Gardner was born in Maine in 1838 to parents who themselves were also born in Maine. Before venturing into brewing, he was a farmhand in nearby Sidney. Gardner (also spelled Gardiner) manufactured beer at 4 Main Street in Waterville. His operation ran from 1879 until 1883, at which point he discontinued his brewing venture in favor of becoming a confectionary and cigar dealer at the same address; or, perhaps, he foregrounded these aspects of his business over the brewing. By 1887, he had moved to Waterville’s Barney Square. It appears that Gardner never married.
See the precise location of the Gardner brewhouse on the Maine Beer Map.
Will Anderson, The Great State of Maine Beer Book (Portland: Anderson & Sons’ Publishing Co., 1996) 32.
U. S. Census, 1870, 1880
Waterville City Directory, 1883, 1887