Ballantine Beer Tray
1960’s Ballantine Beer Serving Tray
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This is a Ballantine Beer tray manufactured in the 1960s. It is made of metal and measures 13.25” in diameter. Beer trays have been in use since the end of the 19th century. In addition to their use as serving trays, they were an early form of point of sale advertising in the days before there were neon signs, radio and television. Ballantine beer was originally made by the Patterson & Ballantine Brewing Company founded in 1840 in Newark, New Jersey. Today the Ballantine brand is owned by the Pabst Brewing Company and the actual brewing of Ballantine beer is done by the Miller Brewing Company.