By Rebecca Harris
The Bald Faced Stag Hotel in the Sydney suburb of Leichhardt will return to its Tooheys origins when its current Carlton signage is taken down on December 20.
Over the last few months, the pub’s exterior has been plastered with billboards and advertisements for rival brand Carlton Draught despite its historical alignment with Tooheys.
"At the end of the day we decided to put it back to Tooheys because Tooheys was established in 1869 and there’s the big stag’s head in their logo," The Bald Faced Stag Hotel proprietor, Brad Johnson, told The Sydney Morning Herald.
The pub’s stag emblem was the inspiration behind the Tooheys logo and it is affectionately known as the ‘spiritual home’ of Tooheys.
It was also reportedly the favourite pub of Tooheys’ founder, John Thomas Toohey, back in the 1800s.
He and his younger brother, James Matthew, bought the Darling Brewery in Sydney in 1872 and, trading under the name of JT & J Toohey, gave Australia its first taste of Tooheys Old.