To say we’re ‘born to brew’ may seem like a bold statement, but after dedicating over 150 years to the art of brewing, we believe it’s true.
Coopers is a brewing family. It’s in our blood. For six generations we’ve been custodians of a proud legacy that began in 1862 when Thomas Cooper brewed his first batch of ale. Our passion for brewing has kept us together and helped us through economic recessions, wars, government imposts, changing tastes, and the occasional hostile takeover bid.
Today, our unique brand of naturally conditioned ales and stouts are enjoyed around the world and we’re still making these beers using the same traditional brewing methods that Thomas did. And when we say hand-made by the Cooper family’, we mean it. If you visit the Brewery you’ll probably bump into a Cooper who works there. While other breweries might make all sorts of claims about their ‘origins’ the fact is that we are Australia’s oldest family owned and run brewery, and that’s not changing anytime soon.
FESTIVAL BEER: The 2018 limited release Coopers Vintage Ale is the 18th in the series, since first launching in 1998. This year the Coopers brewing team has used a unique triple fermentation process to enrich the flavor of the beer, imparting a velvet-like finish on the palate, accompanied by a warming aftertaste.As in previous years, the brewers have sought ingredients from around the globe to enhance the distinctiveness of this seasonal brew. The barley variety Westminster has been sourced solely from the pristine coastal environment of Kangaroo Island, and then malted at Coopers’ own malting’s. Westminster is a high-yielding malting barley that offers improved head retention in the beer. Blended with dark crystal malt, the result is a delicate, sweet malt character and a rich, red copper hue.The hop variety Aramis, grown in the Alsace region of France, was chosen as the feature hop for its aroma and moderate levels of bitterness. Added late in brewing, and during fermentation, the essential hop oils are preserved to provide flavor characteristics in this seasonal ale of dried fruit, red apple, vanilla and mild spice.Like all Coopers ales, this beer has been brewed with a secondary fermentation and natural conditioning process. This year, however, the inclusion of an added re-fermentation step at the end of primary fermentation has created a delicate and smooth flavor, whilst balanced with a moderate 55 IBU level of bitterness.Coopers 2018 Vintage Ale maintains an alcohol level of 7.5% ABV, which integrates well with the aromas and flavors from the malt, hops and the distinct fruity esters produced by Coopers’ cherished ale yeast. Stored under cellar conditions, this beer will become more complex over an extended period of time, increasing the sweet malt flavor with soft caramel undertones. To fully appreciate this ale, we recommend an ideal drinking temperature of 5 degrees.