From Jersey’s heritage to a new phase in the island’s regeneration
Amongst the residential streets of the North of Town, Ann Street was once a thriving brewing centre, famous for Jersey’s best-known beer: Mary Ann. The Ann Street Brewery was founded in the early 20th century, but brewing took place on the site as early as 1871. This is a true piece of Jersey’s cultural and economic heritage.
The former Ann Street Brewery had a neighbouring site known as the Boiler House, located across the road from the main brewery, which housed the large boilers required for the production of beer. It is on this site that Andium Homes are now constructing 15 apartments available for affordable sale. This is the first step in our regeneration of the north of town and a fantastic opportunity to be part of Jersey’s rich heritage.
Almost 150 years of history
The Early Days
There is reason to believe that the present Ann Street Brewery was commenced in 1871 by Mr J S Palmer. An advert in the “British Press” Almanac for 1872 states that:
“Ann Street Brewery, Mr J S Palmer, Master, having lately erected the above spacious and commodious premises, is now prepared to supply Ales and Porter of superior quality equal to the best English brew. The above Prime Ales may be had in bottles, pint or quart. A trial is solicited. Orders punctually attended to, note the address: Ann Street Brewery.”
A report dated 4th August 1906 by Mr F Woodland Toms, the Public Analyst of Jersey, states:
“At the request of the Ann Street Brewery Co. Ltd., I have again most carefully examined their ale, stout and brewery materials and find them of good quality and perfectly free from any deleterious substance. The samples were selected by myself from the Brewery cellars.”
The first appearance of an advertisement of Ann Street Ale, in which it is described as “Mary Ann”, occurred on the front page of the now defunct “Jersey Morning News” of May 1st, 1926, wherein is the solicitation:
“Ask for Mary Ann, the beer that has made Jersey famous.”
The 20th Century
The Boiler House
The building was used to boil the beer wort and hops in a large tank known as a “copper” or brew kettle. The boiling process is where chemical reactions take place. The boil is conducted so that it is even and intense – a continuous “rolling boil”. The boil, on average, lasts between 45 and 90 minutes.
Brewing involves malting, mashing, lautering, boiling, fermenting, conditioning, filtering and packaging.
2017 and beyond
Following Andium Homes’ acquisition of the Ann Street Brewery site in 2017, islanders are now being given the opportunity to own part of this historic landmark.
15 new apartments are being constructed on the old Boiler House site in the first phase of redevelopment.
Over the next 5 years the main site and other sites within Andium Homes’ ownership will be redeveloped, increasing the supply of apartments within all sections of the market and realising the aspirations of the North of Town masterplan.
Andium Homes and You
Over the next 5 years, Andium Homes will develop the Brewery, Gas Works and Ann Court sites to realise the North of Town masterplan. Stay informed with the exciting developments.
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