Toohey's dates from 1869, when John Thomas Toohey obtained his brewing license.
John Thomas Toohey and his brother James Matthew ran pubs in Melbourne before
moving to Sydney in the 1860s. They commenced brewing Tooheys 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 in 1930. In 1955, the brewery moved west to Lidcombe, where it is
In 1980, NSW-based Tooheys merged with Queensland's Castlemaine Perkins to form
Castlemaine Tooheys. Bond Corporation purchased Castlemaine Tooheys in 1985.
Lion Nathan acquired 50% stake in Bond's Natbrew Holdings in 1990, and took
total ownership in 1992.
Production of Hahn-branded beers was moved from the Camperdown Hahn Brewery to
Tooheys, some time between 1993 and 1999.
Products sold under the Tooheys trademark are Beers brewed at Tooheys brewery
and home-brew kits, distributed by Lion Nathan and produced at Canterbury
Brewery. Tooheys is the major sponsor of Rugby Union in New South Wales and
Queensland, and in 2002 and 2003 was the sponsor of the Melbourne Cup in