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Apr 1, 2007 05:24 PM

Mini-keg recommendations?

I'm looking for a mini-keg that I can keep in my frig for 4-6 days on end. Want that draft beer on demand whenever I get the mood. Anyone know which brewers make such a thing? I prefer lagers, but would welcome other suggestions.

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  1. How many people? Remember that once a keg is tapped, the beer is never the same the next day.

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      1. re: Magnum

        A 1/4 keg (aka pony keg) holds about 81 12oz beers, give or take foam and pour. Most of the 'macrobreweries' have pony kegs widely available at major grocers. Our local Harris Teeter has a variety of beers from Sam Adams, Red Hook, Sierra Nevada, Yuengling, etc. in pony keg form. If you are looking for something more handcrafted, I'd suggest visiting your local breweries and ordering from them.

    1. When I read "mini-keg" and "keep in a refrigerator" I think of the 1 Gallon or 5 liter cans (otherwise, you're going to be adjusting a lot of shelving). Lots of German beers are available in them, but, I imagine it's a regional thing (like most beer distribution in the US- I would also guess they aren't allowed in some states), so you're sort of dependent on what's sold in your area (the only interesting one I've seen is Köstritzer Schwarzbier- but if you're looking for light lagers, you'll have a few more to choose from (Becks, Bitburger, Molson Canadien, a few others). I think most are pasteurized (as are a lot of kegs from Europe, in general), unlike most draught beer in the US.

      Occassionally, US beers come in them, as well, (macros like Coors and Bud) and Heineken is doing a big push for their new minikeg (in NJ at least) package which has some sort of patented keg that *supposedly* prevents oxygen from entering the partially used keg. (The paperwork is sealed inside a plastic cap, so I haven't read the PR).

      The "sixtel" is a new-ish keg size and shape, used by many breweries currently (it actually seems to be replacing the old 1/4 barrel keg in some markets because of it's shape and size). Here's a good article on them-

      1. As I previously predicted, more microbrews will start to show up in the 1.32 gallon mini kegs such as Bell's Two Hearted Ale (which is an IPA):

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        1. re: Little T.

          I hear if your on the left coast you can get SNCA,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, dam# them

          1. re: niquejim

            Celebration Ale in mini kegs? Nice . . .

            1. re: niquejim

              Any references on the internet that you can point me to that confirms that?

              I haven't heard of SN doing it - and a quick google search didn't return anything - maybe you are thinking of Rogue ?

            2. re: Little T.

              Whole Foods Market in Fairfax, VA was selling those Bell's Two-Hearted Ale mini-kegs. Wegman's was selling the Heinekin mini-keg.

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