The Captain Cook Brewery
(Hancock and Co.; Moss Davis, proprietor), Auckland. The Captain Cook Brewery was founded in 1862 by Mr. Hancock, who subsequently took his son-in-law, Mr. S. Jagger, into partnership. Mr. Moss Davis, the present proprietor, came into the firm as a partner in 1885, but afterwards bought from the executors of the late Mr. S. Jagger their share of the business, and thus became the sole proprietor. Mr. Davis's unceasing industry and business tact have greatly increased the trade, and now the Captain Cook Brewery is one of the largest and most complete in the colony. The beer is brewed from the best malt and hops grown in New Zealand. In fact, all the articles used are colonial products, and, as these are abundant, there is no temptation to use any
Messrs Hancock & Co.'s Brewery, Showing All The Buildings.
Messrs Hancock & Co.'s Brewery.
extraneous substance in the brewing. New Zealand barley is well known for its good quality, and Nelson hops are at least equal to the famous production of the Kentish hop-grounds. The brewery is arranged upon the most modern principles, the aim of the proprietor being to obtain the best results by the simplest means. This brewery has a great advantage in the matter of its water supply, which is exceptionally pure, and derived from wells bored in the lava of Mount Eden. The brewery does its own malting and makes its own barrels, and it is the boast of the proprietor that the only foreign material used in the establishment is the cork bung. Only one quality of ale is brewed, and that is the best, popularly known as Hancock's celebrated XXXX. In the year 1900 a large and extensive plant for the manufacture of laager beer was erected. It is the first and only plant of the kind erected in the colony. The beer is known by the brand of “Bismarck,” and is already very popular throughout New Zealand. Anyone visiting Auckland should visit the Captain Cook Brewery.