On February 15, 2015, I wrote a post on one of my favorite beers–Ballantine IPA. To see the post, click here.
For those of you new to the blog, I occasional post blogs on non-rail subjects. It explains why my subtitle reads–
EVOKING THE SOUTHWEST THROUGH RAILROAD MODELLING AND “A RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF OTHER STUFF”
This is part of the “other stuff.”
Ballantine IPA should be called the “Father of the American IPA.” It was first brewed in 1878. It was likely the first American IPA produced in any quantities. Before there was Sierra Nevada, before there was Lagunitas, before there was Dominion’s Double D (some of my favorites), there was Ballantine’s IPA!
Sadly, it began to disappear in the 1960s, but not before it left its mark. The good news is that Pabst has brought it back. Pabst did it the right way and have restored an outstanding product to the American beer market! See the reviews on Beer Advocate here.
The Movie (really a long advertisement but still very good)
Click here to see a nice 9:35 minute video on the story of Ballantine. It interviews the Brewmaster, Greg Duehs, who re-created the recipe and a lovable “old-timer” who remembers Ballantine well. It is worth a watch. Just one warning — You might get mighty thirsty for a Ballantine IPA.