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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, February 28, 2014

Tap Handle #377: Frostop Root Beer

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

Okay, so this is not a beer tap. That's perfectly fine on this site, where I've got taps for not just beer but also cider and other alcoholic beverages. This is the first non-alcoholic tap on the site. It is a nice tall tap with the signature Frostop mug on it, an icon that many recognize from the giant mugs that have been spinning on top of the Frostop restaurants for decades. The tap itself was used in their restaurants to dispense root beer.

Click through to read more about the iconic Frostop brand and to see more photos...

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tap Handle #376: Lederer - Premium Pils

Tap size: 9"
Rarity: Very Rare
Mounting:  large 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

As I've indicated in the past, most foreign taps can be difficult to come by. This tap is no exception - I've not seen another like it. The detail on the alligator (or is it a crocodile) could be better, but it is still pretty good, and the stein-like tap base is excellent. Since it is pretty rare, I don't really have a good estimate of its value.

Click through to read more about the Lederer Brewery and their Premium Pils beer, and to see more photos of the tap...

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Tap Handle #375: Redhook - Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter

Tap size: 11.25"
Rarity: Very Rare
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

This Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter tap from Redhook is incredibly lifelike. The knife looks real, as do the pumpkin guts draped over the edge of the blade. It is a very rare tap, as Out Of Your Gourd is a seasonal offering, and Redhook has told me that they are not sure if any more of these taps will be produced. The price has remained fairly high due to high demand.

Click through for more details on Redhook's Out Of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter and to see more photos of this amazing tap...

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tap Handle #374: Bridgeport - Cafe Negro

Tap size: 11.75"
Rarity: Uncommon
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

This tap has both figural and bas-relief elements: the bubbles are three dimensional; the cup and steam are slightly raised from the reddish base. The label is plastic that sits over the top of the steam. The tap is also identical on both sides. It is somewhat rare since the beer is not currently listed on Bridgeport's website as one of their current brews, although it is usually affordable when it can be found.

Click through to read more about Bridgeport's Cafe Negro and to see more photos of the tap...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tap Handle #373: Anheuser-Busch - Burnin' Helles

Tap size:  7.25"
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

This is the last of the Anheuser-Busch's "you choose it, we'll brew it" tap handles that I've profiled (the other taps were Devil's Hop Yard and Mule Kick). Burnin' Helles was brewed for Ohio when residents chose it over Racer Snake Red (an all-malt American amber) and Old Eyepopper (a Dunkel brewed with caramel and chocolate malts and Bavarian hops). The tap is a little on the small side, but the colors are beautiful and the label is a metallic green and red. It features a mug of frothy beer with hops wrapped around it and flames coming up from the base. The only thing that bothers me is the clearly visible slip lines from the mold running down the side of the tap.

Click through to read more about Burnin' Helles beer and see more photos of this hot tap...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Photo Enhancement

Maintaining this blog is quite time-consuming, even more so now that I take multiple photos of taps. For those who are curious about the inner workings of the blog and the way I manage photos, you may enjoy this post. Other may have no interest and will want to skip it. But if you are at all curious about some of what goes on behind-the-scenes, click through to read on as I share some of my techniques...

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Tap Handle #372: Six Rivers - Raspberry Lambic

Tap size:  11.25"
Rarity:  Very Rare
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Of all the taps I've posted so far, this has to be the top tap when it comes to female beauty. It is just stunning, with great, detailed sculpting and beautiful colors. It is also extremely rare, since I've only seen one other besides mine and the beer is a limited offering. As an extra bonus, it's for a lambic beer, which are one of my favorite beers to drink, so I'm going to have to get my hands on a glass of Six Rivers Raspberry Lambic somehow. A trip to California later this year perhaps...

