Alonzo Gifford Van Nostrand

Alonzo Gifford Van Nostrand

Birth
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Death 5 Nov 1923 (aged 69)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Everett, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Lot #3016
Memorial ID 79984045 · View Source
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Some records say he was born on Jul 3rd 1854, but on a passport application Alonzo himself says he was born on July 4th 1854 in New York. He graduated from the English High School of Boston, Mass. From 1872 to 1875 he was employed in his father's brewery and was admitted as a partner in 1878. Following his father, he was the proprietor of the very famous Bunker Hill Breweries of Charlestown (Boston), Massachusetts, which was in business in Massachusetts from 1821 until prohibition. The plural "Breweries" does not indicate locations in different towns, but rather was used because there were two facilities in Charlestown which made beer (using bottom fermenting yeast) and ale (using top fermenting yeast). in 1879 Alonzo originated the "P & B" (Purest & Best)Trademark for his ale. He started bottling ale in the English fashion to compete with Bass. At the time, "P&B ale had a reputation second to none and was the only malt liquor used in the Massachusetts General and City Hospitals and others for the sick and convalescent." Before closing, Bunker Hill was undoubtedly the most prolific advertiser among the Boston area breweries. Brands included Boston Club Lager, Bunker Hill Lager, Old Musty Ale, Owl Musty, Van Nostrand's Porter, and P.B. (Purest Best) Ale, Bock, Lager, Porter, Stock Ale, and Stout. PB Ale reappeared briefly after prohibition circa 1933 or 1934, as shown on post prohibition items including a tin over cardboard sign and 2 different labels from the Feigenspan Brewery of Newark New Jersey and a label from the Dobler Brewery of Albany New York. Alonzo died in the Vanderbilt Hotel, Park Avenue and 34th Street, Manhattan, New York. He was a member of the Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company and the Bostonian Society. He traveled extensively, and in 1907 made a trip around the world. He was a member of the Merchants Club, the Boston City Club, the Eastern Yacht Club, the City Club of New York, the Beverly Yacht Club, the Sphinx Club and various other clubs and societies.


Submitted by Tom Raub



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  • Created by: Thomas G Raub
  • Added: 6 Nov 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79984045
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alonzo Gifford Van Nostrand (4 Jul 1854–5 Nov 1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79984045, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Thomas G Raub (contributor 46584711) .