AMAZING TAP HANDLES!!!

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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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Friday, January 31, 2014

Tap Handle #365: Ommegang - Take the Black Stout (Game of Thrones)

Tap size:  11"
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Although I've never read the "A Song of Ice and Fire" books by George R. R. Martin, I'm a big fan of the television show on HBO, and for a fan of the show, this tap is simply awesome. Each sword has a different hilt, and represents one of the 5 families, or Houses, vying for the throne (represented by the crown near the base). The rest of the tap is made to look like wood (or perhaps tooled leather), and the swords are stuck through it. I'm not sure if Ommegang will have another figural tap for Fire and Blood Red Ale, but if they do, it's going to be a must-have.

Click through to learn more about Brewery Ommegang, their Take the Black Stout beer, and more amazing photos...

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tap Handle #364: Bridgeport - Witch Hunt Spiced Harvest Ale

Tap size:  11.5"
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Witch Hunt is a gorgeous tap and a huge improvement over the previous non-figural tap. It features a frosted globe at the top with the name of the brewery and the beer inside of it, on a stick-like base that has a snake wrapped around it. It reminds me a lot of the Original Sin and Steelback Copperhead taps. Since this is a seasonal brew, the tap has a limited distribution and is rare, which also means it is expensive. Probably the best tap ever produced by Bridgeport.

Click through for a description of Witch Hunt Spiced Harvest Ale and more photos of the awesome Witch Hunt tap...

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tap Handle #363: Gage Roads

Tap size:  9"
Rarity:  Scarce
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Foreign taps are usually very rare and hard to come by. This one is especially rare - mine is the only one I've ever seen. The detail is excellent, featuring Poseidon or Neptune with a trident. At the top of the tap is what looks to be the whitecaps of a giant wave - or maybe it is a bank of clouds, it's hard to be sure. It is not variety specific, so it is used for all Gage Road varieties.

Click through to read more about Australian brewer Gage Roads and see more photos of the tap...

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Tap Handle #362: Lone Star - Guitar

Tap Size:  7"
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

I had thought this tap would be taller when I bought it, but pictures can be deceiving. It is a wood tap, and is not really three dimensional, but is instead flat except in the carved contours of the wood. One reason I like this guitar-themed tap over others is that most others show only the head and small part of the neck of the guitar, while this tap shows the head, a long neck, and the body (where the label is).  Lone Star taps tend to be rare and expensive, and this one is no exception, as it can be hard to find.

Click through to read more about the lengthy history of The National Beer of Texas and to see more photos...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tap Handle #361: Falstaff Saddle

Tap Size:  6"
Rarity:  Very rare
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

The Falstaff saddle is a tap that might possibly be older than the Coors Beer Wolf or Mickey's. It is made of plastic rather than resin or metal, making it lightweight, but also making it very fragile. It's a bit small but the detail is excellent. I've heard that a few of these were made out of metal, but I've never seen one. Since these taps are older and prone to breaking, they are pretty rare and expensive.

Click more to see additional photos and read about the rise and fall of the once-mighty Falstaff Brewing Corporation...

Monday, January 20, 2014

Tap Handle #360: Iron City Brewing (Pittsburgh Brewing) - Olde Frothingslosh

Tap Size:  12.5"
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

The Olde Frothingslosh tap is a great example of how to imbue a plain tap handle with great character. It's not really figural, but the addition of the monocle, and the raised moustache on the upper portion, help give it a figural impression. The base is wood sandwiched by two metal pieces. Above that, the "label" section, which is really a decal, is made of resin and is 3-sided. The top piece is also metal; in fact, it is magnetic, allowing the monocle to adhere to it. Or the monocle can be removed and allowed to hang from the attached chain. It has a whimsical feel to it that makes sense when the CEO has said that Iron City is following the Pabst model. Due to its rarity (it is a limited offering beer), the tap can be a little on the high side when it comes to price.

