Monday, March 9, 2009

Ballantine Beer Commercial

from youtube
The Ballantine Beer Company's stop-motion commercial for "Ballantine Ale - with Brewer's Gold." Some of the stop motion puppets are from a Stop motion Christmas Classic named "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer". The artwork on the label is a set of Borromean rings labelled purity, body and flavor. These are mathematically interesting because all three are interlinked but no two of them are linked.
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 1940's and 1950's, 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. Ballantine Beer enjoyed a high level of success into the early 1960's. The brewery had a long sponsorship arrangement with the New York Yankees on television and radio, spanning the 1940s to the 1960s. Team announcers, most notably the legendary Mel Allen, labeled Yankee home runs, "Ballantine Blasts."

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