In 1857, Frederick Sherwood founded the Swan Brewery on the banks of the Swan River. After his death in 1874, the brewery changed hands and in 1879 was relocated. Swan became a public company in 1887 and continued its dominance in Perth, with many ‘tied’ pubs. Swan Brewery was bought by entrepreneur Alan Bond in 1981. It is now part of the Lion group, owned by the Japanese Kirin Holdings Company Limited.
The Swan Brewery in Canning Vale closed in 2013 and beers carrying the Swan and Emu brands are now brewed in South Australia.