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Friday, September 26, 2014

Tap Handle #430: Steamworks (Canada) - Pilsner

Tap size:  11.75"
Rarity:  Very Rare
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

I've stated it before, but for those new to the site, it bears repeating - steampunk taps are probably my favorite tap theme. I love seeing new steampunk taps spring into existence. This one is gorgeous, with all kinds of gears and buttons and a large tank with a copper dome on the top of the handle. The labels get into the act too. Coated with vinyl, they are thick and durable, and the 6 different labels I have feature various steampunk themes. I attached my 2 favorites, with one on each side of the tap (but I'm only going to profile the Pilsner). A smaller label can be seen on each side, with a scene featuring some kind of steam clocktower contraption...this scene appears all over their packaging and website. The overall impression of the tap is amazing; photos just don't do it justice. Like many other very rare taps, it commands a high price. Friend of the blog Denis helped lead me to this beauty..much obliged Denis!

Click through to read more about the Steamworks (Canada) Brewery, their Pilsner beer, and to see more photos of this incredible tap...

Steamworks Brewing Company was founded in Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1995 by Eli Gershkovitch. Located in the Landing Building on the edge of the historic Gastown District, the brewery found upon moving into the building that it had the remnants of a fully functioning steam heating system in place. Being forward thinkers, the founders got together with their brewmaster and developed Canada’s first and only steam powered brewing system. Steamworks uses a proprietary steam brewing method that has helped to see the company garner industry accolades including a recent gold and bronze medal at the 2012 Canadian Brewing Awards.

Steamworks opened a taproom at its production brewery in Burnaby, BC in 2012 to allow them to move into packaged beer. Steamworks Pale Ale and Pilsner varieties were the first varieties to be bottled. Also at the taproom, customers can partake in on-site sampling and fill take-home growlers of a selection of standard and limited release Steamworks beers.

Steamworks Pilsner is an homage to the original Pilsners of the Czech Republic, and features a light golden color with lively carbonation, topped with a beautiful white foam lace. Lightly toasted malt flavors underscore a German hop character, bringing floral & spicy notes to this refreshing, light bodied & hoppy pilsner. This full bodied beer has a spicy, herbal finish with hints of lemon.

Ratebeer weighted average:  3.21 out of 5
Beer Advocate:  87 out of 100 (very good)

Steamworks Brewing Company
375 Water Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6B 1B8

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