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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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tap Handle #417: Yak and Yeti

Tap Size:  9.5"
Rarity:  Very Rare
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Yak and Yeti holds the distinction of being the first (and so far only) brewery or brewpub to seek me out in order to have their tap featured on the blog. Adam Draeger, the head brewer of Yak and Yeti, offered me one for purchase and I was more than happy to oblige. The tap features a yak being bench-pressed over a yeti's head, with the yeti standing on a block of ice and wearing a small sign, where a label can be attached to identify the variety of the beer. This tap is very rare...according to Adam, only 100 were made, so be prepared to pay rare tap prices to obtain it on the secondary market.

Click through to read more about Yak & Yeti and to see more photos of this unique tap...

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tap Handle #416: Miami Brewing (Schnebly Winery and Brewery) - Gator Tail Brown Ale

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

Miami Brewing designs whimsy and fun into their taps. This guy looks like he'd rather drink a beer than bite someone. There's some nice detail in the scales and teeth, the color is bright and bold, and overall even though I like the other Miami Brewing taps better, this one is still a very nice tap. It's not very hard to find, but the price can be on the high side.

Click through to read more about Miami Brewing's Gator Tail Brown Ale and to see more photos of this tap...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tap Handle #415: Miami Brewing (Schnebly Winery and Brewery) - Vice IPA

Tap Size:  12.25"
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting: internal 3/8" nut

Although I stated in my previous post that I felt Shark Bait was Miami Brewing's best tap, this one comes in a very, very close second. Anyone who remembers the 1980s will view this tap with nostalgia, as it pays homage to the whole Miami Vice culture that sprang up around the popular TV show. The tongue in cheek design makes for a beautiful tap, and like the Shark Bait this one is rare and hard to find, so be prepared to pay a premium price for it.

Click through to read more about Miami Brewing's Vice IPA and to see more photos of this stunning tap...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tap Handle #414: Miami Brewing (Schnebly Winery and Brewery) - Shark Bait

Tap size:  10.75"
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Miami Brewing went all in, gambling that creating 4 beautiful and detailed taps would catch the eye of customers in bars and pubs in the Miami area. I think they made a smart decision. The first of their taps I'm profiling is Shark Bait. It features a shark gingerly holding a bikini-clad girl in its mouth.  In many ways it bears a lot of similarity to the Dogfish Head Uber Shark tap. In my opinion this is the best of the Miami Brewing taps, and it's also the hardest to get, making the price very high - if you can find one.

Click through to read more about Miami Brewing and the Schnebly Winery, their Shark Bait wheat beer, and to see more photos of this great tap...

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tap Handle #413: Druid City

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


What's great about this tap is that it is fashioned after a Tuscaloosa landmark, the Moon Winx Lodge, which has been in operation since the 1920s (see photo to right). Its landmark neon sign was designed by Gordo artist Glenn House. The sign features neon lettering and a smiling, cartoon crescent moon that features a neon winking eye. The brewery got House's permission to use the sign as its logo. The tap has an elegant, art deco look that is very appealing, and is hard to get due to its rarity.

Click through to read more about Druid City and see more photos of this iconic tap...

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tap Handle #412: Dortmunder Actien Brauerei (DAB)

Tap size:  13.5"
Rarity:  Very Rare
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" mounting bolt

I really wanted this tap due to it being a foreign company, meaning they are much harder to find here in the States. The fist is offering up money for DAB beer, and includes the popular slogan "Grab a DAB". The brewery's logo appears on the back of the money. Notice the wedding ring on the fist, it seems like an unusual detail. The fist is resin and sits on a turned wooden shaft. I've seen another variety of this tap that is fully resin, it is much harder to come by.

Click through to read more about the Dortmunder Actien Brauerei, their DAB beer, and to see more photos of the tap...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tap Handle #411: Charles Wells - Banana Bread Beer

Tap Size:  8.25"
Rarity: Rare
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

This is a very simple tap, although unlike most taps it is made of metal. There is another Wells Banana Bread tap that is made of resin, but it is far more rare. An usual feature is the use of a hex head set screw near the very bottom, which is used to put tension against the mounting bolt (a close up photo of the set screw appears later in the post). The tap is not too rare and can be had for a good price.

Click through to read more about Charles Wells Brewing, their Banana Bread Beer, and to see more photos of this tap...