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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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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Tap Giveaway #9 Results - UPDATE

Update: Blair has claimed his prize, so this contest is officially over. Again thanks to all who entered. Just so you know I have another one of these taps and will give it away in the near future...
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I'd like to thank each of the 15 people who entered this month's giveaway contest. The winner of the contest, chosen at random, is:

Blair B.

Blair has 48 hours to respond or the prize will go to someone else. I will be giving away another great tap in January, so make sure you check back for the chance to win a free tap!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tap Giveaway #9 Announcement and Details

Well, I'm still not ready to resume tap profiles, so how about a tap handle giveaway contest instead? This will be the ninth contest that the Museum has sponsored. Previous tap contest entries and winners were:

#1 - East Coast Taps nautical theme - won by Denis G. (out of 3 entries received for trivia contest)
#2 - Florida Keys mermaid - won by Sean W. (out of 6 entries received)
#3 - Big Dawg - won by Charlie W (out of 4 entries received)
#4 - Beer Army - won by Ariel N (out of 15 entries received)
#5 - Beer Army #2 - won by Larry C (out of 14 entries received)
#6 - Red Hook Seedy Blonde - won by Bill S. (out of 13 entries received)
#7 - Leinenkugal IPL - won by John P (out of 12 entries received)
#8 - Shiner Smokehaus - won by Graham B. (out of 12 entries received)


For this contest I'm giving away a tap that I posted about back in profile #178: Haacht Rince Cochon. This is beautiful tap featuring a big drinking from a foaming mug while sitting on a barrel. The tap is new and unused in its original box. Past winners are not eligible to participate in this contest (except for Charlie W.).

To enter the contest, you only need to submit your name through the "Contact Me" feature in the sidebar, or email me if we've been in contact previously. I will choose one winner at random on Wednesday, December 14th, so you have until Tuesday, December 13th, 11:59 pm PST to enter. Once I announce the winner they will have 48 hours to respond to my email or I will choose a new winner. Good luck!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Update 11-29-16

I know you are looking for new content (and a new tap contest) but it will be a few more days. My new employee will start on Monday, which will relieve some of my work issues. I have also been focused on working on the Barcade (pellet stove & flooring install) and getting the Collectors Club off of the ground, which is starting to round into shape nicely with 14 members so far.

I should have a new post and contest starting up by this weekend at the latest...

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Tap Handle #638: Local Option Bierwerker

Tap size:  10.75"
Rarity:  readily available
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Considering that Local Option's owner, Tony Russomanno, carries a pocketknife around with him, in that context the design choice for this tap makes perfect sense. Featuring a fully extended switchblade, possibly the coolest feature on the tap is the brewery's logo, sculpted as a three-dimensional medallion, with a profile of a skull sporting a mohawk made from the building skyline of downtown Chicago. The lighting may look a bit off in these photos...I relocated my photo area to the barcade, but I am still working on a good lighting scheme. Although the tap seems small, it is deceptively normal-sized at nearly 11" tall. It is easy to find and is very affordable.

Click through to read more about Local Option Bierwerker, their Dampf Loc all-barley ale, and to see more photos of this cutting edge tap...

Monday, November 14, 2016

Update 11-14-16

It looks like things are slowly getting back to normal. The past 3 weeks have been the worst I have ever had at work, which included the passing of my co-worker and friend that I had previously mentioned as having been diagnosed with cancer. This event makes me even more dedicated to the Museum, because for all intents and purposes, it may become my legacy. When I was younger I wanted to write a successful novel because I wanted to remembered for something after I was gone. I think the Museum has, to a degree, fulfilled that desire.

Also, the Collectors Club is now set up and initial interest has been better than I expected. I'm hoping that activity within the club will pick up in time as people get more comfortable with it.

Look for a new tap profile within the next day or two. Profiles should pick up soon because I have signed on an assistant to help me write them. And look for a new tap handle giveaway within the next few days as well.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Museum Turns 5 Years Old, Part 5: Collectors Club

In the final installment of this year's anniversary post, I'm pleased to announce the formation of the Amazing Tap Handles Collectors Club (ATHCC). The ATHCC is small association of tap handle collectors, where members can choose to share contact information with each other for the purpose of buying, selling and trading tap handles. You will also be able to see member feedback/trade ratings. Other requirements and benefits to joining the club will be presented to club members during sign up.

If you are interested in joining the club, use the Contact Me gadget over in the sidebar, or email me if we have had previous contact.

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Museum Turns 5 Years Old, Part 4: Profile Previews

Instead of doing a "Cream of the Crop" post this year, which has become an exercise in futility with the number of taps I have, instead I'm going to preview 10 taps that will be profiled over the next year. These taps are all scarce, and I'm looking forward to profile them here on the site. Unfortunately I could not locate all of them in a timely matter...although I wanted to photograph them all, I also wanted to get this post finished. As a result, with the brief discussion of each tap, I've attached the few photos I did take, just to wet your appetite.

So click through to see the 10 taps, in no particular order, that I'm most looking forward to profiling over the coming year:

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Museum Turns 5 Years Old, Part 3: Individual Tap Statistics

It's time to take a look at the individual tap statistics. To revisit the concept, I'm listing which taps generate the most page views on the site. I've divided the rankings based on the year that I profiled the tap, so I've listed the 20 taps with the most views for Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, and Year 5. The number in parenthesis is the previous year's ranking if different; "NR" means the tap was not on the list last year. The first tap on the list has the most views, and the other taps follow in descending order.

For the most part the lists stay the same except for 1-3 new entries per year, and some shuffling of ranking order. Year 4 did not have as much of a shakeup as I would have expected. It will be interesting to see how much the Year 5 rankings change next year.

Click through to see the lists..

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Museum Turns 5 Years Old, Part 2: Site Statistics

I love charts and graphs. So let's see how I did this year on the various statistics I track for the site...

