Did you know that Beaumont manufacture and supply a range of cellar cask ale tap? In fact the Abbot cask ale tap is our own little creation, which we have been making and distributing for over 35 years! One of the most popular cask ale taps in the UK, the Abbot tap is used by pubs, restaurants and brewers mainly across the country – although we do also export this item, ale appears to be a taste popular only really across the British Isles.
The cask ale tap is the only way of dispensing real ale out of a barrel and the Abbot tap makes it as easy as pie! Just watch this helpful little tutorial below with one of our single plastic taps:
We have designed our cask ale taps with longevity and value for money in mind. As you can see in the above video the taps require a good whacking with a mallet in order to get them into the barrel. As a result the Abbot tap is born from a robust design, with no brittle or cheap plastic. As a result the tap wont crack or break when correctly whacked into the barrel, furthermore the taps should be entirely leak proof.
As you can see the above image there are also a few more subtle design elements to the Abbot cask ale tap. The ridges along the whole length of the shaft will ensure that when tapped in to the barrel via the keystone (wooden or plastic), the tap will both go in and come out of the keystone very easily compared to other cask ale taps. Furthermore, you will also see a number of small holes towards the end of the shaft of the tap, this allows the tap to source ale from the depths of the barrel when the level of the ale is getting low, therefore ensuring you get every drop of ale out of the barrel that you have paid for!
There is also a little nut at the end of the tap that can be easily screwed off, this allows a tap brush to be fed up the inside of the tap so you can keep your cask ale taps clean with ease. Although we love all these features when we asked for some feedback on our taps, it turns out that the hot favourite is in fact the tap opening and closing mechanism? Who knew!? It operates very smoothly and shouldn’t get stuck in place (which again has often been a criticism of cask ale taps in the past).
Our cask ale taps come in both a single and a double version (pictured above). The double tap version is perfect for those establishments with more than one ale tap on a bar, or more than one bar. All of our cask ale taps come in the three separate thread types: L Thread, Y Thread and 3/4 BSP Thread. Although it is important to point out that just a cask ale tap will not do the whole job in terms of dispensing ale from a barrel. A few other tools are also required such as a Horse Tail and a Spile, all of which can be found on page 108 of the Beaumont 2016 price list or here on our website: https://beaumonttm.co.uk/bar-products-and-accessories/spirit-measures-accessories/cellar/