William Mahaffey, MD, authored an article in American Breweriana magazine about his passion for collecting tap handles. With a collection of over 200 tap handles, Dr. Mahaffey has earned notoriety in the Breweriana circle and enjoys learning more about the historical collectible during his travels.
His collection began in the 1970s while he was in Dunoon, Scotland, near the Holy Loch U.S. Submarine Base. He was given an old ceramic Bass Ale tap handle by the bartender of a traditional pub, and his collection has only expanded since then. Mahaffey's article gives a brief history of tap handles and describes some of the basic designs. He explains that they are an interesting and easy-to-collect part of breweriana.
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