The Coopers Beer story began in a newly established colony across the Ditch 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. Enjoy a selection of the legendary Coopers ale range at the festival, alongside some of the finest American craft beer and English cider.