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Rainier “Reindeer”

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Post by DanielinAk » Mon May 06, 2019 10:19 pm

I want to congratulate my wife Serena Camacho on such a great Beer Can she dug while Metal Detecting May 4,2019.

Known as the “Reindeer” Beer.

Brewed by Rainier Brewery, the Reindeer can was Sold only in Alaska for a short period from 1956 and early in 1957. Just a scant 63 years ago.

Alaska was a huge consumer of Rainier Beer in which local Inuit Native Alaskans had difficulty pronouncing Rainier and hence they called it Reindeer.

Somewhere along the line here a lightbulb went off at Rainier and they printed a Reindeer on the lid of the Beer can as a sales gimmick, which was quickly sent North to Alaska.

Depicted on the beer can are Snowflakes and the wording
“More Life Naturally”
Which is part of the 1957-1964 Brewery Series of Rainier Beer series collection.

This would make Serena’s beer can only from 1957 now as that’s when the Brewery Series began, and making it that much more harder to to come by because of the short production phase during this year.

In closing I’d like to thank Steve Armstrong for his knowledge and guidance in finding the information provided at www.rustycans.com which has great information on the Rainier Series and Reindeer cans.
And lastly an article I found online from bcca.com Beer Collectors News Report Vol. VI, No.1 January 1976, page 5.
Congratulations  Serena on a highly sought after desirable can.
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Re: Rainier “Reindeer”

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Post by renokenn » Mon May 06, 2019 10:58 pm

You've found some nice cans, good stuff.

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Post by DanielinAk » Mon May 06, 2019 11:00 pm

renokenn wrote:You've found some nice cans, good stuff.
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Post by Leon » Mon May 06, 2019 11:45 pm

I wasn't all that familiar with that can. Interesting. Congrats. LEON.
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Post by DanielinAk » Tue May 07, 2019 12:56 am

Leon wrote:I wasn't all that familiar with that can. Interesting. Congrats. LEON.
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Post by Cap-Sealed » Tue May 07, 2019 8:31 am

I was wondering when you were going to pop one! Great job! Do you know when you road was realigned? Its great not having to wade thru the aluminum...
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Post by DanielinAk » Tue May 07, 2019 9:16 am

Cap-Sealed wrote:I was wondering when you were going to pop one! Great job! Do you know when you road was realigned? Its great not having to wade thru the aluminum...
Technically I haven’t popped one yet haha. I haven’t read the Alaska Road Commission reports beyond 1945 for the area, but from the cans they abandoned it sometime in the 60’s.


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Post by Tom Clark » Tue May 07, 2019 10:46 am

That's a great find! Keep up the good work!

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Post by DanielinAk » Tue May 07, 2019 10:58 am

Tom Clark wrote:That's a great find! Keep up the good work!
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Post by Boardman » Tue May 07, 2019 4:04 pm

Great Find!

Keep up the good work so we can all hopefully get one.

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Post by DanielinAk » Tue May 07, 2019 4:33 pm

Boardman wrote:Great Find!

Keep up the good work so we can all hopefully get one.

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Post by Scott » Thu May 09, 2019 10:32 am

Nice find on the Reindeer can. Certainly your first of many.

Another oddball can to keep an eye out for is flat top versions of the Carlings map cans from Tacoma. There are two varieties, one with a map of the United States and another with the entire world. They are not too tough as a tab top but the flat tops from Tacoma are quite rare. I've only seen several and they all came from Alaska. The only problem is that they won't get much love except from Northwest specialists because it's a variation of a common label.
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Post by DanielinAk » Thu May 09, 2019 10:35 am

Scott wrote:Nice find on the Reindeer can. Certainly your first of many.

Another oddball can to keep an eye out for is flat top versions of the Carlings map cans from Tacoma. There are two varieties, one with a map of the United States and another with the entire world. They are not too tough as a tab top but the flat tops from Tacoma are quite rare. I've only seen several and they all came from Alaska. The only problem is that they won't get much love except from Northwest specialists because it's a variation of a common label.
Thanks and will do. Never dug so many Carlings Black Labels until this year before. Only about 5-6 so far but I haven’t paid any attention to them.
Do you have a photo of one from Alaska or know someone who has one that was dug in Alaska? So that I may add it to my growing composite list of Beer and Soda can’s dug in Alaska.


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