Aging Cellars




 [ABOVE] Working on wooden 800 barrel capacity aging tanks - 1935

[BELOW] 1938 - Ale casks

Oval tanks in the Ballantine cellar- photo by Berenice Abbott for Esquire Magazine

See also her famous shot of the Ballantine delivery truck yard.

[BELOW LEFT] Detail from schematic drawing of Ballantine brewing process, showing both open and closed fermenters.  Open typically used for top fermenting ale, allowing for the skimming, collection and reuse of yeast, and closed, for lager beers and for the collection of carbon dioxide used to carbonate finished beer before packaging.  Illustration suggests that the brewery continued to use standard round/oval lagering tanks for their lager beer and the concrete "Rostock cellar" tanks for their top fermented ale.


[ABOVE] Like many other large breweries, Ballantine
added concrete "storage" tanks.  Ballantine's tanks,
installed by the Turner-Rostock Co. were "Rostock-
lined", described as:

 "…a special wax-like coating which impreg-
nates the
interior and produces a smooth,
black, glossy,
uniform surface. This coating
is of a neutral nature,
having no chemical
effect on the beer in the tanks."

...which had previously been adopted by
European breweries.

Brooklyn's F & M Schaefer Brewing Co. claimed to be
the first US brewery to install the Rostock-lined tanks
in the US.  Turner-Rostock was a joint venture of
Turner Construction Co. and Bearlocher & Rostock
of Europe ("Vienna, Berlin and Paris").  Turner
constructed numerous buildings and renovations
for Ballantine, including the Hamden CT branch in 1936.

[competitor's ad ]