If you are a collector of antique beer taps, where to find them would be right here, right at your fingertips. The beer tap industry was established in 1933. Due to Prohibition, government regulations required that beer taps be clearly marked with the brand of the beer.
The collectible knobs, usually called ball knobs due to their small round shape, were simple in design. They were usually made out of metal or a resin material and imprinted with the logo of the beer brand. These knobs were used primarily from the 1930's to the 1950's. From the 1950's to the present, the designs became more elaborate.
- There are many places to find these antique beer taps such as in online auctions such as Ebay and others.
There are a large number of collectors' web sites that also come up when you type antique beer taps into their search engine.
- Antique Weekly and Collector's Weekly both usually carry information on antique beer taps.
- There is also an ongoing list of auctions available on Breweriana that gets updated frequently. Also, keep a sharp eye out for auctions in your local area. Most auction houses post a week ahead on their websites so that bidders can see what is being offered.
There is nothing quite like the feeling of coming across a rare find at an auction and getting something that you collect for next to nothing. So, with a little online research, you can find collectible antique beer taps right at your fingertips.