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Welcome to Amazing Tap Handles - The Tap Handle Museum. Here you will find photos of the Museum's collection of beer taps, along with brewery info. Have a look around the Museum, and use the contact form in sidebar to leave me feedback about the site, talk about taps, or if you have a rare tap handle you'd like to sell to the Museum. I'd love to hear from you! Please, no inquires about buying taps - they're not for sale.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Visit to River Mile 38

After discovering the River Mile 38 tap from another collector, and finding out that the brewery was less than 2 hours away, I decided to pay the brewery a visit and to see if I could obtain more taps for some of the Museum's club members. After an uneventful drive in decent weather (for winter), Museum artist Kelly, his girlfriend Lori, and myself arrived at the brewery. I had spoken on the phone with Richard, one of the founding partners, and let him know ahead of time that we were coming. Despite the fact that we arrived 30 minutes before opening time on Saturday, Richard invited us in to talk about the brewery and its history.

As we talked about the history of the brewery, Richard gave me a tour inside. The bar sits to the left as you walk through the door. Ahead is a wall full of merchandise. Past the bar are several tables, with a large roll up door on the right and the brewing equipment on the left. On the wall behind the brewing equipment is a final piece of memorabilia that reflects the brewery's previous incarnation as Drop Anchor Brewing. Behind the bar is the cash register, canning machine, and the taps and tap list. Next to that is the cold storage room.

In my profile post about River Mile 38, I talked about the brewery's expansion that occurred not long after opening. Richard showed me the outdoor seating area that was built during the expansion. On a warm day the roll up door is raised and the outdoor seating area is utilized, offering a beautiful view of the nearby marina.

We moved to the bar once the brewery officially opened and Richard said I needed to try one of each of their beers. So they delivered flights to the three of us to try. My personal favorite was the Scarlet Peach Ale, named after the brewery's iconic mermaid. Light with a hint of peaches, this is an easy drinking beer perfect for a sunny day on the water or just enjoying the view. The Drop Dead Irish Red was probably my choice for runner up. The Scotch Ale, Foglifter, was also great and had me convinced that I needed to bring my dad to the brewery, as Scotch ales are one of his favorites. Hard Over Hefeweizen and Broken Hose Amber continued the run of excellent beers. I am not the biggest porter fan but the Provocative Porter had a nice smoky flavor. The Barleywine was unusual as it used an IPA instead of a stout. I finished with a taste of Tieton Ciderworks Hard Cherry Cider, which was tart and delicious. The brewery keeps the cider on tap as they are a fellow client of River Mile 38's distributor. Although I didn't try any, Kelly said the brewery's Rolly's Root Beer was excellent.

As I began to set up the purchase of taps, Richard asked if I wanted to take some beer home. It turns out the brewery has a canning tool that allows them to can tall boys and attach a label to them. I ordered 2 cans of the Scarlet Peach and 1 can of Capsize Imperial IPA for a friend. I watched as Richard demonstrated the canning process. Two Scarlets to take home!

I greatly enjoyed my visit to the brewery. Richard was a gracious host, and Marissa and Kaelee did a great job serving up drinks and taking care of us. I'm looking forward to making a return trip soon just to try their Blood Orange Wheat Beer called "PEELED", featuring a special blend of hops (Palisade, Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra and Loral) and served with a blood orange slice.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Tap Handle #686: River Mile 38 - Broken Hose Amber

Tap size:  12"
Rarity:  less than 10 seen
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

It's no secret that I like mermaids. This is the sixth mermaid tap to enter the museum, and there are a couple more waiting in the wings. What makes this one special is that I actually visited the brewery and met the great people that run it (which will be the subject of an upcoming post). The fine people at River Mile 38 (RM38) have named their mermaid Scarlet, and this red-headed mermaid sits atop sculpted waves, holding a beer with one outstretched hand. RM38 appears on the base just under Scarlet, and below that on both the front and the back is a large signage area where a label can be placed. Photos don't do this tap justice...Scarlet is a real beauty. RM38 is a small brewery with a limited distribution area, so these taps are pretty scarce, and I've never seen one on the secondary market.

According to brewery legend, Scarlet's story is as follows:

“If we’re to believe local folklore, mermaids once inhabited the cool, clear water of the Columbia River in the 1700’s. Captain Ankor Drag was sailing his Norse herring boat up the Columbia from the Pacific and was almost over-turned by a storm of epic proportions. He ordered to drop anchor in the sheltered area that is now known to be Wahkiakum Country Marina. After 9 hours of raging winds, driving rain, and 5 foot swells the storm passed and Captain Drag ordered “UP ANCHOR!”

As his shipmen were struggling to pull up the anchor they noticed a colorful shiny glow. As the anchor broke water, attached to it, was an alluring, bewitching mer-maiden, who told the tale of protecting their vessel all night.

The sailors were so grateful, they left her with a barrel of grog – and a smile on her beautiful face – as they raised their glasses and returned to the open water…”

Click through to read more about River Mile 38 Brewing, their Broken Hose Amber, and to see more photos of this alluring tap...

