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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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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tap Handle #473: Tampa Bay Brewing - One Night Stand Pale Ale

Tap size:  9.75"
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

One Night Stand is a unique-looking tap in the TBBC lineup. It doesn't have an animal with brick background like some of their other taps have, but it is also not fully figural like Old Elephant Foot. It features an angry-looking fish holding a hook. At the top is the familiar Tampa Bay Brewing logo. Below the fish are the words "One Night Stand" in 3-D sculpted letters, and the "Pale Ale" letters below are not 3-D sculpted but are instead raised up from the black shaft. The base has a weathered pier/plank appearance. It does not bear the "draftbeertoyourface.com" message that other TBBC taps have. This tap is double-sided, with front and back being identical to each other and the two sides also identical to each other. It is fairly easy to come by and affordable.

For more about Tampa Bay Brewing, see this post.

Click through to read more about TBBC's One Night Stand Pale Ale and to see more photos of the tap...

Monday, February 23, 2015

Tap Handle #472: Tampa Bay Brewing - Iron Rat Stout

Tap size:  10"
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

As I established in the last couple of posts, TBBC has kind of a "standard" tap format, and Iron Rat Stout follows that formula with an animal against a red brick background. The rat is wearing a hat and a muscle shirt while holding a mug of beer. The tap has the standard brewery logo at the top, the name of the beer at the bottom of the shaft, and a barrel at the base that says "draftbeertoyourface.com". This tap is also double-sided, with front and back being identical to each other and the two sides also identical to each other. It is fairly easy to come by and affordable.

For more about Tampa Bay Brewing, see this post.

Click through to read more about TBBC's Iron Rat Stout and to see more photos of the tap...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tap Handle #471: Tampa Bay Brewing - Moose Killer Barleywine Style Ale

Tap size:  10"
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

Like TBBC's Jack the Quaffer,  this tap depicts an animal in front of a brick backdrop. This time it's a moose dressed in a hunting outfit, with a shotgun off to the side and a hole blown into the bricks (and check out the bullets above the vest pocket for some subtle detail). It has the standard brewery logo at the top, the name of the beer at the bottom of the shaft, and a barrel at the base that says "draftbeertoyourface.com". This tap is also double-sided, with front and back being identical to each other and the two sides also identical to each other. It is fairly easy to come by and affordable.

For more about Tampa Bay Brewing, see this post.

Click through to read more about TBBC's Moose Killer Barleywine Style Ale and to see more photos of the tap...

Friday, February 13, 2015

Tap Handle #470: Tampa Bay Brewing - Jack the Quaffer Porter

Tap Size:  10"
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

I can't be completely sure, but the animal Jack the Quaffer resembles the most is a fox. I love the overcoat and hat, and the bricks behind Jack have been painstakingly detailed. This style of tap is most frequently used by TBBC on their tap, with the brewery logo at the top, the shaft depicting some sort of animal against a backdrop, the name of the beer at the bottom of the shaft, and a barrel at the base that says "draftbeertoyourface.com". These taps are also double-sided, with front and back being identical to each other and the two sides also identical to each other. Though less frequently seen on the secondary market than TBBC's other taps, it is still fairly easy to obtain in relation to both scarcity and price.

For more about Tampa Bay Brewing, see this post.

Click through to read more about TBBC's Jack the Quaffer Porter and to see more photos of the tap...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tap Handle #469: Tampa Bay Brewing - Old Elephant Foot IPA

Tap size: 10"
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

Old Elephant Foot is the first in what will be several tap profiles associated with Tampa Bay Brewing, and it is probably my favorite out of all their taps. The details are incredible - it looks like a real elephant foot (albeit smaller) - and the colors are perfect, as is the use of a matte finish which helps to make it look even more realistic. Above the elephant foot are bunches of hops, and above that are the whimsical beer logo and the standard Tampa Bay Brewing logo that you will find on all of their taps. I took fewer photos than usual because the front and back of the tap are identical to each other, as are the two sides to each other. Fortunately the tap is not very rare, so it is fairly easy to obtain.

Click through to read more about Tampa Bay Brewing, their Old Elephant Foot IPA, and to see more photos of this solid tap...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tap Handle #468: Original Roadhouse Grill - Honey Blonde

Tap Size:  9.25"
Rarity:  Scarce
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

Although the Original Roadhouse Grill has an extensive history, this tap is associated with the west coast franchises that came under the ownership of the Cimmarusti brothers, dating the tap to the late 2000s. With only 8 initial franchise locations, and 3 taps per location (Honey Blonde, Brown, and IPA), you can do the math to figure out that very few of these were ever made. It makes the tap very scarce, and this is only the third one I've ever seen appear on the secondary market. The fact that it is a peanut is significant, as Roadhouse Grill restaurants are known for supplying bowls of free peanuts to patrons to snack on while waiting for their meals (and throwing the shells on the floor). Although the tap isn't as elaborate as other taps, its rarity and simple but effective appearance (it does look like a real peanut) make it highly collectible.

Click through to read more about Original Roadhouse Grill, their Honey Blonde Ale, and to see more photos of this iconic tap...

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tap Handle #467: Moa - Pale Ale

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

This tap is a little more detailed than some of the other "fist" taps (such as Revolution or Iron Fist). I'm not certain how it is tied thematically to the brewery - perhaps the fist and armband are a symbol of the native Maori culture - it certainly doesn't seem to have anything to do with the large, flightless (and extinct) bird the brewery is named after. I'm also unsure why it is a charcoal black color - but it is certainly a great-looking tap. This tap is used for all of Moa's varieties, with heavy-duty vinyl sticky-back labels that attach to the armband (great candidates for DIY magnets I've discussed in a previous post) . Since the tap is from a foreign brewery, it can get a little expensive, but occasionally bargains can be found.

Click through to read more about Moa Brewing, their Pale Ale, and to see more photos of this striking tap...