Rainier was first brewed in Seattle—11 years before Washington State even became a state.
And while the beer company’s been sold over and over again, and while production has moved from city to city, and while the brewery’s been closed multiple times for multiple years at a time, Rainier simply could not be kept down for long. It keeps coming back like a tenacious zombie.
Does it taste good? It’s fine. But we love it, because it’s ours (even if it’s brewed these days in California).
And so we say farewell to Bud, and welcome to our menu the Scrappy Little Beer that Could.
After all, it’s our homegrown version of the local domestic.