Rainier Beer! How does a Rainier Beer taste? Like American adjunct lager, but it goes down smooth when you are in the mountains. Lighter than Budweiser, or even Pabst Blue Ribbon, this West Coast classic beer is a mere 4.6%. The iconic red R has been in use since the turn of the 1900s, and to this day frames an image of the mountain that people jokingly say was named after the beer.
I found this can at the McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum. The President set it aside for me to treasure. I said I would return it, but she said, “Oh, don’t worry about it. We are drowning in these old bottles and cans.” Along with the Rainier there is a German Budweiser bottle, a classic Pabst Export can, and some steel Budweiser cans. We also found a capped bottle of Guinness that is still half full of a dark liquid. We assume it’s beer, but don’t really want to find out. I guess someone was saving it for later. I was trying to find out what date this can is from, but I guess it could be as old as 1911, or as young as 1950, or so. Not much activity in the area after that, until cans were aluminum and didn’t require a can opener. Anyway, we thought this can has character, so I made a painting of it. I hope you enjoy the mild flavor and choicest ingredients of this classy beer container.