Part of my “Tastes Of Home” series. Reading Pennsylvania has a great beer tradition. John Updike, the famous writer who grew up in the area, based the setting in his masterpiece book, Rabbit, Run, on Reading – he called the city Brewer in honor of Reading’s rich brewing tradition. Reading Beer was the ubiquitous brand of my youth. Can remember this iconic can crumpled on the streets everywhere. When beer can collecting became a thing in the 70’s, a Reading Beer can was a staple of any local collection. Reading Beer folded a long time ago – found this can on line. However, have heard that a local microbrewery has purchased the brand and is keeping it alive. My “Tastes Of Home” series celebrates food brands native to Berks County, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and Greater Philadelphia – the area where I live.