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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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tap Handle #518: New Knoxville - Mild Ale

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

The brewery changed to a more
natural looking bear in 1997.
This New Knoxville tap is so old and scarce, it belongs on my "cream of the crop" list. The cartoonish bear, dressed in an English top hat and scarf, dates the tap to between 1996 and 1998, when the brewery first opened. They stopped depicting bears in English clothes on their beer labels and switched to more natural-looking bears in 1997, and the taps followed suit (see photo to right). The tap has suffered some paint loss in places but there is no damage. The bear sits on a barrel while enjoying a cold one, and the barrel is sitting on a block of wood. The wood block has the brewery name and variety of beer burned into it. This version of the New Knoxville tap is scarce - I have never seen another,

Click through to read more about New Knoxville Brewing, their award-winning mild ale, and to see more photos of this classic tap...

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Tap Handle #517: Miller - MGD Bobby Rahal Indy Car

Tap size:  12.75"
Rarity:  Uncommon
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

After I picked up the MGD Rusty Wallace stock car in profile #408, I decided to acquire this companion tap in order to display them together. This Indy car uses the same color scheme as the stock car due to the fact that like the stock car, the Indy car is modeled after a real vehicle, which features MGD's sponsorship of both vehicles. And like the stock car, this is molded plastic with several decals applied, attached to a checkered base. The wheels do not turn. It's possible this was used at CART races in the 1980s or 1990s, which is when Bobby Rahal actually raced and won 3 CART championships. This is more rare than the stock car, although the Indy car appears on the secondary market occasionally. As a result, it costs considerably more than the stock car, on average.

For more about MGD, see this post.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tap Handle #516: Rapscallion - Honey

Tap size:  12.5"
Rarity:  see below
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

The Rapscallion tap features a bright red female imp (or perhaps she is a demon or devil), holding a cup of beer while sitting on top of a platform that has been speared by a three-pronged pitchfork, with Rapscallion's name carved (sunken) into the platform. The variety of beer appears as a label on all four sides of the base. There are several variations of the tap; this is the tall 12.5" version, and there is also a smaller 8" version. In addition, on some taps the female imp is made of resin, while on others she is metal. There is no way to tell which version is which from just a photo...the metal version will attract a magnet, and is colder to the touch than the resin version. The taps are made locally in nearby Rhode Island...I rarely see them on the second hand market, and since the resin versions are more fragile, it is hard to find them without pieces broken off. The metal version is quite scarce. The price for an undamaged Rapscallion tap can be pretty high.

Click through to read more about Rapscallion, their Honey Lager, and to see more photos of this devilish tap...

Monday, September 14, 2015

Tap Handle #515: Noble Ale Works - Breakaway Pale Ale

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

I'm very happy with the acquisition of this tap from Noble Ale Works...it differs greatly from their standard taps, one of which is a solid black tap with a sticker, and one that looks like wood with raised lettering (see photo to right). The version I acquired features a sculpted shield, with very nice markings and detail. All the lettering on the shield, as well as the crown and the solid black areas, are sculpted and raised from the white background. The front and back are identical, as are the two sides to each other. I'm thinking that perhaps this tap was used for a special event such as the brewery's anniversary parties, because I have never seen another, making it very scarce.

Click through to read more about Noble Ale Works, their Breakaway Pale Ale, and to see more photos of this tap...