Ordinance prohibiting brewers to be tapsters or to sell beer by retail

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The director and council of New Netherland, having observed that there are brewers in and near the city of New Amsterdam who tap and keep a tavern whereby it can arise and happen that the beer that is brewed and then tapped out is not properly recorded or the established excise paid thereon; therefore, the aforesaid lord general and council, pursuant to the ordinances and customs of Holland, forbid, as they hereby do, that all who brew in and near this city shall not be allowed to tap, keep tavern or sell beer by the pail; also, that no tappers shall be allowed to brew or let others brew for them, under forfeiture of all such beer that shall be found in such breweries or tappers’ premises, and, in addition, of being excluded from the trade for [left blank] months.

Thus done the 12th of January 1648.[1]


Also in LO, 80-81. This ordinance was amplified and renewed several times; see LO, 110,122, and 343.


Translation: Gehring, C., trans./ed., New Netherland Documents Series: Vol. 16, part 1, Laws and Writs of Appeal, 1647-1663 (Syracuse: 1991).A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.