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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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...