Like a lot of other beer geeks, I’m a sucker for cool and inventive tap handles. When you’re bombarded with dozens of taps at your local bar, as a brewery, you want to make sure your brand stands out. And the easier your tap handle is noticed, the more likely a consumer is to pick out your brew to enjoy.
Thrillist, the online men’s magazine, knows this, and so they’ve compiled a list of what they think are the 23 coolest tap handles in America. Best of all? Two of South Carolina’s own made it on the list.
Columbia’s Conquest and Charleston’s Palmetto are both included among such standouts as SweetWater, Dogfish Head and Revolution. Palmetto’s taps easily stand out at most bars as they are tall palm fronds individually decorated by a local artist. Conquest’s sword and shield combo are also attention grabbing, and even more impressive when you realize there’s an actual sword in the sheath. All of Conquest’s tap handles are also handmade.