nAleconnerOrig., an officer appointed to look to the goodness of ale and beer; also, one of the officers chosen by the liverymen of London to inspect the measures used in public houses. But the office is a sinecure. [Also called aletaster
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
naleconnerOriginally, a local officer appointed to assay ale and beer, and to take care that they were good and wholesome, and sold at a proper price. The duty of the ale-conners of London now is to inspect the measures used by beer- and liquor-sellers, in order to prevent fraud. Four of these officers are chosen annually by the liverymen, in common hall, on Midsummer's Day (June 24). Also called ale-taster.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Aleconneran ale-taster, a civic officer appointed to test the quality of the ale brewed—A.S. cunnere, a trier
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
/Ale, + con, OE. cunnen, to test, AS. cunnian, to test. See Con