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Murree Brewery company, Murree was founded in 1860 with the main purpose of meeting the beer requirements of British personnel at Ghora Gali in the Pir Panjal area near the resort place of Murree, a beautiful hill station in Pakistan. Considered as the oldest Brewery in the subcontinent, it was successfully managed by none other than Edward Dyer and his family. Thus this brewery owes its origin to two English families. Edward Dyer who was the first General Manager of the company. Later he founded Dyer Meaken breweries. The other one is Edward Whymper, a member of this family was the first person to climb Matterhorn mountain in 1865.
Edward happened to be the father of Jallianwalla Bagh Massacre fame (April 13, 1919) Brig. Gen. Reginald Dyer. More than 1000 innocent people were severely injured and about 400 innocent people, including women and children were shot dead without any prior warning by Gen. Dyer.He was let out with minor punishment by the British Government.
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Its commercial operation in the subcontinent was a successful one and its patronage expanded far and wide as years went by. To meet additional demand in the 1880s, the company established a brewery in Rawalpindi and a distillery in Quetta. In the 1920s owing to water shortage problem, the brewing was shifted to Quetta, however, malting continued at Murree. This brewery, faced an unfortunate situation in 1947 - destruction due to fire by the rioting mob during the partition of India in 1947.
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In the earliest colonial rule, the British had a tough time in the tropical subcontinent literally handicapped by non availability of beer. The British beer did not have long shelf life and because of long duration of sea journey, the brew lost the flavor and turned sour enough to be unfit for consumption. The establishment of Murree Brewery was a great blessing for the British. The beer made by the Murree company was assertively choppy with aromas of stone fruit. As rich as a bitter but just more. In the year 1892, out of 4,831,127 gallons of beer produced in India, 2,748,365 gallons were purchased by commissariat mainly for the British soldiers working in the dark jungles, plains and high hills across the land. The cool and highly
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