The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Brewers — Newbigin, E.,
Newbigin, E., Brewer, Wine and Spirit Merchant, Aerated Water and Cordial Manufactuer, Burton Brewery, Hastings. Established, 1881. Telephone 12. Bankers, Bank of New South Wales. The brewery has all the latest appliances for the manufacture of beer and cordials. Water is obtained, through a four-inch pipe, from a well 271 feet in depth. The analysis of the water shows its chemical qualities to be specilly adapted for the manufacture of beverages. Six men are employed in the brewery, which is a fine three-storeyed building, and all the plant is arranged on the gravitation principle. The cellar is large and cool, and the bottling department is constructed of brick, ensuring an even temperature. The ales produced at this brewery are of a high character, delicate to the palate, and for brilliancy and flavour leave nothing to be desired. They have been awarded several prizes, and the leading hotels have them on tap. Mr. Newbigin was born at Ryton Grange, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, and came to New Zealand at an early age. Shortly after his arrival he was employed at Swan's Brewery, Napier, where he was brewer for several years, and was altogether connected with that establishment for twenty-one years. He then decided to start business on his own account, and purchased the freehold buildings and plant of the Hastings Brewery. Since he took possession his output has increased threefold. Mr. Newbigin has been president of the Hastings Bowling Club.