The company is one of the few brewers in the country that still employs a cooper crafting wooden casks in which the beers mature.
It was built by a Mr Robinson, who carried on the trade of a cooper , and he also used the front cellar under the theatre as a workshop.
John Drummond trained as a cooper in Greenock, making barrels to contain sugar, whisky and grain that were transported across the empire.
At the stables he unveiled a plaque to commemorate his visit and was presented with a statuette of the cooper at work.
In addition, Jeremiah's only surviving son Aaron, who later became a cooper , probably contributed to his family's productive capacity while learning the trade at his father's side.
Particularly striking was the breakdown of the craft system: only two boys (a cooper and a tailor) claimed they were apprentices.
We think the cooper , not the kind of oak, gives the greatest influence.
I left school at 16 and served a four-year apprenticeship as a cooper with Clyde Cooperage.
The advent of metal casks has all but finished the craft of coopering , except at Theakston's brewery in Masham.
Old time coopers made each cask to its intended shape and capacity almost entirely by eye and experience.