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Tap Handle #685: Cerveza Pacifico Clara - Guy Harvey

Tap Size:  12.25"
Rarity:  limited edition tap, fragile
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Pacifico's Guy Harvey tap has to be one of the most beautiful taps ever made. It is ceramic, meaning all the paint colors have been fired on, along with the finish, so they won't peel or flake off. Featuring the familiar Pacifico life preserver at the top, below that a small green-gold fish and 2 marlins swim within blue and white waves that make up the shaft. At the bottom and on the sides, a yellow base extends down, with a Guy Harvey sign attached to the front and back, and Pacifico decals placed on the sides. Since it is ceramic, it is quite fragile, and many of these taps exhibit cracks or broken marlin snouts due to heavy use or carelessness. The front and back are reverse images of each other, so I have taken a full set of photos. Produced for a limited time in 2015 when Pacifico made a donation to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation for each purchase of Pacifico on draft, it is now hard to find, and sells for well over $100 on the secondary market.

Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer, fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea. His childhood passion for the ocean and its living creatures not only inspired him to draw, but fueled a burning interest that prompted a formal education in marine science. Guy has continued his relentless pursuit to unravel the mysteries of the sea, traveling the world to better understand the habits and habitats of the marine wildlife he paints. For more information and to shop all the products and art that he has to offer, visit

For more about Pacifico, see this post.

Click through to see more photos of this absolutely gorgeous tap...

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Tap Handle #684: Woodstock Inn - Summer Ale

Tap size:  11.25"
Rarity:  seasonal, less than 10 seen
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

Woodstock Inn taps are known for their fun and whimsical themes. This Summer Ale tap captures that essence nicely, featuring a guy on an inner tube that is about to plunge over a waterfall, while carrying a can of beer in each hand. There is a small scene behind him that looks like another waterfall. The name of the brewery appears above this scene in sculpted and raised letters, while the name of the beer is also done in sculpted and raised letters down the face of the waterfall. Frothy white water appears at the base of the tap. The front and back are identical, so I have reduced the number of photos taken. Due to its seasonal status, it doesn't appear on the secondary market very often, so it can vary wildly in price.

For more about Woodstock Inn, see this post.

Click through to read more about Woodstock Inn's Summer Ale and to see more photos of this entertaining tap...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tap Handle #683: Newcastle - Vikings Amber Ale

Tap size:  11.5"
Rarity:  beer and tap both no longer produced
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Newcastle had this tap made to commemorate the third season of the acclaimed series Vikings on the History Channel. It began circulating in late 2014 and by mid 2015 it was no longer being produced. Featuring a ship's prow carved in the shape of a wooden dragon, it also contains shields (including one with the History Channel logo) and a pile of spears. A large sign at the bottom in the shape of a "V" bears the Vikings television show logo, while at the top another sign has the name of the brewery and beer, as well as the same Vikings logo found at the bottom. The front and back of the tap are identical to each other, so I have reduced the number of photos taken. Although they only occasionally appear on the secondary market, they generally sell for a reasonable price.

The History Channel's Vikings features the adventures of a Ragnar Lothbrok: the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the saga of Ragnar's band of Viking brothers and his family as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless warrior, Ragnar embodies the Norse traditions of devotion to the gods: legend has it that he was a direct descendant of Odin, the god of war and warriors. Vikings is currently in its fifth season.

For more about Newcastle, see this post.

Click through to read more about Newcastle's Viking Amber Ale and to see more photos of this epic tap...

Monday, February 12, 2018

Tap Handle #682: Uinta - Anniversary Barley Wine

Tap size:  12"
Rarity:  less than 10 seen
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

There's something appealing in the simplicity of this tap. A bundle of wheat stalks form the shaft; near the bottom of the shaft are hop vines, while on top sits a barrel with the words "Barley Wine" at each end. The barrel signifies the aging process of the Barley Wine. At the base is an area with a label with the name of the beer and the brewery, and a faint, sepia image of a man cutting wheat. The tap was not formed perfectly straight - it tilts a bit towards one side. The front and back of the tap are identical to each other, as are the two sides to each other, so I have reduced the number of photos taken. If you've never seen this tap before, that's understandable. In Utah, anything over 4% ABV cannot be sold on draft. Coming in at a whopping 10.4% ABV, Uinta's Anniversary Barley Wine can only be sold in bottles, and since Anniversary Barley Wine is a limited beer, it would be rare to see it on draft except perhaps at special events outside the state of Utah. I've only ever seen one other besides mine.

Click through to read more about Uinta Brewing, their Anniversary Barley Wine, and to see more photos of this understated tap...

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Tap Handle #681: Belmond Charleston Place Thoroughbred Club - Thoroughbred XXX

Tap size:  7.5"
Rarity:  less than 10 seen, small scale
Mounting:  large gold 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

I've had this tap for a few years, but had no idea what brewery it was associated with. My efforts to find any information about it yielded nothing. I thought it might perhaps be a distillery tap, but nothing turned up there, either. Fortunately the Amazing Tap Handles Collectors Club came through. Club Member Graham shared his all-knowing wisdom and revealed that the tap belongs to the Thoroughbred Club, a lounge within Belmond Charleston Place, a hotel in Charleston, South Carolina. To the upper right you can see a photo of the tap (along with taps for Thoroughbred IPA and Pilsner) within the bar, taken from the Thoroughbred Club's Facebook page. It's a very elegant tap, painted as one solid color and very detailed. It reminds me a little bit of the Budweiser Clydesdale Heritage tap. Since this tap is small, there was no reason to take extra photos with a higher zoom. As an exclusive to the Thoroughbred Club, the quantity of this tap would have to be extremely limited, and I've never seen another except for the bar's own photos.

