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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fun-To-Do-Sunday!

Ballantine Beer Party Book

I can not believe I’ve never shared this booklet with you “guys” before! I thought for sure I had but when I looked back at previous posts over and over again, there was no sign of Ballantine Beer anywhere!!!

Ballantine Beer Ad

This is such a fun booklet. I’m surprised you’ve never seen it before. Today is just the right day to change all of that though because today we are celebrating the birth date of Peter Ballantine (New York Times article from 1883, scroll down for info) who was born in Scotland on this day in 1791. That’s right folks the same Mr. Ballantine who first created Ballantine Beer in Newark New Jersey around 1840. Yes, I know, that sure is a long time ago. You may not be able to ”get a smile every time-With the heads up taste of a Ballantine” any longer but you sure can find a lot of information about Ballantine Ale online. Some say it is still the most talked about beer on the internet. Of course I guess that depends on who’s doing the talking:)

I wasn’t much of a beer drinker in my youth but I am quite familiar with Ballantine for a couple of reasons. The first one that comes to mind is my uncle. He loved his beer and Ballantine was one of his “buds.” I also remember the commercials on tv during the 60s, alcohol and cigarette commercials were quite prevalent in those days. As a matter of fact, Ballantine was one of the sponsors of Sing Along with Mitch.

Mitch Miller Sing Along with Ballantine
In the 1960s Mitch Miller became a household name with his television show Sing Along with Mitch. As with the Car-Tune, Miller commanded his audience to “sing along–just follow the bouncing ball.” The TV show, however, was sponsored by Ballantine beer and, sometimes the three-circle Ballantine logo did the bouncing. Great Moments in Bouncing Balls

Oh you “youngsters” out there are going to get a kick out of this. Don’t get too smitten though, many say Mitch Miller was the great promoter of the most recent style of Karaoke where would be vocalists follow the bouncing ball:)

Sing Along Songs

At one time P. Ballantine & Sons Brewery was the third largest beer company in America. I stumbled upon many a website informing me that Ballantine Beer was the first television sponsor of the New York Yankees too. Can you imagine? That wouldn’t be happening these days, or would it?

”…In 1933 the Ballantine company was acquired by two brothers, Carl and Otto Badenhausen. The Badenhausens’ grew the brand through its most successful period of the 1940s and 1950s, primarily through clever advertising. Ballantine Beer was the first television sponsor of the New York Yankees. It was during this period that the brand was elevated to the number three beer in the U.S. It was also during this period that the company grew into one of the largest privately held corporations in the United States…” (excellent source)

If you follow that excellent link above, you will also learn the legend of Ballantine’s Borromean Rings logo which in Ballantine’s case represents “Purity, Body, Flavor”.

Are you ready for some 1960s party fun???

We have games…

Tricks…

Sandwiches that Sing…

And now we’re cooking with beer…

Cooking with Ballantine Beer

I mean seriously Cooking with Beer!!!

Chicken in Beer, Sauerbraten Recipes

"You have to work hard to deserve to drink it. When something has been taken out of you by strenuous exercise, Ballantine puts it back in.” How Ernest Hemingway Probably Got Free Beer For Life

FYI: The first Harry Potter movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was released in the United Kingdom and the United States on November 16, 2001. Have a Party with 9 Harry Potter-Inspired Recipes You Can Bring to Life!

Resources
1. TV When I was Born
2. Quotes on Ballantine and so much more

38 comments:

  1. Hi Louise,oh this books makes us smile...reading its pages we get so nostalgic of those party games...amazing post and lots of inspiring ideas as always,thanks :-)

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    1. So glad this book made you smile, Kumar. It was such fun to share:)

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  2. One thing about that booklet: those recipes actually look pretty good! One type of beef and beer stew is also known as Carbonnades à la Flamande, and beer is a standard ingredient in rarebit. Very fun post, Louise! I can't believe the first Harry Potter movie was so long ago.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing Mae especially since this book is from 1962. I guess beer recipes never age, lol...

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  3. I remember Ballantine beer! When we lived in Philadelphia, it was always the beer my parents -- and really all their friends -- drank. I haven't seen it in years. Fun post, fun memories -- thanks.

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    1. I was trying to find out whether it was still brewed John but the story varies so much I figured I would just leave it at that. So glad you enjoyed the post!

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  4. Another fun post! My son would love those beer recipes, so I'm passing this along to him. He is a sometimes contributor to my blog, so perhaps I can convince him once again. Thanks, Louise!

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    1. Hi Pattie!!!
      They really do seem worthy of trying don't they Pattie? Let me know what your son thinks:)

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  5. I love this old retro-vintage-60s pamphlets. This made me think of the episode of Mad Men when Betty gets bamboozled into buying the Heinekin and doing a whole dinner party around it. I bet she would have loved the Ballentine suggestions! Great post, Louise!

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    1. Hi Debra:)
      I read somewhere that Don Draper compared Ballantine Beer to Fleishchmann's margarine in season 6. Why or how I'm not sure, lol...

