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NextFab Yards Tap Handle Throwdown

Philadelphia’s own NextFab Studio and Yards Brewing Company are proud to announce the Tap Handle Throwdown, part of the 2013 DesignPhiladelphia Festival. Two great local institutions are coming together to provide you — the creative, hard-working, and thirsty of Philadelphia — a unique opportunity to showcase your talents and vie for spectacular prizes! http://nextfabstudio.com/2013/yards

"And , the Winner is..." NextFab Studio and Yards Brewing Company cordially invite you to the Tap Handle Throwdown gala event. This is the culimnation of months of hard work, creativity, design, and craftsmanship.

"Pull for what Ales"—Kevin Huang. Title "Pull for what Ales" is a capsule crafted from aluminum, acrylic and polycarbonate plastics, and electronic components. The hand turned caps crafted from aluminum rod are hollowed out to conceal a lumen powered led bulb that turns on when the tap is pulled making the Yards logo inside light up drawing attention to itself. An occasional day in the sun keeps the battery charged.

"Pull for what Ales"—Kevin Huang. Title "Pull for what Ales" is a capsule crafted from aluminum, acrylic and polycarbonate plastics, and electronic components. The hand turned caps crafted from aluminum rod are hollowed out to conceal a lumen powered led bulb that turns on when the tap is pulled making the Yards logo inside light up drawing attention to itself. An occasional day in the sun keeps the battery charged.

"The Yards Bottle Tap" – Chris Dietrich. How do customers recognize Yards Beer in a poorly lit bar? This design mimics the strengths of the Yards brand in the commercial bottle market and extends that recognition to the draft point-of-purchase moment With prominent 360° Yards branding and a flavor label on the customer AND pourer sides, this universal tap retains the core brand across all flavors. Top-mounted figures emphasize the iconic styles and add unique character to the Yards product line.

  • Chris Dietrich

    To further emphasize the specific flavors available on tap, a top screw mount provides the opportunity to adorn each tap handle with a specific ornament for each iconic beer style: a colonial wig for the Ales of the Revolution series, an orange fist for the Brawler, a Fleur de Lis for the Saison, a Union Jack shield for the IPA, etc. - all created with affordable CNC 3D printing models and a simple screw post insert. See all four top-mounted insignias here: http://www.pinterest.com/pi...

"A Cello Tap Handle" concept—Sue Patterson

"Ol Timey Tap"—Keith Hatton. Inspired by a traditional magnifying glass, ‘Ol Timey captures the subtle complexity and distinguished quality of Yards Brewing, while hinting at the company's Philadelphian roots. The bottom of the handle's contours are a tip of the hat to the master brewers and its lens is an interchangeable puck to open the door for more dynamic labels and future collectables! 'Ol Timey is a tap you want to get your hand on and has the character to stand out among it's peers!

"Ol Timey Tap"—Keith Hatton. Inspired by a traditional magnifying glass, ‘Ol Timey captures the subtle complexity and distinguished quality of Yards Brewing, while hinting at the company's Philadelphian roots. The bottom of the handle's contours are a tip of the hat to the master brewers and its lens is an interchangeable puck to open the door for more dynamic labels and future collectables! 'Ol Timey is a tap you want to get your hand on and has the character to stand out among it's peers!

"The ScrapYards" —Conor O'Brien. Inspired by Yard’s philosophy of “Going The Extra Yard,” it combines sustainability with the brewery’s classic style. Repurposing materials from the scrap heap, the body is constructed of exotic wood cutoffs and Yards logo from aluminum scrap metal, both fabricated using a 4-axis CNC mill. The handle embodies the spirit of Yards, creating an artisanal product with minimal impact on the environment while embracing the advanced technologies available at NextFab.

"Willadelphia"—John Combs. This is an attempt to create mixes of old and new. The old: With this design, I envisioned Yards Brewery's existence back in William Penn's heyday. The setting is Mr. Penn in front of city hall with a beer in hand, standing beside a keg of Yards. The new: Adding to the historical background the tap portrays, I also wanted to give it a somewhat raw look. Stacked, unpolished metal and wood was used to pay homage to Philadelphia's image as a tough, blue collar city.

"Let Freedom Ring"—Deanna McLaughlin. Repurposed bowling pin, motherboard from a recordable greeting card, speaker from a computer, lemon juice bottle cap to project sound, souvenir liberty bell, switch, wood stain, resin.

"Let Freedom Ring"—Deanna McLaughlin. Repurposed bowling pin, motherboard from a recordable greeting card, speaker from a computer, lemon juice bottle cap to project sound, souvenir liberty bell, switch, wood stain, resin.

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"Yards No. 1"—Rob Lloyd.

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"Honoring Traditional Crafts Using Repurposed Materials"—Matthew Palombaro. At the core of Yards are traditional hand-crafted beers created with an environmental conscience. Red Oak was sourced from logs placed beside a "Free Firewood" sign. The copper at the base is salvaged drain pipe. The barrel shape is a nod to the traditional craft. The form and copper ferule is that of a hand tool; giving the sense of hand craft while providing an ergonomic shape that invites the end- user to grasp it.

