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SchoonerExact
11-09-2006, 11:03 PM
So I have already spoken with AJS and Green Mountain. Taphandles, Inc has minimums that are a little too high (100 pieces). Is there anyone else I should check out before moving forward? Someone good with a custom design but has reasonable minimums?

Thanks!

RobZamites
11-10-2006, 04:23 AM
Here you go -- no minimums!

MicroMatic (http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-beer/tap-handles-cid-925.html)

Cheers!

beertje46
11-10-2006, 04:27 AM
Tap Handles (http://www.taphandles.com/index.html)

SchoonerExact
11-10-2006, 08:07 AM
Tap Handles (http://www.taphandles.com/index.html)


See original post.

SchoonerExact
11-10-2006, 08:08 AM
Here you go -- no minimums!

MicroMatic (http://www.micromatic.com/draft-keg-beer/tap-handles-cid-925.html)

Cheers!

Thanks Rob, but we need to have something custom made.

Valleybrew
11-10-2006, 09:07 AM
Call Rich at Sculpture Concepts,

www.sculptureconcepts.com

Stock and custom for reasonable prices.

Steve

beertje46
11-10-2006, 09:15 AM
See original post.
What? Am I supposed to read now? :o

CallerFromLA
11-10-2006, 01:55 PM
Let me put in a plug here -

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ARTIST!

You, as a brewer, are a local artist. There are other artists in your community, and I'm sure they would love the opportunity to make a tap handle. Call in some sculpters to see what they can do for you.


Cheers,
--Jake Tringali

Greenbrewmonkey
11-11-2006, 01:57 PM
Hello all,

Jake's idea is a great one, and if you find an artist that charges as little for his/her work as we hard working brewers please pass it along!

For our first few draft accounts I tried this approach. Local metal smith, very cool hand forged organic looking jack-o'-lantern pieces. He charged me roughly $125 and a case of beer per handle. After a few cases, he changed the price to $150 flat. I guess you only need so much beer? Very cool handles, but an unsustainable price, especially after most of the first few were stolen within a few days. The metal smith disappeared (really). His friends said he did that from time to time. Artists! I approached another metal smith, and the local artisan woodworker down the block. Both make wonderful, really cool stuff. Both came back within a few weeks, and said basically "you can't afford this". They were right.

Had the same experience with a local potter for some hand thrown mugs for the brewery. Just too darn expensive to buy a fleet of those things!

Tap handles just disappear, so for now, we use Greenmountain. So far so good. Maybe one day I can afford the local craftsperson.

Cheers,
Ron
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

SchoonerExact
11-12-2006, 11:28 AM
So, in response, I am actually doing a little of both. I do see myself as an artisan brewer and do try to support my locals whenever possible. The local support I have gotten thus far is the only reason I have been able to even think about getting this thing off the ground.

We have contracted a couple of local artists to help us design our branding, logos, taphandles, t-shirts, etc. We will be using a local company for our glassware, tshirts, web design/hosting and a few other things. So the design will be local. Also helps since the theme behind all of our marketing has a very local, historic aspect. The schooner 'Exact' is the boat that brought the founders of Seattle here after all, and most of our beers have a historic Seattle theme to them as well.

Taphandles, Inc (taphandles.com) is a local company, but again, with our size we just dont have a need to 100 handles at the moment. We will be looking into the possibilty of having them made locally, however I would feel a little better about using someone like AJS whose job it is to do these things. I have checked out their samples and there are a few there that look a lot like what we are trying to do. I was also most impressed with their overall protfolio from the companies I looked at. So, unless someone can do it WAY cheaper we will probably be moving forward with them.

Eventually I would love to contract a local scupltor to do a few custom one-offs for a seasonal or limited release deal to just make it that much more special. However, currently, all we are looking for is a 2d custom shape with a decal or paint graphic. Mainly to keep costs down since we know that handles do tend to disappear. It's one of those catch-22's in any business. Youre new and small so you need the biggest splash with your marketing to get you there, but you have to be careful where you spend until you actually get cash flow. We are 100% self funded so we tend to watch every dime.

CallerFromLA
11-12-2006, 02:03 PM
Ah, yes, I see your point now about taps being stolen. As a brewery selling in other people's places, I can certainly see how theft can quickly become a problem, so you'd need to keep costs down. I've always run brewpub environments, where that has never been a problem, so spending a little more money on tap handles can be worth it.

Cheers,
--Jake Tringali

beertje46
11-12-2006, 02:06 PM
You charge a deposit for your kegs.

kugeman
04-12-2007, 12:40 PM
On a slightly different note, I'm in the process of designing and building new tap handles for our brewpub & outside accounts. I'm looking for a large "shield" which I can use to display our logo on the front of the tap handle. The only ones I've been able to find are from taphandles.com and are about 3 inches in diameter (they also have an oval and rectangular version). Here's a link to what they look like (http://taphandles.go-ssl.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=8&zenid=65ef708f444042c294548b7f9f456392)

I'm looking for something a little bigger. At this size, my logo just isn't all that visible. I'd prefer to stick with a round shape but I'm open to suggestions. If anyone out there has a source for what I'm looking for I'd appreciate any help...

Alternatively, for those that make their own tap handles, how do you display your logo such that it's recognizable to the customer.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Charles S.
04-12-2007, 01:36 PM
Try ukbrewing.com

They have large badges for clamping on a beer engine.

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sinobrew
09-25-2008, 01:54 AM
I found one in India

too simple, maybe they can do custom design

http://brassking.trustpass.alibaba.com/product/103241920/Tap_handles.html

min order 50 pcs??

