1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Ale-conner

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ALE-CONNER, an officer appointed yearly at the court-leet of ancient English manors for the assize of ale and ale-measures. The gustatores cervisiae—called in different localities by the different names “ale-tasters,” “ale-founders,” and “ale-conners”—were sworn to examine beer and ale, to take care that they were good and wholesome and were sold at proper prices. In London four ale-conners, whose duty it is to examine the measures used by beer and liquor sellers to guard against fraud, are still chosen annually by the liverymen in common hall assembled on Midsummer Day. Since ale and beer have become excusable commodities the custom of appointing ale-tasters has in most places fallen into disuse. (See also Adulteration.)