Moosehead at 150: Saint John’s iconic brewery celebrates – New Brunswick

It’s not just Canada that’s celebrating its 150th birthday this year. Three of New Brunswick’s oldest companies are marking 150 years in business as well.

Moosehead Breweries, Source Atlantic and G.E. Barbours have been in operation, in one form or another, as long as this country exists.

They marked the occasion with a gala dinner and huge fireworks display in Saint John this past week.

Started by female brewer

Moosehead traces its roots in the Maritimes back to an English woman, Susannah Oland, who moved to Halifax in 1865 with her family.

“They had tough circumstances at that time, and Susannah was a bit of an entrepreneur, a home brewer as many people in that era were, particularly women.” said Andrew Oland in an interview with CBC’s Information Morning in Saint John. “In 1867 she started her own business, with the help of her husband John and the family.”

Brewing might have been normal for a woman, but running a brewery was not.

“The name of the brewery was…

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