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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, May 27, 2017

Tap Handle #650: Magic Hat - Wilhelm Scream

Tap size:  13.5"
Rarity:  readily available, seasonal
Mounting:  3/8" hex nut on 3/8" anchor bolt

A few years ago, after Magic Hat had launched a popular tap series that featured a three sided base with a small snow globe on top for Limited Run beer varieties such as Winter Howl and Vinyl Lager, they went with a simpler tap design, in which their taps were given flat bases but still maintained figural imagery by using pieces that protruded away from the tap. Their Wilhem Scream beer tap was one of the first to receive this treatment. It features a three-dimensional sculpted pumpkin screaming into a microphone. The microphone is actually a piece of metal with a decal on it that bends forward to help create the figural look. The front and back are identical to each other, as are the two sides, so I reduced the number of photos taken. It was expensive on the secondary market when first released in 2014, but over the years the price has steadily dropped to bargain levels, as there seem to have been thousands of these taps made.

The name “Wilhelm Scream” refers to a Hollywood sound effect that has been used in more than 200 movies over the last 70 years. You can watch a compilation video here (warning: once you hear it, you will ALWAYS know it when you hear it). Also, Wilhelm Scream beer has its own unusual video, which you can watch here.

For more about Magic Hat, see this post.

Click through to read more about Magic Hat's Wilhelm Scream and to see more photos of this creepy yet cool tap...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tap Handle #649: Redhook - IPA

Tap size: 12.25"
Rarity:  beer and tap no longer produced
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

Every now and then I discover that a tap that has been in the collection for a long time that somehow never got profiled in the Museum. It's made to look like a rocket with a ringed planet balanced on top. Three fins at the base of the tap help give it that rocket feel, and also make it 3-sided, with 3 decals between the fins with the brewery name and beer variety. Although it is not an exact likeness, I believe this tap was inspired by the Fremont Rocket, a sculpture in the eclectic neighborhood of Fremont in Seattle (see photo to right). As I discussed in profile #528 of the Redhook Tiki IPA, aka Ballard Bitter,  Redhook hasn't brewed their IPA/Ballard Bitter since some time in 2013, so that year may have been when the tap was used. They occasionally pop up on the secondary market, and when they do the price is very reasonable.

For more about Redhook, see this post.

For more about Redhook IPA (aka Ballard Bitter), see this post.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Bloggers.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Tap Handle #648: Redhook (Buffalo WIld WIngs) - Game Changer Pale Ale

Tap size:  10.5"
Rarity:  beer retired
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

This tap is so well made that it looks like a real remote control! Game Changer Pal Ale was made in collaboration with Buffalo Wild Wings, and they are known for their hot wings, TV sports viewing, trivia games, and beer. This remote fits that TV viewing and trivia game theme perfectly. The buttons on the front are all raised like those of a real remote, and Redhook decals appear in various places. A series of symbols appears along the top of the remote's "window", and although I wish I knew what they mean, for now it remains a mystery. Since the beer is no longer produced, the tap is becoming more scarce and price is rising accordingly.

Buffalo Wild Wings is an American casual dining restaurant and sports bar franchise in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, which specializes in Buffalo wings and sauces. As of February 2017, it had 1,240 locations (631 directly owned by the company, and 609 franchised locations) across all 50 U.S. states and DC. An alternate nickname in recent usage by the company is B-Dubs. It was co-founded in 1982 by Jim Disbrow, Scott Lowery, and Bernard Spencer. Disbrow, Lowery, and Spencer came up with the idea one weekend when they got together in Kent, Ohio, for Disbrow to judge an amateur figure skating competition at Kent State University in 1980. They decided to open up their own restaurant, first in Columbus, Ohio, and then in Westerville, Ohio one year later.

Originally called Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck, in 1990 Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck began to franchise. In 1998, the name was changed to Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar. The corporate headquarters was located in Cincinnati, Ohio until 1997 when it moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The chain is best known for Buffalo-style chicken wings along with over a dozen dipping sauces, as well as a complement of other items such as chicken tenders and legs. The chain's menu also features appetizers, burgers, tacos, salads, and desserts, along with beer, wine, and other beverages. They are known for their famous "Blazin Wing Challenge." They challenge customers to eat 12 of their hottest wings under six minutes. The winners receive a free T-shirt and get their picture on their wall of fame. The restaurants feature an open layout with a bar area and patio seating flanked by over 50 televisions and media screens.

For more about Redhook Brewing, see this post.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tap Handle #647: Twisted X

Tap size: 12.25"
Rarity:  50 or less seen, tap retired?
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

Although this tap is very much in the style of a toy-on-a-stick, the inexpensive price and the Mexican Day of the Dead styling of a skull in a sombrero was too good to pass up. It also came with some great labels, and I've chosen to profile the beer variety based on which label is my favorite: Chupahopra. There is room for a label on both the front and the back of the tap. As is normal for dark colored taps, fingerprints and dust will show up quite easily. I was told that this style of tap is no longer in production, but I have been unable to verify that. If so, I imagine these will be harder to find in the years to come.

Click through to read more about Twisted X Brewing, their Chupahopra IPA, and to see more photos of this stylish tap...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Collectors Club Update

Back in my last anniversary post I mentioned the formation of the Amazing Tap Handles Collectors Club (ATHCC). So far there are 22 members who have joined the Club. Members are scattered across the U.S. and Canada, so how do you bring such a geographically diverse community together? By forming a message board that allows members to communicate with each other in real time. So far topics have covered a wide range of subjects - introductions and inspirations, favorite taps, display ideas, purchase experiences, a price database, and links to places to purchase taps. There have been tap sales, giveaways, and rare taps I have made available for sale exclusively to Club members.

I should also disclose that tap giveaways may move exclusively to the Club sometime in the near future.

The Club is open to anyone who wants to join, with one exception - people who sell taps on eBay, including flipping taps for big profits, are not eligible to join. There a multiple reasons for this policy, but I can't explain further at this time.

If you'd like to join, send me a message using the "Contact Me" gadget in the sidebar. I hope to see you in the Club!