"Tap Handle No. 19123"—S. Casey Gleason. Tap Handle No. 19123 is crafted out of scrap wood and aluminum. The wood body is shaped, carved, and burnt for the grip of a brawler, while an extra special hand may love to pull from the brushed aluminum loop. This tap handle design gives a nod to Philadelphia’s industrial history and celebrates our modern day revolution to bring back a handcrafted sensibility to the forefront of our culture.

"Tap Handle No. 19123"—S. Casey Gleason. Tap Handle No. 19123 is crafted out of scrap wood and aluminum. The wood body is shaped, carved, and burnt for the grip of a brawler, while an extra special hand may love to pull from the brushed aluminum loop. This tap handle design gives a nod to Philadelphia’s industrial history and celebrates our modern day revolution to bring back a handcrafted sensibility to the forefront of our culture.

"Party A-Philly-ation"—Brian Cook. It has a old political campaign theme. The Liberty bell is replaced with a double sided Yards label, in a gold oval. The label sits atop an antiqued red and white pull down banner, with blue bunting on the sides. The banner is based in hops and leaves and topped with grains. Regally wrapping the banner is a gold ribbon with a Yards logo on the front and " est. 1994" on the back. The red drum base completes the handle with "Brewing Company" and gold stars.

"Party A-Philly-ation"—Brian Cook. It has a old political campaign theme. The Liberty bell is replaced with a double sided Yards label, in a gold oval. The label sits atop an antiqued red and white pull down banner, with blue bunting on the sides. The banner is based in hops and leaves and topped with grains. Regally wrapping the banner is a gold ribbon with a Yards logo on the front and " est. 1994" on the back. The red drum base completes the handle with "Brewing Company" and gold stars.

"Blown Away By the Extra Yard"—Peter Yu. A part of Yards "Going the Extra Yard" philosophy of making measurable differences on the environment, the wind turbine design is a nod to Yards being the first 100% wind-powered brewery and is constructed of recycled material (paper mache). The turbine sits atop recycled planks emulating the famous bowling alley bar top found in the Yards tasting room. Lastly the bare-white finish embraces the simplicity of Yards operating the brewery "lights-out."

"Blown Away By the Extra Yard"—Peter Yu. A part of Yards "Going the Extra Yard" philosophy of making measurable differences on the environment, the wind turbine design is a nod to Yards being the first 100% wind-powered brewery and is constructed of recycled material (paper mache). The turbine sits atop recycled planks emulating the famous bowling alley bar top found in the Yards tasting room. Lastly the bare-white finish embraces the simplicity of Yards operating the brewery "lights-out."

Life, Liberty Bell and the Pursuit of Beer... by Gary Zonca Built out of a bed post, this light weight tap handle features traditional colors matching the real liberty bell.

"Yards Tap Handle"—East Coast Taps

  • NextFab

    We are East Coast Taps, and our mantra is 'sell more beer, look more awesome. We are a start-up that uses manufacturing practices just like the ones found at NextFab to create custom beer taps for breweries, bars, and 'man-caves' across the country. Right now, we're refining our manufacturing capabilities, which drew us to this contest because it opened the door to the NextFab Studio to help us grow our business. Our tap is simply called 'The Franklin' and started off as a sketch, inspired by the rich history of Philadelphia and our Founding Fathers. After spending some time in Philly while working on our sketches, we felt confident we were going to be able to capture the aura of the City of Brotherly Love. We then hand sculpted 'The Franklin' out of clay and spent hours working on each and every detail. Once our model was complete, we created a mold and poured our tap. The tap is also meticulously painted by hand to give it that 'Old City' rustic feel. We love beer and creating more taps for people to enjoy is all we want to do! - East Coast Taps

"Cape Point"—Robert Trempe. Seasonal and limited release beers should be celebrated with specific taps as distinctive as the beers themselves. For this tap, the actual “Cape Point” that projects south of the city of Cape Town, South Africa, was modeled, cnc milled, and laser-engraved to display the landmark British sailors employed as a navigational tool when “rounding” the tip of South Africa en route to India with cargo holds full of India Pale Ales (or Imperial Pale Ales).

“Manticore”–Oat Foundry. This tap weaves together manufacturing techniques, both established and heuristic. The hollowed out body of this handle is machined from a single block of black walnut, finished with linseed oil and amber shellac. The walnut frame showcases the hand-brazed brass tumblers that are unmistakably Yards above a union of 3D printed accessories and hand-turned brass counterweights. The lush, dark walnut and polished brass ensures that this tap handle presents well in any bar.

  • NextFab

    Philadelphia is a city proudly steeped in beer brewing tradition. In this active culture of makers and dreamers, equipment evolved and new techniques were pioneered that paved the way for a new era of creators. With this age of innovation, beer brewers flourished and customers began to expect and demand a higher quality product. Just as the brewers’ goal was to deliver a superior product, our tap handle embodies their choice to adopt and test new, sometimes unique, practices. The solid walnut frame and brass pieces represent the techniques and meticulous attention to detail that our brewing forefather’s respected, with the 3D printed furniture characterizing their thirst for, and ability to adopt new techniques. As avid home brewers and Yards’ lovers in our own right, design house Oat Foundry is proud and humbled to participate in this celebration of beer. - Oat Foundry