Click through to read more about Belmond Charleston Place and its Thoroughbred Club, and to see more photos of this elegant tap...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Ohio Tap #3 - Land-Grant Brewing Tap Handle & Process Video

One could argue the Land-Grant Brewing tap handle should not be among the elaborate figural tap handles featured in the Tap Handle Museum. But sometimes we need to look beyond the tap pictured and appreciate both the process and the beauty of the variations that exist within a brewery's lineup. Do they hold up to the rigor of being used at bars? Do they fit on a tap system next to other handles without issue? 

Land-Grant has a great partnership with the Idea Foundry, a business located adjacent to the brewery. Click through to check out the video showing the tap handle process! 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Tap Handle #680: Cidrerie Loïc Raison - Celt Thirsty Warrior Cider

Tap size:  10"
Rarity:  import
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

In my previous post I indicated that I would be profiling two taps back to back that had appeared on this site previously as Tap Giveaway prizes. This is the second of those two taps, Celt Thirsty Warrior, featured in Tap Giveaway #11 back in April 2017. It is probably the coolest tap I ever gave away. The details and colors are fantastic - note the scar on the warrior's face, the ornate shield and helmet, the wrist band, the leather armor over the blue tunic, the red cape, the drooping mustache, and the grass around the warrior's feet. There are so many outstanding features and bright colors! The name of the brand appears in recessed lettering at the base of the tap. Although the cider it represents is an import from France, the tap can be found on the secondary one time it sold for over $100 but the price has since dropped under that.

A Celt generally refers to the people in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, and Brittany, also known as the Celtic nations or Celtic Crescent. They existed primarily in the Iron Age and Medieval Europe and spoke Celtic languages and had cultural similarities. Insular Celtic culture diversified into that of the Gaels (Irish, Scottish and Manx) and the Celtic Britons (Welsh, Cornish, and Bretons) of the medieval and modern periods. In addition to a ruling king, they typically had three caste levels: warriors, learned professionals (minstrels, priests, scribes) and everyone else.

Click through to read more about Cidrerie Loïc Raison, their Celt Thirsty Warrior Cider, and to see more photos of this proud tap...

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Tap Handle #679: Redhook - Seedy Blonde

Tap size:  12.5"
Rarity:  beer retired, tap no longer produced
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Seedy Blonde is the first of two taps I'm profiling back-to-back that have appeared on this site previously...however, those appearances were as prizes in giveaway contests. Seedy Blonde was the prize for Tap Giveaway #6 back in July of 2016. It is a very imaginative tap, and as I mentioned in my contest, it features a tree trunk carved into a feminine figure, with a couple of apples and a Redhook sign strategically placed, and the initials "RH" (for Redhook) are "carved" into the trunk on the right "leg". On the left side is a strange symbol "burned in", that looks like a human-shaped figure who appears to be holding a large apple in one upraised hand. The figure can be seen better on the label, wearing a Sherlock Holmes style cap and holding the same two apples that appear as "breasts" on the tree. Very strange! At the top of the tap is a sign with the name of the beer on it. Another interesting detail on the back of the tap, just above the sign covering the "butt" of the tree trunk, are two marks that resemble apple seeds pressed into the tree, but also give an impression of "evil eyes". There's a lot of mystery waiting to be solved behind this tap's design. Since the beer and the tap are both out of production, it is getting a little harder to find. It does appear on the secondary market at a price right around historic values.

For more about Redhook, see this post.

Click through to read more about Redhook's Seedy Blonde Apple Ale and to see more photos of this mysterious and suggestive tap...

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Tap Handle #678: Saltwater Brewery - Raspberry Reef Ale

Tap size:  11.25"
Rarity:  readily available, fragile
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

This is a really beautiful, nautical-themed tap. Saltwater Brewery is all about the South Florida coast lifestyle and that is reflected in their tap, which was designed by part owner and graphic artist Peter Agardy. It is made to resemble a buoy but has a lot of other small details that make it amazing - note the barnacles and waves at the bottom of the tap and the small red bead at the top that resembles a warning light. A medallion on the front features the brewery's logo, also designed by Agardy. At the top is a large square sign where a label featuring the beer variety is placed. I particularly wanted the Raspberry Reef label, not just because the beer sounds tasty (and is out of production), but also because this label features an aquatic scene, taken from Guy Harvey-style artwork that hangs on the wall of the brewery. The front and back of the tap are identical to each other, but a different label on the backside lists the ale's characteristics. The tap is easy to find on the secondary market and very affordable, but watch out for damage - these are particularly fragile taps, especially the medallions which are prone to having pieces break off.

Click through to read more about the Saltwater Brewery, their Raspberry Reef Ale, and to see more photos of this buoyant tap...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ohio Tap #2 - Oliver House & Maumee Bay Brewing

In Maumee Bay - Major Oliver's Golden Lager, Tap Profile #625, the Oliver House in Toledo, Ohio was discussed. I've personally visited the Oliver House and Maumee Bay Brewing, so I wanted to share some additional pictures of the brewery, the beer memorabilia museum, and start to profile a few other tap handles that Maumee Bay produces!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Social Accounts for The Tap Handle Museum!

