Oland's Brewery Limited

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Olands Brewery Limited was a brewery based in Saint John, New Brunswick. It was a subsidiary of Oland and Son Limited. Robert Keltie founded a brewery in Saint John in 1833. In 1848 Keltie partnered with Simeon Jones to operate the brewery and it was named the Simeon Jones Brewery. Jones' sons bought the brewery in 1892 and renamed it the Red Ball Brewery. In 1918, George Bauld Oland bought the brewery from the Jones family for $31,000 and became President of the company, while John Culverwell Oland became the head brewer. Geoffrey Oland eventually took control of the company from George Bauld Oland. Sidney C. Oland was a member of the Board of Directors. In 1958, the company ran into financial difficulties and Oland and Son Limited agreed to assume the liabilities of the company. It became a subsidiary of Oland and Son Limited and was renamed Olands Brewery Limited. The brewery primarily brewed Olands Export Ale for sales and distribution in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

In 1964, a state of the art brewery was built in Lancaster, New Brunswick to replace the aging Red Ball Brewery in Saint John. The $4-million brewery significantly increased the brewing capacity of Oland and Son. The company existed until June 1, 1971 when Oland and Son Limited sold its brewing assets to John Labatt Limited. John Labatt Limited merged the brewing assets of Oland and Son Limited and its affiliated companies into Oland's Breweries (1971) Limited and continued to operate the Halifax and Saint John breweries. See the Oland's Breweries (1971) Limited series for more information. After the sale, Olands Brewery Limited became Lindwood Holdings (N.B.) Limited, a subsidiary of the investment and holding company Lindwood Holdings Limited. See the Lindwood Holdings series for more information.


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