Bundy Kegs & Schmeider's Cooperage

Schmeider's Cooperage Experience

The Start of Coopering In Bundaberg

In 1970 a then young Dave Schmeider gained a four-year apprenticeship with the Bundaberg Distilling Company or as we like to call it Bundy Rum.

His trade involved the repairing the old kegs that in those times were used for the transportation of the rum to agents, food processors and bottling partners.  As welll from time to time, he also helped with the construction and maintenance work on the large maturation vats some of which hold up to 80,000 Litres of the Cane Cutters Cordial.

Dave however was the last cooper to learn the ancient trade onsite at the Rum Distillery as in the early 1980's the Distillery installed their bottling plant so the trade then all but died as the majority of the rum was bottled in glass before it set off all over the sunburnt country.

Being that Dave loved his trade, he decided to give it a crack and see if he could keep the trade alive by starting his own business. With this goal and drive Schmeider's Cooperage began producing and repairing barrels on the November 7th, 1982.

From a small workshop at the rear of their East Bundaberg home, the trade was once again alive.

Over the past 25 years, Schmeider's Cooperage has gained in both size and reach and creating what we call the "Original Schmeider Barrel".  During this time Dave trained a number of apprentices in the art that is coopering.

Once they were ready they were shown and taught well guarded secret process that makes a "Schmeider Barrel" a "Schmeider Barrel".  The final torch was passed when long serving cooper and still the current owner and head cooper Justin Gillett took the reins and kept the unique genuine article in production while growing the company to make larger barrels or different timbers and finishes to meet the wants of the burgeoning craft beer and spirit market today.

Bundy Kegs & Schmeiders Cooperage a Lifetime Experience

Justin Gillett 2010
Schmeider's Cooperage & Bundy Kegs operates from the same building that has become famous for making American White Oak casks, suitable for holding spirits and fortified wines. Schmeider's Cooperage began in 1982 and was operated by the Schmeiders. Over this time, the cooperage trained many apprentices and it is now one of these protégé's that owns the business and continues the tradition of Coopering in Bundaberg.

Justin Gillett and his team practice both traditional and modern methods to produce a quality oak cask that will give its owner a lifetime of enjoyment. The casks are produced from new american or french oak as well as wine, fortified & spirit casks that are salvaged from all over the world.

Visitors are always welcome at the Cooperage! 

While at the Cooperage, this unique trade can be watched daily as the Justin and the team work on all sort of products including maybe your own casks.  A large selection of finished kegs, keg furniture and accessories are available in our bar room and our friendly staff are only to pleased to answer any questions about our product or the trade.


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