The Tap Handle Museum now has social accounts to alert of new handles being profiled! Some additional content will also be posted from time to time - so give the Tap Handle Museum a follow! 

- Instagram 
- Twitter
- Facebook 

Also, all 677 taps profiled to date have been added to Pinterest  - if you haven't had the chance to check out all of the Museum posts, this allows you view all taps and catch one you may have missed! Click back through to the site to get additional pictures and information. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Ohio Tap Tour & Ohio Tap Handle #1: MadTree Brewing Company

Ohio Brewery Coasters
Back in 2014, a decision to combine my love of beer, tap handles, and travel set me on a quest to visit every brewery in Ohio. I was looking to snag a tap handle from each brewery visited and prioritized brewery visits based on the uniqueness of a brewery's tap handle. A website was created, Points On Pints, to document my progress and provide information and pictures for each tasting room visited. There were around 135 breweries in Ohio at the time, so it seemed like an achievable venture. I'm 125 Breweries in, but now over 222 breweries are operating in Ohio, so it looks like I still have a lot of work to do! This is the story of my brewery journey and the various tap handles I've collected along the way! I'll try to point out some other aspects of marketing that differentiate the breweries. Hope you enjoy! 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Tap Handle #677: Big Rock - Wayfinder Pale Ale

Tap size:  10"
Rarity:  beer no longer produced, less than 10 seen
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

The Wayfinder tap is yet another gorgeous piece of art in the collection. It pays homage to the beautiful West Coast outdoors with a name and visual brand that place the beer amid coastal alpine flora and fauna. It features bees, grass, flowers, and near the top of the tap the name of the beer appears in big white letters. Above that sits a Whiskeyjack, also known as a Gray Jay, Canada Jay, or by its original Native American name, Wisakedjak. The back of the tap features the name of the beer in raised letters, while the name of the brewery appears on the round base. Initially released in mid to late 2015, the beer was available for less than 6 months, and only 50 of these taps were produced. I have never seen one appear on the secondary market.

For more about Big Rock, see this post.

Click through to read more about Big Rock's Wayfinder Pale Ale and to see more photos of this naturally beautiful tap...

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Tap Handle #676: Great Northern Brewing - Minott's Black Star Golden Lager

Tap size:  13.25" tall, 5.25" deep
Rarity:  beer no longer produced, tap no longer produced, fragile
Mounting:  custom 3/8" large ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

Old style on left, new style on right
This Black Star tap is one incredible piece of artwork. At a massive 13.25" tall, it resembles a bronze sculpting of a cowboy riding a bucking bronco, holding his cowboy hat in one hand and grasping the reins with the other. With a depth of 5.25", at may cause mounting problems for some people. The three sided base is also impressive, with the brewery's name sculpted in raised letters around the outside of each circle and a round label inside. Very few of these started appearing on the secondary market around 2006-07, after the first run of the beer ended. In 2012 they began popping up again as the second run of the beer was coming to an end. The newer taps are slightly different; when viewed from the side with the horse's head to the left, the labels cannot fully be seen, while newer taps allow the label to be seen in full from this same angle (see photo above right). Occasionally an older tap still pops up for sale; mine is the older version, and was purchased in 2014. There was a black label used for their Black Star Black Lager and a red label was used for their Black Star Export. Additionally, a third tap was produced with a longer base and a smaller rider on top of the tap; these are also from the beer's second run period (see photo to right). With lots of small edges all over the tap, they were extremely prone to paint loss and damage across all models, with the most common being broken ears and tail on the horse, broken cowboy hat, or cracks from stress. In fact, I would have profiled this tap long ago, but I had asked Kelly to restore and repaint three broken pieces before I was ready to photograph it. Mine does show some wear on the labels and around the base and lettering, but overall it's nevertheless quite an impressive tap. The newer versions still appear on the secondary market with great frequency, but they are often well over $100 even when damaged.
3rd tap style produced

Click through to read more about Great Northern Brewing Company, their Minott's Black Star Golden Lager, and to see more photos of this art-gallery-worthy tap...

New Associate Editor/Assistant Manager

How much does a polar bear weigh? Enough to break the ice! I know, it's a corny way to introduce myself, but it ties to one of my favorite tap handles - so I figured it was fitting! My name is Shawn and I'm the new Associate Editor and Assistant Manager for the Tap Handle Museum. 

My first tap handle was collected about 11 years ago from the restaurant I bartended, which closed down unexpectedly. It was a Labatt Blue handle made with an actual hockey puck in the center and an acrylic upper section with a hockey goalie printed. It was nothing special, but little did I know it was the start of my collection.  

Fast forward a few years and the Alaskan Winter Ale tap handle, tap #87, was used as a handle at a local bar in Lakewood, Ohio for a brew called White Storm. It was before the big craft beer boom in Ohio, so the majority of the tap handles at bars were your run of the mill handles, so this was the first time I remember ordering a beer because of the "polar bear handle." I added the Alaskan Winter tap to my collection when a coworker brought one back from an Alaskan cruise.  

