Ballantine XXX Ale: Pabst Brewing Company (Miller Brewing Company): American Pale Ale
The sign reads Legacy Beers. It’s the first thing that greets you when you step into the new Yankee Stadium and the only place you can find Schaefer, Schlitz, PBR and Ballantine. All in beautiful tall cans. My friend Neil buys the first round. He opts for the Schaefer, while Joanne agrees with a Ballantine, tin wrapped in its distinctive lime green covering. We are here for the first ever Pinstripe Bowl, under the assumption that Syracuse will be humiliated by a team of purple cats. In the lean football years…and there have been many…the chant was always “wait till basketball.” (In the lean basketball years…and there have been some…we chant “wait for lacrosse.”)
But today, things are different. Standing tall in the bleachers, we are armed with even taller, cold beverages that carry the metallic taste of their original containers. This is octane stuff, with a kick that must come from formaldehyde underpinnings. It fuels the insanity, pinnacled when Neil screams out that he has balls of steel. Yes, today, we wave our ORANGE shammy wow magic towels and the ‘Cuse comes through big time, with a resounding two point thrashing of Kansas State.
Rating: (must I?) 35% (updated 3 points, one for each ring)