A Bear, A Beer, and Good Taste

Say you go camping. You take a cooler or two of your favorite suds. And then some party animal comes along… and in the dead of night drinks up your stuff.

And say that party crasher is a bear…

And say he knows good beer from bad…

Do you invite him back? ( I think I would… but I’d need an extra case or two…)


Posted 8/18/2004 7:50 AM

Bear drinks 36 cans of favorite beer
BAKER LAKE, Wash. (AP) — Rain-eeeeer …. Bear? When state Fish and Wildlife agents recently found a black bear passed out on the lawn of Baker Lake Resort, there were some clues scattered nearby — dozens of empty cans of Rainier Beer.

The bear apparently got into campers’ coolers and used his claws and teeth to puncture the cans. And not just any cans.

“He drank the Rainier and wouldn’t drink the Busch beer,” said Lisa Broxson, bookkeeper at the campground and cabins resort east of Mount Baker.

Say what? I knew bears had a sensitive nose, but really? Maybe he just didn’t find it…

Fish and Wildlife enforcement Sgt. Bill Heinck said the bear did try one can of Busch, but ignored the rest.

“He didn’t like that (Busch) and consumed, as near as we can tell, about 36 cans of Rainier.”

OMG! Well. What can I say. One taste of Budwiper and he’s not touching another.

I think I’ve gotta get me some ‘bear tested and bear approved’ Rainier… Wonder if they will put that in their advertising?… Maybe that bear can get a job as a beer tester?…

Agents then used a large, humane trap to capture it for relocation, baiting the trap with the usual: doughnuts, honey and, in this case, two open cans of Rainier. That did the trick.

“This is a new one on me,” Heinck said. “I’ve known them to get into cans, but nothing like this. And it definitely had a preference.”

So, when going Bear Hunting, bait your trap with Good Beer. And if you want beer that not even the Bears will drink, get Bud…

I just can’t help visualizing the Super Bowl Commercial of a couple of bears sharing a couple of cases with the game on the in the background as they taste one Bud and spit it out… with the tag line of “based on a true story… honest!” maybe with a Cameo of Sgt. Heinck swearing it is true…

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9 Responses to A Bear, A Beer, and Good Taste

  1. Kevin Lohse says:

    Just as well the bear was a happy drunk. A fighting drunk bear would be a bit more of a problem.

  2. Sera says:

    Yarn for the local brewer?

  3. p.g.sharrow says:

    I can’t blame that Bear! Last time I drank a can of Budweiser it made so sick I needed 2years to get the taste out of my mouth and mind. My friends thought I had gone on the wagon as I could not stand the thought or smell of booze. So I drank soda water or coffee while they drank booze. Then one evening I said I want a beer, GOOD BEER!, the dry spell was over, thanks be to god, I could enjoy beer again. Absolutely NO Budweiser! Any beer that must be ice COLD to be drinkable is crap. From time to time people offer me a cheap beer that they are drinking. No thanks man! I’ll pass. But thanks for the offer.;-)

    Good beer is food and can be drunk warm if need be…Learn that in Hong Kong at the British NCO club sharing pints of stout and swapping lies with a good bunch of Limey lads…pg

  4. Verity Jones says:

    Great story – I can just imagine the scene of the bear passed out among beer cans. I have rather a fondness for Budweiser – but not the American one (tasteless stuff) – the original Czech Budweiser Budvar.

  5. Jeff says:

    More beer than he could bear?

    Somehow I can see Weinhards doing an ad with something like that – with the other beer being Sudswiller, of course…

    Maybe he wanted the hunters to leave him alone:
    “Sorry, Charlie. We don’t want bears with good taste; we want bears that taste good.”
    (as the old StarKist Tuna commercial sort of went).

  6. Bulaman says:

    Why is drinking Bud like sex in a rowboat?

    They are both F…’ng near water

  7. Bruce Ryan says:

    Rainer used to have great commercials. But the company sold to a national brand and to be honest the difference between a bud a Rainer and a coors takes a bear of deserning taste.

  8. DonM says:

    The Hamm’s bear has been around for more than 50 years. Too bad there wasn’t a comparison case of Hamm’s nearby to make the story more interesting.

  9. E.M.Smith says:

    @Don M.: chuckle…. from the land of sky blue waaaters…..

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