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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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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tap Handle #410: Madison River - Salmon Fly Honey Rye

Tap size:  10.75"
Rarity:  Scarce
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" hanger bolt

This great-looking tap was a gift from my friend Larry. The cheerful fellow in the hip waders is holding a fishing pole in one hand and a frothing mug of beer in the other. I've seen a variation of this tap where the fisherman had a full body in which the feet were the base. All of the labels from this brewery are beautiful and feature idyllic fishing scenes. The tap is very rare.

Click through to read more about Madison River, their Salmon Fly Honey Rye, and to see more photos of this sharp-looking tap...

Monday, June 16, 2014

Tap Handle #409: Dogfish Head - Namaste

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

Let's face it, Dogfish Head loves to splurge on their tap handles, and they have some truly amazing designs. Namaste is not an Uber tap, but it is quite unique. Most taps that have some kind of special feature light up. The Namaste tap is one of the only taps I've ever seen that is animated. The skeleton standing on the platform is held on each side by a rod that pivots. The end effect is that if the tap is pulled in a certain direction, the part that says "namaste" moves away from the Dogfish Head base, and the skeleton bows politely. This tap is becoming more and more will be interesting to see if it eventually heads into the price range of the Uber taps.

Click through to read more about Dogfish Head's Namaste and to see more photos of this innovative tap...

Friday, June 13, 2014

Tap Handle #408: Miller - MGD Rusty Wallace Stock Car

Tap size:  12.25"
Rarity:  Common
Mounting:  3/8" custom ferrule

I originally bought this tap as a gift for my friend Chet, who loves Nascar and used to be neighbors with Greg Biffle. I liked it so much I picked up one for myself. Mine is well-used and could use a good cleaning (it's hard to keep black-colored taps clean). The base shows a lot of wear, as it is where the tap is handled the most. There are several decals applied, including the windows which are actually decals. The car feels like it is made of plastic. It seems logical to assume that these taps were used at Nascar events, but that's merely speculation. Many of these were made and they are fairly easy to find, although one in good condition will cost quite a bit more.

For more about MGD, see this post.

Click through to see more photos of the tap...

Monday, June 9, 2014

Tap Handle #407: Dakota Brewing - Double Barrel Red

Tap size:  14.25" (5.75" deep due to handle & hammers)
Rarity:  Scarce
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" threaded bolt

This is a huge tap that required me to push the stage back due to the width...the curved handle of the gun and the hammers that stick out in the opposite direction make it much wider than most taps. The trigger area seems strange with two metal posts that extend from the handle but no real trigger, almost as if something is missing (maybe on purpose so it doesn't look too real?). Although it's not as detailed as the Dark Horse shotgun tap, the size, rarity, and lighted feature make it more desirable. Due to its rarity and lighted feature, it is quite expensive. The last photo I've taken shows the light bulbs at the end of the barrel...I believe the intent was that the bulbs would flash red when a motion detector would detect the tap being pulled. However, mine takes a bit of jarring to light up. The wiring inside is far from perfect as well, as one light will flash bright and the other flashes dim, and which light does which seems to vary. So far I have not found a way to fix this, but it's still a pretty great tap.

Click through to read about Dakota Brewing and to see more photos of this unique tap...

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tap Handle #406: Strangeways

Tap size:  13.75"
Rarity:  Scarce
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

As you may (or may not) know I'm a sucker for pretty much anything steampunk, which is why I love the Dogfish Head Steampunk tap handle and clock, and the Mad & Noisy Hops & Bolts tap handle. So I was also thrilled to obtain this Strangeways tap with its elements of steampunk...the gears and cogs, barrels, and a chimpanzee imitating the classic statue of The Thinker by Auguste Rodin, except that it is contemplating the beer in its hand. The brewery refers to it as AFM, "The Discerning Ape." It is such a brilliantly conceived concept - the Strangeways tap is truly a work of art, and it is imposing at just under 14" tall. The mottled, paint-splashed look on the edge of gears is done intentionally to provide an aged look. It did not come with a label (which looks like it goes in the middle of the big blue gear), but to the best of my knowledge this tap is used for all of their varieties. It is incredibly difficult to find, and due to its fragility it doesn't survive shipping very well. So feast your eyes on this may never see another!

Click through to read more about Strangeways Brewing and to see more photos of this remarkable tap...

Monday, June 2, 2014

New Links Added

I've added a couple more links in the sidebar. These blogs share a common theme: they focus on the local beer scene in Portland. But they are more than that, too.

Beervana has been around since dirt (or 2006, if you must put a number on it). It is written by Jeff Alworth, a Portland writer who has written the Beer Tasting Toolkit and is working on two books, one about beer and one about hard cider. Beervana provides insightful commentary about the beer industry, covers numerous festivals and tastings, and has traveled to Europe for research. His blog also has a strong hard cider presence, which I find very appealing. Even if you don't live in Portland, Jeff's posts are entertaining and informative.

Beervana Buzz is written by Pete Dunlop. Pete starting blogging in 2011, about 6 months before I did. He is also the author of Portland Beer: Crafting the Road to Beervana, which is on my short list of books to acquire, as he delves deeply into Portland's brewing history (and as you know if you follow this site, I love brewing history). Pete often tackles craft brewers vs. macros issues, covers beer festivals and tastings, and what he observes around town and out of town (in far away places like Kauai). As is true of Jeff's blog, you don't have to be from Portland to enjoy Pete's writing. I highly encourage you to check out both blogs...

Tap Handle #405: Caledonian (Heineken UK) - Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale

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

On Christmas day last December, my dad handed me an envelope. Inside was a color photo of the Newcastle Cabbie tap, some cash, and a note. The note said: "I want you to get this tap. It will be my Christmas present to you." Fortunately my friend Randy had acquired an extra one, and after we struck a deal, I was able to add the Cabbie to the collection. Newcastle continues to release fantastic taps (following the Werewolf and the Bombshell), and this tap continues the tradition with great details like the roadmap backdrop on the label, the small and intricate sculpting of the driver's face, and the stacked tires which are real rubber! Also note the license plate - NBA 1927 - which stands for Newcastle Brown Ale and the year it was created. Due to the fact that many of these taps were produced, they are easy to find and the price is very affordable considering the amount of detail.

Click through to read more about Newcastle's Cabbie Black Ale and to see more photos of this imaginative tap...