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Museum Turns 5 Years Old, Part 1: "State of the Blog"

Instead of leading with a post about statistics this year, I'm going to talk about the state of the Museum and what happened over the past year, with a hazy look at future activity.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Tap Handle #637: Granville Island - Ginja Ninja Ginger Beer

Tap size:  11.25"
Rarity:  less than 10 seen, seasonal, beer retired
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

The Ginja Ninja tap has quickly staked a claim on my favorites list. I love the concept of the female ninja dressed in subtle, earth-tones colors contrasted by the her bright red hair. The sculpting detail is outstanding - especially the wicker basket at the bottom, the bamboo pole behind the ninja, the detail in her eyes, and her ninja weapons that she is holding in her hands. Next to the bamboo pole is a large piece of parchment bearing a decal of the beer name and the yin and yang symbol. The ninja has popped out of the wicker basket, and on the front of that basket is a sign with the brewery's name on it. Due to the reflective nature of the sign, I had trouble getting photos of it without my light source washing it out. This tap is very rare; very few of these figural versions were ever produced; the more common tap was plain and flat, and featured a 2-D decal of this 3-D image. Also, as a seasonal, the beer itself was not produced and distributed in great quantities. And since the beer has been discontinued, these taps will not be produced again. Thanks to this scarcity and the beauty of the tap, it commands hefty prices on the secondary market - and I would be amazed if even a few more appear there at all.

Click through to read more about Granville Island Brewing, their Ginja Ninja Ginger Beer, and to see more photos of this beautiful yet deadly tap...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Tap Handle #636: Greenbrier Valley - Wild Trail Pale Ale

Tap size:  11"
Rarity:  less than 10 seen
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

Talk about your creepy taps! Greenbrier Valley has two of them, and this is the first one profiled. It is, I believe, supposed to be Sasquatch's foot on a bike pedal. The brewery's artwork for the beer label features Sasquatch riding a mountain bike, so that does appear to tie the tap to the artwork. However, I would have preferred a tap that had a full figure of Sasquatch on the bike that matched the label since the artwork is very cool. There isn't a lot of detail on the tap except for all the hair sculpted on the foot, and the individual toes and toenails. The base is three-sided, with each side bearing a decal featuring the brewery's name and the name of the beer. The tap doesn't appear on the secondary market very often, but when it does, the price is not too expensive.

Click through to read more about Greenbrier Valley Brewing, their Wild Trail Pale Ale, and to see more photos of this unusual tap...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tap Handle #635: Fiddlehead IPA

Tap size:  11.75"
Rarity:  10 or less seen, hand-made
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

There's nothing extravagant about this tap - its beauty and elegance lie in clean simplicity. There is a mountain scene within the round area at the top of the tap, and the shaft is made to look like wood. Stretching up from the base is a Fiddlehead Fern, and on the sides of the shaft "IPA" is sculpted in raised letters. Since the brewery is fairly small, that may explain why so few of these have been seen on the secondary market. The price, however, is fairly reasonable. There is a second, more rare version than this one that I am still on the hunt for.

Fiddleheads or fiddlehead greens are the furled fronds of a young fern, harvested for use as a vegetable. Left on the plant, each fiddlehead would unroll into a new frond. Fiddleheads have antioxidant activity, are a source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and are high in iron and fiber. Certain varieties of fiddleheads have been shown to be carcinogenic. The fiddlehead resembles the curled ornamentation (called a scroll) on the end of a stringed instrument, such as a violin. It is also called a crozier, after the curved staff used by bishops, which has its origins in the shepherd's crook. Fiddleheads have been part of traditional diets in much of Northern France since the beginning of the Middle Ages, across Asia, and also among Native Americans for centuries. They are also part of the diet in the Russian Far East where they are often picked in the wild in autumn, preserved in salt over winter, and then consumed in spring.

Click through to read more about Fiddlehead Brewing, their flagship IPA, and to see more photos of this unfurling tap...

Monday, September 26, 2016

Tap Handle #634: Goliad - Roustabout Stout

Tap size:  11.5"
Rarity:  10 or less seen
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

This great looking tap comes to the museum courtesy of reader Manny. It is styled after the flintlock pistols used at the Battle of the Alamo and Battle of Goliad in the 1800s. A decal bearing the phrase "Remember Goliad" appears on each side of the pistol's handle; that phrase was the rallying cry during the war of Texas independence from Santa Ana during the Battle of Jacinto. The decals feature the symbol of a Texan banner, which was unfurled December 20, 1835 at the signing of the declaration of independence of Texas from Santa Anna’s regime. These decals appear on the base of the pistol's handle and also on each side of the handle. Under the barrel on each side of the pistol is a place for a beer variety label. I have both Roustabout Stout and Golden Ale, but I have chosen to profile the Roustabout Stout. It's a very nice tap that hasn't been seen much on the secondary market.

Click through to read more about Goliad Brewing, their Roustabout Stout, and to see more photos of this historic tap...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tap Giveaway #8 Results - UPDATE

Graham claimed his prize on time, I just haven't been able to post it. The contest is officially over. Thanks again to everyone for your patience during this difficult time for me.

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Sorry for the delay in this announcement, I've had a very long day.

I'd like to thank each of the 12 people who entered this month's giveaway contest. The winner of the contest, chosen at random, is:

Graham B.

Graham has 48 hours to respond or the prize will go to someone else. October is right around the corner, so if you've been trying to win don't give up! The next tap will be one that I haven't given away before, so make sure you check back for the chance to win a free tap!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Tap Handle #633: Ohana

Tap size:  8.5"
Rarity:  readily available
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

The first Ohana tiki tap appeared on the site back in profile #425. Although this tap is smaller than the first one I profiled, it has far more weight and a solid feel, and gives the impression that it has been carved from a heavy, aged wood (it is of course resin). It was designed by Jeremy Costello, a noted tiki artist in the Los Angeles area. Costello went on to design a second (and even smaller) tap for Ohana of a tiki holding a surfboard that has appeared is several different colors. Costello's blog address actually appears on the bottom of the back of the tap. Like the first tap, there is no label for the beer variety. The brewery actually sells these directly on the secondary market, and they are fairly easy to find.

For more about Ohana Brewing, see this post.

