Vintage Ballantine beer trays



2015-06-26 10:31:06

Vintage Ballantine beer trays are collectible items of breweriana advertising.

“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s, according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.

Ballantine Brewery

Ballantine was founded in Newark, New Jersey, US in 1840 by Scottish emigrant Peter Ballantine.

Best known for its lager and ale, the brewery also produced a range of speciality beers. It was the sixth largest brewery in the US in 1879.

It was originally named Patterson & Ballantine Brewing Company, becoming P Ballantine and Sons in 1857.

The name remained until the brewery closed in 1972, at which point the Falstaff Brewing Corporation purchased its range of beverages.

Ballantine Ale has been owned by the Pabst Brewing Company since 2005. Miller Brewing Company produces the beverage.

Vintage Ballantine beer trays

Vintage Ballantine beer trays were made in a variety of styles during the middles decades of the 20th century.

The most ubiquitous example comes from the 1950’s and features a depiction of a beer glass on a blue background, accompanied by the words “Ballantine” and “ale & beer”.

How much are Ballantine beer trays worth?

1950’s blue “ale & beer” trays can achieve between $4 and $8 at internet auctions, due to their great abundance.

A dark blue variant prominently displaying Ballantine’s three rings has achieved $20 at internet auctions in the past.

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