Beer Menus

from the 1930's and 1940's

 (Above) Ale, Porter and Stout descriptions, edited from a NH distributor's ad, in 1935.  Notice that health claims were still allowed in the early years after Repeal, and the erroneous claim that Ballantine was the "oldest brewing firm in America".  At the time, both the Boston Beer Company (founded 1828) and D. G. Yuengling of Pottsville, PA (1829) and possibly other breweries that had opened after Repeal were older than Ballantine.


Ballantine’s XXX Ale

THIS ale is a light amber in color with an abundant, creamy head.  Slightly heavier than beer, it is distinguished by a subtle smoothness and lingering flavor that is a masterpiece of brewing art.

(Source: 1941 - Promotional material)

Price list at World's Fair Ballantine Inn, 1939.

Ballantine’s India Pale Ale

 ORIGINALLY brewed for export without refrigeration:  Dry-hopped to heighten bouquet and flavor.  Aging continues in the bottle, a mellowing process that causes a slight cloudiness (the distinguishing mark of India Pale Ale brewed according to old-time methods).