XXX Sparkling Ale from Castlemaine BreweryEdward Fitzgerald had opened a brewery in Castlemaine, Victoria, in 1857. Moving to Queensland, he acquired a local partner, purchased a brewery and Castlemaine XXX Sparkling Ale was released in 1878. In 1889, Castlemaine Brewery was the first in Queensland to produce a lager-style beer.  The additional X was added in 1924, when XXXX Bitter Ale was released.