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Three Pint Stance – Spring for a kegerator – Part I

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I know we haven’t met, but I know who you are. You’ve been drinking craft beer for a few years now, and you have really developed a passion and understanding for good, fresh beer. You’ve done the growler thing, but notice that you fill fewer and fewer growlers. You opt for enjoying your beers out at the pub/brewery or maybe you’re buying more cans/bottles than before. You’ve noticed that sometimes, the beer just tastes better at the bar. 

Also, you (or your significant other) have grown weary of storing, cleaning and remembering to bring the right growler with you to the tasting room. There is an underlying frustration in your craft beer enjoyment, but you can’t quite figure out what it is. Maybe you haven’t connected the dots, but luckily for you, I’m here to help.

Let me be the first to congratulate you - you have graduated. The time for you to buy a kegerator has finally arrived, and to be quite honest, we are all very proud of you.

Is it overkill to have draft beer on tap at your house? Heavens no! In fact, I’d argue that the option of having draft beer at home is the very best way to enjoy a fresh, tasty craft beer anytime. Bottles and cans serve their purpose quite well, but even the best packaged bottles and cans pale in comparison to the freshness, ease of dispensing and the longevity of product in beer in a keg.

Here are three reasons why kegs are superior:

No oxygen ever! Oxygen is the enemy of freshness, and even the best bottling/canning lines can introduce minute amounts of oxygen to the final product, impacting both flavor and shelf life. Growlers filled from the tap are even more susceptible to O2 introduction, which is why growlers should always be drank ASAP. Kegs are filled directly from the conditioning tank in an O2-free environment, ensuring your beer will stay tasty long after it is packaged.

Cold and ready. Ever grab a warm six-pack at the store and then have to either (A) wait for the beer to properly chill in the fridge, which can take over an hour, or (B) pop a beer or two in the freezer to chill faster, but then forget them and make two beer-cicles? I’ve done both things more times than I’m willing to admit. Kegerators are always on - cold and ready to dispense a perfect pint!

Cost-effective. Although you’ll have to put more of your money up front, buying a keg is the very cheapest way to enjoy craft beer at home. Depending on cost and keg size, you can pay anywhere from $1.50 to $3 per pint for a keg of local craft beer. If you want to slum it and get something a bit more macro (BudMillerCoors), that price gets even lower. Having the option for kegs is a great way to save a little dough, as well as to share the love of your favorite beer without having to have your friends bleed you dry of cash (Bonus tip: put a cash jar on the kegerator. Friends are always happy to pitch in for the next keg.)

I hope these reasons have convinced you to explore the option of at-home kegerators. Next week, we’ll go over where to get your kegerator, and some simple care/cleaning techniques to ensure you get perfect results every time. Prost!

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