Coopers Best Extra Stout ‘Family Jewels’ Poster


When Thomas Cooper started brewing in 1862, he was a one-man enterprise and very inexperienced. He supplied only private customers. Whereas the large breweries produced mostly draught beer at that time, Thomas bottled his beer using any kind of bottles available. By 1867 he had more than 120 customers, but he didn’t sell to hotels as it was against his principles. There were ten breweries in business in Adelaide at that time, and a further twenty-two in country areas.

By 1878 business began to improve, and his son John, then twenty-one years old, started work at the brewery. In February 1881 Cooper purchased land in Statenborough Street, Upper Kensington, and a brewery was constructed using some of the equipment from the High Street premises. Son John began to introduce improved methods of production, and the quality and consistency of their beer improved greatly.

Cooper’s continued as a small family concern, still bottling, and showing no interest in supplying hotels. The business expanded very little during the 1880s and the difficult years of the 1890s, and output represented only about 1 per cent of the state’s consumption in 1900. Thomas Cooper had retired, and following his death in December 1897 the business then operated as a partnership with the four older sons — John, Christopher, Samuel and Stanley. Other sons, Frederic and Charles, worked at the brewery, and John’s eldest son, Frank (grandson of Thomas), was made a partner in 1918.

Cooper & Sons Ltd was formed in 1923, although the business still remained a Cooper family concern. When John Cooper died in 1935 at the age of seventy-eight, he had been head of the company for nearly forty years, and its guiding hand for even longer. Since then, successive members of the family have assumed control. In 2001, the brewery was relocated to Regency Park. 

Today the company’s products are marketed throughout Australia, and exported to many countries. Cooper & Sons Ltd operate a brewery that is unique in Australia, being the only major brewery still privately controlled by the descendants of its founder.



This is a fantastic Australian brewery poster to compliment any wall. These prints
are highly collectable and a refreshing way to bring colour and verve onto any wall.
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