Brewery History

Clark County Mural Society is proud to present a creative interpretation of Vancouver’s brewery history. We think you’ll find the imagery a beautiful way to commemorate the history and keep you smiling while you visit downtown.

When Tamra Davisson entered the Summer of Murals Competition 2012, old history stirred within her. She has her own rich history of creating art in various mediums, but it had been a while since a mural project grabbed her attention.

Tamra has enjoyed contributing to the Summer of Murals program so much so that her enthusiasm has easily spread to passers-by as she works with Jason Galles, her artistic and personal partner. They have happily stopped work to interact with the exuberant of folks in the neighborhood. Even their neighbors in Battle Ground are very excited about the project and have asked many times for updates.

The Brewing History of our community is the intertwined history of the Lucky Lager group, The
Interstate Brewing Company, the Star Brewery Company, the General Brewing Corporation of San
Francisco, and even the Coast Breweries, Ltd. of the “other” Vancouver to the north.

The General Brewing Corporation of San Francisco established the first Lucky Lager brewery in 1933, and that corporation would actually become controlled by Coast Breweries, Ltd. of B.C.in 1934, but with without a Canadian team at the helm. The second brewery to join the Lucky Lager group was a brewery that operated prior to prohibition and was one of the first WA start-ups after the repeal of 1933 — The Star Bewery Co of Vancouver WA. This was a short-lived home for the immigrant German brewer, Henry Weinhard, before he relocated to what would become Portland. Hop Gold was a top seller for Star Brewery — popular before and after prohibition.

In 1939 things evolved and the company became reorganized as
the Interstate Brewery Co. and was operated as General Brewing Company’s northern branch distributing to the Northwest, eliminating the need for San Francisco to ship Lucky Lager north. In 1950, the Vancouver plant was renamed the Lucky Lager Brewing Co. and would make it’s mark as the longest running plant to brew Lucky Lager until it closed in 1985.

Part of the wonderful experience in creating public art is the public’s concern and input. Many people let us know about things in this rendition of bottles, hops and labels … we so appreciated your earnest efforts and your patience as this artistic vision came to life. We know the supportive community will grab a mug of something and enjoy swapping stories for some time about the artistic license taken with this image … hops are never larger than beer bottles … some of those beers came in cans, not bottles … and bottle caps on bottles of that era were not metal, but ceramic. Thank you for your understanding and keep those stories coming.

Tamra and Jason have expressed a sense of honor in participating with this outdoor art project and appreciate the opportunity contribute the Mural Society’s mission of transforming public space, and certainly enhancing the visual experience of downtown visitors.

Location

1000 Main St.
Vancouver, WA

Year Completed

2012

Artist

Tamra Pfeifle Davisson