirtless Hawke holding his two great loves: a beer and a newspaper crossword puzzle.
It was painted by local street artist Scott Marsh, who was also behind the 2017 same-sex marriage mural depicting Tony Abbott in a wedding dress on Newtown’s Botany View Hotel, a Casino Mike mural in Chippendale, and another in Melbourne criticising opposition leader Bill Shorten.
While Hawke, 89, couldn’t be at the unveiling, local Labor MP Anthony Albanese was present to hold the fort.
“Bob is a remarkable person, who is still passionate about this country and I’m sure he would have liked to have been here today,” said Albanese at the launch.
Rather than taking royalties from the beer company, Hawke requested it donate his share of the profits to Landcare Australia, his favourite charity. The grassroots organisation is dedicated to managing environmental issues across Australia, which has been a cause the former PM has been passionate about since his time in office.
“It says something about Bob that he has chosen Landcare as an appropriate charity [for Hawke’s Brewing Co] to provide support for,” said Albanese. “While having a cold one, you can also help the environment and that’s a good thing. It’s pro-jobs, pro-environment, so have a beer.”
To see the mural, visit Carlisle Castle Hotel, 17–19 Albermarle Street, Newtown.