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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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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tap Handle #652: Greenbrier Valley - Mothman Black IPA

Tap size:  11"
Rarity:  less than 50 seen
Mounting:  3/8" ferrule on 5/16" anchor bolt

Back in tap post #636 I profiled the Greenbrier Valley Wild Trail featuring Sasquatch's foot. This second offering from Greenbrier Valley is actually my favorite of the two taps. It features the legendary mothman creature on top of metal tower. The mothman is quite ferocious-looking, with red eyes, a pointy, triangular mouth, claws, and large bird-like wings. The tap is three-sided, with the base bearing the name of the beer and the symbol of the brewery on all three sides. It rarely pops up on the secondary market and tends to sell for more than the Sasquatch foot.

For more about Greenbrier Valley Brewing, see this post.

In West Virginia folklore, the Mothman is a legendary creature reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area from November 12, 1966, to December 15, 1967. The first newspaper report was published in the Point Pleasant Register dated November 16, 1966, titled "Couples See Man-Sized Bird ... Creature ... Something". The national press soon picked up the reports and helped spread the story across the country. The Mothman was introduced to a wider audience by Gray Barker in 1970, and later popularized by John Keel in his 1975 book The Mothman Prophecies, claiming that there were supernatural events related to the sightings, and a connection to the collapse of the Silver Bridge. The Mothman is the subject of regional folklore and popular culture. The 2002 film The Mothman Prophecies, starring Richard Gere, was based on Keel's book. An annual festival in Point Pleasant is devoted to the Mothman legend, and a 12 foot metallic statue of the creature, created by artist and sculptor Bob Roach, was unveiled in 2003. The Mothman Museum and Research Center opened in 2005.

Click through to read more about Greenbrier Valley's Mothman Black IPA and to see more photos of this frightening tap...

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Tap Giveaway #12 Results - UPDATE

Ken has claimed his prize, so this contest is officially over.
I'd like to thank each of the 5 people who entered this month's giveaway contest. The winner of the contest, chosen at random, is:

Ken M.

Ken has 48 hours to respond or the prize will go to someone else. I will be giving away another great tap in July, so make sure you check back for the chance to win a free tap!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tap Giveaway #12 Announcement and Details

It's time for another tap giveaway! This will be the 12th 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)
#6 - Red Hook Seedy Blonde - won by Bill S. (out of 13 entries received)
#7 - Leinenkugal IPL - won by John P (out of 12 entries received)
#8 - Shiner Smokehaus - won by Graham B. (out of 12 entries received)
#9 - Haacht Rince Cochon - won by Blair B. (out of 15 entries received)
#10 - Hobgoblin (new style) x 2 - won by Patrick M. and Doug K. (out of 22 entries received)
#11 - Celt Thirsty Warrior - won by Jeff H. (out of 16 entries)

For this contest I'm giving away the same tap as I did for contest #7 - a Leinenkugal IPL The tap is new and unused in its original 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 Sunday, June 25th, so you have until Saturday, June 24th, 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!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Tap Handle #651: Cobbler Mountain Cellars

Tap size:  11.75"
Rarity:  less than 10 seen
Mounting:  internal 3/8" nut

The Cobbler Mountain tap is one that photos can't do justice to...once you hold it in your hand you appreciate all of the fine details that went into its production. The most prominent features are the large barrel in the middle of the tap and the tree branch that forms the shaft of the tap. The barrel has a symbol on the side that looks Celtic, along with the name of the cidery. That name also appears as recessed letters on the tsp shaft, giving it the appearance of being "carved into the wood". An elf character holding an apple appears on the end of the barrel, and he is designed in bas relief. Finally, at the top of the tap is a circle that bears the same symbol that is found on the side of the barrel; however in this case it is made of brass and die cut. In fact there are matching brass plates above and below the barrel bearing the words "hard cider". It's a beautiful tap and very scarce, too - only 200 were made, and this is the only one I've ever seen at the time of this writing.

When I first spoke with Laura Louden, the owner of Cobbler Mountain Cellars, about acquiring this tap, she was able to provide me with some of the backstory behind it. Louden's father, a writer and teacher, used to tell his students tales about the elves and fairies that lived in the woods, and one of his characters was named "Scrumpy". The elf that appears on the end of the barrel on the tap is also named Scrumpy, in homage to Louden's father and his tales. Scrumpy is also a term used in Western England to refer to what was otherwise called "rough", a harsh cider made from unselected apples. Today the term is more often used to distinguish locally made ciders produced in smaller quantities and using traditional methods, from mass-produced branded ciders.

As a hard cider fan, I also took Laura up on her offer to acquire a case of their ciders, with 8 different varieties to try (see photo to right). I'll be sharing my thoughts about each variety in a subsequent post.

Click through to read more about Cobbler Mountain Cellars and to see more photos of this magical tap...