Green Mountain Tap Handles was born from a conversation that occurred between Jason Gardner and Ray McNeill of McNeill’s Brewery.
The year was 1997 and the venerable brewery was expanding distribution of craft beer to more bars in New England. Ray needed tap markers that would convey his brew’s uniqueness.
He also needed the customer service that only a personal relationship can bring.
Jason Gardner drew from his experience as a custom cabinet maker and his work at Yankee Brew News to talk to Ray about the possible options for finishes and designs and went off to the wood shop to produce the McNeill’s Brewery tap handles.
15 years later, we are still at it, though now we produce 35,000 tap markers a year. We also provide fulfillment logistics in addition to the services to create logos, branding strategies, beer merchandise, and point of sale displays. Our operations have grown along side the energetic brewers turned business people. We are proud to partner with industry leaders and start up breweries alike.
We have developed an efficient Five Step process where the customer's marketing program is quickly integrated and allows for the greatest creativity and communication. This process includes our client interview and marketing intake, initial creative artwork, digital prototyping, a physical prototype, and then on to approved final model production. Each step is designed to streamline the complex task of creating the customer's vision into a 3 dimensional reality that is the right price and has the highest return on investment.
We view our company as an extension of the brewery's and work hard to accommodate the needs of our customer. We offer complete fulfillment for our customers: after the production is done, we will package and ship your order to any location. We continue to partner with breweries such that their distributors can call us directly and order taps. This can save two steps of getting your brand out there and can be a great boon to our customer's bottom line.
So, now that you know a little bit about where we are now and how we got here, we would like to share with you our vision for the future.
Green Mountain Tap Handles is committed to providing high quality, American made tap handles for craft breweries.
This commitment permeates the whole of our processes.
Such as, sustainable innovations where we use waste wood to heat our facilities.
We source local crafts people like the blacksmithing for specialty tap markers.
We are proud of our production facility and we keep pace with state of the art control systems and energy efficient machining systems.
We see the craft beer industry continuing to grow and we are positioning ourselves to be there for you all along the way. We are always developing new and better ways to stay competitive in today’s global market.
You can count on us to get the job done on time and on budget.
Please give us a call with your greatest idea because we are up for the challenge!
Thanks, and get a handle on your beer!
From the folks at Green Mountain Tap Handles