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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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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Tap Handle #47: Mendocino Brewing - Eye of the Hawk Special Edition Ale

This is a great tap featuring a hawk. A different color and label separates varieties from each other, but sculpturally each tap is the same. I really love this tap, especially the intensity in the stare of the hawk.

Click through to read more about Mendocino Brewing and their Eye of the Hawk Special Edition Ale...


Mendocino Brewing was founded as The Hopland Brewery in 1983 in Hopland, California, by homebrewers Michael Laybourne and Norman Franks. They purchased equipment from the shuttered New Albion Brewery and hired its former brewers. It was the first brewpub in California and the second in the U.S. Business outstripped production, and in the 1990s Mendocino built a new brewery in Ukiah, California, and maintained the old brewery only as a brewpub. They were purchased in 1997 by the UB Group, allowing Mendocino to acquire the Olde Saratoga Springs brewery in New York. Mendocino & Olde Saratoga brew roughly 18 varieties of beer, with birds of prey representing almost every brand. Eye of the Hawk is part of their "select collection", an American Copper ale with hints of caramel. Weighted average on ratebeer.com is 3.2 out of 5.

The Mendocino labels were designed by an artist named Randy Johnson, and the taps are based on his label artwork.

Mendocino Brewing Official Website

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