Here is an interesting story about the growth of tap handle art concurrent to the growth in US craft beer sales:
Breweries have tried for decades to attract attention by making tap handles larger and more colorful, but the microbrewery movement has brought a proliferation of artsy and exotic ones. Some are full-fledged artwork, a small brewery's main advertising and a way to entice beer drinkers to sample a specific brand in the competitive craft market - specialty brews typically made in small regional or local breweries - which grew 11 percent in the first six months of this year.I love good beer taps. I think my favorite are those at the Adirondack Brew Pub in Lake George, New York that are just different sorts of trout. They are to the left below. To the far right is a not so great shot of the tap row at The Great Lost Bear in Portland Maine, a pub which as yet is an unwritten story for me, and in the middle is a better shot of some of the taps at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse, New York. This is my best shot of taps.