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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Tap Handle #334: Fischer (Heineken) - Tradition Lager

Tap size:  11.25"
Rarity:  Scarce
Mounting: standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

This is an amazing tap...the detail is incredible. It's a kind of folk art devil, with a sign in its mouth, while the body tapers down to become the handle and ends at a cloven hoof. It has a carved wood look but is actually resin and is quite heavy. It's another one of those super rare European imports that are tough to track down, especially since the original brewery is closed, although I'm not certain if the tap was produced by the original brewery or the brand's later owner, Heineken. I've only ever seen about 3 others.

Click through to read more about the Fischer Brewery, it's Tradition lager, and to see more photos of this impressive tap...

The Fischer Brewery was founded in 1821 in Strasbourg, in the Alsace region in France, and moved to Schiltigheim in 1854, because of the superior water quality there. In 1922, they took over the neighbouring Adelshoffen brewery and became Groupe Pêcheur (the French translation of the German Fischer). Groupe Pêcheur was in turn taken over by Heineken in 1996. In 2009, Heineken closed the brewery and transferred production of the brand to the l’Espérance (Hope) brewery, also in Schiltigheim.

Tradition is a pale lager described as smooth and complex, that is fruity and has some flowery undertones. Recommended food pairings are cold meats, cheese, and choucroute (sauerkraut with sausage and potatoes). Weighted average on is 2.23 out of 5.

Although the brand is still produced, the original ownership and brewery are gone, so there is no longer a website for the brand.

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