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The love of “ a glass of good , beer ” is inherent in the breast of every English* man—every Englishman that is who has not, like Rip Van Winkle, “ sworn off” and become a total abstainer. Let your Irishman rave as he will about his whisky, the Scotchman about bis “ whusky,” the Hollander about his Schnaps, the Frenchman about his light wines andeattde vie—the ordinary Briton prefers sound malt liquors to either or any of them, and the taste once acquired in that tight little island never deserts him wherever he may afterwards wander. No matter whether his afterlot may be cast amidst the snow and ice of Canada, the hot winds and “ brickfielders ” of Australia, or the nor’, westers of New Zealand in general and Ashburton in particular, your Englishman as a general thing still loves a “ modest quencher,” as Mr Dick Swiveller would say, and loves it, moreover, “ in its native pewter,” to quote another famous creation of Charles Dickens. The knowledge of this weakness induced Messrs Quinton Brothers, of the Alford Brewery, to coumence business about seven years ago, at the premises where they are now located. At this time there was no brewing or bottling firm in existence in Ashburton. Then the firm were in a very small way of business, and their establishment was represented by a little shed or lean-to. They were then merely beer bottlers, and their trade was in fact confined to bottling until some two or ihree months ago, when fancying that sufficient inducement offered they added largely to their premises and commenced to brew their own beer. The result of the venture has proved that they mere not mistaken. So satisfactory indeed has that result been, that the .firm are contemplating doubling their present premises early in the new year. The progress of brewing has been so frequently described already that;,we do not propose to say anything about it here. Let it suffice to say that Messrs Quinton are at present turning out fourteen hogsheads of malt liquor weekly, including strong ales, light and bitter ales, and first-rate porter and stout; and and that all these beers are of the right kind is abundantly proved by the fact that they meet with a ready sale, and can hardly be produced fast enough to meet the demand. When the proposed additions have been made the firm will double its present brew. Both Californian and Nelson hops are used at the Alford Brewery, the Nelson article being chiefly employed. The firm did not commence brewing in time to exhibit their own beer at the last Ashburton Agricultural and Pastoral Show, but at all future shows, etc., their goods will certainly be represented, and if they maintain their present high standard of excellence can hardly fail to obtain honors.

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A VISIT TO THE ALFORD BREWERY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 503, 28 November 1881

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A VISIT TO THE ALFORD BREWERY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 503, 28 November 1881