I recently had the honor of being the best man in my best friend’s wedding, which is an occasion that calls for a unique gift. The groom and I are both pretty big into homebrewing, and he kegs, so my own fiancé recommended that I get him some tap handles. 

Well, I couldn’t find any out there that really seemed fitting, and I wanted something special, so I decided I’d have to customize.

I had seen the idea to use chalkboard paint on tap handles so you have the ability to “write in” what’s on tap, and I knew I wanted to so get something engraved on them that was pretty special. The bride and groom are both avid cyclists and sent out this really amazing “save the date” with a picture of her chasing down him on a bike (which is a long story, but how they met). I decided I wanted to use the image from their special “save the date” on a “his” and “hers” tap handle.

A Google search yielded this great shop on Etsy that not only does the chalkboard paint, but allows you to laser-etch your own design into a wooden handle: Brewedover. Terry, the owner and woodworker, was super helpful and did a really great job on these. 

Here’s the vector design I submitted to him:


And here are the resulting handles:


Shown again next to the image that inspired them:


Basically: you can’t go wrong when you combine lasers, bikes and beer.

(And the bride and groom are pretty great too. Congrats!)