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

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tap Giveaway #8 Announcement and Details

It's time to give away another tap handle. This will be the eighth contest that the Museum has sponsored. Previous tap contest entries and winners were:

#1 - East Coast Taps nautical theme - won by Denis G. (out of 3 entries received for trivia contest)
#2 - Florida Keys mermaid - won by Sean W. (out of 6 entries received)
#3 - Big Dawg - won by Charlie W (out of 4 entries received)
#4 - Beer Army - won by Ariel N (out of 15 entries received)
#5 - Beer Army #2 - won by Larry C (out of 14 entries received)
#6 - Red Hook Seedy Blonde - won by Bill S. (out of 13 entries received)
#7 - Leinenkugal IPL - won by John P (out of 12 entries received)


For this contest I'm giving away a tap that I posted about back in profile #390: Shiner Smokehaus. This is great, industrial-looking tap with some gorgeous airbrushing that gives it a weathered metal effect. Lots of little rivets add a higher level of detail. The tap is new and unused. I do have the original box but it has seen some wear, though this does not affect the tap itself in any way. The beer and tap were discontinued in 2012 so this is a great chance to get your hands on a rare tap. Past winners are not eligible to participate in this contest (except for Charlie W.).

To enter the contest, you only need to submit your name through the "Contact Me" feature in the sidebar, or email me if we've been in contact previously. I will choose one winner at random on Tuesday, September 20th, so you have until Monday, September 19th, 11:59 pm PST to enter. Once I announce the winner they will have 48 hours to respond to my email or I will choose a new winner. Good luck!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tap Handle #632: Witch's Hat

Tap size:  10.25"
Rarity:  10 or less seen
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

This tap combines some unique elements that make up Witch's Hat Brewing's origins. First is the witch hat on top of the tap, named for a feature on the train depot in town (that is now a museum and events center) and is over 100 years old (see photo to right). Here, however, the connotation has been given the fantasy element of a hat you might see depicted on an actual witch. The second element is the railroad lantern, which of course fits with the train depot theme nicely. The "patina" on the lantern looks really nice, and although the "glass" is really clear resin, it has been colored slightly to resemble the purplish tint you sometimes see in aged glass. I've only seen two others, which means the tap is very hard to find. I don't see a place for a label, so I suspect the tap is used for all varieties...I'm going to profile their flagship beer, Trainhopper IPA.

Click through to read more about Witch's Hat Brewing, their Trainhopper IPA, and to see more photos of their illuminating tap...

Friday, September 2, 2016

Tap Handle #631: Dogfish Head - Firefly Ale

Tap size:  13"
Rarity:  Special Event/Seasonal
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

I was infatuated with this tap when I saw that it lights up. Upon receiving it, I was a little disappointed in the execution. The lights are motion activated, so if you are using the tap on a kegerator, when you pour your beer, the tap illuminates for about 15 seconds and looks beautiful. However, if you are displaying the tap on a fixed base on a shelf, you'll be disappointed by the fact that it will be impossible to light up the tap since it can only be illuminated through the motion sensor. I'm tempted to tear it apart to remove the motion sensor and put a switch in. The tap is solidly made...the base of the handle is steel and houses the battery compartment behind a magnetic plate. The shark and back piece are both made from acrylic, so the leds underneath cycle through shades of green and blue and illuminate the acrylic. I took the first set of photos with the tap unlit; the second set of photos are darker in an attempt to display the illumination feature. The last photo shows the battery compartment and special battery holder that fits into the compartment. Although the tap is limited due to its seasonal status, enough have been produced to make them readily available. This is the second Firefly Ale tap produced; the first featured a jar with fireflies inside, but did not light up and has been out of production for a few years now.

For more about Dogfish Head Brewing, see this post.

Click through to read more about Dogfish Head's Firefly Ale and to see more photos of this illuminating tap...

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Tap Handle #630: Pabst - Kegatron

Tap size:  11.5"
Rarity:  readily available
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Pabst has really been on a roll lately, cranking out tap handle designs as if they've finally discovered that collectors want them, but yet they still don't sell taps as merchandise! It's a puzzler for sure. Fortunately there are other means to obtain them, and I waited for a price drop before buying mine. Inspired by artwork from MälVy Clark Westbrook (see photo to right), there are lots of amazing details on this tap. Kegatron, as it is called, is transforming out of a Pabst beer keg. If you look closely, the top of the keg is the "neck" of Kegatron. Pabst decals appear in multiple places on the tap as well. They are easily found on the secondary market and although the initial price was high, it has since stabilized to a more reasonable level, more along the lines of the Pabst unicorn than the Octopabst.


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


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tap Handle #629: Belfast Bay - Stone Crab IPA

Tap size:  9.25"
Rarity:  50 or less seen
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

It's been a long time since I profiled Belfast Bay's first tap, Lobster Ale...in fact you have to go all the way back to March of 2012 and profile #108! The previous tap featured a lobster claw, but this tap features the claw of a stone crab. It's a real beauty, too, with black pincers and orange-colored, segmented legs. The brewery name is a decal applied near the top of the claw, but the beer name is actually sculpted as raised lettering under the decal. Although it's a little on the small side, it is still very impressive. While the Lobster Ale tap continues to be produced, this tap was only available for a limited time and is now out of production and hard to find. It's been at least several months since I've seen one.

For more about Belfast Bay, see this post.

A stone crab, also known as a Florida stone crab, is definitely an unusual creature. With its Popeye-sized claws and tiny body, this six-inch crustacean folds up into a football in repose and bristles out into an irritable, spiky tank when its blood is up, like any other crab. But that’s not what’s special about it. The Florida stone crab a uniquely sustainable food animal. Found from North Carolina to the Gulf of Mexico, Florida stone crabs can only be legally harvested from October 15 to May 15. Fishermen go out in sturdy 45-foot boats with crews of three or four, and set down hundreds or thousands of traps on the rocky seabed 35 to 70 miles off of the coast, leaving shore before the sun rises and returning as it dips below the horizon, rain or shine. The traps, which are usually baited with pig’s feet, are smaller and more cube-like than lobster traps, and they’re made of milk-crate plastic instead of wood - natural predators, like octopuses, sea turtles, and big fish, will target trapped crabs, and can easily chew or claw through wood.

