Sea bottom brew


From the Aug. 24, 1890, edition of The Daily Morning Astorian: “The Fort Canby (Cape Disappointment) life saving crew, while taking soundings off the Cape yesterday, found a keg of beer at the bottom of the ocean. It was lost over a year ago by a passing vessel. Upon being tapped, the amber-colored fluid was found to be in good condition. This speaks well for Mr. Kopp, as it was of his brew.”

Note: In 1883, John Kopp and Andrew Hemrich founded Seattle Brewing and Malting. In 1888, they acquired Rabbeson’s brewery and the Rainier brand, which they produced in Washington until 1916, when a statewide prohibition took effect. (

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Daily Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or

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