Monument City tap handles are crafted from first growth Douglas Fir cut over one hundred years ago. The wood was originally purposed to construct mash tanks for the Melville Distillery right here in Baltimore around 1910. Starting in the 50's, the vessels were reused to hold vinegar. They were eventually taken off-line as the company transitioned to stainless steel.
The wooden tanks were dismantled and reclaimed by local Baltimore woodturning shop Mark Supik & Co. The lumber had to be removed one plank at a time and air dried to allow the wood to slowly stabilize. The lumber was then hand milled into custom three sided tap handles that were designed by Baltimore-based Orange Element and screen printed by Baltimore Print Studios.
Each tap handle is unique and handcrafted, just like our beers. If you'd like to purchase one of these original tap handles, visit our online store here.