Click through to read more about Six Rivers, their Raspberry Lambic, and to see more photos of this gorgeous tap...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Tap Handle #371: Snowy Mountain Brewery - Saratoga Resort and Spa Teepee

Tap size: 10.25"
Rarity: Very Rare
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

There's a simple elegance to this tap that I find appealing. The teepee is solid and well-done...the sticks coming out through the top are authentic-looking, and the base looks like hand-cut logs. It's pretty rare, since the brewery that produced it is in a remote location. I've only ever seen one other besides mine.

Click through to read more about the Snowy Mountain Brewery, the Saratoga Resort and Spa, and to see more photos of the tap...

New Post Coming Soon

Hello readers of the blog! I've been sick for the last several days and haven't felt well enough to do much of anything. However, barring a relapse, I feel like I'm on the mend and a new post will be coming very soon.

You may have noticed that I've changed the way that photos appear within posts...they are now centered on the page instead of to the left of the text. I was having too many formatting issues with Blogger that I couldn't fix - large gaps, runaway text and just a general sloppiness. It bugged me to no end, especially when switching to HTML editing revealed no clue as to what was causing the formatting issues. Thanks, Blogger, for your infuriating formatting...so the end result is that the new look is here to stay for awhile unless I received feedback from you to the contrary.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Tap Handle #370: Haacht - Primus Belgian Lager

Tap size:  13.25"
Rarity:  Very rare
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

I'm a sucker for taps featuring swords and daggers. I also make a point to grab rare foreign taps, some of the hardest taps to get. This tap fits both of those characteristics. It's a real beauty, from the subtle, textured symbols on the blade to the awesome horse and knight at the base of the hilt (the top of the tap). This tap only surfaced recently at a pretty reasonable price, but I expect the supply to dry up fairly soon.

Click through to learn more about the Haacht Brewery, their Primus lager, and to see more photos of this striking tap...

Friday, February 7, 2014

Tap Handle #369: Sherwood Forest - Archer's Ale

Tap size: 9.5"
Rarity: Scarce
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Sherwood Forest is one of those really hard-to-find taps due to a) the brewery being small and b) the brewery being closed. It's a little smaller than I expected, and flat on the backside, making it more of a bas relief style, but it's full of great little details. The art style looks familiar to some other taps I've seen, so I'm thinking this artist has created several tap designs.

Click through to read more about Sherwood Forest Brewery, Archer's Ale, and to see more photos of this great tap...

Tap Handle #368: Berkshire Cider - Johnny Mash Original American Cider

Tap size:  13"
Rarity:  Very Rare
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

This rustic-looking tap is a perfect fit for a barrel-aged hard cider. It reminds me of some other similar taps from Jack Daniels. I'm not really sure if the tap is made of wood or resin - if it's resin, the wood appearance is very well done. The brand is a small, regional business, which makes this tap pretty hard to find.

Click through to read more about Johnny Mash Hard Cider and see more photos of the tap...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tap Handle #367: Redhook - Wise Cracker Wit

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

This tap not only looks like a firecracker, it feels like one too. The base feels like plastic covered cardboard, and the wick feels like a real wick, too. I can't figure out what it is actually made of. They aren't rare and are inexpensive, so anyone looking for one should be able to find it. The label at the bottom says: "WARNING Shoots Flaming Balls. For adult use only. When we say 'shoots' we mean 'pours' and by 'flaming balls' we mean a killer wit beer brewed with ginger, so be warned, this beer is damn good."

Click through to learn more about Wise Cracker Wit and see more photos of this explosive tap...

Monday, February 3, 2014

Tap Handle #366: Montauk - Driftwood Ale


Tap size:  12"
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Another day, another tap from New York. It seems like a simple design, but this is a really cool tap up close. Montauk's logo was inspired by the area's rich Indian heritage. They didn’t want just another lighthouse insignia - they liked the idea of an artifact, something that could be held, and their friend, artist Charlie Ly, designed the logo with the founders' input. With Montauk being a small brewery and originally using wood taps, this figural tap is fairly rare.

Click through to read more about Montauk Brewing, their signature Driftwood Ale, and more photos of the tap...