Thursday’s ad is for is by Ballantine Ale, from 1954. Most of this month I’ve been posting Brewer’s Gold ads from the 1950s, but I’ve shared all of the ones I could find, so for the remainder of the month there will be random Ballantine ads. In this ad, part of a small series, the focus is on “Winter Sports,” specifically three you can enjoy with Ballantine Ale. These are two obvious ones: skating and skiiing, but the third is more surprising. It’s curling, which in 1954 must have been almosy unknown. It wasn’t a regular Olympic sport until 1998, although it was a demonstration sport in the 1924 and 1932 games, and then again in the 1988 and 1992 games, but nowhere near 1954.
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Today is the 56th (I think) birthday of Phil Markowski. Markowski started his career with New England Brewing in Norwalk, Connecticut, but made a name for himself at Southampton Publick House on Long Island. In 2012, he moved back to Connecticut and opened his own place in Stamford, Two Roads Brewing. Phil’s an amazing brewer and even wrote the book on Farmhouse Ales. Back in 2008, Phil was also involved in reformulating Primo when it was launched again by Pabst. I first met Phil during my Celebrator days, have run into him more recently since. He’s a rock star brewer that couldn’t be more low key. Join me in wishing Phil a very happy birthday.
A promotional shot by the brewery.
This gem is from the Connecticut & Rhode Island Beverage Journal. “A 1990 newspaper clipping highlights Markowski’s early work (shown with Ron Page, now Brewmaster of City Steam in Hartford) at New England Brewing Company in Norwalk.”
Today is the 50th birthday — the Big 5-O — of Julia Herz, craft beer program director for the Brewers Association. She worked for big media like CNN before turning her attention to craft beer in 2007, when she joined the organization. Julia was an awesome addition to the BA and was an integral part of its growth and the positive attention that beer is starting to get from the media at large, plus she’s a pleasure to work with. Join me in wishing Julia a very happy birthday.