How do I tap a keg?
Its easier than you think! You don’t need any CO2 or complicated equipment! A keg tap is provided with your rental and our knowledgeable staff will provide instructions and a demonstration and be happy to answer all your questions!
How do I use a party pump to dispense beer?
To dispense beer using a party pump:
1. Tap the keg, and open the faucet until all of the pressure is released. The beer will be foamy at this point, but will subside shortly. Don’t worry, you can still drink the beer!
2. Do not pump before opening the faucet, as this can cause a faster and foamier pour, which will be difficult to stop.
Stop pumping once a good beer flow has been reached. Remember to only pump to maintain your beer flow, and only pump when the faucet is open.
How do I keep my keg cold?
Kegs are cold at the time of pickup (36°F/2°C). It should be between 36-42 °F/2-5°C when you are ready to serve. Pick up some ice, throw the keg in a bucket, and let it chill! Kegs are 16” wide X 21” high.
I picked up a keg today and want to have a few glasses, but the party isn’t until two days from now. Is this ok?
No. Only tap the keg when you are ready to consume completely using a party pump. Once the keg is tapped, you have about 24 hours of quality beer before it goes flat. Just like a bottle of pop – once opened, it doesn’t taste the same the next day. Oxygen is draught beer’s worst enemy!
Do I need to reserve a keg?
No! We are always stocked. Last minute party on a Friday night? Need a keg? No problem! Hit up our drive-thru!
Can I drink the keg as soon as I get it home?
Its not recommended. The keg should sit in a stable upright position for about 2-3 hours before consumption. This will allow the draught beer to settle after travel time and will result in less “foaming”.
How many glasses are in a keg of beer?
There is 144 -12oz glasses in our traditional 50 litre keg. That’s 6 – 24’s! Grab 20 friends and give one a try!
What sizes of kegs do you have?
Most of our brands are 50 litres. We also have Moosehead Lager and Samuel Adams Boston Lager in a 30 litre size.
What brands of beer do you carry?
Moosehead Lager, Moose Light, Alpine, Premium Dry, Pale Ale, and Cracked Canoe. We also have Clancy’s, Barking Squirrel, and Hop Bot IPA, and Samuel Adams Boston Lager for the craft beer fans! Finally, we have Moose Light Radler for the Spring/Summer season.
How much is a deposit for a keg?
We require a $150 deposit for the keg and tap. When both pieces of equipment are returned in working condition, we refund the deposit in full. Every additional keg or tap you get adds $75 to the deposit.
Do you deliver kegs?
No. You must pick up your keg at the Cold Beer Store – but we load it in your vehicle for you in our convenient drive-thru. We will have you in and out in less than 5 minutes! It’s easier than you think!
How long are you able to keep the keg before you need to bring it back?
We require the keg and tap to be returned in a one week period. If you have a home bar/CO2 unit at home and do not require a tap, the return date is much more flexible.
I have a home bar and don’t need a tap. Does my deposit change?
Yes – we have a good number of consumers who purchase kegs from us on a regular basis for their home bar. You put down $75 for the initial deposit for the keg, then when you finish the keg, bring back the empty and you can pick up a new keg for just the cost of the beer. We will continue to hold the deposit until you close your running agreement with us.
Do I get any free stuff for buying a keg from you?
Yes! We provide you with one sleeve of plastic cups (50 cups/sleeve) for each keg you buy – complimentary! Sweet!