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NextFab Yards Tap Handle Throwdown

Philadelphia’s own NextFab 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://nextfab.com/2013/yards
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"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.

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"Yards Tap Handle"—East Coast Taps

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"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.

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"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…

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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…

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"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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"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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"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.

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