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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Tap Handle #133: Shipyard - Blue Fin Stout

Tap size:  9" tall x 5" wide
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting: recessed internal 3/8" nut

This is a beautiful tap, superior to the Skipjack and Tarpon Spoon, and just a notch below the Trout Slayer. The colors are airbrushed and gorgeous. A glossy finish here is appropriate, since the fish should look wet as it emerges from the water. This is the only Shipyard tap that has a sign attached to it, and the sign is really beautiful too. Due to the angle of the fish, the tap is 5" wide, which is important for mounting concerns. In another unusual twist, the bottom of the tap has a hex-shaped insert with the internal nut recessed, which you can see in my last photo, and it means a longer bolt is needed for mounting purposes. The tap is rare but the price has come down in past year and it is fairly easy to find.

For more about Shipyard, see this post.

Click through to read more about Shipyard's Blue Fin Stout and to see more photos of this gorgeous tap...

First introduced in 1993, Blue Fin Stout is a classic Irish stout with a deep, almost black body and creamy white head. Recommended food pairings are desserts and chocolate.

Ratebeer weighted average:  3.31 out of 5
Beer Advocate:  81 out of 100 (good)

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