Advertisement for the sale of the Cummings Brewery from the Albany Evening Journal, Aug. 1831.
It is possible that Peter Ballantine might have seen this ad, since he was working in Albany NY breweries at the time.
The brewery would be bought by Englishman Thomas Morton, a former Whitbread & Co. brewer, who had previously established breweries in New York City and New Jersey. He would run it for several years and then lease it to Thain and Collins.
"High Street" Brewery Chronology (approx.)
1805-1831 "General" John Cumming
1831-1838 Thomas Morton
1838-1840 Thain & Collins
1840-1845 Patterson & Ballantine
1845-1850 Peter Ballantine
1850-1885 Morton & Brother(s)
1885-189_ Morton Brewing Co.
(Wilkins, et al.)
The "140 bushels of malt" noted in the sale ad (left) would suggest a brewing capacity of 45-70 barrels at a time (depending on the strength of the ale). In 1848, Ballantine's yearly production from this brewery was 11,000 bbl.
After Peter Ballantine built his malt house and new ale brewery between the Passaic River and Front Street (1847-48) the company moved out of the leased "High Street" brewery.
In 1850, the sons of Thomas Morton (who died in 1847), Thomas, Jr., Robert and John, began running the brewery as the Morton & Brother(s) Brewing Company.
By the 1870's Morton & Brother were among the largest brewers in Newark, with the following sales:
After the death of Thomas Morton, the
surviving brother Robert and his brothers' widows leased the brewery to
3 partners. Henry Wilkins, Frederick Fincken and Emil Gauze would run
the firm as "Morton Brewing Co." from 1885 to the early 1890's.
The widow landlords would sue their tenants over a sewer problem in
|YEAR || BARRELS|
| 1875|| 16,000|
| 1877|| 21,369|
| 1878|| 20,397|
| 1879|| 18,851|
| 1884|| 45,000|