About Hoptown

OUR STORY & SUSTAINABILITY

Who we are

Hoptown Handles is your source for precision, American made custom tap handles. Our durability and quality are unparalleled, we take pride in, and stand behind everything we do. It's our people and our practices that make Hoptown what it is.

It takes a team to bring these beautiful tap handles into the world. Here's a little more about the team that makes the magic happen:

Our lead tactician, Michael Inbody brings decades of wood-craft mastery and a bottomless drive for the pursuit of excellence.  He is constantly improving quality, efficiency, and delivering the best possible product for our clients. 

Ben Weston, our founder, has a passion for building long lasting relationships, a reverence for craftsmanship, and an unwavering sense of environmental stewardship. Through his leadership, the Hoptown ethos remains steadfast and true. 

Leading design is Taylor Seidler, who has worked with hundreds of breweries in every facet of the creative process. Her collaborative spirit and natural leadership ensure that projects are completed on time, and that the final vision is stunning. 

At Hoptown, customer service is of the utmost importance to us. Michael McCreery is here to help with that. He is always available to answer any questions and offer help at every step. He believes that your satisfaction is our success.

The team at Hoptown is here, and ready to help you with your vision, reach out at hoptownhandles.com or feel free to call (833) 389-8277. We can't wait to get started on your next project. Cheers!

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in the beginning...

Like so many breweries, Hoptown Handles was started by homebrewing in a garage. Hoptown's founder, Ben Weston, a San Diego native, former attorney (don't hold it against us), and teacher, was introduced to homebrewing shortly after moving to Portland, Oregon. While the homebrewing was fun, customizing the homemade kegerator was what gave him the most enjoyment. He hated the way the stubby little black handles looked and he wanted something different that reflected his personality.

After some tinkering, a Star Wars themed kegerator complete with lightsaber tap handles was born. (Stouts are always on the dark side...) Shout out to Fuggles and Warlock Craftworks in Vancouver, BC for letting us make some similar tap handles for their epic brewery. Ben fell in love with the art and craftsmanship that went into designing and building custom tap handles and after years of honing his craft, he took the leap and started creating handles for a few local breweries. A big thank you to Feckin Brewing in Oregon City for taking a chance on a new company.

Shortly thereafter, Michael Inbody, a woodworking expert, joined the team and helped us make dramatic improvements to the quality of our tap handles along with significant production efficiency improvements that allow us to fulfill higher quantity orders in a very timely manner, and keep all of our manufacturing domestic. We are now lucky enough to work with breweries, bars, restaurants, cideries, wineries, coffee roasters, and kombucha breweries around the world to make custom tap handles that reflect their unique brands and craft. Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll probably see our handles on tap near you!
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Sustainability Policy

Hoptown Handles is committed to continuous improvement in procuring environmentally preferable products, promoting sustainable practices, managing energy consumption and considering sustainability in all activities in an effort to:
  • Conserve natural resources
  • Minimize pollution
  • Reduce water and energy use
  • Avoid environmental health hazards at our facility and within our community
  • Divert material from the landfill
  • Improve the availability and use of environmentally preferable product
  • Encourage Suppliers to reduce their environmental impact and to send that message up their supply chain
  • Support locally produced goods and services
  • Educate and inform ourselves, requestors and end users, and suppliers of the best environmentally responsible purchasing choices

tap handles for good

Giving

Here are just some of the causes we support and we hope you support them as well:
Portland Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation
Ensures clean water, healthy oceans and coastlines and accessible beaches for all to enjoy by finding lasting solutions to the threats our ocean faces.

The National Forest Foundation (NFF)
In support of their tree planting program. Every dollar we donate to the NFF will plant a tree in our National Forests.
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