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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Tap Handle #293: Finch's - Cut Throat Pale Ale

I had been trying to acquire a Finch Golden Wing Blonde Ale tap for quite some time. When I finally got one, it ended up being broken. Instead, I obtained this Cut Throat Pale Ale tap, and I have to admit I like it even better. The green finch is beautifully sculpted, and even the ferrule is a striking metallic green to match. The differences between the taps are in the labels and the color of the bird.

Finch's Beer Company was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 2011 by Ben Finch, along with his father Paul Finch and brewmaster Richard Grant. They started planning in 2009 for what would become Finch's Beer Co. Ben Finch was owner and executive of The Killswitch Collective, a design and development studio in Chicago, and a self-described “Stella/Blue Moon drinker” who didn't know anything about making the beer, but Grant did. A love of home brewing led Grant to enroll at Siebel Institute’s World Brewing Academy in Chicago, which led to an assistant-brewer gig at Rock Bottom and then a similar position at Flossmoor Station. Paul Finch aided with the financing.

Within a year, the brewery's experienced quick growth. Today, in addition to their Illinois-based headquarters, Finch's Beer Co. boasts limited distribution in five states including Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia. To help spread the word, Finch's Beer Co. has relied heavily on social media to communicate important brand news and messages. In the short time it took to get their brewery headquarters up and running the team had already worked to build buzz online, making Finch's one of the first to successfully build a beer company from the ground up by utilizing less traditional forms of media. Finch's Beer Co. has fostered additional fan growth by offering brewery tours and giving a behind the scenes look at their brewing process, along with beer tasting. Currently, Finch has 5 beers in their lineup.

Finch’s Cut Throat Pale Ale has a late kettle addition of American hop varieties and dry hopping techniques. The citrus hop character balanced with a malty backbone creates a delicious, accessible pale ale. Weighted average on is 3.27 out of 5.

Finch's Beer Company Official Website

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