Before Ballantine beer came in a shameful 40oz container and shared the shelf with Olde English and Colt 45, it was great beer. Actually, they brewed some pretty amazing concoctions for back in the day. They were a large scale brewery with craft beer brewing care. They self distributed locally and brewed seasonal and one time release brews. Impressive to say the least.
The Ballantine Brewing Company dates back to the 1840’s in New Jersey. A Scottish immigrant named Peter Ballantine decided to commercially produce his well respected recipes. They were brewing quality beers under a few different names until the company closed in 1972. Miller Coors now brews the beer and the original recipe has been flushed As of 2005. During their years of brewing Pallantine released ales, lagers, porters, stouts, a dark lager, and a bock. Their most prized beers were an aromatic IPA that was aged in wood for a year before bottling and the sought after Burton Ale. This ale was aged for 10-20 years in wood before being gifted. It was never sold commercially and was only given as a special Christmas gift to distributors and serious VIPs.
So you now have an idea about the amazing history of the Ballantine Brewery and the awesome legendary beers that USED to hold this name. Here are two original Ballantine recipes for you to brew up. However, if you do the IPA…age it in wood for a year. It just seems like the right way to finish this beer.