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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..
Still The #1 Most Viewed Tap 
Blog Year 1: 20 taps with the most page views:
  1. Angry Orchard
  2. Dogfish Head Steampunk
  3. Wychwood Hobgoblin (4)
  4. Mickey's Hornet (5)
  5. Goose Island Honker's Ale (3)
  6. Dark Horse Shotgun (5)
  7. Coors Light Beer Wolf
  8. Budweiser Frog
  9. Shock Top Belgian White
  10. Dragonmead (12)
  11. Abita Andygator (10)
  12. Black Sheep Monty Python (11)
  13. Lost Coast Great White (15)
  14. Coors Rattlesnake (18)
  15. Lucette Easy Rider (14)
  16. Molson Polar Bear (NR)
  17. A-B Faust (13)
  18. Big Sky Moose Drool (16)
  19. Saranac Canoe (17)
  20. Gulden Draak
Dropping off the list: Bud Light Tiki Surfboard

People Like Seeing Pink Elephants
Blog Year 2: 20 taps with the most page views:
  1. Pabst Pink Elephants
  2. Sapporo Samurai sword
  3. Blanche du Bruxelles
  4. Fireman's Brew (5)
  5. Sweetwater Blue (4)
  6. Rainier nature scene (8)
  7. NOLA Mechahopzilla (6)
  8. Dry Dock Apricot Blonde (19)
  9. Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat phone (7)
  10. 3 Sheeps (11)
  11. Newcastle Werewolf (9)
  12. Miller Lite Lighthouse (NR)
  13. Lead Feather Hodag (10)
  14. Sierra Blanca Alien Amber alien head (13)
  15. Ayinger Celebrator (20)
  16. Iron Fist Renegade Blonde (12)
  17. Genesee Cream Ale 
  18. Blue Moon Copper Kettle (NR)
  19. Railway City Dead Elephant (15)
  20. Hook & Ladder Golden Ale (18)
Dropping off the list: Coronado Hotel del Coronado, Red Brick Laughing Skull

Take the Black Stout, I Dare You!
Blog Year 3: 20 taps with the most page views:
  1. Ommegang Take the Black Stout
  2. Cisco Grey Lady
  3. City Steam Naughty Nurse (9)
  4. Falstaff Saddle
  5. Lone Star Guitar
  6. Lederer Premium Pils (NR)
  7. Dick's 12 Man
  8. Dogfish Head Uber Shark (3)
  9. Heavy Seas Loose Cannon (8)
  10. Terrapin Tree Hugger (16)
  11. Duquesne (15)
  12. Creemore Springs Mad & Noisy (13)
  13. Central City Red Betty IPA (11)
  14. Tioga-Sequoia (18)
  15. Downeast Cider (NR)
  16. Dogfish Head Namaste (12)
  17. Strangeways (6)
  18. Carton (10)
  19. Olde Frothingslosh
  20. Frostop Root Beer
Dropping off the list: Wild Onion Paddy Pale, Aztec

We Have A New #1 Tap For Year 4!
Blog Year 4: 20 taps with the most page views:
  1. Mellow Mushroom Bogart (2)
  2. San Francisco (1)
  3. Thatchers Green Goblin (5)
  4. Primo Tiki (11)
  5. Fort Christian Hammerhead (7)
  6. Fat Heads Spooky Tooth (4)
  7. Rivertown Hop Bomber (3)
  8. Lion Lionshead 
  9. Jarre Creek Ranch Pitchfork (17)
  10. Parallel 49 Gypsy Tears (13)
  11. Bad Martha (10)
  12. Nickelbrook Naughty Neighbor
  13. Northwest Hoppy Bitch (16)
  14. MOA Pale Ale (15)
  15. Terrapin Hopsecutioner (9)
  16. Elk Grove Diamondback Wheat (NR)
  17. Tampa Bay Old Elephant Foot (20)
  18. Flying Mouse (14)
  19. Ciderboys (NR)
  20. Rheingold (NR)
Dropping off the list: Lone Star Pistol, Yards The Franklin, Williams Excalibur

Modelo Skull Taps Are Very Popular
Blog Year 5: 20 taps with the most page views:
  1. Grupo Modelo Negro Skull
  2. Milwaukee Outboard
  3. Jack Daniels
  4. Sazerac Fireball
  5. Harbor Barrel
  6. CB Caged Alpha Monkey
  7. Fairhope Pelican
  8. Stoney Creek Cranky
  9. Forgotten Boardwalk
  10. Pabst Unicorn
  11. Goliad
  12. Anthem
  13. Frankenmuth
  14. Blue Point Old Howling Bastard (new version)
  15. Hatteras Red
  16. Wooden Robot
  17. Adroit Theory
  18. Octopabst
  19. Flying Dog
  20. Captain Morgan


  1. In your tap commentary, you frequently use terms like "affordable", "reasonably priced", "expensive", "very expensive", etc. Could you please put a dollar amount to these terms or give a range of what you think these terms mean in real money. I know we're all interested in obtaining taps at the lowest possible price, but knowing your opinion of actual market values would be very informative and helpful. Thanks again for your outstanding, state-of-the-art blog. Doug

  2. Hi Doug,

    I use general terms to describe pricing for each tap not only because it can fluctuate, but also because it has become impossible to keep every post updated with price data. You will find more useful information regarding this topic by joining the Collector's Club.

    1. Brian,

      I was not so much concerned about prices for individual taps as I was curious as to what you consider "inexpensive", "moderately priced", "expensive", and "very expensive". For myself, I would consider a "new-in-box" or "mint" tap priced at less than $25 (including shipping) to be inexpensive, and a tap priced at over $200 to be very expensive. Of course everybody has their own definitions and one person's expensive tap may be another's inexpensive tap, depending partly on ones disposable funds. I will be joining the Collector's Club where, hopefully, these price points can be more fully discussed.