"I've had customers return beer that we can't get a tap handle for," Herget said, "and some accounts won't hook it up without the handle."
"I want to brand me. I don't want to brand everybody else," said owner Randy Marriner.
Supik & Co. have worked with home-brewers, but the small quantities involved haven't always made the work practical. Now, the shop is launching a line of customizable tap handles for the home-brewer, for whom the tap handle symbolizes a job well done.
The cherry wood handles will be available for inspection at the Baltimore Beer Week event. As will the the handle in the shape of a giant tooth, which Supik made for a dentist's retirement party.
Baltimore Beer Week
The fourth annual Baltimore Beer Week begins on Friday with an Opening Tap Celebration at Power Plant Live and runs through Oct. 28. The 10-day festival includes nearly 350 events, including beer tastings, beer dinners, home-brew seminars, pub crawls and special events. For information and a complete listing of Baltimore Beer Week events, go to baltimorebeerweek.com.
The event at Supik & Co., which includes a home-brewing demonstration and tour of the Beer Tap Museum, starts at 11 a.m. on Oct. 27, 1 N. Haven St. Admission is free. Call 410-732-8414 or go to marksupikco.com.