Business: William Key
The Anstruther Brewery was sold to James Rodger in 1795 by the heirs of James Johnston. David Rodger then inherited it from his father in 1817. When David died in 1836 the brewery was offered for sale by public roup along with a number of associated properties.
The advertisements indicate that the brewery was a substantial concern with an "excellent dwelling house of three stories … brew house, malt barn, kiln, granary, cellars, close and pertinents" being offered together with "the whole machinery and fixtures within the premises, including the malt mill and steep, copper, boiler, mash tun, two fermenting tuns, two coolers and a water cistern" as well as the "water which is collected in that field to the north of the churchyard of Anstruther Easter".
The brewery remained unsold until 1839, when it was bought by John Russell, who established the partnership of John Russell & Co. John’s son William Russell ran the brewery from 1852 until 1858 when it was offered to let. The brewery was then acquired for £1,150 by James Key, who owned the Crail Brewery. James put his eldest son, John Melville Key, in charge of the Anstruther Brewery and established the partnership of James Key & Son.
When John died in 1874, management of the brewery passed to his brother William. Brewing ceased in 1905 when William sold the company’s aerated water interests to the Anstruther Aerated Water Company and put the brewery up for sale.
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Books and periodicals
Anon. Desirable brewery, houses, lands and others, in and near Anstruther and Pittenweem, for sale. Caledonian Marcury, 21st May 1836.