A tale of three brothers

The Halifax explosion set a lot of things in motion for the Oland family. George W.C.’s sons – Sidney, George Bauld, and Geoffrey – went to work in three different breweries in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The brothers were a competitive bunch, and their businesses went head to head in the Maritime market for many years.

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Weathering the prohibition years: George Bauld Oland

Mere moments after the Oland family set up shop in New Brunswick, the prohibition years took hold, and the brewing business got very, very difficult. In today’s post, we learn how George Bauld Oland saw the family business through the tough years.

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James Ready – the man, the brewery and the beer

The name James Ready is known by many in Eastern Canada who have seen it on the side of a beer bottle. Folks in West Saint John might know the name from a short street that connects Main Street West and Catherwood Street. Not too many, however, know much about James Ready the man.

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Meet George W.C. Oland, Susannah Oland’s youngest son – who shepherded the family business through the turn of the last century. After the family’s holdings were destroyed in the Halifax explosion, it was George W.C. who kept the business afloat by sinking his insurance money into a little brewery in Saint John, New Brunswick – a place we still call home today.

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