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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 30, 2015

Tap Handle #500: Lucette - Slow Hand American Stout

Tap size: 10"
Rarity:  Scarce
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Every 100 posts of profiles, I would speculate whether or not my insanity for acquisitions and posts would continue to reach the next 100 tap milestone. Well, here we are at tap profile #500, and I have almost enough taps to reach 700 now, so it looks like the madness will continue for some time. I believe 500 tap profiles is quite an accomplishment, so I thought something special should be chosen for post #500. Therefore, I'm presenting to you the Slow Hand tap handle from Lucette Brewing. This is a tap that was #2 on my wishlist when I started the blog back in 2011, and it moved up to #1 after I got the Dogfish Head Steampunk in 2012. It has been a long 3 years, but I finally got my hands on one, and it was worth the wait, surpassing my expectations. This is one of the most beautiful taps I've seen, and it belongs on my "cream of the crop" list. The pretty girl pictured is "Lucette", who I talked about in my profile of Lucette's Easy Rider in post #127. The photos need no description and speak for themselves. The tap is incredibly rare; I've only seen one other on the secondary market, and it sold for a huge price. I feel fortunate to have added one to the Museum's collection.

For more about Lucette Brewing, see this post.

Click through to read more about Lucette's Slow Hand and to see more photos of this gorgeous tap...

Monday, June 29, 2015

Tap Handle #499: Sierra Nevada Brewing - Torpedo Extra IPA

Tap size:  12.25"
Rarity:  Common
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

It's amazing that I've posted almost 500 taps and this is the first from Sierra Nevada - one of the oldest and largest craft brewers - simply because the brewery never made figural taps...until this one. I recently profiled the Hop Bomber tap from Rivertown, and with the addition of this tap, I'm building quite a collection of tap handle "bombs" (there are two more yet to be profiled). Torpedo is a beauty, with a copper and silver color scheme, the sunken "IPA" letters in the shaft, and the instantly-recognizable Sierra Nevada label at the top, which actually has a plastic, puffy feel to it due to the coating over the top of the label. The front and back of the tap are identical to each other, as are the two sides. The Torpedo was made in great numbers and is easily found on the secondary market for an affordable price.

Click through to read more about Sierra Nevada Brewing, their Torpedo Extra IPA, and to see more photos of this explosive tap...

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Brief Hiatus

I've been sick for the last few days which has prevented me from profiling taps. Unfortunately that lack of posts is going to last a little while longer, as I have to attend to some personal business. To keep you intrigued, I'll do something I haven't done before: give you a list of what's coming up next in the profiles...

Sierra Nevada Torpedo
49 Parallel Gypsy Tears
Brau Brothers Old 56
Beggars Brewery
Rocket Republic
Jarre Creek Heferwizzen
Lucette Slow Hand
Third Street Lost Trout
Stevens Point 3 Kings

And there's lots more beyond that! Stay tuned...

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Tap Handle #498: San Francisco Brewing

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

For years I tried unsuccessfully to obtain a tap from a closed California brewery that featured the Golden Gate Bridge, but acquiring this San Francisco Brewing tap may be even more satisfying than acquiring the first. I've driven over this bridge multiple times and each time I'm in awe at the engineering and construction that created it. The tap is simply gorgeous, capturing the art deco styling and rich reddish-orange color of the bridge towers with amazing detail. There is a narrow strip running down the middle of the tap where the beer variety is indicated with a label. Although the label I have is Kolsch, I couldn't find any description of that variety anywhere (including the brewery website!), so I decided to profile one of San Francisco's core beers, Broadway IPA, instead. The front and back of the tap are identical to each other, as are the two sides to each other. I've only ever seen one other of this tap, and as you can imagine for a tap this beautiful and rare, it's quite expensive on the secondary market.

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the mile-wide, three-mile-long channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The structure links the U.S. city of San Francisco, on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, to Marin County, bridging both U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1 across the strait. The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The Frommers travel guide considers the Golden Gate Bridge "possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world". It opened in 1937 and was, until 1964, the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 4,200 feet. In 1989 the Loma Prieta Earthquake jarred the Bay Area with a force measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale. The Golden Gate Bridge withstood, undamaged, the most devastating quake to strike the Bay Area since 1906.

The color is called International Orange, and was chosen for its visibility in fog and to passing ships. Thankfully the U.S. Navy did not get their wish to paint the bridge with black and yellow stripes. The name Golden Gate, which comes from the Strait, is generally accepted to have been first called "Chrysopylae" or Golden Gate by Army Captain John C. Fremont, around 1846.  It is said it reminded him of a harbor in Istanbul named Chrysoceras, which translates as Golden Horn.

Click through to read more about San Francisco Brewing Company, their Broadway IPA, and to see more photos of this iconic and beautiful tap...

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tap Handle #497: Bud Light - Poker Chips and Dice

Tap Size:  11.5"
Rarity:  Very Rare
Mounting:  oversized 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

I had always liked this tap but missed out on several over the years because they cost more than I wanted to spend. Last year I finally got a good deal on this one and I'm happy to add it to the collection. There's a similar Budweiser version that has red poker chips but no dice. It's not hard to imagine that this tap might have been designed for use in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or a number of Indian casinos, but who can say for sure? I really love the clear dice - they are larger than normal dice - and when looked at straight on, they are displaying a winning "7" in the game of craps. And those poker chips! Are they real? They must be, because it would have been a lot of meticulous work to sculpt and paint each one of them...it would be much easier to glue a bunch of real ones together. The oversized ferrule is also a nice touch. I've seen a dozen of these over the years and they all seemed to sell for what was once a high price, but now seem reasonable in today's market.

For more about Bud Light, see this post.

Click through to see more photos of this winning tap...