My collection really started gaining steam when I began looking for a Leinenkugel canoe handle to display for the beer being poured at my wedding. This also corresponded to the discovery of the Tap Handle Museum! Being amazed at all of the handles in The Museum, I quickly realized some of my favorite beers had amazing handles that I'd personally love to display. I immediately added the Redhook Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter, tap #375 and the rest is history. I now have over 400 handles in my collection, with concentrations in pumpkin beer handles and Ohio Brewery handles. I've visited over 125 breweries here in Ohio and have been lucky enough to collect a handle from the majority of them. 

My posts will concentrate on industry-related news, breweries that I've visited with their tap handles on display, and the marketing behind craft beer. Really excited to be part of The Tap Handle Museum - hope you enjoy! 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Tap Handle #675: Shipyard - GingerBreadHead Ale

Tap size:  10.5"
Rarity:  beer no longer produced, tap discontinued
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

GingerBreadHead Ale is the eighth Shipyard tap to appear in the Museum, making the brewery one of the most featured craft breweries on this site. Although at first glance it doesn't appear to be very detailed, look closer and you can see many small features that you might overlook. For instance, the face of the gingerbread man not only has eyes, lips, and a nose, it also sports a mustache and goatee. The belt has little studs on it, but additional there is a belt buckle with the letters "SY" (for Shipyard, of course) sculpted on it. The gingerbread man has a glass of ale raised in one hand and stands on a paddle-like base. Curiously, although the base displays the name of the brewery, the name of the beer does not appear anywhere on the tap...I guess it is self explanatory! I took the full amount of photos because the front and back are not identical to each other - they are reversed, meaning the tap has a different profile depending on which side you are viewing. GingerBreadHead Ale is no longer listed among Shipyard's current beers (including their seasonals), so it appears to be out of production, and this tap has been discontinued. It is easily found on the secondary market, and the price there, which was once fairly high, is now very reasonable.

For more about Shipyard, see this post.

Click through to read more about Shipyard's GingerBreadHead Ale and to see more photos of this delectable tap...

Monday, December 18, 2017

Tap Handle #674: Parish - Ghost in the Machine Double IPA

Tap size:  10.25"
Rarity:  less than 10 seen
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Okay, I know this is a "toy on a stick" and I usually try to stay away from those, but it's probably the coolest toy on stick tap I've ever seen. A dark colored skull bears a creepy grin and an afro made of hops. The brewery's name appears directly below the skull, while the name of the beer (and an image of the state of Louisiana) is a decal on the wooden shaft. These labels appear on every side of the tap. Although it commands a high price when seen on the secondary market, it can be found cheaper through other outlets.

A Parish in Louisiana is similar to a county in other states. There are 64 in total. Louisiana was formed from French and Spanish colonies, which were both officially Roman Catholic. Local colonial government was based upon parishes, as the local ecclesiastical division. Parish names came from Saints, native civilizations, colonial founding fathers, Civil War leaders from both sides, two types of fruit, one vegetable, and one conquistador.

Click through to read more about Parish Brewing, their Ghost in the Machine Double IPA, and to see more photos of this ghastly tap...

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Tap Handle #673: Michelob Light - 19th Hole

Tap size:  12.75"
Rarity:  readily available
Mounting:  3/8"ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

This tap is unusual based on the materials used to make it. Most taps are made of resin, wood or metal, bu this tap is hollow and made of plastic, making it very lightweight. A giant golf ball sits on top of a base that has a decal proclaiming Michelon Light as the official beer of the PGA Tour, the LPGA, and the Seniors Tour, as well as the "19th hole", a common reference to the clubhouse where golfers unwind with a beer after golfing. A Michelob Light decal appears across the front of the golf ball. The front and back of the tap are identical to each other, as are the two sides, so I have reduced the number of photos taken. There is another version of this tap with a black base and a red decal. This tap is easily found on the secondary market and is very affordable.

For more about Michelob, see this post.

Click through to see more photos of this par for the course tap...

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Tap Handle #672: Original Sin - Apricot Cider

Tap size:  11.25"
Rarity: hand-made, less than 50 seen
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

Original Sin has two classic taps: one featuring a snake and an apple, which was one of the first taps I profiled (#13), and one with a snake on a pear (which I don't have). In the past couple of years, Original Sin released two new taps featuring a woman, a snake, and a piece of fruit that corresponds to the cider's flavor variety. This first one I am profiling is Apricot. Evoking images of the Garden of Eden (except with an apricot instead of an apple), this tap is beautifully sculpted and painted. The red headed woman sits on top of a round sign that has the name of the cidery, the cider variety, and the cidery's symbol sculpted into it. I would estimate that perhaps 20 to 30 of these have appeared on the secondary market since their initial release. It commands a premium price (well over $100) and the supply looks like it may have dried up for now.

For more about Original Sin, see this post.

