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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Tap Handle #404: Vancouver Island - Islander Lager

Tap size:  11" (4.5" deep due to the back fin)
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

In the last post I presented the new style of tap handle by Vancouver Island. In this post I have the old style of Vancouver Island's tap. It was a little bit of a challenge to photograph since the back fin makes it wider than most taps, forcing me to move the backdrop further back. The base is airbrushed, but the orca is an intricately applied decal. It's a beautiful tap that seems like a perfect fit for the brewery...the problem is, it looks so close in style to Alaskan Brewery's Amber Ale orca tap, it could lead to confusing the two brands. So it's a great move by Vancouver Island to switch to a unique and distinctive style. As a result, this tap, which was once easier to find at a good price, could now become more rare.

Click through to read more about Vancouver Island's Islander Lager and to see more photos of this great looking tap...

Vancouver Island's Islander Lager is a pale lager that is light bodied, delicately hopped, and exhibits a very pleasant, well-balanced flavor profile. It has the refreshing qualities of a premium draft beer, made with only barley, hops, yeast, and water with no additives, preservatives or filler.

Ratebeer weighted average:  2.44 out of 5
Beer Advocate:  67 out of 100 (poor)

For more about Vancouver Island, see this post.

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