SRB
10-07-2008, 07:27 AM
Did you decide on AJS Schooner?
We are very close to making a small order. 25 to 50 if possible.
:)
thx!

SchoonerExact
10-11-2008, 08:32 PM
Did you decide on AJS Schooner?
We are very close to making a small order. 25 to 50 if possible.
:)
thx!

We are making them ourselves. We got a band saw and our buddy the machinist can make a bunch of parts all at once so it goes pretty well. Overall it's still expensive and time consuming, but so is everything about our business currently. :D

WitsEnd
10-12-2008, 11:39 AM
We are making them ourselves. We got a band saw and our buddy the machinist can make a bunch of parts all at once so it goes pretty well. Overall it's still expensive and time consuming, but so is everything about our business currently. :D
Mind posting some more details? Pictures would be great.
I've been tossing around the idea rustic hand-made tap handles and would be interested in your process.

GlacierBrewing
10-12-2008, 08:03 PM
I love this thread!
I've been making our tap handles for several years now. I got a midi-lathe (think tabletop model) to do the actual turning. I've been using birch wood because it is a versatile hardwood that won't dull your turning knives too quickly. I get the brass inserts (so the handle can screw onto the faucet) at my local hardware store. I can crank out a finished tap handle in about 20 minutes. When all is said and done, it costs us around 3-4 bucks per handle. I've also been able to make "custom" handles to promote our cherry beer! Turning your own tap handles is not rocket science. It is well within reach of most micros. And it's FUN!
Prost!
Dave

SRB
10-12-2008, 10:22 PM
Turning your own tap handles is not rocket science. It is well within reach of most micros. And it's FUN!
Prost!
Dave
yeah! hey, if we can build our very own 7bbl brewery than we can put out some tap handles!!:D
Our Braut and Sushi Ale house will have custom glass blown handles....a local glass blower is bringing his kilns into the pub for a day and blowin away!! :cool:

But for draft accounts.........Anyone put out custom metal tap handles? My partner welds....no plasma yet, tig only right now. That makes me the grinder monkey! He has the compressor sitting and patiently waiting for the plasma to get funded.. A days work may get us a ways with the tig and some scrap metal.


.........thx schoonerexact!

WitsEnd
10-13-2008, 06:49 AM
Dave,
Do you paint or somehow seal your handles?

My vision (this week) is to cut a piece of 1 1/2" diameter maple, or other wood. I'd taper and put an insert in one end and find somehow to put a logo on the top of it and the name of the brew lengthwise down the trunk.

Wood burning, painting, laser etching... haven't thought that one out yet.

Just wondering if a coat of poly would be enough to seal everything in.

GlacierBrewing
10-13-2008, 08:16 AM
Dave,
Do you paint or somehow seal your handles?

My vision (this week) is to cut a piece of 1 1/2" diameter maple, or other wood. I'd taper and put an insert in one end and find somehow to put a logo on the top of it and the name of the brew lengthwise down the trunk.

Wood burning, painting, laser etching... haven't thought that one out yet.

Just wondering if a coat of poly would be enough to seal everything in.


I give all my tap handles a double-coat of spray lacquer. Give a light sanding between coats with a very fine grit (like 200-400). The heads of the tap handles are square and I can use my bottle labels (minus the government warning and barcode) as the sticker.
Dave

SchoonerExact
03-09-2009, 12:26 PM
Mind posting some more details? Pictures would be great.
I've been tossing around the idea rustic hand-made tap handles and would be interested in your process.

Got some pics of how we are doing it. You will be able to see what a drawn out process it is, but in the end we are very happy with the results.

Sorry about the cell phone pics, thats all I have at the office/brewery.

Here is the tap handle for our IPA. The running theme is the 'EXACT' down the bottom, and then we change the top depnding on which beer.

http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/ee359/schoonerexact/3G%20taps/IMG00208.jpg

Here you can see the brass behind the handle itself. We buy and cut the solid brass stock. Machine and tap the hole for the faucet, and then also machine, tap, and face two holes to attach the front piece.

http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/ee359/schoonerexact/3G%20taps/IMG00209.jpg

Here is a better pic of how everything is atttached. We use screws to attac everything with the spacers. We then putty the holes and sand smooth, stain the wood, apply the decal, and clear coat over everything.

http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/ee359/schoonerexact/3G%20taps/IMG00210.jpg

http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/ee359/schoonerexact/3G%20taps/IMG00211.jpg

And here are the finished products!

http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/ee359/schoonerexact/3G%20taps/IMG00212.jpg

GlacierBrewing
03-09-2009, 02:52 PM
Got some pics of how we are doing it. You will be able to see what a drawn out process it is, but in the end we are very happy with the results.

Sorry about the cell phone pics, thats all I have at the office/brewery.

Here is the tap handle for our IPA. The running theme is the 'EXACT' down the bottom, and then we change the top depnding on which beer.

http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/ee359/schoonerexact/3G%20taps/IMG00208.jpg

Here you can see the brass behind the handle itself. We buy and cut the solid brass stock. Machine and tap the hole for the faucet, and then also machine, tap, and face two holes to attach the front piece.

http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/ee359/schoonerexact/3G%20taps/IMG00209.jpg

Here is a better pic of how everything is atttached. We use screws to attac everything with the spacers. We then putty the holes and sand smooth, stain the wood, apply the decal, and clear coat over everything.

http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/ee359/schoonerexact/3G%20taps/IMG00210.jpg

http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/ee359/schoonerexact/3G%20taps/IMG00211.jpg

And here are the finished products!

http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/ee359/schoonerexact/3G%20taps/IMG00212.jpg
VERY nice job!!!