Click through to read more about Original Sin's Apricot Cider and to see more photos of this sinful tap...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tap Handle #671: Mark Anthony Group - Mike's Hard Lemonade

Tap size:  11.5"
Rarity:  less than 50 seen, tap retired
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

This tap reminds a little bit of the Bavarian Barbarian and the Bridgetown Big Brew taps, which feature forearms leading to hands that hold something in them. In this case it is a lemon being squeezed by clinched fist. The lemon has a cut out area that says "mike's hard lemonade" and matches the advertising images of Mike's. Up the forearm the words "Cold.Hard.Refreshing." have been sculpted as raised letters. The words, and the lemon cutout, also appear on the back of the tap as a decal made to look like a tattoo. Raised letters also appear on each knuckle and spells "mikes". The overall effect is pretty impressive. This tap appears occasionally on the secondary market, and commands a fair price considering it is no longer in production. I can't recall ever seeing a tap dispensing Mike's Hard Lemonade, so it was likely used for special promotional events..

Click through to read more about Mark Anthony Group, their Mike's Hard Lemonade, and to see more photos of this gripping tap...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tap Handle #670: Labatt - Duffy's Draught

Tap size:  7.5"
Rarity:  less than 10 seen, hand-made, beer retired
Mounting:  half-length 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

I wanted this tap because it is an import (Canada), features a barrel, is fairly rare, and was inexpensive.. What's unusual is that the beer name appears on all four sides of the tap. The shaft resembles a tree trunk - I'm not sure why - and since it basically looks the same from all angles I only took one photo of it. What's also unusual is the very small copper colored ferrule...I don't recall seeing that on any other tap in the collection. When viewing the tap from the front, it almost resembles a gavel. These taps pop up on the secondary market infrequently, but usually for a reasonable price.

For more about Labatt, see this post.

Click through to read more about Labatt's Duffy's Draught and to see more photos of this simple tap...

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Tap Handle #669: Choc Beer Company (Krebs Brewing) - 1919 American Wheat

Tap size:  11.5"
Rarity:  less than 10 seen, beer renamed
Mounting:  large 3/8" ferrule

Back in profile #449, I spotlighted Choc Beer Company and mentioned that their core beers are called "Story" beers. Founder Joe Prichard's grandfather, Pete Prichard, is the subject of the "Story" beers, with each beer (and tap handle design) representing a significant event in Pete's life. 1919 American Wheat represents the period of Pete's life from 1919 to 1925, when Pete first sold choc beer brewed right in his own home. Before long, other immigrant miners began gathering at his house regularly to relax and enjoy a beer during breaks. He started fixing the men a hearty lunch to go along with it, serving up generous helpings of homemade Italian specialties like spaghetti, meatballs, ravioli, and sausage. The chef's hat on the tap handle is associated with these home-cooked meals, and like the tap in the previous profile, gives it a symbolic meaning that goes beyond the average tap. This is only the second or third tap of 1919 that I've ever seen. In 2012, Choc Beer Company was sued by New Ulm Brewing & Beverage Company over the 1919 trademark, which New Ulm had been using on its root beer for almost 25 years. Choc Beer Company agreed to to change the name of 1919 to simply Choc, so this tap predates the trademark settlement and is no longer produced.

For more about Choc Beer Company, see this post.

Click through to read more about Choc Beer Company's 1919 American Wheat Ale and to see more photos of this cookin' tap...

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Tap Handle #668: Harvest Moon - Pigs Ass Porter

Tap size:  10"
Rarity:  less than 10 seen, hand-made
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

Harvest Moon's Pigs Ass Porter is a perfect example of how to make humor work in a tap handle design. Featuring a pig in a top hat and coattails standing at a bar with a foaming mug of beer - and wearing no pants - the tap brings a smile to the face of everyone who sees it. The brewery's name appears below the pig, while a ribbon below that displays the name of the beer. Both the brewery name and beer name appear on the backside of the tap as well. Speaking of the backside, which is flat, the tap is signed and dated. I can't quite make out the looks like maybe 2001 or 2002. This tap is still in use despite its age, but over the years only a handful have made their way to the secondary market, where they sell for over $100 or even twice that much.

Click through to read more about Harvest Moon Brewing, their Pigs Ass Porter, and to see more photos of this overexposed tap...

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Tap Handle #667: Left Hand - Milk Stout Nitro

Tap size:  10"
Rarity:  readily available
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

I think it's incredibly bizarre that two separate breweries in Colorado would independently create two taps that resemble each other, and then later merge together into one brewery. But that is exactly what happened! The Tabernash tap in profile #661 bears a strong resemblance to an older Left Hand tap handle that I will be profiling later. It also slightly resembles this tap, which is a black arm and hand holding a cowbell. The significance of the cowbell is of course the milk in the Milk Stout Nitro, which is the name of the beer and appears as recessed letters up the side of the arm. The cowbell has a decal on the front of it bearing a red hand and the name and location of the brewery. That same decal appears on the back of the hand as well.The glossy finish is highly reflective and makes taking photos difficult. Of the two modern Left Hand taps, this is the more rare and a little more expensive version, but still pops up regularly on the secondary market.

Click through to read more about Left Hand Brewing, their Milk Stout Nitro, and to see more photos of this eye-grabbing tap...

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Museum Turns 6 Years Old, Part 2: Individual Tap Statistics

It's time to take a look at the individual tap statistics. To revisit the concept, I'm listing which taps generate the most page views on the site. I've divided the rankings based on the year that I profiled the tap, so I've listed the 20 taps with the most views for Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, and Year 5. Since fewer taps were profiled in Year 6, only the top 10 will be ranked for that year. The number in parenthesis is the previous year's ranking if different; "NR" means the tap was not on the list last year. The first tap on the list has the most views, and the other taps follow in descending order.

