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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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!