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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Tap Handle #602: Gordon Biersch - Light

Tap size:  13"
Rarity:  10 or less seen, hand-made, import
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

This Gordon Biersch tiki-themed tap was used at their brewpub and restaurant in the Aloha Tower Marketplace in Honolulu, Hawaii (see photo to right). It is made of wood, and as such, it displays evidence that it was well-used, with dents, small chips out of the wood, and areas where the finish has been worn off. I think the tap still looks great, and it is another tiki-themed tap to add to the collection. The top of the tap has a hollowed-out ring where a ceramic insert has been glued in; this insert has the name of the brewery, the beer variety, the location, and some nice floral graphics on a decal that has been fired on to the ceramic. A metal band has been attached to the bottom to protect the wood and keep it from splitting due to the internal nut placement and being bolted down to the tap dispenser. I'm calling this tap an import, since it is not something you'd see in the continental U.S.

For more about Gordon Biersch, see this post.

Gordon Biersch Aloha Tower photo courtesy of

Click through to read more about Gordon Biersch's Light and to see more photos of this exotic tap...

There's not much information to be found about Gordon Biersch Light, other than it was a pale light lager that has been retired and has not been produced since about 2007-08.

Ratebeer weighted average:  2.3 out of 5
Beer Advocate:  73 out of 100 (okay)

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