The “Running Of The Rainiers!” These Classic Rainier Beer Ads Even Starred “Beer Hunter” Mickey Rooney!

Growing Up With Seattle’s Legendary Beer Ads!

Growing up in Seattle, I learned all about the city’s legendary Brewery through their incredibly entertaining ads – like the ones showing Rainier Beer herds grazing in the mountains!

“It Makes The Mountain Smile!”

The company has been in business for more than a century, making great use of the iconic mountain that looms large over the city of Seattle – here’s proof of that:

At 14,000 feet tall, the mountain is a symbol of the Pacific Northwest – and has been the name of this beer company – and here’s proof that there was a time when beer was perhaps a bit “over advertised!”

HA! Can you imagine a beer ad that promotes the beverage as good for all ages?

While those times have certainly changed, there was also an era when the Rainier Beer Company released some of the most entertaining advertisements of all time…creating a series of ads promoting “wild” beers roaming the northwest!

The “Running Of The Rainiers!”

You have to give credit to this Seattle-based beer company: in the 70’s and 80’s they owned the airwaves with a series of incredibly entertaining commercials for their beer!

Here is the hilariously creative ad for the “Running Of The Rainiers”, a seasonal stampede of beer bottles that was presented as a faux live news report!

Mickey Rooney, Beer Hunter!

These ads were so successful that they even tapped legendary Actor Mickey Rooney to take part, as one of the “Beer Hunters”!

Check this out!

Rooney clearly was having a blast making these ads, which saturated our airwaves and made the beer the clear king of brews in the Pacific Northwest.

Here’s another example of the “Wild Rainiers”:

Equally iconic is the ad simply known as “Rainier Beer Motorcycle:”

Check out this simple yet beautiful advertisement:


Bravo to the company for these entertaining and artful advertisements…

Hey, and about that Mickey Rooney ad – it’s not so farfetched to have the iconic Actor take part, especially hone he was known to endorse almost anything!

Yes, this ad was a funny fake, but Rooney was a wild wild man when it came to products baring his name – he was a savvy Businessman who used his fame for a wide array of products:

Go Mickey!

If you find this as entertaining as I did, then click here to see more of Mickey Rooney’s business savvy!

These beer ads weren’t the only ones that were iconic in Seattle at the time:

“We’ve Got Crab Legs!”

The Sea Galley restaurant chain also had incredible ads featuring dancing crab legs!

You can see these ads by clicking on my story here:

Another classic restaurant in Seattle is Dick’s Drive-In:

Yes, this burger stand is so popular that Bill Gates waits in line for a bag of burgers as well!

One local Seattle restaurant made an homage to the Dick’s Deluxe, and you can see it by clicking on my story here:

If you like these stories, why not sign up to receive emails whenever I post? It’s easy to do, I do NOT collect any information about you at all, there are absolutely NO ads of any kind, just stories about movies, music, books, food, travel and pop culture…

You can sign up by clicking on my blog here and see the note on the right!

If you like the story, please share with friends and family on social media!

Enjoy your Rainier Beer!

Categories: Art, Books / Media, Food, food blog, Funny Pictures, Memoirs, Pop Culture, Restaurants, Travel Memoir, Wacky Food, what the Friday

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

15 replies

  1. New ads to me, John. But I loved them. We need more like those today!
    One thing though. They pronounce it ‘Rani-ear’. I always say ‘Rainy-A’, as in the French pronounciation. I was sure it’s a French name. So I looked it up, and it is named after a British sailor! I suspect his name would have been pronounced ‘Rainy-er’, in England.
    Peter Rainier
    Captain George Vancouver of the British Royal Navy observed the mountain while surveying the Pacific coast in 1792 and decided to name the mountain after his friend, Rear Admiral Peter Rainier.
    Best wishes, Pete.


  2. Fun post, John… great ads all new for me …I do love seeing Bill Gates in a queue albeit a small one for a burger 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I love the photo of Bill Gates in line to get a burger. I imagine he’d get a lot of questions like, “Do you know you look just like Bill Gates?” 🤣


  4. Love those, thanks for sharing. I still try to match those ideas in the work i continue to do.
    Michael Porte – The Field

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Fun post today, John. I love the spunky advertisements and trivia on Mickey.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I remember these ads, very clever.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Tanooki Homemade Cafe

Yummy Homemade Food Recipes to Make You Smile:)

I'm Sick and So Are You

Observations on life with a rare disease


Exploring sustainable options, minimalism, and gardening.

In Saner Thought

"It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to detect and expose delusion and error"..Thomas Paine

Pete Springer

Passionate Teacher and Future Children's Author

Bonjour From Brittany

Celebrating what makes Brittany unique


Follow us as we follow the road


Travel Through Ireland and Europe

Diary of A Movie Maniac

A Personal Journey Through Cinema & Television

Geeking Out about It

BlerdWatching Waaay Too Much TV


Tea, Tours and Escapades

Robbie's inspiration

Ideas on writing and baking

Darlene Foster's Blog

dreamer of dreams, teller of tales

You can always start now

exploring possibilities

Realweegiemidget Reviews Films TV Books and more

You can take the girl out of Glasgow. Entertainment Reviews from a Wee Scottish Wife and Stepmum living in Finland.

I didn't have my glasses on....

A trip through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism.

Through the Shattered Lens

Where mainstream meets grindhouse, exploitation, otaku and gamers

Laura's Books and Blogs

Writing tips, giveaways, reviews, essays, and more!

Notes from the U.K.

Exploring the spidery corners of a culture and the weird stuff that tourist brochures ignore.

Drew's Movie Reviews

Movie reviews from your average dude

But I Smile Anyway...

Musings and memories, words and wisdom... of a working family woman

Travel with Intent

A photographer's view of the world - words and images to inspire your travels and your dreams

Movie Reviews 101

Daily Movie Reviews & ABC Film Challenge

Cindy Bruchman

Photography. Films. History. Books. Let's talk.

Invisibly Me

Live A Visible Life Whatever Your Health


The world's wildest movies from an era of "everything goes!"

Rust Belt Girl

reading and writing the Rust Belt with Rebecca Moon Ruark

Cult Of The Cinema

Exploring Cinematic Diversity

Retired? No one told me!

Tonight I Dream. Tomorrow I Do!


The musings of a Londoner, now living in Norfolk

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Musings on cats, travel, gardens and life

Tranquil Dreams

Watching, Reading, Cooking & Travelling

An Historian About Town

History in the Making

Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

Adventures and Misadventures in Boulder, Colorado

It Rains... You Get Wet

Still more lazy thoughts from this one...

By Hook Or By Book

Book Reviews, News, and Other Stuff

emmakwall (explains it all)

Film & soundtrack reviews, good humour and lists


Burgers, Books, Music, Movies, Offbeat Adventures & Pop Culture!


Movie reviews and anything else that comes to mind

%d bloggers like this: