Mickey Rooney's Magnificent Rainer Beer Commercials, Ranked
We all love a good beer commercial, and in the 1970's-80's no one's beer commercial game was stronger than Washington's own Rainier Brewing Company. Their commercials featured everything from motorcycles zooming along a mountain road, revving "raiiiiii-nieeeeeeer-beeeeeeeeeer", to ads with Lawrence Welk and Roseanne Roseanneadanna impersonations. But one of Rainer's most advantageous campaigns featured Mickey Rooney who starred in several wild and hysterical Rainer spots. Whether Rooney was cast in the commercials because he desperately needed the money or because he loved Rainer Beer, one thing is certain; Rooney and Rainer left us with some of the greatest classic beer commercials.
Here now are the Rainer Commercials of Mickey Rooney that will continue to outlast the brewing company that made them. They are ranked from great to greatest.
6. Old West
5. Rainer Light - 2
This is the second of a two part Rainer Light Ad that Rooney stars in. Concept is good, they're keeping things light and fun. This ad is for Rainer's smallest demographic; lovers of old musicals. Great performances, with extremely large cast for a NINE SECOND regional ad.
4. Rainer Light - 1
And this is the first part of Rainer's two park Rainer Light ad. Demographic: Mickey Rooney fans. Also I love when a man screams at me to discover how good light beer can taste! I'm dead serious, this ad was made for me. Take note, Budweiser.
3. "Indian Love Call" Parody
This may be most notable of Rooney's ads, though if you haven't seen the 1936 film "Rose Marie" you might not know this is a parody of Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald's song "Indian Love Call." but you don't need to watch TCM to enjoy this commercial.
BTW, in case you were thinking, "Man, it would have been funnier if Rooney had poured that beer into her cleavage," don't worry, Rainer made a version where that happens too.
2. Wild Rainers - 2
This is the second of my favorite Rooney/Rainer ads. Concept is on point. This is absolutely where Rainer hit their largest demographic; the outdoors men and women of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. It's funny and unique and Rooney's performance is fantastic. The only thing better than this is the Wild Rainers - 1.
1. Wild Rainers - 1
This is the best beer commercial EVER! Everything about it is the greatest and I challenge anyone who disagrees with me to find a better beer commercial. Note: puppy/horse beer commercials will immediately be disqualified.