Click through to read about the lengthy history of Iron City Brewing, find out more about Olde Frothingslosh, and see more photos...

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Tap Handle #359: Natty Greene's - Old Town Brown Ale

Tap Size: 12.25"
Rarity:  Uncommon
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

This beauty has a metal body, giving it a very solid feel. The top is resin, and the difference between varieties is the label on the upper part. At the very top of the tap is a likeness of Nathanael Greene. I had a difficult time photographing this tap due to the reflections of the light off the metal. The tap is fashioned after a big tank sitting out in front of Natty Greene's brewery.

Click through for more photos and to read more about Natty Greene's and their Old Town Brown Ale...

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tap Handle #358: Big Rock - Warthog Ale

Tap Size: 9"
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

Sometimes as I go through the collection, I discover a tap that somehow never made it onto the blog. I've had this Warthog tap for as long as I've had the Big Rock Grasshopper, as I bought them at the same time. I'm not sure what happened that prevented it from getting on the blog, but here it is as the first entry using the new photo display. The lighting was pretty bright, so I'll need to play around with my camera settings a bit. The detail on the Warthog tap is incredible and it's really a beautiful tap. It's pretty hard to come by and has a very strong demand.

More photos and details about Warthog Ale after the jump...

Monday, January 13, 2014

New Backdrop Completed

My buddy Kelly & I have completed work on the new backdrop - I have to admit that Kelly, great artist that he is, did almost all of the work, while I get to reap the benefits. It will feature the tap mounted to a routed board, with a curtained panel behind it. The backdrop turned out great, I think you are all going to like the new look. Today I'm going to obtain some better lighting - other lighting that I tried to use made everything look too yellow. Sunlight would be the best option, but here in rainy Washington that's rarely feasible, so I'm going to try a halogen work lamp. these days it's hard to find a brick-and-mortar camera store where I can go to sample lighting effects...

The photo resolution of tap images will change from 1024 x 768 (.8 megapixels) to over 1800 x 1200 (about 2.3 megapixels). Going any higher than that will take too much time to process and use up too much of my IPS's monthly upload limit. I'm also switching from my iPhone camera to a Canon digital camera, so expect to see much sharper and more colorful images. It will take some time to re-shoot all the previous entries, edit photos, and post them.

You may have noticed last week that I started setting up some posts with a break, so a post will now show a photo and brief description of the tap, followed by the words "Read more >>". When you click on the "Read more >>", it will take you to the rest of the entry, which will include more photos of the tap (from the sides and back, plus possibly zooming in for detail), and brewery history, beer descriptions, and brewery webpage links. This will also help me track pageviews of individual taps more accurately.

Posts will also now include tap size (in inches), as well as a rarity scale.

Look for a new post as soon as Tuesday. I hope you'll like my efforts to make this the best tap site in the world!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Tap Handle #357: Miller - MGD Kegman

Size:  12"
Rarity:  Very Common
Mounting:  internal 3/9" nut

This is the popular MDG Kegman tap. There are thousands of these taps in circulation (I believe they are still in production) and they are very inexpensive. It's well-made and feels very solid.

For more about MGD, see this post.

Click through to see more pictures of the mighty Kegman...

Tap Handle #356: Molson - Canadian Premium Ale (Maple Leaf)

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

While I'm in the process of building the new display, I'll post a few more taps. This tap features a red acrylic maple leaf on top of a metal pole, simple yet elegant at the same time. I received mine as a gift, but they aren't hard to find, being pretty common and inexpensive. There are a few variations that are similar to this one.

Click through to read more about Molson's Canadian Premium Ale and to see more photos of this tap...

Sunday, January 5, 2014

New Photo Layout and Angry Orchard Cinnful Hard Cider

It's going to be another 2-3 days before I post another tap entry, as my friend Kelly & I are constructing a new, more elegant looking backdrop for photos, which will now feature multiple angles and a higher resolution. Eventually all previous entries will be re-photographed, but obviously with 350+ taps that will take quite some time.