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  6. My grandmother always put an 8 ounce can of Miller in her beef stew, and of course in rarebit (or "Welsh Rabbit"). I do remember Ballantine, because their logo reminded me or a pretzel! Fun booklet and post - although I can't imagine a hostess having to dream up entertainment for adult guests these days....

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    1. I think I've put beer in beef stew before Marjie and believe it or not, I've got a couple of beer breads under my belt too, lol...I think when people are doing retro parties, they are always on the lookout for timely games and entertainment.

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  7. This is a really fun post dear Louise:)
    I love beer for bake:)
    xoxo

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  8. Hi Louise,
    What a fun post this vintage book is! I remember Mitch Miller and the bouncing ball. Also Ballantine Beer, my dad used to sell that at the Italian Deli he owned. Love the songs and the games look like fun. I always love to have games at parties. The recipes look interesting and I especially like the Chicken and Beer...The TV looks like one that we had years ago. Lots of good memories. Thanks Louise for sharing, Have a great week ahead....
    Dottie :) <3

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  9. what a great book - I have never heard of ballantine beer (I think we had ballantyne chocolates when I was young) but love the cover with the wife who is probably just bringing the beer to the blokes :-)

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  10. honestly, i've never taste ballentine beer...
    what a lovely vintage cookbook!

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  11. I so much loved reading your post Louise! I learn so many things about life not only in another country but also in earlier years! Thank you so much for sharing them!

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  12. Hi Louise,
    This is such a fun post! I remember Ballentine…and also Mitch Miller and his bouncing ball! My grandmother loved that show! A few of the recipes look like they would be quite interesting to try! I was most intrigued by the beef a la Ballentine and the chicken in beer! Where’s the beer bread!
    I so enjoy looking back at these little booklets! Brings back memories of a time gone by!! Thanks for sharing such fun!! Have a great week!

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  13. I love your vintage posts! They all seem much more natural than these days "perfect world"!
    I must say I didn't know about Ballantine beer. It was unknown in Italy where I grew up.
    What a fun post Louise, thank you!

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  14. Looking at all your collection, you house must be huge!! I'm not a beer drinker, but I'm sure a little fun won't hurt. ^_^ Happy week, dear! xoxo

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  15. I don't like beer so as wine for that matter but some recipes using beer sounds interesting :D Love your collection of vintage recipes and product booklets , lots of fun info on it .

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  16. I'm not much of a beer drinker, but I do love cooking with it. My husband makes really good Po Boy sandwiches with beer battered shrimp.

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  17. hi louise, the book cover already looking fun! i was reading the games and tricks ideas and thot that's pretty interesting...as i hv never come across those ideas before. I hv not tried any cooking with beer before myself, but might do so with something you always claimed you are terrible with..yeast! haha...yup, would like to incorporate beer into bread making one day!

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  18. my stepdad brews his own beer, so my mom is becoming very good at cooking with it and even using the spent grains! great post. :)

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  19. That does look like a fun booklet. I am not fond of beer, but I do like it cooked in certain recipes like beer batter fried chicken.

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  20. Hi Louise,

    I'm actually not a beer guru but love to collect beer caps when I was younger. Unfortunately, the caps turn rusty in Singapore weather and I had to discard them :( :( :( I have not seen Ballantine Beer when I was in US... May I ask if it is still available?

    Btw, no worries about not participating NuStevia giveaway. I received many samples from them too and can't have them all...and so I must share the goodness with others like you :D

    Zoe

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  21. Woo hoo, Ballantine works for me! And so does Mitch Miller, loved his TV when I was younger. Fun post, fun games!

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  22. Cute post. I've never heard of Ballantine Beer, but I did know Mitch Miller.

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  23. I remember my parents watching Mitch Miller. Great post. Loved the Harry Potter section.

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  24. Sad. I do remember Mitch Miller and Ballantine Beer. That dates me for sure. :)

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  25. What a fun booklet! Ballantines here is a brand of sweets - a little different from beer.

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  26. Hi Louise, your post of fun to do party fun booklet really made my day and I enjoyed so much. Thanks for the sharing.
    Occasionally I would add some wine in my cooking but I have not attempted any recipe in using beer. Ha haa ... I seldom drink beer except during parties or gatherings just a can or glass while mingle around.
    Have a nice week ahead !

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  27. Great post, Louise! I've never heard of Ballantine beer, but all those songs ring a bell :)

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  28. What a hoot! Never knew that existed. Leave it to you, Louise!
    Loved Mitch Miller!

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  29. How fun! I don't remember Ballantine Beer, but I do remember the Hamm's commercials "From the land of sky blue waters..." The fun in the kitchen made me think of some of our Girl Scout field trips. We used to go to the Gas Company for cooking classes, which they were all set up for in their (as I remember) spacious and beautifully equipped basement kitchen facilities.

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  30. Love the tiny illustrations in this one, does the book contain many more? I'm gonna try to track to this one down for my own collection too! :)

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