A Tap Handle solution for every brewery
FULL CUSTOM TAP HANDLES
amazing designs and
customer service is what we're all about. Custom beer taps are our specialty and passion, and we love to assist you in any way we can.
ONSITE DESIGN & PROTOTYPING
We create all our designs and prototypes in Canada for increased efficiency. This way we can also ensure product quality.
We can make handles out of just about any material but the go to is urethane. Tough and allows us to get amazing details.
We work very closely with and Asian factory that we have found to be the most consistent. They have been in the urethan molding business for over 40 years.
Urethane handles are amazing. But here are some draw backs and we like to be completely transparent with our customers before we start the process.
Cost: We used to manufacture our urethane handles in house but were unable to compete with other manufactures that also get handles done off shore so we made the decision to spend over 2 months in Asia to source a reputable company. Although we have developed a great relationship there are always small issues that arise and this is something to consider. We can now typically have handles landed here in Canada for around $35.00 CAD. The 3d modeling, prototypes and mold costs are around $1000 - $1500 per design.
Investment: Due to the economics of shipping from Asia it is feasible to order less than a quantity of 200. This can be a very large expense for most brewers and in some cases I'm sure this money could be used else where.
Time: Typically the first order take 90 days. 30 for the prototype stage, 30 for the production and 30 for shipping by sea. For orders after that it is about 60 days. A few weeks can be shaved off for air shipping but this can be costly. This just means that you have to really think ahead to keep your stock up.
Although we love designing these amazing handles we have learn't over the years that this is not the best solution for about 90% of our customers. This why we have developed some amazing solutions to the problems above with our other company Tap Handles To Go.com
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN EXPLORING URETHANE HANDLES
By listening to our customers over the years we have developed a new way to look at buying tap handles. Gone are the days of buying $75 to $100 tap handles are hoping they don't get lost or stolen. There is a better way.
In the end price is usually the most important so let's start there. $19.99. That is the cost of our handles if you order 50 or more. The price goes up a bit if you order less as we have to cover our costs of set up. Pretty simple. No set-up fees. No mold costs.
The second most important thing is how long will it take to get my handles? We have most of our orders out in 5 business days. (most of the time in 2) How do we do that? we have listen to our customers and have found that most of them consistently buy certain shapes of handles. So we just found efficient ways to produce those handles so they are always in stock. Now all we have to do is print them so they can get out the door fast.
Did you just brew an amazing seasonal? Need 5 handles for it. We'll probably have the handles to your beer is kegged.
Landed a big client and they want a unique handle that suits them. We drop ship handles all the time for for clients big and small.
There are none! You can order 1 or 100. This allows you to use your money in other places rather than having $10,000 of tap handles sitting in your warehouse. We love to grow with our customers. Low minimums also allows you to pivot quickly with the market. Things can change fast in the beer industry.
We use ethically sourced Canadian birch hard wood so we have complete control over our supply chain. We do all the finishing and printing in house. Our wood and and UV cured inks are as tough as we can make them. In most cases we print directly onto the handles. No stickers.
We feel that the true purpose of a tap handle has been lost. Over the years they have started to be treated as art which is great for established craft brewers and the big guys but what about the brewer looking for their little piece of the pie. Tap handles should be treated as advertising not art. It is an important piece of marketing that does a lot of work for you. We believe that it should be treated as such. It needs to be bold, easy to read after a few and be brand consistent.
You also should not have to protect them like your first born child. They should be cheap enough that you can give one or two out with every account and not worry if they get stolen or magically went missing.
A common complaint is that our handles look like everyone else's and that is just simply not true. With some help form our team and some amazing artwork we can develop amazing looking handles. We can also add decorations to make it uniquely yours.
At Wylie Jack, we know the challenge of being recognized and remembered amongst the masses. We offer our expertise and support in branding yourself to emerge ahead of the rest. You will have an integral part in creating and customizing your products. From start to finish you will be involved in the brainstorming of ideas, the evolution of prototypes and the progression to production of the finished product. It is important to us that you receive a unique tap handle, brand and product that you can be proud of.
Tap into what Wylie Jack can do for you!