How Do You Get a Keg of Beer?
When it comes to drinking draft beer, this year is considered to be difficult However, plenty of bars, restaurants, and brewery taprooms are slowly coming back from the quarantine.
This means that you can get a bottle of beer or even a keg of beer farther than six feet from most fingertips.
How do you get a keg of beer? There is a simple solution to this dilemma. All you need to do is order a keg from your favorite local brewery or distributor. It is really that simple. Many offer their beer in kegs, earmarked for serving at taprooms and some retail accounts.
As promised, this article will teach you all about kegs of beer and how to get them from your favorite craft breweries.
In the latter part, I will give you tips on how to keep your keg cold.
Buying Beer in Kegs
When it comes to buying beer in kegs, you might not need to invest in an entire keg very often.
However, if you are the type who really enjoys beer, you might find yourself shopping for one from time to time, depending on the occasion.
Buying beers by the keg is the only way to enjoy it and have it fresh, unpasteurized, and draught.
Buying a keg is easy. You will find it hard only during the transporting part. The big ones can get very heavy, weighing up to 150 pounds.
It is not recommended that you lift one by yourself; use help from a friend to pick it up. Also, there is an option to have it delivered straight to your party.
Keg sizes vary depending on your requirements; you need to figure out how many guests will be present at your party or festivity.
This way, you can determine what size of keg to order.
Bear in mind that in beer parlance, a barrel that is 31 gallons does not really exist except for accounting and brewery-capacity purposes.
In the United States, beer from other counties usually comes in 50 liters, or at least 132.2 gallons, and 30 liters or 7.9 gallons.
To further complicate things, vendors use a different naming convention for these items, with confusing brand names, sizes, and nicknames.
To solve this dilemma, you need to focus on the liquid volume figure.
How to Get a Keg of Beer
Ordering kegs of beer is simpler than you think; it will all depend on what you want and how much you need.
You can simply order a keg of your favorite beer from your local brewery or any distributor in the area.
Many craft breweries package their beer in kegs, which are earmarked for serving at the taproom or any retail outlet.
Many distributors are also packed with untapped kegs that are usually swilled at a breakneck pace at your local bar.
To deal with the increasing demand, many breweries and distributors are increasing their keg offerings for at-home consumption.
This way, they can provide fresh beer at very reasonable prices. Buying a keg is as simple as buying paper towels in bulk from your local supermarket.
A log-shaped Sixtel, which is one-sixth of a barrel of beer, contains approximately 5.2 gallons of beer, which is equivalent to 41 pints of proper 16-ounce pours.
When you decide to get a keg of beer, expect to pay somewhere between $70 to $130 for an average Sixtel.
If you do the math, that’s only $2 to $3 per pint, and it’s an endless happy hour. Just expect to make a deposit, and this deal will be all yours.
However, the path to your personal summertime might not be as straightforward as this. That is because ice and a tap with a hand pump are not going to cut it.
The pump introduces oxygen into the keg, which accelerates oxidation, and you will most likely lose a lot of carbonation.
As a result, you will get a flat, stale beer the next day, as most kegs of beer must be enjoyed within 12 hours.
Guidelines for Getting a Keg
If you plan to host a Friendsgiving, your fridge is probably fit to bursting with everything you’ve been preparing for this special day.
You will find it annoying, as you don’t know where you will put all the beers you want to serve your thirsty guests. A keg will be your answer, and it has come a long way in terms of quality and manageability.
You do not need to order a full-size monster or settle for a bland beer. All you need to do is follow the guidelines below:
The first thing to do is order a keg from your local beverage shop about a week ahead of your party.
Another good tip is to pick it up or have it delivered at least 24 hours prior to your party and get it into its designated place in your home.
This is to ensure that the beer inside, which has been sloshed around during the transport, has time to settle down before you tap it.
Discuss the return date and the pickup time for the empty keg. You don’t actually buy kegs. Instead, you rent them.
Just beware that you don’t get any refunds or money back for the remaining beer inside the keg.
If it is not all consumed, transfer it to some clean jugs and then store the jugs in your fridge for a few days for drinking and cooking.
Score the Right Size of Keg
When it comes to the standard size of a keg, there are only 2 sizes to consider if you are having a Friendsgiving kind of party.
The first one is the mini, which is a 5-liter keg that is the smallest keg you will find.
If you have an average dinner party, this is probably the best kind to get; it is equal to 10 and a half pints of beer.
The other option is the Sixtel. This is one-sixth of a barrel or approximately one-sixth the size of a full keg.
This size of keg is the most convenient option for most birthday parties because it can hold more than 5 gallons or 42 pints of beer. At about 60 pounds when full, a strong individual with a car can transport this.
The good thing is that it is tall and slender and can easily go incognito in the corner of your backyard. It will work in either a party pump or a CO2 dispenser.
Tap the Keg With Ease
You are probably aware of the party pump, as this device is commonly used at many frat parties.
It requires beer drinkers to manually pump air into the tank to force the beer out. Usually, you can rent or buy these from the store where you buy your keg, but not always.
Make sure to ask if they have one of these before ordering.
Another option for tapping a traditional keg is a CO2 party dispenser, which you will most likely have to buy rather than rent.
A CO2 party pump is more expensive than a party pump, but it can be a worthy investment if you are a person who loves to have a party at home.
These tools come with CO2 tanks that force carbon dioxide into the keg, which is how many bars serve their beer on tap.
Keeping Your Keg Cold
Almost every draft beer is unpasteurized, so it will go bad if left at room temperature.
On the other hand, you never want a keg of beer to freeze. This affects the quality of the beer inside the keg.
It can also be dangerous because the contents of the keg are under pressure.
Either rent a keg bucket or a Kegerator to keep your keg cool. You can also use a trash can filled with ice.
Just make sure that the ice surrounds the whole keg. Many people try to dump ice on top of the keg. The problem is that the stem carrying the beer to the spout comes from the bottom.
This is why it is crucial to keep that part cold to avoid any issues.
Overall, it is very easy to get your own keg of beer; all you need to know is how to find the nearest local beer dispensaries and order the keg beforehand.
Beers aren’t cheap, and getting a keg of beer can be quite expensive, so you should be ready to pay a little more than you expect. It varies based on the brewery and distributor, so plan it very well.