(above) Turn of the century postcard view of the Van Vliet's Passaic Malt House (center) on Commercial Wharf. To the right in the far background are the smokestacks and buildings of P. Ballantine and Sons ale brewery and malt houses.
The F. G. & I. N. Van Vliet company appears to have originated as a partnership with Matthew White (son of John G. White, of Albany, NY who was said to be "...the first American maltster to conduct the industry and trade on a broad basis" (100 Years of Brewing) and is probably the basis of the claim above of being the oldest maltsters in the US.
(above) 1860's era NYC Directory ad
Owned by brothers Frederick G. and Isaac N. Van Vliet, the company also had a malt house in NYC and were headquartered in the city at 402 Produce Exchange.Called "the leading maltsters in the United States" in an 1897 history of New England industries.
(above) Colorized drawing of the Van Vliet Passaic Malt House from an 1874 map of Newark and (below) one from 1895.
The Eagle Brewery and malt house would be built by John Hinchliffe in 1870 and run initially with two partners as Shaw, Hinchliffe & Penrose. After the latter's retirement, it would become Shaw & Hinchliffe, then justHinchliffe and, after his sons took over the business, Hinchliffe Brothers.
(Above- click for larger view) Hinchliffe Bros. Eagle Brewery and next door neighbor, Katz Bros. Burton Brewing Co. Both would be eventually merged into the Paterson Brewing & Malting Co.(below).
PBMC would close Hinchliffe in 1917 and convert it to cold storage for WWI supplies.