These are great, just wonderful in every way, not your average Ballantine Beer Coaster! I wanted them because of the song lyrics, then I noticed they were Ballantine's. That beer or ale is mentioned is almost every "Frasier" episode. I had never heard of it before that.
The coasters are circa 1950's, maybe older. I am offering 6 of them, 2 with "Old Gray Mare" and "In The Gloaming" "After The Ball" "Silver Threads Among The Gold" and "love's Old Sweet Song". They are in good condition with minimal wear, some discoloration around the edges, but it is uniform and they look great with the blue and red illustrations, lyrics and Ballantine symbol. They are 3 ½" in diameter.
Ballantine's XXX Ale is still being made (by Pabst). It has a long and storied history. A Scottish immigrant, Ballantine, came to the US in 1820 and started his own brewery in 1833. In 1840, he moved it to Newark, NJ to be closer to the New York beer market. By 1877, it was the 4th largest brewery in America. The management saw prohibition coming and diversified to stay in business, making malt extract. After the Volstead Act was lifted, the brewery was sold to the Badenhauser Brothers, who imported a Scottish brew master and the beer regained the New York market. By 1950, it was the third largest brewery in America, with many famous fans, John Steinbeck, Joe DiMaggio, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, to mention a few...It has had several owners since then, now Pabst has the label and formula. You can still buy Ballentine Ale at Yankee Stadium.
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