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Yards Tap Handle Throwdown!

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And the winner of the Yards Tap Handle THROWDOWN is... "Willadelphia" by 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."

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!

Where is the best place to work on your prototype? Right here at NextFab! We have the tools you will need to make the most awesomely fierce tap handle around.

The winner receives:

  • An afternoon at the Yards Tasting Room ($150 value) *
  • $200 gift card from Yards *
  • A six-month NextFab membership
  • Complete Yards outfit

* Must be 21 or older to redeem one or both of the above prizes.

Participants in the Contest will enjoy several beer-focused events during the summer and fall, culminating in October in a grand Gala with public display of Contestants’ tap handles, public voting on the tap handles, and naming of the winning Contestant. The Winner will also receive an honor of seeing reproductions of their Winning Tap Handle, made by NextFab, on display and in use at popular bars across the city.



6/21 Registration begins
7/18 Yards facility visit: All registrants are invited to the Yards facility in Philadelphia's Northern Liberties neighborhood. Registrants will be invited on a tour, provided tastings, and participate in Yards' happy hour for additional inspiration. RSVP here.
9/10 Submission deadline: All prototypes due!
9/10-9/30 Teaser Month: Yards-hosted events will be held at bars around the city.
10/17 Gala Event: Bring your friends and family to celebrate months of hard work with Yards beer and a public vote for the best tap.
NextFab is Philadelphia’s premiere “gym for innovators.” We are a homegrown,  member-based, high-tech workshop and prototyping center that has been helping the city's denizens make wondrous things since 2010. We have every manner of machine to cut, create, print, design, fuse, separate, and finesse.  We’re not just sexy machinery, we also have a staff of technical experts that can walk individuals through projects great and small; we’re beauty and brains! If you can dream it we can help you make it. 
Philadelphia wouldn’t be one of the best beer cities in America if it wasn’t for Yards Brewing Company. They brought the craft beer boom to Philadelphia in 1994 and we have been thanking them ever since. Their beers are a staple of Philadelphia bars, and with good reason! Their standard IPA, Brawler, ESA and Philadelphia Pale Ale are all top notch. Heck, they even made a beer series called Ales of the Revolution using the original recipes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. How can we not love them!

Registration is now Closed!