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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, April 30, 2014

Tap Handle #395: River Horse - Hop Hazard Pale Ale

Tap size:  12.75"
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" hanger bolt

River Horse Brewing has created quite an impressive tap. Standing at almost 13" tall, there is an amazing amount of detail, from the rippled water up the sides to the numerous teeth in the hippo's mouth. This is one tap that benefits from a glossy finish, since everything is supposed to look wet. Unfortunately I found it difficult to capture that look with my camera, but it is there. The tap is pretty rare and hard to come by, and the Hop Hazard label is pretty unique...all the other labels I've seen are yellow and say "River Horse Lager" on them.

Click through to read more about River Horse Brewing, their Hop Hazard Pale Ale, and to see more photos of this impressive tap...

Monday, April 28, 2014

Tap Handle #394: Prinz Brau

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

This tap appears to be made of hand-carved wood but it is actually a hard, molded plastic. I was completely fooled in thinking it was actually wood! When I received it, it was quite dirty, so I gave it a good cleaning. With the dirt removed it is really a beautiful tap. Due to the age of the tap (it dates to the late 1970s) and the limited operation period of the brewery (in Alaska), this tap is very rare.

Click through to read more about Prinz Brau and to see more photos of this classic tap...

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tap Handle #393: Central City - Red Betty IPA

Tap size: 14"
Rarity: Rare
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" hanger bolt

Here we have a tap that can compete with any other tap for female beauty. You're going to see a lot of photos here because the tap presents different looks from different angles and I tried to catch that impression. There's a lot of great little details and bold colors that really make the tap stand out. The young lady is referred to as "Red Betty" by the brewery. The tap is fairly hard to get.

Click through to read more about Central City Brewery, their Red Betty IPA, and to see more photos of this stunning tap...

Monday, April 21, 2014

Updates On Two Entries

Thanks to some information I received, I have updated two past posts with new information. In a strange twist of fate, both entries share a common element: whales. It also comes on the heels of another whale post, Kassick's Whaler's Wheat. Talk about synchronicity!

The first is entry #124, Humpback Premium Ale. I was contacted by the artist who painted this tap and she provided a few details I was unaware of. You can find that post here.

The second entry is #286, Planet Orca Killer Ale. In this case I made contact with the former owner, who gave me so many details that the post had to be re-written, and it no longer feels like a tap without a history. You can find that post here.

Hopefully in the future as the museum/blog becomes more well-known, I'll be able to fill in the blanks on other tap handles and breweries that for now remain a mystery...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tap Handle #392: Kassick's - Whaler's Wheat

Tap size:  10.25"
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" hanger bolt

This is a great nautical themed tap from Kassick's Brewery. It has lots of great details like the bearded captain with the spyglass, the beer he is holding in his hand as waves splash up around him, and the big white whale behind him. The whale and the sign are three dimensional while the captain is flat and almost bas relief. It's my favorite tap that Kassick's makes. It's fairly rare and hard to come by, as the supply has appeared to have dried up.

Click through to read more about Kassick's Brewery, their Whaler Wheat, and to see more photos of this great tap...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tap Handle #391: Hops Restaurant and Brewpub - Clearwater Light Mermaid

Tap size:  8.25"
Rarity:  Scarce
Mounting: internal 3/8" nut

Yes I know that the title states this is the Clearwater Light Mermaid, yet the label on the tap says A-1 Ale, but at some point the label was changed (or the base was) from the original. This tap has always been associated with the Clearwater variety. But there's something different about this tap from other Hop Mermaid taps - not only is the face sculpted differently, but the mermaid is topless. I've seen 3 other mermaid taps and none of them had this "feature". I wish I knew the story behind it but it seems to be a mystery for now.

Click through to read more about Clearwater Light see more photos of this beautiful tap...

Monday, April 14, 2014

New Post Coming Soon

I've been a little tied up with personal issues and a heavy load at work, but things are turning around. Look for a new post either Tuesday or Wednesday...

Monday, April 7, 2014

Tap Handle #390: Spoetzl - Shiner Smokehaus

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

Shiner has some great tap handles but this is one of their best. Made to look like the smokestack of a smoker, it has some gorgeous airbrushing that gives it a weathered metal effect. Lots of little rivets add a higher level of detail. Decals have been added stating "Mesquite Smoked Helles Style Beer" and on the side it says "Sommer Brau". The front and back are identical to each other, and the sides are identical to each other as well.

Click through to read more about Spoetzl's Shiner Smokehaus beer and to see more photos of this cool tap...

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Tap Handle #389: Duquesne Pilsener

Tap size:  13"
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

I love this tall Duquesne tap featuring the "Prince", a variation of the "Duke", an iconic advertising character belong to Duquesne since the 1930's that is similar to Heidelberg's Merchant Prince. It features the "Prince Salute", with the brewery name featured on each side of the three-sided base. The detail is great and although I'd love a matte finish on the Prince, the painting is still excellent and vibrant. Produced by the new owners who have resurrected the brand, it is fairly rare and commands a high price. There are two versions, a 6" and a 13" version.

Click through to read more about the fall of the once-mighty Duquesne, its successful resurrection, its award-winning Pilsener, and to see more photos of this proud tap...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tap #388: Oceanside Ale Works - American Strong Ale

Tap size:  11.25"
Rarity:  Very Rare
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" hanger bolt

This is probably one of only a few patriotic-themed taps I've ever seen. The revolutionary soldier at the top of the tap is well done, and the layout of the tap is very similar to the OAW Blonde tap I covered back in entry #330. It is double sided so that the back is a reverse image of the front, although the OAW appears only on the front. It seems to be pretty rare.

Click through to read more about OAW's American Strong Ale and see more photos of the tap...