Pennant Hills AFL Club would like to thank Coopers Brewery for its continued support as a major sponsor.
Despite many changes, successive Cooper generations have never lost sight of Thomas Cooper’s vision of providing value and quality.
Coopers Brewery products are now marketed nationally and internationally in a concerted way, ensuring the Coopers brand is well known beyond its South Australian home.
The Coopers story began in a newly established colony, with a brilliant accident. After turning his hand to a number of trades, Thomas Cooper discovered his talent as a brewer by accident; when he created his first batch of beer as a tonic for his ailing wife Ann.
That day in 1862, was the start of an amazing journey.
South Australia was only 26 years old and, although there were a number of well-established breweries, most settlers preferred to drink imported beer from the mother country rather than colonial beer.
Thomas Cooper saw the opportunity to create a beer that was free from the ‘peculiar flavour’ of colonial ales – he would introduce an all-natural beer from the very best ingredients.
In 1864, Thomas wrote to his brother in Yorkshire,“There are some half dozen breweries besides ours in and about Adelaide, but they all use a good deal of sugar and so on for brewing, but we use only malt and hops, consequently, ours being pure, the doctors recommend it to all their patients”.
So although competition was high and times tough (Thomas had a rather large and growing family to provide for), he turned away from his stable job as a stonemason and became a brewer.
His fine ales and stout soon became highly sought-after and Thomas would deliver by horse and cart to a growing number of loyal customers, including another soon to be famous entrepreneurial settler, Dr Penfold of the Grange winery.
Today, Coopers is Australia’s sole remaining family-owned brewery of stature, so it’s still an every day occurrence to meet a Cooper at the Brewery.
The fifth and sixth generations acting as custodians of Thomas Cooper’s legacy are:
•Dr Tim Cooper, our Managing Director who still keeps a keen eye on the brewing
•Glenn Cooper our Chairman and Marketing Director
•Bill Cooper, after 40 years on the Board of Directors, retired in September 2009
•Maxwell Cooper retired from his Chairman’s position in 2002, after more than 30 years on the Board
•Melanie Cooper is Financial Accountant and became a Director following Bill’s retirement
•Rachel Cooper-Casserly is in Marketing
•And two other family members are involved as Board Directors.
So rest assured, Coopers Brewery is in the hands of those who have the same values as Thomas Cooper and believe in the product that Thomas himself began brewing all those years ago.