After a certain period, they return to the traps and haul them out. And that’s where the critical step takes place that makes the stone-crab industry uniquely sustainable. The key is popping off the claw while keeping the crab alive - the crab evolved the ability to regenerate its limbs over and over again so that it could sacrifice an extremity or two to escape from its enemies. The claws are then graded according to size, taken back to the docks, and boiled in a big vat, which turns the claws bright orange. By law it can't be shipped fresh, because it spoils too fast, so it is always first cooked and then chilled so that the meat will not stick to the shell; it can't be frozen, because the meat will be dry and stringy when defrosted. The crabs, meanwhile, take about a year to grow their claws back.

Click through to read more about Belfast Bay's Stone Crab IPA and to see more photos of this gripping tap...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tap Handle #628: Blue Corn Cafe & Brewery - Honeymoon Wheat Ale

Tap size:  13" tall by 4.25" deep
Rarity:  10 or less seen, beer retired, hand-made
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

I laughed out loud when I first saw photos of this tap. A bee wearing a pilot's cap and flying goggles is "mooning" a large, silver crescent moon while standing on one end of it. The moon has been given facial features, and is actually rolling its eyes at the juvenile action that the bee is performing. The color and detail of the tap are excellent. The size of the tap is impressive as well, standing at 13" tall and having a depth of 4.25". It has instantly become one of my favorite taps in the collection, especially since it is so rare - Blue Corn Cafe ordered very few of these, and it has been out of production for a long time. I've only seen two others, and they were both expensive at over $200 each.

For more about Blue Corn Cafe and Brewery, see this post.

Click through to read more about Blue Corn Cafe & Brewery's Honeymoon Wheat Ale and to see more photos of this revealing tap...

Monday, August 15, 2016

Tap Handle #627: Guns & Oil - Maverick Lager

Tap size:  10.75"
Rarity:  10 or less seen, small scale, hand-made
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

This tap from Guns & Oil Brewing is shaped like an oil derrick, and though it seems simple, an incredible amount of work went into making it. Each piece of metal must be cut, shaped, and welded in place. Then the top piece, which bears a label with the brewery's name and beer on it, is attached. Finally the base is attached and a hole is drilled in the bottom so that the mounting nut can be welded on. The overall effect is an incredible piece of metal artwork. Since the front and back are identical to each other, as are the two sides to each other, I have reduced the number of photos taken. The tap has only appeared on the secondary market twice that I can recall.

Click through to read more about Guns & Oil Brewing, their Maverick Lager, and to see more photos of this elaborate tap...

Tap Handle Giveaway #7 Results - UPDATE

John has claimed his prize, so Tap Giveaway #7 is a wrap.
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I'd like to thank each of the 12 people who entered this month's giveaway contest. The winner of the contest, chosen at random, is:

John P.

John has 48 hours to respond or the prize will go to someone else. September is right around the corner, so if you've been trying to win don't give up! The tap in the next contest, like the Leinenkugal IPL in this month's contest, will be one that I haven't given away before, so make sure you check back for the chance to win a free tap!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tap Handle #626: Oasis - Tut Brown Ale

Tap size:  11"
Rarity:  10 or less seen, small scale
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Okay, I'll admit that of the many things I have professed to love in tap designs, Egyptian influence is one that has not previously come up. This obelisk from Oasis is the first to make the list based on its shape and the hieroglyphics on each side. In stark contrast to the hieroglyphics, the name of the brewery and beer, which appear on the sides, evoke more of an art deco look that you might find in a club in the 1920's and 30's. With the tap being made of ceramic rather than resin, all the lettering and images are decals that have been fired on. Since the front and back are identical to each other, as are the two sides to each other, I reduced the number of photos taken. The tap dates back to the late 1990's period of the brewery, making it extremely hard to find despite Oasis being one of the largest brewpubs in the country during that time. These ceramic taps chipped easily and were often thrown away as a result. I've never seen another.

Click through to read more about Oasis Brewing, their Tut Brown Ale, and to see more photos of this iconic tap...

Monday, August 8, 2016

Tap Giveaway #7 Announcement and Details

It's time to give away another tap handle. This will be the seventh contest that the Museum has sponsored. Previous tap contest entries and winners were:

#1 - East Coast Taps nautical theme - won by Denis G. (out of 3 entries received for trivia contest)
#2 - Florida Keys mermaid - won by Sean W. (out of 6 entries received)
#3 - Big Dawg - won by Charlie W (out of 4 entries received)
#4 - Beer Army - won by Ariel N (out of 15 entries received)
#5 - Beer Army #2 - won by Larry C (out of 14 entries received)
#6 - Red Hook Seedy Blonde - won by Bill S. (out of 13 entries received)

This time I'm giving away a tap that you will not see profiled on the site for quite some time yet: Leinenkugal IPL. This is great, rustic-looking tap with signs nailed to a log (see photo to left). The tap is new and unused. I do have the original box but it has seen some wear, and the styrofoam inside the box has really taken a beating, though this does not affect the tap itself in any way. Past winners are not eligible to participate in this contest (except for Charlie W.).

To enter the contest, you only need to submit your name through the "Contact Me" feature in the sidebar, or email me if we've been in contact previously. I will choose one winner at random on July 15th, so you have until August 14th, 11:59 pm PST to enter. Once I announce the winner they will have 48 hours to respond to my email or I will choose a new winner. Good luck!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Tap Handle #625: Maumee Bay - Major Oliver's Golden Lager

Tap size:  11.25"
Rarity:  10 or less seen, beer retired, hand-made
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

This was a tap that I missed out on the first time I saw it before I finally got my hands on one. It features a bust of Major William Oliver sitting on a pedestal. The brewery's name does not appear on the tap, but in their early days the Major Oliver's brand was associated with them since they were located in the historic Oliver House. There were a few different varieties of Major Oliver's beer, which is indicated by an area on the front of the tap where a label is applied. Since their Major Oliver's brand has been retired for a long time and little information is available on it, I have chosen to focus part of my write up on the legendary Buckeye Beer, which Maumee Bay produces. This tap is quite scarce - I've only seen two others and they both were close to $100.