For the most part the lists stay the same except for 1-3 new entries per year, and some shuffling of ranking order. The exception was Year 5, which had almost a complete turnover.

Click through to see the lists..

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Museum Turns 6 Years Old, Part 1: Overview and Site Statistics

Every time this year I like to write anniversary posts to celebrate the founding of the Museum and this blog. This first post takes a brief look at the past year and what I hope to accomplish over the next year, plus site statistics.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tap Handle #666: Evans Brewery - ChocoLatte Chocolate Porter

Tap size:  11.5"
Rarity:  less than 10 seen
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

This is the final Evans tap being profiled in the collection. It is a big mountain of chocolate with rail cars transporting chunks of chocolate to the brewery via rail tracks. And like all the other Evans taps, the brewery's name appears on a sign near the bottom of the tap, while the beer name is carved into the top part. And also like the other Evans taps, this has not appeared on the secondary market to my knowledge.

For more about Evans Brewing, see this post.

Click through to read more about Evans Brewing's Chocolatte Porter and to see more photos of this sweet tap...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tap Handle #665: Evans Brewing - Oaklore Brown Ale

Tap size:  11.5"
Rarity:  less than 10 seen
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

This is the third in a series of 4 Evans taps I'm profiling. Oaklore is really cool, with the appearance of a hewn log and two small guys sitting on top of the log. The detail on the log, specifically the rough texture that resembles bark, is phenomenal, not to mention the saw cuts on the side and the growth rings on the cut branch. Like the other Evans taps, it features the brewery name on a sign and the beer name carved into the upper part of the tap. The two lumberjacks on top are not quite as detailed as the log - they are more like caricatures. I did actually see one of these taps on the secondary market once, and it sold for a lot of money.

For more about Evans Brewing, see this post.

Click through to read more about Evans Brewing's Oaklore Brown Ale and to see more photos of this majestic tap...

Tap Handle #664: Evans Brewing - Pollen Nation Honey Blonde Ale

Tap size:  11.5"
Rarity:  less than 10 seen
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

This is my second favorite Evans tap, with a bee on top of a large piece of honeycomb and honey dripping down the sides. Like the previous Evans tap profiled, this one has a sign near the bottom with the brewery's name on it, while the beer name is sculpted into the top portion of the tap. And like the other Evans taps, this one has not yet appeared on the secondary market.

For more about Evans Brewing, see this post.

Click through to read more about Evans Brewing's Pollen Nation Honey Blonde Ale and to see more photos of this sweet tap...

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tap Handle #663: Evans Brewing - The krHOPen IPA

Tap size:  11.5"
Rarity:  less than 10 seen
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

When I first saw some of the Evans Brewing taps, I wanted to add them to the museum because they were gorgeous. But as I dug into the brewery's story, I was excited to see that it tied into the story behind another brewery and tap: profile #223, Bayhawk Ales Blue Hawaiian Hefeweizen. Where Bayhawk's story ended, Evans' story was really cool to see these two completely different taps fit like puzzle pieces. The krHOPen tap is probably my favorite of the 4 Evans taps in the collection. Courtesy of the fine people at Evans, this tap is bursting with color, hops, and lots of nautical themed elements. The brewery name appears as a sign towards the lower part of the shaft, while the beer name is sculpted on the upper portion. These have not appeared on the secondary market to my knowledge.

For more about Bayhawk Brewing, see this post.

Click through to read more about Evans brewing, their The krHOPen IPA, and to see more photos of this epic tap...

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Tap Handle #662: Hooters 83 Lager

Tap size:  8.25"
Rarity:  less than 10 seen
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Although this isn't the type of imagery people would normally associate with the Hooters restaurant chain, I admit that I do like the barrel. The Hooters owl mascot appears on a sign attached to the barrel, with "Hooters 83 Lager" appearing on the sign. The name of the beer also appears on the wooden shaft. The colors are bright and the slats of the barrel look like real wood, and several bands encircle the barrel. The front and back are identical to each other, so I have reduced the number of photos taken. I've only seen five other taps besides mine, and there are 3 different sizes: tall (12"), medium (8.5") and small (5.5'). These might have been promotional items; but then again, Hooters 83 Lager wasn't around very long.

Click through to read more about Hooters, their 83 Lager, and to see more photos of this tap...

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Tap Handle #661: Tabernash - Weiss

Tap size:  8.5"
Rarity:  hand made, brewery closed, less than 10 seen
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Here's a tap that appears to be in very rough shape with lots of scratches and scuffs. It's mainly in the highly reflective finish, however - the tap itself is in good condition. It features a black hand holding a glass of beer with the Tabernash logo at the top and the beer variety on the side of the glass, both of which are raised from the glass surface. There is white foam at the top of the glass. Due to the brewery being gone for years, these taps are often very beat up. It's interesting how much this tap resembles Left Hand Brewing's tap, as Left Hand ended up merging with Tabernash. This tap doesn't show up on the secondary market very often, and when it does it goes for much more than you'd think despite the simplicity of the design. In this case, it's simply a matter of scarcity and the reputation of the former brewery driving the price up.

