Copland Brewing Co. 1915


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1915 Vest Pocket Reference Annual published by Copland Brewing. Image provided by Ken D

Ken D, one of our readers, sent along an image of the cover of a 1915 Vest Pocket Reference Annual published by Copland Brewing Company.  It’s a neat piece of ephemera as it lists the brands of beer Copland was producing at the time (Pale Ale, Half-and-Half, Budweiser, XXX Porter and Special Brewed Ale) and includes images of two of the bottles and labels in use at the time.  It’s also interesting to note the proprietors, Robert and J.E. Davies.  Robert was late of both the Don and Dominion Breweries; in fact XXX Porter was one of the Don’s signature brews.  Ken mentioned that the volume contained details about horse racing, sports records and information regarding postage rates.  These were likely given out as a promotion either to the public, or more likely to bar owners and people in the business. 

Copland Extra Stout Label from the Fisher Library's Vintage Canadian Beer Labels Collection.
Copland Extra Stout Label from the Fisher Library’s Vintage Canadian Beer Labels Collection.
I pulled up one of the labels pictured on the cover from the Fisher Library collection at the University of Toronto for comparison.  Looks like a pretty good match to me!

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2 thoughts on “Copland Brewing Co. 1915

  1. We have a Copland Brewing Co. bottle opener embedded into a putty-work mirror frame here at Grey Roots Museum & Archives (Owen Sound). I can send a photo of it, if you like. Stumbled upon this site as I was searching for clues to date the piece!

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