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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Tap Handle #490: Thomas Hooker - Spinster XPA

Tap size:  12"
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

Thomas Hooker has an unusual method for producing figural taps - the Chocolate Truffle Stout I profiled in post #292 is for a seasonal beer, and this tap, Spinster XPA, is for a beer no longer produced by the brewery. I have never seen a figural tap for any of their core beers. This Spinster XPA tap is hilarious, featuring a bitter old woman holding a purse in one hand and a beer in the other, while her cat stands nearby. Even the cat looks bitter! Above the Thomas Hooker symbol, a prominent white H against a red background, is the name of the beer and the phrase "Single Hop...Alone and Bitter." Very funny! The tap is rare but isn't too expensive to obtain. 

For more about Thomas Hooker Brewing, see this post.

Click through to read more about Thomas Hooker's Spinster XPA and to see more photos of this humorous tap...



Thomas Hooker Spinster XPA is a very sessionable, light bodied ale. Full of bright citrus and grapefruit notes, this unfiltered brew showcases the use of one single hop, Summit. The bold use of this unique hop variety lends a lingering bitterness and floral bouquet to this crisp and refreshing extra pale ale. This beer is no longer produced by the brewery.


Ratebeer weighted average:  3.1 out of 5
Beer Advocate:  81 out of 100























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