Click through to read more about Tabernash Brewing, their Weiss beer, and to see more photos of this high-reaching tap...

Monday, September 25, 2017

Tap Handle #660: Shock Top - Honeycrisp Apple Wheat

Tap size:  10.5"
Rarity:  readily available, seasonal
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

This is the last Shock Top tap I have that has not been profiled. It is much the same as other Shock Top taps, except for the apples that appear all over it. One peculiar feature is a vine twisting up the base with apples attached to it - I'm pretty sure apples don't grow on vines. I have not tried the beer yet, but I will admit I am intrigued, since Honeycrisp is my favorite apple variety. However, it does not appear as a current beer on the Shock Top website, although that may simply be due to its spring seasonal status. Like most Shock Top taps, these are easy to find and fairly inexpensive on the secondary market.

For more about Shock Top, see this post.

Click through to read more about Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat and to see more photos of this rosy tap...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tap Handle #659: Sleeman - Honey Brown Ale

Tap size:  8.75"
Rairty:  less than 50 seen
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

I had really wanted this tap for a long time for both the appearance and to tell the brewery's interesting story, but I was very picky which made acquiring it difficult. My criteria was as follows: decal on the front and back (some don't have this), label around the neck (often missing), minimal scratches, affordable shipping (since almost all come from Canada), and fully figured (90% of these are flat on the backside). Although I would have liked Sleeman's legendary Cream Ale, I'm quite happy with this Honey Brown Ale. Made to resemble their iconic clear bottles, it is not glass but actually an amber resin and is quite beautiful. Since the front and back are identical, I have reduced the number of photos taken. Although they appear on the secondary market from time to time, finding one that fit my criteria was a challenge. The price, however, is very reasonable - it's the shipping costs from Canada that can add up.

Click through to read more about the colorful history of Sleeman Brewing and Malting, their Honey Brown Ale, and to see more photos of this tap that has "nothing to hide"...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tap Handle #658: Killian's - Wilde Honey Ale

Tap size:  9.5"
Rarity:  beer no longer produced
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

Here is a simple tap that I find really appealing. First you have the hexagon-shaped acrylic piece that has a metallic honeycomb decal inside the acrylic, and decals also on the outside with the Killian's name and the name of the beer (not sure why the old English version of Wild is used). At the bottom is a barrel that the honeycomb is attached to. The front and back are identical to each other, as are the two sides, so I have reduced the number of photos taken. The overall effect is quite nice and photos don't capture the simple beauty very well. These occasionally appear on the secondary market, but being an older tap, it is not as readily available as newer taps.

For more about Killian's, see this post.

Click through to read more about Killian's Wilde Honey Ale and to see more photos of this wild tap...

Friday, August 18, 2017

Tap Handle #657: Blue Corn Cafe and Brewery - Bee Sting Honey Wheat Ale

Tap size:  7.25"
Rarity:  less than 10 seen, hand-made, beer name changed
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Perhaps no single individual has made more of a contribution to the Museum than Mr. Bill Gibson. Bill is a fellow collector who decided to sell off his collection of amazing, rarely-seen taps. Although some slipped through my fingers due to cost and bad timing, I was able to acquire many quality pieces for the Museum. Bill joked that he should have his own wing in the Museum, consisting of all the pieces he sold me. While that may be a physical possibility in the future, for now Bill has a "virtual" wing on this site, starting with this Bee Sting tap. Although small and flat, I like this tap for a couple of reasons. One is scarcity...the marking on the back indicate it was produced in 2000 or 2001 (it's hard to make out), and with the name change of the beer to 40K, that makes this tap hard to find - I've never seen another. Another reason I really like this tap is because the bee character went on to later appear on one of my favorite taps, Blue Corn Cafe & Brewery's Honeymoon Wheat (profile #628). It is one of the few tap characters that was used for multiple taps and is a really great tie in to Honeymoon Wheat tap. 

For more about Blue Corn Cafe and Brewery, see this post.

Click through to read more about Blue Corn Cafe & Brewery's Bee Sting Honey Wheat Ale and to see more photos of this tap that's sure to generate some buzz...

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tap Handle #656: Bridgeport - Dark Rain Black Pale Ale

Tap size:  11"
Rarity:  less than 50 seen, seasonal, beer retired
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on threaded post

In keeping with most other Bridgeport Brewing taps, this Dark Rain is understated but has an artist flair. It resembles a tattered umbrella that has been battered by the elements, or destroyed by a severe case of acid rain. The design is very clever, with the handle made of one long piece of metal that terminates in a threaded bolt that screws into the ferrule. The remnants of the umbrella are molded around that center post. A metal badge resembling those found on taps in England or Australia bears the brewery's name and the beer variety along with a depiction of the same tattered umbrella in its fully extended state, and the words "hoppy with a drizzle of roasted malt". Due to its seasonal status, this tap isn't found in large numbers but does appear on the secondary market from time to time. The price initially varied wildly but has stabilized at a reasonable level.

For more about Bridgetown Brewing, see this post.

Click through to read more about Bridgeport's Dark Rain Black Pale Ale and to see more photos of this well-weathered tap...