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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Monday, August 31, 2015

Tap Handle #514: Hoppin' Frog

Tap size:  just over 9.25"
Rarity:  Rare
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

This is a tap design that has been used for multiple applications, namely a Rogue version that does not have a label on the handle and another Rogue version that features a white frog, and a Hoppin' Frog version with a decal on the front. What sets this tap apart are the raised, sculpted letters on the base featuring the name of the brewery. The tap is used for all varieties of Hoppin' Frog beer and is not variety-specific (I will be profiling their Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout). Once again, on the back of the tap (on the shaft, just under the frog), we have the appearance of the "s" with a larger "C" around it like we have seen on other taps like Peckerhead and Drop Kick, followed by an '11, indicating it was first made in 2011. It is hard to see and I was unable to photograph it. This tap is still used by the brewery today; this version with the raised letters is more rare, yet is still affordable.

Click through to read more about Hoppin' Frog Brewing, their Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout, and to see more photos of this hoppin' tap...

Friday, August 14, 2015

Tap Handle #513: Rogue - Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout

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

This tap is often referred to as "Shakespeare", since that is the name of the beer it represents, but the brewery refers to it as "Rogue Man". Featuring the familiar Rogue barrel as a base (the same one found on the Dead Guy tap handle), the figure appears as a rakish man sporting a goatee, sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat with a feather in it, and holding a mug of beer. There is a small recessed area on the top front and back of the barrel where labels featuring the beer variety (white text on a black background) are placed. The tap has been around for several years and is still in use today. It is easy to find and affordable.

Both the tap and the name of the beer were inspired by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which is held annually in Ashland, Rogue's original hometown. Founded in 1935 by Angus L. Bowmer, the Tony Award-winning Festival is among the oldest and largest professional non-profit theatres in the nation, attracting over 100,000 people per year.

For more about Rogue, see this post.

Click through to read more about Rogue's Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout and to see more photos of this dashing tap...

Monday, August 10, 2015

Tap Handle #512: Rogue - American Amber Ale

Tap size:  11.5"
Rarity:  Uncommon
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

I haven't profiled many Rogue taps so far, but that's about to change, as I have picked up a few over the past year. This is a great one, featuring a blue-collar worker holding a mug of ale in one hand while making a fist with the other hand, while the American flag waves proudly behind him. Mine could use a bit of cleaning but is otherwise in great condition. The sculpting detail is great...even the stars on the flag are sculpted rather than just painted on or a decal. As I've said in the past, I think taps that feature people look better with a matte finish, but high gloss was used here. The base, large and rounded at the top and bearing the name of the brewery and variety of beer (which are both sculpted as raised lettering), tapers to a smaller diameter as it approaches the ferrule. This type of base is their 2nd most used, while the barrel used on taps such as Dead Guy is the most used and recognizable. Once again, on the back of the tap, we have the appearance of the "s" with a larger "C" around it like we have seen on other taps like Peckerhead and Drop Kick, followed by an '02, indicating it was first made in 2002. This tap is still used by the brewery today. I now know who the mysterious artist is for this tap...but that is a subject for a future post. The tap is uncommon (as you would expect for one that has been around since 2002) and thus is fairly affordable.

For more about Rogue Brewing, see this post.

Click through to read more about Rogue's American Amber Ale and to see more photos of this patriotic tap...

Friday, August 7, 2015

Updates To Old Posts Feature Now Working

I talked last week about a new feature I was adding - "Updates to Old Posts". This feature is now working...over in the sidebar, under the "Contact Me" section, you will see that I have updated photos for the Hollywood Brunette tap. I also updated some of the tap information.

I will only keep about 5 links under this feature at a time, so newer updates will push older ones off of the list. I hope you enjoy this new feature...

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Tap Handle #511: Snowshoe - Grizzly Brown Ale

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

A few years ago I was unsuccessful in my attempts to acquire this tap. Last year there was a brief period of time during which about 5 of them hit the secondary market almost simultaneously. I was able to grab one, and since then the supply has dried up completely. Mine could use a little paint touch up on some of the claws and has a few nicks and scratches, but it is still in good condition. It has the signature Snowshoe banner across the front, and the name of the beer, "Grizzly", appears down the front of the tap in sculpted, raised lettering. The price of this tap has been pretty high in the past, and I would expect it to be even higher now, given the current scarcity.

For more about Snowshoe Brewing, see this post.

Click through to read more about Snowshoe Brewing's Grizzly Brown Ale and to see more photos of this wild tap...

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Tap Handle #510: Roots Organic Brewery

Tap size: 12.5"
Rarity:  Scarce
Mounting: internal 3/8" nut

Surfboard tap handles are a dime a dozen - I have more than a few myself - but when this one popped up, I decided to grab it because there was a Roots restaurant just a few blocks away from my workplace. However, when I stopped in to inquire about the tap handle, they had a good laugh, telling me that they were not affiliated with the Portland brewery. No matter, I thought...I'll just take a trip down to the brewery. Whoops - it turns out the brewery closed in 2010, a year before I even started the blog! This tap was a challenge to photograph, as the fin extends below the bottom of the surfboard, meaning it will not sit on a flat surface...I had to use a longer bolt to raise the board up and keep the fin from hitting my stage, which still put a good amount of tilt on it. The tap is made of real, lightweight wood...the stripe down the center is inlaid wood (not an easy process to make); the fin appears to have been attached separately, and the brewery label is a decal. There is no beer variety on the label; this tap was used for all beer varieties (I will be profiling their Epic Ale). I feel fortunate to have secured a tap from a well-respected brewery that has closed. The former owner, Craig Nicholls, was described by one blogger as a "surfer-looking dude", which explains a lot about the tap. Maybe I'll run into him someday at the North American Organic Brewers Festival in Portland (unfortunately I won't be able to make this year's festival, which starts August 13th, due to other commitments). I've only seen one other tap besides mine, so it is quite scarce.

Click through to read more about Roots Organic Brewery and to see more photos of this way cool tap, dude...