Vintage Ballantine beer openers

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2015-06-26 10:31:04

Vintage Ballantine beer openers 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 openers

Vintage Ballantine beer openers were produced in a variety of styles during the middle decades of the 20th century.

Designed to open both beer bottles and cans, they were produced in both copper and aluminium varieties.

Most bore the slogan “Ballantine ale & beer”, accompanied by Ballantine’s three-rings logo.

Some variants, which were produced solely as bottle openers, feature the company’s three-rings as an integral part of the design. These bear the slogan: “Drink Ballantine ale & beer”.

How much are vintage Ballantine beer openers worth?

Good condition “Ballantine ale & beer” openers achieve around $10 at internet auctions.

“Drink Ballantine ale & beer” bottle openers can be bought for as little as $1 at online auctions.

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