Hops on the vine

ISSUE #11: Coopers Beer from Adelaide, Australia

It’s a family affair! In the 1860s, South Australia was only two decades 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 seized 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.

After more than 150 years, Coopers has survived economic recessions, wars, government bureaucracy, changing fashions, and a hostile takeover bid. Coopers stands proudly as the sole major brewer 100% owned by Australians, and holds over 5% of the Australian beer market.

The descendants of Thomas Cooper still run the brewery. The fifth and sixth generations act as custodians and lead the brewery’s bright and enduring future.


  • Original Pale Ale – fruity and floral characters, balanced with a crisp bitterness
  • Sparkling Ale-  has a “famous cloudy sediment” and a distinctive balance of malt, hops and fruity characters
  • Mild Ale 3.5% – brewed with a selection of barley and wheat malt, and with no added sugar
  • Dark Ale – Fresh, creamy, and finishing with a lingering coffee flavor; made using roasted and chocolate malts, giving it a rich dark color and depth.
  • Stout – A winter favorite, this is a classic dark stout
  • Dr. Tim’s – This traditional ale, packaged in a can, has subtle fruity notes and balanced use of bitter hops.

Selection abstracted from http://www.coopers.com.au/