Beer kegs, party, beertender and perfect draft

Beer keg types: party, Beertender and Perfect Draft

Beerminikeg.com specializes in everything related to domestic beer kegs, ie beer kegs from 5 to 6 liters. Almost all barrels within this range fall within “party”, “Beertender” and “Perfect Draft” types.

Beer kegs, party, beertender and perfect draft

Knowing the type of mini keg that you are acquiring is important to know whether the keg is compatible with our beer tap and to know what is the right method to get rid of it once you have consumed the content.

It is important to know that very few shops are aware of any kind of keg classification, so even if you ask in a specialized establishment, you may get any useful guidance about which kegs are of a particular type, so it’s better to have a clear idea about this before reaching the shop.

When buying a beer tap is important to check that it is compatible with the type of kegs we want to use it with.

Party mini kegs.

These barrels are the easiest option when buying a beer keg since they require no outside elements for working. Fiesta kegs have a spigot at the bottom of the keg and a valve for the air inlet at the top. Beer arises from the bottom tap due to gravity and therefore it does not require gas or any outside tool or tap for operation.

The counterpart of these barrels is that the absence of pressure inside the keg allows the diluted gas to quickly scape, which means these barrels must be consumed quickly once opened (throughout the day) or you’ll lose much of its foam.

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Affligem mini beer keg

Affligem mini beer keg

Affligem mini beer keg is offered in 5 liter pressurized format, this format is known as beertender and is the format in which the Heineken mini beer kegs are offered.

Affligem mini beer keg

This means that the keg is equipped with a valve on top of the barrel to be connected to a beer tap with the appropriate connector. The beer will then raise to the dispenser due to the pressure of the pressurized gas.

If you want to read more about keg and cask barrel types you can follow this link.

Affligen mainly sells three types of beer: blonde, double, or triple. They are all abbey beer following Belgian quality standards.

At present days this type of beer is produced in industrial facilities outside of abbeys, however, according to Belgian law, brewers who want to make an abbey type beer must follow strict manufacturing standards. Also if they want to use a monastery name as brand for their beer, they must license the use of the beer recipe of the monastery and pay royalties the right to use it.

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Franziskaner 5 and 6 liter kegs

5 and 6 liter Fraziskaner mini beer kegs

Franziskaner offers their mini beer kegs in two different formats, on one hand we have the unpressurized 5-liter Franziskaner keg, following party keg format, and in the other we have the pressurized 6-liter keg, following perfect draft format.

Franziskaner 5 and 6 liter kegs

As usual in unpressurized type of kegs, this keg has a spout at the bottom for the beer to come out naturally by gravity force. The pressurized version has a valve in the upper side that should be connected to a beer tap with the appropriate connector for the beer to come out.

To learn more about the difference between pressurized and unpressurized kegs (or casks) you can read this article.

The Franziskaner beer is easy to find in most European pubs, the most common format in this kind of establishments is the bottle format. You will recorgnize it by the Franciscan monk who appears on the label.

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Keg and cask beer barrels

In English we have two terms to refer to the two types of barrels we can find in the market: “Keg” and “Cask”. Depending on the type of barrel we operate, we need a different pump, in the image below the pumps in the middle are for cask type barrels while side ones operate Keg type barrels.

Keg and Cask beer shooters in a pub.

A keg is a barrel that operates by injecting pressurized gas.

In the other hand Cask type barrels doesn’t have injected gas and therefore it is necessary to exert pressure on the liquid to reach the beer shooter. This type of beer barrels can be found in some British pubs (the only place I’ve seen them) and, unlike the Keg barrel type, they need some kind of lever for the barman to serve the beer by manual injecting air.

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