Major William Oliver was an officer who fought at Fort Meigs during the War of 1812. Quite some time later, he commissioned Isaiah Rogers to design a hotel building with a main front overlooking a beautiful park with shade trees and private rooms that offered a view of the Maumee River, in an area known as the Middlegrounds. Famous for his palace hotel designs, Rogers also gained national recognition as Chief of the Bureau of Construction in the U.S. Treasury Department, a position appointed to him by President Lincoln. The grand opening dazzled citizens with its million and a quarter bricks that went into the construction and the 171 rooms each with its own fireplace, running water, and gas lighting. Beautiful furnishings such as rosewood chairs, a carved piano, and lace curtains decorated the interior of the Oliver House. Guests enjoyed all the finest luxuries, including an omnibus that transported travelers from the railroad station to the hotel. The menu was only of superior quality.

Unfortunately, by 1894 hotels began to move closer to the downtown area, while manufacturing began to move into the Middlegrounds. The economic and social pressures from industries surrounding the hotel eventually forced the Oliver House to be reduced to a common rooming house. In 1919, Edward N. Riddle bought the Oliver House and converted it into an industrial plant for the Riddle Co., manufacturers of lighting fixtures. The new plant required that the interior be totally gutted. The only remnants of the grand hotel were two ornamental marble mantels, some wallpaper, and a black walnut and ash floor in the lobby area. However, the company did not survive the Great Depression, and during that time it is said to have been used as a flophouse. In 1947 the Oliver House changed owners again. Used for industrial purposes once more, it housed an axle manufacturer called Toledo Wheel & Rim. Twenty years later, in 1967, Successful Sales Co. purchased the Oliver House, for show and storage of novelty items that the company sold, and the building was also occupied by various small businesses until its purchase by James and Patricia Appold. The Oliver House stands as the only remaining hotel designed by Isaiah Rogers.

The Oliver House served as a medical center for the wounded during the Spanish-American War and this historic hotel has a haunted reputation. Numerous apparitions have appeared to guests and diners over the years. The most common, is that of a soldier who has come to be known as “The Captain.” He is said to show up most frequently dressed in full uniform. Paranormal investigations and strange sightings there are common.

Click through to read more about Maumee Bay Brewing Company and to see more photos of this historic tap...

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Tap Handle Giveaway #6 Results - UPDATE

Bill has claimed his prize, so tap giveaway #6 is officially over.

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I'd like to thank each of the 13 people who entered this month's giveaway contest. The winner of the contest, chosen at random, is:

Bill S.

Bill has 48 hours to respond or the prize will go to someone else. August is almost here, so another giveaway will be happening as soon as next week. The tap in the next contest, like the Seedy Blonde in this month's contest, will be one that I have not given away before, so make sure you check back soon for the chance to win!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Tap Handle #624: Belching Beaver - Peanut Butter Milk Stout

Tap size:  10.25"
Rarity:  readily available
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

The Belching Beaver tap amounts to a toy on a stick, but the beaver mascot at the top of the tap is such a goofy character, I'm willing to overlook any downside. Emerging from a round section of the tap that is surrounded by a white ring with the brewery's name in raised letters, this fuzzy fellow looks like he is unleashing the mother of all beaver belches. For added zaniness, his tail sticks straight up through the top of the tap. The rest of the tap is fairly nondescript, except for an oval area halfway down the base that allows the label of the beer variety to be placed. What's really unusual about my version is the two different labels, front and back, that are for the same beer but look different from each other. Otherwise, the tap is a mirror image front and back, so I reduced the number of photos taken. Over the past year, this tap has moved from being hard to find and expensive, to easy to find and affordable.

Click through to read more about Belching Beaver Brewery, their Peanut Butter Milk Stout, and to see more photos of this comical tap...

Friday, July 22, 2016

Tap Handle Giveaway #6 Announcement and Details

I'll be back to posting regularly soon, thanks for your patience. In the meantime, it's time to give away another tap handle. This will be the sixth contest that the Museum has sponsored. Previous tap contest entries and winners were:

#1 - East Coast Taps nautical theme - won by Denis G. (out of 3 entries received for trivia contest)
#2 - Florida Keys mermaid - won by Sean W. (out of 6 entries received)
#3 - Big Dawg - won by Charlie W (out of 4 entries received)
#4 - Beer Army - won by Ariel N (out of 15 entries received)
#5 - Beer Army #2 - won by Larry C (out of 14 entries received)

This time I'm giving away a tap that you will see profiled in a month or two: Redhook Seedy Blonde Apple Ale. This is really cool tap with a tree trunk carved into a feminine figure (see photo to left). A couple of apples and a Redhook sign have been strategically placed, and the initials "RH" (for Redhook) are "carved" into the trunk. This tap comes new in the box. Past winners are not eligible to participate in this contest (except for Charlie W.).

To enter the contest, you only need to submit your name through the "Contact Me" feature in the sidebar, or email me if we've been in contact previously. I will choose one winner at random on July 30th, so you have until July 29th, 11:59 pm PST to enter. Once I announce the winner they will have 48 hours to respond to my email or I will choose a new winner. Good luck!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Tap Handle #623: Southern Star - Bombshell Blonde

Tap size:  12"
Rarity:  50 or less seen
Mounting:  large 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

Bomb-themed taps are becoming quite popular, with Rivertown's Hop Bomber and Sierra Nevada's Torpedo already appearing on the site. This is the third "bomb" to appear here, and it's a beauty, with a highly reflective silver paint job and a great "nose art" decal that features a woman riding a bomb, along with the name of the brewery and the beer variety. The ferrule is painted silver to match the rest of the tap. The Southern Star Bombshell Blonde tap is actually based on an earlier design produced by the brewery (see photo to right) which was made of metal; the brewery told me they discontinued the earlier version due to the high production costs involved. The front and back of the newer tap are identical to each other, as are the two sides to each other, so I have reduced the number of photos taken. This tap is very reasonably priced and easy to find.

Click through to read more about Southern Star Brewing, their Bombshell Blonde Ale, and to see more photos of this explosive tap...

