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Monday, October 5, 2015

Tap Handle #520: Bud Light - Boxing Kangaroo

Tap size:  8.75" tall by 4" deep
Rarity:  Very Rare
Mounting:  standard 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

Like the Bud Light Rain Stick, I believe this tap was made for the Outback Steakhouse restaurant chain. The tap is fairly simple, featuring a kangaroo wearing boxing gloves while holding a sign. Despite its simplicity, it is very difficult to find one intact. The most common problem is the ears breaking off - the ears were actually sculpted and attached separately, so they are even more prone to breakage. Occasionally the tail or nose breaks off, and the label peels off very easily. The label is difficult to replace, as it is laminated and has a notch in it where one of the boxing gloves holds the sign. Also, many are missing the string that fits into two holes in the sign and runs around the back of the kangaroo. The string is brushed with a stiffener that makes it feel like wire.

There are two different sculpted faces on the kangaroo; the one I have profiled looks like it is grinning, while the second one (which I also own) appears to be straight-faced, with smaller eyes and nose (see photo to right). For those who have narrow mounting restrictions, you should know that the tail causes the tap to be deeper than most, a total of 4" deep.

To read more about Bud Light, see this post.

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