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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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tap Handle #423: Weston - Drop Kick Ale

Tap size:  10.75"
Rarity:  Very Rare
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

This is the first of 3 Weston Brewery taps I'll be profiling, and it's my favorite Weston tap. When I first saw photos of it, I desperately wanted one for the collection. You can't help but grin when you see the hilarious elements and creative design that went into this tap...the broken teeth, the shiner, and the soccer player proudly displaying his battle wounds are top notch. There's a little bit of a mystery regarding the markings on the tap (which you can see in some of the photos I've taken). On one side of the tap is an "S" inside of a "C", followed by a copyright symbol and an "09". There is also a "C" on the sleeve of the shirt on that same side. On the other side of the tap there appears to be the name "Monte" written in cursive. And on the front of the player's uniform is a patch with the letters "DK"...okay, that one's pretty obvious that it stands for Drop Kick. As for the other markings? They will have to remain a mystery unless I can find out more from the brewery. 

This tap (which is so rare I've only seen a few others), and the corresponding label and case art, were designed by David Allen Terrill. Terrill studied illustration at Miami University of Ohio, and impressionist painting in Giverny, France. His illustrations and paintings can evoke - sometimes simultaneously - the 19th century British Victorian era of painting and posters, the illustrations of English poet and artist William Blake, 1920s print advertisements, and 1960s psychedelic concert posters and handbills. He also serves as a full-time Assistant Professor of Illustration at the Kansas City Art Institute, is a working Illustrator/Designer, and is an active Creative Director. You can find his old blog, which talks about designing the Drop Kick Ale tap here, and his website, galleries and new blog at http://www.davidterrill.com.

Click through to read more about the historic Weston Brewery, their Drop Kick Ale, and to see more photos of this outstanding tap...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tap Handle #422: City Steam Brewery Cafe - Naughty Nurse

Tap size:  11"
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

I was probably the first collector to discover this tap, and several of them hit the market once I shared this discovery. It is a highly desirable tap due to its fine detail and its "naughty" person of interest, the beautiful red-headed nurse in her WWII-era outfit. She sits perched on a metal keg, and below that is the brewery label with the classic art deco logo of the Naughty Nurse. The Head Brewer, Ron Page, states that "the original 'Naughty Nurse' works in the Norwalk emergency room and is a short, balding, hairy chested old Englishman"…I'm glad they decided on the pretty redhead for the logo and tap instead! The price has always been high, but it seems lately the supply has dwindled and they are getting harder to find.

Click through to read more about City Steam Brewery, their Naughty Nurse beer, and to see more photos of this beautiful tap...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tap Handle #421: Big Rock - Fowl Mouth ESB

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

You have to love the clever play of words expressed in the design of this tap. Featuring a bas relief design, it features a rooster with a word balloon originating from its beak. The word balloon has the name of the beer, as well as a string of symbols representing cursing. The front and back are reverse images of each other, so I took fewer photos of the tap than I normally do. Its rarity is about the same as the Scottish Style Heavy Ale profiled in the previous post.

Click through to read more about Big Rock's ESB and to see more photos of this amusing tap...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tap Handle #420: Big Rock - Scottish Style Heavy Ale

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

Big Rock has a long tradition of producing great taps. This one is up there with their best. The colors and details are stunning, featuring a scarf wrapped around a sword that is thrust point-first into the base. Like many Big Rock taps, this one is rare.

Click through to read more about Big Rock's Scottish Style Heavy Ale and to see more photos of this stunning tap...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Tap Handle #419: Miami Brewing (Schnebly Winery and Brewery) - Big Rod Coconut Ale

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

This is the last of the "big 4", the set of 4 taps from Miami Brewing. All the taps are great, but I'd put this one just behind Shark Bait and Vice in popularity. As is typical of Miami Brewing taps, the concept is fantastic, the colors are beautiful and there are lots of great little details, from the bobber and the hook in the coconut to the cork-like appearance of the base, which even feels a little like cork to the touch. The use of the coconut as bait is hilarious, implying that the brewery will "hook" you on this beer. This tap is not quite as rare as some of their others but still commands a hefty price.

Click through to read more about Big Rod Coconut Ale and to see more photos of this fetching tap...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tap Handle #418: Blind Tiger

Tap Size:  9.5"
Rarity:  Very Rare
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

When I was given a chance to obtain this tap, I jumped through some hoops to get it, and the effort was worth it, as this is a very unique concept. I'd love to know why the tiger is blind...the brewery says that the name "Blind Tiger" comes from the Prohibition-era custom of displaying stuffed tigers to alert patrons to speakeasies or the availability of alcohol...so my guess is that the blindfold signifies the end of Prohibition. I'll have to contact the brewery and confirm that guess sometime in the future. This is a very rare tap and the price to obtain one no doubt will be very high if you should ever find it.

Click through to read more about Blind Tiger and to see more photos of this killer tap...