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Tap Handle #622: Leinenkugel - Canoe Paddler

Tap size:  14.75"
Rarity:  seasonal
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

Coming in at a whopping 14.75" tall, the Canoe Paddler is one of the tallest taps in the collection. Featuring the familiar Leinenkugel canoe design, at the top of the tap is a figure in fishing/outdoor gear holding a paddle. This figure has no facial details and is roughly shaped, giving the impression that it is made of carved wood. The canoe is white with thin, dark marks across the surface that resembles birch wood. This is probably my favorite Leinenkugel tap. Even though the beer was a seasonal offering that appears to be available only in bottles now, the tap is still easy to find and very affordable.

For more about Leinenkugel, see this post.

Click through to read more about Leinenkugel's Canoe Paddler and to see more photos of this adventurous tap...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Tap Handle #621: Applebee's (Leinenkugel) - Brawlin' Badger Lager

Tap size:  10.5"
Rarity:  10 or less, small scale, beer retired, hand-made
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

I would say this tap qualifies as a "toy on a stick", but it's still a great tap. The badger head is mounted to the front surface like a game room trophy, and with the detailed fur and teeth sculpting, as well as the beady little black eyes, it is realistic, intriguing, and creepy all at the same time. One curious features is the name of the beer on the handle...instead of displaying "Brawling", it is instead a "B.", which is very strange. The full name of the beer does appear above the badger's head. Below the badger's head are the words "Wisconsin's Genuine". The tap is identical front and back, so I have reduced the number of photos taken. Brawlin' Badger was brewed under contract by Leinenkugel as a house beer for Applebee's restaurants in Wisconsin, and is an obvious tie-in to the University of Wisconsin Badgers. Since this was only brewed for a brief time in a limited distribution area, and not many were produced, the tap is very hard to find - I have only seen one other.

Click through to read more about Applebee's Brawlin Badger Lager and to see more photos of this ferocious tap...

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Taking a Break

Hi everyone!

I'd just like to announce I'm taking a break for a few weeks in order to attend to some personal business. I may find time to post here and there, but for the most part I need to focus on other things. When I return I'll ramp up the profiles to pre-hiatus levels and announce another tap giveaway.

Have a good 4th of July weekend!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Tap Handle #620: Anheuser-Busch - Shock Top Spiced Banana Wheat

Tap size:  12"
Rarity:  limited release
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

This is the eighth Shock Top tap to appear on the site, and it's one of the best to date. The Shock Top character sports the familiar striped mohawk, but in this case it sits on a head that is a peeled banana. Sliced pieces of banana sit around stalks of wheat, while bunches of whole bananas make up the base of the tap. It's a very creative and great-looking tap. Although Spiced Banana Wheat a limited release, the tap isn't too rare - you can usually find one on the secondary market - but this is probably one the most expensive Shock Top taps (behind the End of the World Midnight Wheat and the Pretzel Wheat).

For more about Shock Top, see this post.

Click through to read more about Shock Top Spiced Banana Wheat and to see more photos of this revealing tap...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tap Handle #619: Titletown - Sno-Cap Root Beer

Tap size:  11.25"
Rarity:  less than 10 seen
Mounting:  custom blue anodized ferrule

The awesome people at Titletown Brewing have helped bring Clyde the Penguin to the Museum. Titletown makes Sno-Cap Root Beer, and this is the tap that is used for Sno-Cap, which features Clyde at the top. Clyde is the mascot for Titletown's root beer. Named after Grandma Gladys' husband, Clyde, this cheerful penguin represents the cool, fresh, flavor sensation that you will experience when you drink Sno-Cap Root Beer. This tap is so colorful and amazingly detailed that it has instantly become one of my favorites. Clyde, wrapped in a red scarf and holding a mug that presumably contains Sno-Cap Root Beer, stands on a ice-covered barrel that has the name of the root beer prominently displayed on the sign. One of the bands of the barrel says "Made in Green Bay". The barrel sits on a column of ice that appears to have had some airbrushing, which delivers a vivid spectrum of purple, white, and light blue hues. The dark blue metallic ferrule is a beautiful compliment to the purple and light blue colors above it. I've only seen one other Sno-Cap tap beside this one, and it sold for a very expensive price on the secondary market.

For more about Titletown Brewing, see this post.

Click through to read more about Grandma Gladys and Sno-Cap Root Beer, and to see more photos of this cool tap...

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Tap Handle #618: Melvin - IPA

Tap size:  10.5"
Rarity:  less than 10 seen
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

As I mentioned in my previous post about Melvin Brewing, this is the second of two taps I acquired from the brewery. Stylistically it shares much in common with the DIPA tap, except for the character that appears here on the IPA tap. This character is referred to as "Hop Man" or "Melvin" by the brewery, and features a figure with a hop as a head, wearing a hoodie, with tubes and conduit connected to it. It definitely fits the "dark and mysterious" vibe that the owners refer to. Like the 2x4 Man, Hop Man is made of resin and attached to the metal base. Although I like the 2x4 Man character more, this guy's pretty cool too!

For more about Melvin Brewing, see this post.

Click through to read more about Melvin's IPA and to see more photos of this enigmatic tap...

Tap Handle #617: Melvin Brewing - 2x4 DIPA

Tap size:  10.5"
Rarity:  10 or less seen
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Thanks to the great people at Melvin Brewing, I obtained two great tap handles to enter in the Museum. The first is this "2x4 Man", also called "Carpenter", which represents their Imperial IPA (or double IPA if you prefer). The brewery has a character associated with each of their core beers. Melvin's graphic designer, Kelly Halpin, came up with the design for each character, which co-founder Jeremy Tofte describes as "dark and mysterious, which don't belong in the beer industry." And each one has a superpower. 2X4 Man "has the ability to saw crappy cans of beer in half," laughs Tofte. The most impressive feature of the tap is that it is primarily made of metal, making it very durable. Only the character, which is attached to the base later, is made of resin. Since it is metal, and there is a recessed rectangular area on the back of the tap, presumably a magnetic label could be placed in this area so that whoever is pouring the beer could change up the beer variety. 2x4 Man is probably my favorite of all the Melvin characters. Made of nailed together pieces of wood and donning a viking helmet, he appears to be sawing his own arm! The brewery's circus elephant symbol appears at the top of the tap, while the brewery name and beer appear at the bottom.

