Demographics: Brewer

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A person whose occupation was brewing beer.

Beer was of tremendous importance to the Dutch.  It was safer to drink than water, a source of vitamin B (although that terminology was not known at the time), and a good source of calories. 

For Food and Drink of the Dutch Colonies see a recent publication by Peter G. Rose:

Also see Peter G. Rose, ed. & translator, The Sensible Cook: Dutch Foodways in the Old and the New World (Syracuse, 1989).