In 1852 a young shoemaker named Thomas Cooper emigrated with his family from Yorkshire, England to the exciting new world of Adelaide, South Australia. Australia agreed with this intrepid young man and he, his wife Ann, and their many children, thrived.
Making beer at home has always been a common past-time in his native England, and in 1862 Thomas began making beer; legend has it as a tonic for his ailing wife. He shared his beer with neighbors and discovered he had a real talent for producing high quality ales. His beers were such a hit that Thomas was forced to move his brewing operation out of his kitchen and into a real brewery.
Today Coopers Brewery is still owned and operated by fourth and fifth generation descendents of Thomas Cooper.
Dr. Tim Cooper, an accomplished cardiology surgeon in his previous career, received his brewing education at Birmingham University in England and as Directing Manager handles the day-to-day aspects of running the brewery.
Glenn Cooper, as Chairman of the Board of the Coopers Brewery and Marketing Manager, oversees the general direction of the brewery and spends considerable time visiting with beer drinkers and beer makers.
Even Maxwell Cooper drops in pretty much daily for a pint and to see how the kettles he once operated are running.