Englishman Henry Pike emigrated to South Australia in 1878 aboard the HMS Oakland. He settled in the small town of Oakbank in the Adelaide Hills and in 1886 established the family brewing business called H. Pike & Co. This name became well known throughout South Australia for its quality beer, soft drink and tonic ale, and the company used the English Pike fish on the label, which remains to this day — a symbol of Pikes’ long heritage.
In 1984 Pikes Wines was established by brothers Andrew and Neil Pike, producing a range of premium wines. In 1996 they decided to re launch the beer again, to celebrate 100 years since the first brew, contracting a boutique brewer to recreate the classic brew from all those years ago.