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, March 23, 2017

Tap Handle #644: 7 Seas - Cutt’s NW Amber Ale

Tap size: 9.75"
Rarity:  hand-made
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

There's not much to say about this tap, as it is a giant number "7" made out of wood, in a gothic style font shape, with a red overlay front and back that has the word "Seas" cut into it. Another notable feature is the name of the beer, which has been woodburned into the sides of the tap, giving it some unique character.  They appear on the secondary market from time to time and are fairly affordable. I wanted one because it is a local brewery, and I plan on visiting the brewery at some point, since it is only a few hours away from me.

Click through to read more about 7 Seas Brewing, their Cutt's NW Amber Ale, and to see more photos of this by-the-numbers tap...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tap Handle #643: Charles Wells - Dry Hopped Lager

Tap size:  11"
Rarity:  10 or less seen, import
Mounting:  custom 3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt with set screw

Feast your eyes on this amazing tap! Courtesy of the wonderful people at Charles Wells Brewing, this tap is an absolute stunner. It is modeled after the brewery's founder, with tattoos on his chest that hint at various aspects of the brewery, such as its founding date (1876), location (Bedford), and Charles Wells' worldly travels in the Merchant Navy. He has one leg placed on top of a barrel that bears the name of the brewery and the beer, while the name of the beer is also tattooed on his back. The tattoos are not decals but are actually sculpted into the figure. I included an extra photo of the base of the tap to show the addition of a hexhead setscrew that can be used to tighten the ferrule to a 3/8" bolt during mounting. I'm thrilled to add this tap to the collection, as it is highly detailed and difficult to find.

In return for the brewery's generosity to the museum, I'd like to take a moment to talk about the brewery's charity partner, MIND. MIND are the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. They provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding, and their mission is simple: they won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect. MIND also provides help and support directly to those who need it most. Their network of more than 130 local MINDs offer specialized support and care based on the needs of the communities they support. You can find out more on their website at http://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/.

For more about Charles Wells Brewing, see this post.

Click through to read more about Charles Wells' Dry Hopped Lager and to see more photos of this outstanding tap...

Tap Giveaway #10 Results - UPDATE

Update: Patrick and Doug have both claimed their prizes, so this contest is officially over. Again thanks to all who entered.
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I'd like to thank each of the 22(!) people who entered this month's giveaway contest. That's an incredible number, the most ever for one of my contests, in fact. It's killing me to award just one tap. So with that in mind, combined with the fact that I haven't held a contest in a couple of months, I've decided to award 2 of these Hobgoblin taps for this contest. The 2 winners of the contest, chosen at random, are:

Patrick M.
Doug K.

Patrick and Doug have 48 hours to respond or the prize will go to someone else. I will be giving away another great tap later this month, so make sure you check back for the chance to win a free tap!

Also check back tonight for a post featuring a tattooed man from Wells Brewing...