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November 30, 2012

This Day in History

On this day in 1785, James Ferguson and Robert Laird set up a brewery opposite Somerby’s Landing in Newburyport where they claimed to brew the best porter and strong beer to be sold “at the most reasonable rate” and believed that their liquor would “equal that which comes from the best English breweries.”

— Information provided by the

Historical Society of Old Newbury

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