New Castle DraughtKeg Review


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This review from the guys at features the New Castle DraughtKeg from Heineken. The review gives some background, instructions on use, and a review of the taste and technology. If you have seen these on the shelves and want to know more you should definitely check this out.

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New Castle DraughtKeg Review

  1. 1. Get the full story at The Beer Newb Reviews The DraughtKeg
  2. 2. Welcome to the Review <ul><li>Thanks for checking out this presentation presented by on the Heineken DraughtKeg. We hope you enjoy this presentation and learn something new at the same time. For more information, comments, and questions we invite you to visit our main website at . </li></ul><ul><li>We wish to acknowledge that the product reviewed herein was provided via an agent of the company for the purposes of review. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What beers come in DraughtKegs? <ul><li>For a long time into its introduction, the only beer sold in the DraughtKeg was Heineken and Heineken light. Recently, Newcastle Brown Ale was added. We should expect to see more brews coming to the DraughtKeg as distribution increases and it becomes more popular. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What beers come in DraughtKegs? <ul><li>Over in Europe, there are a lot more brews available in DraughtKeg form. I imagine its probably pretty hard to import them, but maybe some of the more popular international brands will make it here. </li></ul><ul><li>I couldn’t find any details on English/US sites besides a listing on Wikipedia , luckily I was able to get some info from a Dutch website . Note, not all BeerTender compatible kegs are stand alone DraughtKegs. </li></ul>
  5. 5. About this Review <ul><li>Heineken’s DraughtKeg was introduced in 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>In August 2009 New Castle was added to the lineup in limited distribution in select markets including Chicago, LA, Minneapolis, and San Diego and you should expect to see these near you soon </li></ul><ul><li>Today in the Chicago area, they are easy to find – Both my corner store and supermarket stock them </li></ul><ul><li>The DraughtKeg is a pretty good value at ≈$20 </li></ul><ul><li>In this review I will investigate ease of use, coolness factor, and the taste and quality of beer served </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is the DraughtKeg <ul><li>The DraughtKeg </li></ul><ul><ul><li>holds 5 liters ( ≈1⅓ gallons) of beer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>is pressurized with CO 2 & requires no manual pumping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>comes with all necessary parts with easy assembly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>is made of recyclable steel & can be recycled after use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>weighs only 12.2 lbs/5.5 kg and has a built-in handle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>keep beer fresh for up to 30 days after opening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>takes only 10 hours at 40-45 ˚ to get ready </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stays cool for hours, can be refrigerated after opening </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Getting the DraughtKeg Cold The DraughtKeg should be chilled down to about 35-40°F (2-5°C). Woke up extra early to get this baby into the fridge so it would be ready for a good night. Should take about 10 hours, but more times is okay. At first, I was a little concerned that the keg would be too big, but it easily fit into my apartment’s tiny fridge, standing up straight. That nice because I can keep more beer cold at a time because of vertical space. © ©
  8. 8. Tapping is Easy with DraughtKeg! © © © Take DraughtKeg out of the fridge Stand the handle into place Snap in the spout, and enjoy!
  9. 9. Let’s Drink!!! <ul><li>Like a bar tap or any other keg, you need to be mindful of the amount of pressure you are applying in order to get a good flow and just enough head </li></ul><ul><li>You should rinse the spout out with water before you attach it to make sure its clean </li></ul><ul><li>Also be careful when you first break the seal and attach the spout, I had a little bit of beer shoot out when I first connected </li></ul>©
  10. 10. Let’s Drink!!! <ul><li>Like with a real keg, the first drag or two might be foamy. Use proper pouring technique and be gentle with the pressure handle to get a perfect pour in your glass </li></ul><ul><li>I also put a small bowl under the spout to catch the small amount of dripping beer that remains after each glass is poured </li></ul>©
  11. 11. So how does it taste? <ul><li>I prefer tapped beer to bottles, and this did not disappoint </li></ul><ul><li>After I got pouring under control each pint was picturesque </li></ul><ul><li>The DraughKeg should stay fresh for 30 days. We held out as long as possible (5 days) and we had no problems keeping it cold and delicious. To store your DruaghtKeg just rinse of the spout under the faucet and return to the fridge </li></ul>©
  12. 12. So how does it taste? <ul><li>Everything is pressurized, and we were able to leave it out for a few hours – it stayed cool and never got flat – this is good if you or your guests don’t want a full pint or bottle each time or if you just want to be a gracious host and top someone off </li></ul><ul><li>I happen to like Newcastle draught or in a bottle, but it was definitely nice to have the pour it yourself experience at home & in convenient portable form </li></ul><ul><li>Went great with our homemade pizzas  </li></ul>
  13. 13. Thanks for checking out or review <ul><li>Thanks for checking out the Beer Newb’s review of the Heineken/NewCastle DraughKeg system </li></ul><ul><li>You can get your beer education by following us: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On Facebook at </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On Twitter at: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You may also be interested in the following articles: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting Your Glass “Beer Clean” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pouring the Perfect Pint </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kegs: Heavy Lifting </li></ul></ul>