Click through to read more about Melvin Brewing, their 2x4 DIPA, and to see more photos of this constructive tap...

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Tap Handle #616: Hellbender Brewing - Red Line Ale

Tap size:  12"
Rarity:  less than 10 seen
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

This tap comes to the Museum courtesy of Ben Evans, Head Brewer and President of Hellbender Brewing. Produced for the opening of their taproom, Hellbender has since switched to a different tap design featuring wood branded with the brewery's logo, but fortunately Mr. Evans was intrigued by the Museum concept and was able to locate one of these scarce three-sided taps for me. Featuring a Hellbender Salamander clinging to rocks, with recessed ovals at the top for beer labels and the brewery name sculpted down one side, Evans perfected the tap with a researcher from the National Zoo. "I was sending the head researcher the proofs back and forth," Evans said. One detail that needed to be perfected was that the Hellbender has four toes in the front, but five in the back. The tap is absolutely gorgeous, with the huge salamander being the most striking feature. Due to the three-sided nature of the tap, I wasn't able to capture the brewery's name, beer variety, and salamander all in one shot, although you can see its toes, jaw, and the tip of its tail curling around the base. The paint appears to be airbrushed, giving the tap a high-end artistic look. Very few of these were ever made, so I expect they will not appear much, if it all, on the secondary market.


The Eastern Hellbender is the largest salamander in North America, and the third largest in the world. That may not sound impressive until you realize these nocturnal amphibians reach up to 2.5 feet in length and three pounds in weight. They can grow large enough to eat a small kitten. Luckily for kittens everywhere, Hellbenders prefer to eat mostly crayfish and some small freshwater fish. Hellbenders are now endangered or threatened in many states. Fortunately, captive breeding programs are underway throughout the mid-Atlantic, Ozarks and Ohio River Valley to restore this species to its natural habitat. While you may still find Hellbenders in the wild within 60 miles of D.C., you don’t need to go any farther than the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington D.C. to see these amazing creatures up close. The lizard-like amphibians, according to myth, are born of fire and impervious to flames. They are truly "The Last Dragons". Check out the brewery's website to see an HD video of these incredible creatures.


Click through to read more about Hellbender Brewing, their Red Line Ale, and to see more photos of this captivating tap...

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Tap Handle #615: Lost Coast - Sharkinator White IPA (Version 2)

Tap size:  10.25"
Rarity: less than 10 seen
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

This is the newest incarnation of Lost Coast's Sharkinator tap, which I call "version 2" (Sharkinator "version 1" will be profiled at a later date). It features a mechanical, robotic shark swimming at the top of the tap. Made to look like metal, the body of the shark is segmented and riveted, with capacitors on its sides and an antenna on its head. Below that is a routed piece painted like marble that bears a decal of the brewery on the front and back. Under the brewery decal, also front and back, is a sign with the name of the beer. The shaft is a metallic gold color, with the words "Lost Coast Brewery" recessed into the shaft in black letters on the backside. A thin silver band protects the bottom of the tap from damage. It's a really beautiful tap, and being so new, is currently hard to find.

For more about Lost Coast Brewing, see this post.

Click through to read more about Lost Coast's Sharkinator White IPA and to see more photos of this energetic tap...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tap Handle #614: Brauerei Im Fuchschen - Fuchschen Alt

Tap size:  10.5"
Rarity: 10 or less, import
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut


It's amazing how much this Füchschen Alt tap resembles the Steamworks tap I posted about in profile #480 (see photo to right). The main difference is in the labels, of course, but also the Steamworks was made of metal plumbing parts, a gauge and a functioning light, while the Füchschen tap is made entirely of resin. I think that the odd resemblance to the Steamworks tap is the main reason that I acquired it, since it is not overtly detailed, and it was also inexpensive. Is it the real deal? I have no idea. If it is, that makes it an import from Germany, which in turn makes it very hard to find - I have not seen another.


Click through to read more about Brauerei Im Fuchschen, their Fuchschen Alt, and to see more photos of this familiar-looking tap...

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Tap Handle #613: Schlitz - Dark Lager

Tap size:  10.25"
Rarity:  50 or less, brewery closed
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

This has to be the most unusual tap that Schlitz produced. It dates back to the 1970s, and is made of plastic. The internal nut for mounting is located in the tip of the pointing index finger. The protruding fingernail means the tap could not be screwed down on the mounting bolt all the way because it would hit the stage. The brown sleeve and white cuff covering the arm bear the name of the brewery and the beer. There are several lines and swirls pressed into the plastic to give it more detail and character. As to why an arm and pointing finger were created in the form of this tap to sell Schlitz Dark Lager, I have no idea. Since this beer was not widely distributed and was only produced for a short time in the 1970s, this tap would be very scarce if it wan't for the durability of the plastic. They are not indestructible, however, and I have seen a few damaged ones.

For more about Schlitz, see this post.

Click through to read what little information I could find on Schlitz Dark and to see more photos of this bizarre tap...

Friday, June 10, 2016

Tap Giveaway #5 Results - UPDATE

Larry has claimed the prize, so this giveaway is officially over. Look for another giveaway sometime in July...

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I'd like to thank again each person who originally entered the giveaway contest. The winner of the contest, chosen at random, is:

Larry C.

Larry has 48 hours to respond or the prize will go to someone else. Stay tuned for another giveaway contest in July for a different tap handle. Also I may acquire a few more Beer Army taps for future contests so don't give up hope!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Tap Handle Giveaway #5 Announcement and Details

As I promised in Tap Giveaway #4 last month in May, due to popular demand I will be giving away another Beer Army tap handle. This will be the fifth contest that the Museum has sponsored. Previous tap contest entries and winners were:

#1 - East Coast Taps nautical theme - won by Denis G. (out of 3 entries received for trivia contest)
#2 - Florida Keys mermaid - won by Sean W. (out of 6 entries received)
#3 - Big Dawg - won by Charlie W (out of 4 entries received)
#4 - Beer Army - won by Ariel N (out of 15 entries received)



This giveaway featuring the Beer Army tap (see photo to left) is going to be a little different than last time. I'm still throwing in a label for the tap, as well as a couple of stickers and cards (see photo to right), although the label will be different than the one pictured. The main difference is that this giveaway is a closed contest, meaning that everyone who signed up before will automatically be re-entered, and no new entries will be permitted. Next month I'll be giving away a different tap and will revert back to the standard format where anyone except past winners can enter.

