Friday’s ad is for Ballantine, from 1948. In this ad, part of a series progressing from one, to two, to three rings, this one shows a man carefully tending his garden consisting of a ring of flowers, which becomes two rings and then, naturally, a third. Yet he looks surprised that the flower rings keep multiplying. Maybe he’s a better gardener than he realizes, or perhaps he’s had too much to drink.
Today is the 54th birthday of Bill Covaleski, a co-founder of Victory Brewing Co., along with his childhood friend Ron Barchet. I first met Bill at the brewery doing an article on Pennsylvania breweries for the Celebrator over a decade ago. It’s been great seeing his brewery rack up victory after victory as they’ve grown and become one of Pennsylvania’s best, biggest and brightest. Join me in wishing Bill a very happy birthday.