This is our mid-range tap. It is a better option than a chrome and brass brumby style tap but is no where near as good as the stainless steel flow control one we stock.
Standard chrome plated brass "brumby" style beer taps have a couple of disadvantages, it is fine so long as you care for it correctly however it uses a rear sealing design where the beer in the tap drains from the body of the tap with the help from a vent hole drilled at the front of the tap.
This drainage hole is an ideal place for airborne bacteria and wild yeast to reproduce leaving a foul film that deteriorates the quality of your beer. Every time the faucet is opened contamination occurs.
The drainage hole also means the interior of the beer tap dries out and the resulting residue can stick the tap shut until you take it apart and clean it.
On the other hand this beer tap (and the higher quality flow control tap) are made of polished 304 stainless steel with a smooth bore to aid in the foam free dispensing of beer. The forward sealing design shuts off the flow at the front of the tap which in turn keeps wild yeast and bacteria out of the interior of the tap body and stops it ever sticking closed.
Another great advantage is the ability to unscrew the end of the spout and replace it with specialised connections (like this stout / nitro coffee spout) that in other beer tap systems would require swapping the whole tap, these fit both this tap and the flow control one.