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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Tap Handle #379: Snowshoe - Yosemite Falls Pale Ale

Tap size: 10.5"
Rarity: Scarce
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

This beautiful tap reminds me of the Rainier tap picturing the outdoors. There's some really excellent detail, especially of Yosemite Falls itself, and the color scheme is gorgeous. This is the only one I've ever seen, and Yosemite Falls has been renamed to Thompson's Pale Ale, so this tap is now quite rare.

Click through to read more about Snowshoe Brewing, Yosemite Falls/Thompson's Pale Ale, and to see more photos of this tap...

Snowshoe Brewing Company was founded in 1995 in Arnold, California by Jeff Yarnell and Al O'Brien. The two longtime friends and business associates combined Yarnell's experience in restaurant management and O'Brien's history as owner of a local pizza parlor to start their own brewpub and restaurant. The two men took over the old Meadowmont Inn as the location for their new business, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, famous for attracting early pioneers during the California Gold Rush. They decided to name their brewery Snowshoe Brewing Company, after John "Snowshoe" Thompson. Thompson was well known during the Gold Rush era in the mid 1800's, when he used to deliver mail and cross the treacherous Sierra Nevada Mountains, often in the dead of winter using his trusty homemade snowshoes.

Snowshoe Brewing Company has crafted a number of award-winning ales and boasts a 15-barrel brew house, three 15-barrel fermenters, and three 30-barrel fermenters. The brewpub is also home to a full restaurant with a wide variety of appetizers, salads and main course selections. Currently, Snowshoe produces five year round brews in addition to several seasonal and specialty offerings.

Yosemite Falls, otherwise known as Thompson's Pale Ale, is a medium-bodied, copper-colored ale with malty nose and distinct hop finish. Fruity, hoppy, and refreshing. Very balanced and flavorful. Fresh, clean, and tasty. Weighted average on is 3.27 out of 5.

Source Material
Snowshoe website

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