Well done sir. Well done...
Why not taps forward?
Good question, and I thought about it for a long time......a few reasons:
1 To maintain as much of a period look as possible for medieval applications.
2 The handles fold down to the back and this way all the pointy things are on one side during transportation. It either rides in a trailer, or on a hitch carrier, depending on whether the camper is coming too, etc. When on the hitch carrier the taps could potentially end up in my tail gate if facing forward....no bueno.
3 This way the driver/bartender has control over them. If they stick out to the front I would have to come from behind the handles to serve, which is a pain, or let people serve themselves and watch them carefully open the tap a little bit, only to produce a load of foam, which irks me to no end....so QC, I drive, I tap.