Ballantine's Grain Elevator

by Jack Keegan


Does anyone remember the grain elevator on the south side of Ferry Street, across from the brewery? It stood about fifty or sixty feet tall, and was made of concrete. Most amazing was how it was constructed. Concrete forms were mounted on jacks and as the concrete was poured and hardened, the forms were slowly moved upward.

This process took some time, perhaps over days and weeks. And slowly the elevator took shape, going skyward reaching it's desired height. It was then capped off, and stood by ready to receive grains used in the making of beer. Vacuum pumps were installed at the base of the structure to move the barley from the box cars to the silo.

Grain that was stored there, was later used in the making in making that famous 3 Rings, "Purity, Body, & Flavor", Ballantine beer that became known through the world. Of course the beer was well known but very few people knew how that grain elevator was constructed. It certainly was an unique manner of construction at that time. I wonder does that silo still exist opposite the former brewery?


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