I will choose one winner at random tonight and make the announcement tomorrow, June 10th. As before, once I announce the winner and make contact via email, he or she will have 2 days to respond to my email or I will choose a new winner. Good luck!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tap Handle #612: Rye River - McGargles Knock Knock Ned's IPA

Tap size:  7.5"
Rarity:  10 or less seen, import, hand-made
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

This is a really unusual tap handle. It's got three chunky, blocky parts to the design: the top (featuring a decal of the brand), the center, which features a decal stating "brewed in Ireland" and a bas relief of the Ned McGargles character, and finally the base, which has a sculpted "ribbon" with the name of the beer on it. The actual brewery's name (Rye River) does not appear on the tap. The back looks exactly like the front, except there is no Ned character. It's small in stature at only 7.5", but you have to admit it is quite unique. Most images I can find of McGargles taps are very plain, and since McGargles beers are imported into the U.S., this may have been a promotional piece, although I can't confirm that. I can say that I've never seen another. The brewery has a character for each beer, and Ned is the character for the IPA. Ned is described as follows:

"Knock Knock Ned, like his brew, spent years entertaining crews of Merchant Seamen. Don’t be fooled by his height - this world renowned pirate impersonator with his two wooden legs, is as hoppy as his Indian Pale Ale, and equally as rugged."

Click through to read more about Rye River Brewing, their McGargles Knock Knock Ned's IPA, and to see more photos of this outlandish tap...

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Tap Handle #611: Frankenmuth - Little Bavaria Pilsener

Tap size:  11"
Rarity:  50 or less
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

I really wanted this tap when it first started appearing in greater numbers last year (prior to that they were very hard to find), not just because of the dog on top, but because the original brewery building has such a storied history. It has survived Prohibition, a fire, a tornado, and multiple bankruptcies to become a great beer destination. The dog on the tap is "Frankie", a Dachshund who has been...well, I'll let the brewery tell you about him themselves:


"Frankie the Dachshund has been featured on our beer labels, advertisements, and marketing materials dating back to as early as the 1930’s, making Frankie nearly 85 years old (or almost 600 in dog years)! The history of Frankie originated with one of the brewery’s early owners, John Geyer; as legend would have it, Geyer owned a brood of purebred dachshunds and used the image of Frankie, his top dog, in ads, signs and packaging for the brewery. Frankie has made quite a name for himself as the company mascot over the years and continues to play a huge role in representing the Frankenmuth Brewery’s “dog-gone good” craft beer."


Frankie has been featured not only on ads, signs, and packaging, he also appears on some of their old ball taps (see photo to left), was a chalkware backbar statue (see photo to right), and now he adorns the top of this modern-day tap handle. Frankie is found on the very top of the tap, and the detail on him is excellent - he looks like a real Dachshund! He sits on a rug, which in turn is sitting on a pile of hops. The base features a round area just below Frankie and the hops, where the beer label is attached, and on each side is the letter "F" which stands for the Frankenmuth Brewery. This round area also sits on a pile of hops and is effectively sandwiched between them. Below the second pile of hops is a rectangular area that displays a decal of the name of the brewery and the phrase "since 1862"; a decal on the sides of the rectangular area features Frankie's profile, which has been used a s a symbol of the brewery for many years. Finally, the bottom features an elongated and beveled shaft that has more decals on the sides, this time with the name of the brewery in red letters. There is so much work and detail in the this tap, especially with the decal applications, that it does not disappoint. Lately these have increased in frequency but the price is all over the place, from very affordable to the low $300s. I've seen several different labels on the taps, although the Christmas Ale seems to be the most common for some reason.

Little Bavaria Pilsener is named after the town of Frankenmuth, or its common nickname, "Little Bavaria". See the photos below to see why the town (and thus the beer) is named the way it is...


Click through to read more about the historic Frankenmuth Brewery, their Little Bavaria Pilsener, and to see more photos of this "dog-gone good" tap...

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Tap Handle #610: Cerveceria Berber

Tap size:  10"
Rarity:  10 or less, import, hand-made
Mounting:  large 3/8" ferrule on 3/8" anchor bolt

Following the Coedo tap I profiled in the last post, I've got another import tap here called Cerveza Berber (which translates as "Berber Beer"). This beautiful tap has an Aztec or Mayan styling, with what appears to be a chieftain wearing a jaguar headdress. It is heavy and made of ceramic, meaning the paint and semi-gloss finish have been fired on. It looks like a precious relic from ancient Mexico. The tap is not variety-specific, so it is used for all of the brewery's varieties (I've chosen to profile their Cerveza Obscura stout). The tap I possess is the only one that I've ever seen.

Click through to read more about Cerveceria Berber, their Cerveza Obscura stout, and to see more photos of this exotic tap...

Monday, May 30, 2016

Tap Handle #609: Kyodo Shoji Koedo - Coedo Ruri Premium Pilsner

Tap size:  12"
Rarity:  50 or less, import
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

This gorgeous tap from Coedo oozes with style and has some very cool and unusual features. A woman wears a black kimono with the name of the brewery not only in recessed letters down the side, but also in a jumble of characters pooled around the base. The kimono is tied in back with an elaborate bow. The woman's hair is balled up in the back and she holds a fan in her hand. The hat, however, is the most unique feature. The hat is screwed in to the top of the woman's head; it bears the name of the beer and is colored with the hue that the beer is named after. This makes changing the beer a breeze - you simply unscrew the hat topper and screw in a different one. Given the choice of toppers, I picked the bluish-purple Ruri to give the tap a bold splash of color. The only downside to the tap is that the black tends to show particles from the packing material, and the semi-gloss finish is highly reflective when taking photos. These Coedo taps appear on the secondary market occasionally and command a fairly high price.

Click through to read more about Kyodo Shoji Koedo/Coedo Brewery, their Ruri Premium Pilsner, and to see more photos of this elegant tap..