W. Jameson, 40, living with Peter Ballantine's family, listed as "brewer" in census. (First name listed as "Welcome" on ancestry sites).
Frederick Christopher Wackenhuth, Sr., listed as "brewer in brewery" lived at 436 Ferry St., along with his family including son, Frederick Christopher Wackenhuth, Jr. (1877-1926). By 1900, Wackenhuth Sr., was listed as "Head Brewer" and the son as "Ass't Brewer" and they were living on the lager brewery grounds, at 57 Freeman St. F. C. Wackenhuth, Jr., in 1905, would be cited as "Technical Brewer" and, in a Rutgers alumni publication, "Head Brewer". He would be admitted to membership of the "American Brewing Institute" the same year.
Son and grandson of Chistopher Wackenhuth, who ran the former Kolb brewery on Orange St. in partnership with Adams as Wackenhuth, Adams and Co. in 1870's with sales of 20,000 barrels in 1875 - making them them the tied with the Krueger and Kastner breweries for sixth largest lager beer brewer in Newark. In the 1870 census, the brewery was said to be worth $40,000. By 1878, F. C. Wackenhuth alone is listed as the 13th largest brewery (out of 25) in Newark, with sales of only 3,188 barrels, dropping again to 2,682 in 1878. Wackenhuth's obituary in the 1918 edition of American Brewers' Review claimed that the Wackenhuth Brewing Co. (South Orange & Springfield Sts) was "absorbed" by P. Ballantine & Sons.
The senior Wackenhuth also was probably the
Wackenhuth who, as a Ballantine brewer, testified at Pure Food Hearings
in Congress in 1902. He retired from Ballantine in 1905.
In 1908 F.C. Wackenhut, Sr. along with another son, Carl, formed the Malto-Brau Company
to produce a non-alcoholic cereal beverage, which would be out of
business by the time of the enactment of National Prohibition.
1859 - 1900's
The Porter family of ale brewers
Porter was hired by P. Ballantine & Sons in 1859. He was succeeded
by his son, John Grove Porter, who worked for Ballantine from 1869
until retirement in 1911. His son, Ernest G. Porter, who had joined the
brewery in 1896, became master brewer upon his father's retirement
until his early death in 1914.
Porter has for many years been the [P. Ballantine & Sons] head ale brewer, his
reputation being second to none in the country."-----New York Daily Tribune, Sunday, March 29, 1903.
In 1870, English-born (John) George Porter, along with his father, William, are listed in the census as "Clerks in Brewery". By 1900, John G. Porter was listed as "brew master" and his son, Ernest, is listed as a "Chemist in brewery".
Porters would live in a number of houses in Newark during that time,
with the Saybrook Place address above a block away from the Front St.
brewery and malt houses (see map).
1876 - 1940
Scottish brewery consultant hired by the Badenhausen's who would soon become P. Ballantine & Sons'
head ale brewer and, later, lager brewer (after a German brewer left to
return home) after Repeal. MacKechnie has previously been a brewer at
Molson in Canada in the 1910's-20's but was working back in London when
hired in the early 1930s.
Ballantine's XXX Ale and, most probably, the post-Prohibition versions
of Ballantine's India Pale Ale and the famed Ballantine Burton Ale. Carl Badenhausen desired their flagship Ballantine XXX Ale to be "...a light drink...close to German beer..." based on the "very light Canadian ales... (that had)...seeped across the border" during Prohibition.(FORTUNE, June 1938).
Above - "A veteran Ballantine brewer checks his ale"
Photo published in the 1950's, possibly an older photo of MacKechnie?
MacKechnie is also pictured with VP Otto Badenhausen and possibly the photo above it in the photos of the Ballantine brewery's open ale fermenters.
Most industry reference books in the post-Repeal era do not list master brewers or other brewers for P. Ballantine & Sons, which was the convention. That may have been due to management's attitude at the time, noted in a 1950 FORTUNE article:
The Badenhausens were free of brewhouse fetishes, and any concessions they made to tradition were pragmatic rather than sentimental.
Otto, for example, was of no mind to prostrate himself before a hip-booted brewmaster who was more cook than chemist.
At Ballantine’s the brewmaster is but one member of the “technical committee” - Otto and the chief chemist are other members - which passes on all matter pertaining to the brewing formula and process.
Below is a list of people whose employment as a "brewer" for P. Ballantine & Sons was claimed in their obituaries or other articles (as noted in footnotes) As such, no claim of accuracy is made (other breweries they worked for in Red).
Adolf H. Betz
Raymond Braunsreuter 32 years
John Brzezinski1 1950-1971"Technical Director" [Lone Star - Pabst - Evansville]
William Cole, Jr.
Edwin H. Ensor [Rheingold]
John L. Feldhaus - 27 years
Joseph J. Fenton - 25 years
Adolph Fisher 3
William C. Hansen - 35 years
Eugene Hofmeister - 30 years, retired 1963
Franz E. Holper [Krueger]
Frank V. Kenney (mid-1950s)
Harry C. Kiefrider - 25 years
Charles J. Knapp - 35 years, retired 1970
Henry C. Kremp - 38 years, retired 1960
John J. Luby
Charles C. Mayer
William McGee - 20 years, retired 1966
John Mihok - retired 1966
Joseph J. Murray
James J. O'Meara 2
Philip Ricca - 30 years, retired 1965
Arthur Rosamilia - 27 years
William J Schmitt - 32 years
William M. Sherk [Yuengling]
John P. Slusser - 33 years, retired in 1963
George Steckert - 30 years
William J. Stoud [Anheuser-Busch]
Clement R. Trautwein - 22 years
John H. Walters
George Warholick - 47 years, retired 1955
James Henry Whitall - retired 1966
John Zidisin - 26 years, retired in 1967
Leonard W. Zoretski - 29 years [Pabst]