How to Set Up a Draught Beer Keg


A draught beer keg is a popular feature at many big parties, such as barbecues and block parties. These kegs are a way to save money on beer, eliminate the mess from cans and bottles and allow hosts to have an easy way to keep cold beer for their guests. A draught beer keg can be rented from most liquor stores and can be set up and tapped within seconds for use at your party.

  • Bring your keg home from the store and keep it cold. You could place it in a walk-in fridge or in a large tub filled with ice.

  • Allow the keg to sit for 20 to 30 minutes before tapping it. This will allow the foam, which has accumulated from moving the keg, to settle for a better tap and for less head on the beer.

  • Remove the plastic cap from the top of the keg. This cap is usually included to keep the top of the tap clean and usually can be snapped off.

  • Grab the tap, which can also be rented from most liquor stores, and line up the notches on the end of the tap up with the holes and the ball bearing on the top of the keg. Line up the notches on the tab with the holes in the keg and push down. The keg is not difficult to open, but does require a little bit of pressure when pushing.

  • Continue pushing once you have pierced the top of the keg and turn the tap into place so that the notches lock into the slits in the keg. You must keep pushing as you turn or the pressure of the beer will push the tap out.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pour four or five cups of beer and dump them before serving guests, because the first few cups will be mostly foam.

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