Brewery History

Painted by Tamara Davisson and Jason Galles in 2012

1000 Main Street, South Wall

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.

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 1934. 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.