Gold-purple grapes

The Early Breweries of New Jersey
Harry B. Weiss and Grace M. Weiss

Proceedings of the New Jersey Agricultural Society
Trenton, New Jersey

Edward Antill, New Brunswick

Edward Antill, the owner of a 370-acre farm situated about a mile from New Brunswick along the Raritan River on the south and Raritan Landing on the west, advertised his place for sale in December, 1752. He carried on a "brewing business," in a large new brewhouse, 60 feet long and 38 feet wide, with a new copper holding 22 barrels. The entire setup was "contrived for carrying the Liquor from Place to Place with ease, by turning of a Cock, or taking out of a Plug." Everything was complete for carrying on brewing. The farm would be sold with or without the brewhouse and Antill intended to continue brewing until the brewery was sold ("The New-York Gazette, Revived in the Weekly Post-Boy," December 11, 1752.)

Edward Antill's father, of the same name, was a New York merchant who had purchased the large tract of land along the Raritan on which is son lived, farmed and operated a distillery as well as the brewery. "The Pennsylvania Gazette" of July 16, 1752, reported that on "Thursday evening last," during a thunderstorm at New Brunswick, New Jersey, lightning struck the "Presbyterian Meeting-house," a stillhouse across the river belonging to Mr. Schuyler, and also shattered a brewhouse belonging to Mr. Antill. [Undoubtedly the reason for the new brewhouse.]

After the death of Edward Antill in 1770 at Piscataway, his plantation, including his brewhouse, on the banks of the Raritan River within a mile and a half of New Brunswick was advertised to be sold at a private sale, by Walter Livingstone, in "The New-York Gazette; and the Weekly Mercury" of October 19, 1772.

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