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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tap Handle #241: Pacific Western Brewing - 360 Lager

This is a very rare tap featuring a tufted puffin, a pacific coastal bird. The detail on the bird is good, and the area near the bottom that shows the brewery name and date with some background mountains is quite nice. The eyes light up (like my Sprecher Black Bavarian tap), so I lit up the eyes for the photo.

Pacific Western Brewing was established in 1957 in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. Originally named Caribou Brewing, the brewery was built above a pure spring artesian source, with unlimited Northern B.C. spring water. The company went through six previous owners before being purchased in 1991 by Japanese-Canadian entrepreneur Kazuko Komatsu, now President and CEO of Pacific Western Brewery. Since Kazuko’s arrival in 1991, the achievements and the accolades have been regular and unparalleled. The first Asian Canadian to take a leadership role in the brewing industry, she has established her reputation and staked the brewery’s name on her unwavering quality standards.

PWB at one time offered 18 brews, including malts, pilsners, lagers and 100 per cent certified organic beers distributed primarily to the B.C. and Alberta markets, although their website currently shows only 7 varieties. The brewery’s latest success is its Cariboo family of beers, a brand that existed at the brewery years ago and was discovered and relaunched.

PWB 360 lager is a pale ale that appears to have been retired...there are no reviews past 2008 on, and this variety is not shown on their website. Weighted average on is 2.0 out of 5.

Pacific Western Brewing Official Website

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