Tooheys Brewery

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Founded 1869
Headquarters Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Production output
300 million litres[1]
Owner Mitsubishi keiretsu (through Kirin Holdings)

Tooheys is a brewery in the suburb of Lidcombe, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It produces beers and ciders under the Tooheys and Hahn Brewery trademarks, and is part of the Lion beverages group which was acquired by the Japanese Kirin Company in 2009.[2]


Toohey's dates from 1869, when John Thomas Toohey (an Irish immigrant to Melbourne) obtained his brewing licence. Toohey and his brother James Matthew ran pubs in Melbourne (The Limerick Arms and The Great Britain) before moving to Sydney in the 1860s. They commenced brewing Tooheys Black Old Ale in a brewery in the area of present-day Darling Harbour. By 1875, demand for their beer had soared and they established The Standard Brewery in inner-city Surry Hills. In 1902, the company went public as Tooheys Limited, and commenced brewing lager (the present-day Tooheys New) in 1930. In 1955, the brewery moved west to Lidcombe.[3] In 1967, Tooheys bought competitor Miller's Brewers located in Taverner's Hill, closing the brewery in 1975.[4]

In 1980, NSW-based Tooheys merged with Queensland's Castlemaine Perkins to form Castlemaine Tooheys.[5] Bond Corporation purchased Castlemaine Tooheys in 1985.[5] Lion Nathan acquired a 50% stake in Bond's Natbrew Holdings in 1990, and took total ownership in 1992.[5]

Production of Hahn-branded beers was moved from the Camperdown Hahn Brewery to Tooheys, some time between 1993 (Lion's acquisition of Hahn) and 1999[6] (when Hahn Brewery was renamed Malt Shovel Brewery).

Products sold under the Tooheys trademark are brewed at Tooheys brewery. Home-brew kits are distributed by Lion and produced at Canterbury Brewery. As of 2015, the Tooheys brand is the major sponsor of rugby union in New South Wales and Queensland, and sponsored the Melbourne Cup in 2002 and 2003.


  • Tooheys New is a pale lager, first brewed in 1930.
  • Tooheys New White Stag is a low-carb beer launched in 2008.
  • Tooheys Darling Pale Ale[7]
  • Tooheys Old is a dark ale, supposedly similar to the Tooheys brothers' original brew.
  • Tooheys Extra Dry is a dry style lager, available on tap and in bottles.
  • Tooheys Extra Dry Platinum, launched in 2007, is a beer with increased alcohol content of 6.5%.
  • Tooheys Pils is a pale lager, launched in 1998.
  • Red Bitter [8] was formerly known as Tooheys Red, 4.0 to 4.2% ABV
  • Gold Bitter [9] was formerly Tooheys Gold, mid-strength, 3.0% ABV
  • Blue Bitter [10] was formerly Tooheys Blue, a low-alcohol "lite" version, 2.3% ABV
  • Tooheys Blue Ice
  • Tooheys Amber Bitter
  • Tooheys 2.2 Lite
  • MeZ



  • Tooheys 5 Seeds Cider
  • Tooheys 5 Seeds Cloudy Apple Cider
  • Tooheys 5 Seeds Sour Apple Cider
  • Tooheys 5 Seeds Crisp Apple Cider

See also[edit]




  • Deutsher, Keith M. (2012). The Breweries of Australia (2nd ed.). Glebe, NSW: Beer & Brewer Media. ISBN 9780987395214. 

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