New Rainier ‘R' sign will tour Seattle neighborhoods


Western Neon, based in Seattle, fabricated a 12-foot replica neon “R” now atop the former brewery building now owned by Tully's. The original Rainier “R” is at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry .

SEATTLE - Before the installation of the new “R” sign on top of the old Rainier Brewery, Rainier Beer and sign shop Western Neon will tow the replica sign on a flatbed trailer through several Seattle neighborhoods Tuesday.

  The sign will start in Georgetown, and then travel to Lower Queen Anne, Ballard, Fremont, Belltown and Capitol Hill.

 During the event, known as the “R Crawl,” people in each neighborhood will be able to take pictures with the new sign.

 The Grazing Rainiers will also attend, and fliers about the Oct. 24 restoration celebration will be handed out.

 The crawl starts in Georgetown at 3 p.m. and will end on Capitol Hill at 2 a.m.

 Rainier beer's roots go back to 1878, 11 years before Washington became a state.

 By 1904, Rainier had become so popular that the Seattle Brewing and Malting Company -- brewers of Rainier at the time -- was the largest brewery west of the Mississippi.

 By 1912, it was the sixth-largest brewery in the world.

 See details about Tuesday's R Crawl and the Oct. 24 restoration celebration at  

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Replica of Rainier Beer ‘R’ to go back atop former brewery (9/18/13)