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    What different methods are  available for dispensing draft beer at a party?

    No matter which method of dispensing is used, remember to keep the keg chilled to 38° F for both dispensing and storage. There are a wide variety of methods available for dispensing draft beer at a party. Keg party pumps are the most commonly used method to dispense draft beer at parties. The pressure to dispense the beer is provided by a hand-operated pump used to pump air into the keg. Party pumps are generally used in single keg special events environments, with the beer being consumed within a few hours. The outside air pumped into the keg will cause a bacteria reaction that will spoil the beer within 8-12 hours.

    Party dispensing systems that use CO2 are the ultimate way to dispense draft beer at a party. A CO2 tank provides the pressure, so there is no need to pump the keg as with a traditional party pump. Just open the faucet and let the beer flow. Using CO2 will maintain the freshness of draft beer longer than party pumps, adding unfiltered air to the keg. If the draft beer is kept at the proper temperature and pressure, this dispensing will allow the beer to remain fresh for 45-120 days. (See FAQ How long will a keg of draft beer remain fresh?)

    Basic CO2 party dispensing systems are easy to dispense the draft beer either through a hose with a plastic picnic faucet or an upright dispensing rod with an /attached traditional chrome faucet, which makes an excellent professional presentation! Party coolers, also known as jockey boxes, are a great way to keep the draft beer flowing. The beer is run through either a stainless steel coil or an aluminum cold plate covered with ice. This chills the draft beer just before it is dispensed from the faucet to assure a nice ice-cold glass of beer.

    Portable dispensers are wheeled draft beer dispensers complete with a draft beer tower and drip tray. These mobile units are ideal for special events and catering. Clamp-on towers are an inexpensive way to dispense draft beer in a temporary location. These mount easily with a built-in clamp and a small 8-quart cooler to chill the beer. Again, this creates a fast and very professional way to dispense draft beer.


    For over 60 years, Micro Matic has been recognized as one of the world’s leading suppliers of draft beer equipment. Specializing in keg-to-glass technology, we offer a total solution for meeting your draft beer equipment needs. Our dedication to customer service is supported by four regional sales and distribution centers, the Micro Matic Dispense Institute for training and education, and a Certified Installer Network for draft beer installations. Want to speak with a “perfect pour” expert? Contact Micro Matic today.