SEATTLE -- Rainier Brewing Co. introduced its first new beer in almost two decades this week with the release of Rainier Pale Mountain Ale.
The new beer will be brewed in Woodinville, Wash., marking another historic milestone: the return of Rainier brewing operations to Washington for the first time in 13 years.
“We’re very excited about the launch of Pale Mountain Ale,” said Kurt Stream, field representative for Rainier Brewing Co., Seattle. “Rainier has such a rich heritage in Seattle and throughout the Northwest. Our goal with this new beer is to honor and build on that.”
Both the beer and the packaging for Rainier Pale Mountain Ale were inspired by one of Rainier’s own post-Prohibition pale ales from the 1930s, according to the company. The new beer is made using two-row barley and Yakima Valley hops, giving it a solid malt backbone and a clean citrus finish.
In retail locations, it will be offered in 16-ounce “pounder” bottles sporting retro-style labeling and embossed signature Rainier R's. Rainier Pale Mountain Ale will also be available at restaurants, bars and taverns in bottles and on draft.
“In developing Rainier Pale Mountain Ale, we mined Rainier’s archives for post-Prohibition pale-ale recipes and worked hard to stay true to the authenticity of the brew while adapting to modern tastes,” said Greg Deuhs, master brewer for Pabst Brewing Co., parent company of Rainier. “I’m very proud of what we came up with.”
The launch of Rainier Pale Mountain Ale marks the beginning of an effort by Rainier to develop more craft-style beers inspired by the company’s archives and 137 years of brewing tradition. Rainier Pale Mountain Ale will be distributed throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Northern California. The suggested retail price for a six-pack is $11.99.