Being Part of Craft Beer History: My Day with Ballantine IPA (video)

As a child I used to go on field trips to the Ballantine House in Newark, NJ and I used to walk around mostly bored at all of the old stuff. I didn’t really appreciate what I was seeing, I just wanted to get home and watch Voltron and G.I. Joe cartoons. I took my daughter there about six years ago and she probably felt the same way I did then, snoozefest. Recently I found myself in the halls of the Ballantine House again and this time not as a spectator but as an active participant in the revival of the story behind the walls.

Ballantine IPA

Around September of 2014 I received an email from a PR company of Pabst Brewery wanting to send me a press kit of the new Ballantine IPA. I responded in length about how I have an affinity for the brand since the former owner, of my recently purchased home, used to work at the Ballantine Brewery in Newark. One thing leads to another and I find myself not only in the halls of the Ballantine house but being an active player in the revival of the new/old Ballantine IPA. I was able to meet Greg Deuhs and chat with him about process, I was able to hear personal stories of everyday life at the brewery and get a history lesson from a Rutgers University professor on all things Ballantine. It was a magical day one that I will not forget.

Watch the video above and you’ll see me on the stool, with a sweater in 70 degree weather, rambling; the older gentlemen in the video Joseph, is the former owner of my home. A witty, funny and boisterous man that always finds room to throw some humor in the conversation. If you haven’t tried the Ballantine IPA I urge you to go out and purchase the Original American IPA. The IPA that most other IPAs of modern times are molded after and you too can be a part of history. Cheers!

About Irving

I'm just a guy who has a passion for good beer. Over the past few years I've been making it a point to introduce my friends to good quality beer and now, all of you. There's a world beyond cold activated cans, clydesdales, green bottles and Mexican clear bottled beer, you just need to tap that keg. Stay thirsty but stay different.


  1. Tom McCabe says:

    Irving! Great stuff on the Ballantine video. Must’ve been that training at SBP and Newark Studies all those years ago! The Newark History Society did a panel on beer in Newark last year–we should’ve had you as a panelist. Keep up the good work!

    • oh that would have been great and yes the hive and Newark Studies taught me well :) A beer panel? Shucks I missed out, hopefully next time! Cheers McCabe!

  2. Jim Scanlon says:

    Ballantine IPA reappearing after all these years is a wonderful development. And I’m also Benedicts (’71), when Ballantine still brewed in Newark – now it’s my go-to IPA, outstanding!

    • Agreed Jim its great to have this beer back on the market! Thanks for stopping by and watching the video! Boola Boo RAH RAH! :)

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