Class Up Your Back Yard Parties With a Kegerator

So you’re going to throw a party for your friends and play some drinking games, but want to class it up a bit. Instead of having everyone throw their 6 or 12 packs into the fridge and taking up all your room for snacks, you can provide some other alternatives that take up less room, look better and provide a classy party atmosphere.

Back yard partyOne thing that I find essential for any back yard party is a really good ice chest cooler. There are a lot of really good ones on the market that you can choose from. A really good one will keep your beer colder for a much longer period of time saving you from running out for ice every couple of hours. Even on really hot days a good cooler will keep your beer cold for hours.

corona ice chest coolerMy favorite is the Corona ice chest. It looks great and does an excellent job of keeping your beer at the perfect temperature. It may be a little more expensive than some others out there, but what can I say, the stainless steel tub looks great. You can also find some nice Coleman coolers for around $100 that will do the same thing, but won’t look as good. No matter which one you choose, it will be a good addition to your back yard parties.

mini-kegeratorNow that I’ve gotten older, my friends are more often showing up with mini kegs of beer instead of bringing loose beers or mooching off of me. You can get mini kegs in a few different brands and are a real hit with everyone when they are around. No matter what occasion, having a keg around brings out a party atmosphere. One of my favorite purchases was to get myself a mini kegerator. Mini kegerators keep your beer cool, take up a lot less space and look great. You can find some reviews of mini kegerators and other coolers at the Beverage Cooler Experts.

Why stop there? If your parties are big enough and or you have people over for football or parties regularly you may want to consider getting a real kegerator. If your city has a local brewery you can often purchase full kegs for a fraction of the price of bottles. You can then have a nice cold beer on tap any time you or friends want one. Kegs are not just for bars, if you have the space for a keg cooler you can save some money and have the coolest man den in town.

BrewDemon Signature brew kitIf you prefer bottles or cans or don’t have a local brewery to supply you with a keg, then you may want to consider a beverage cooler. Beverage coolers are great for keeping your main refrigerator clean and clutter-free by keeping all of your beverages in one place. We use ours for all types of drinks for the whole family and always have numerous types of beers and wine on hand for our guests. It is also handy for the times that I brew my own batch of craft beer, which I like to do a few times per year.

I hope this gave you some ideas for your next party or get together. Thanks for reading!

Beer Nutrition Facts – Is Beer Good For You?

mmm beerWho doesn’t like beer? Ok, maybe not everyone, but I definitely do. This golden, bubbly refreshing beverage is one of the most popular drinks in the world. Many people even consume it on a daily basis. In this post we look at the nutritional value of beer. There are many conflicting reports whether beer is good for you or not. Let’s explore some of what we know…

Beer is a simple beverage that usually contains water, grain, hops and yeast. Malted barley is commonly used in beer and have a naturally sweet flavor which is why hops is used to add a bit of bitterness. Yeast is added to the brew to make it ferment and add the alcohol. Most beers end up with an alcohol content between 4 and 6%.

The average bottle of beer contains around 150 calories, however it contains very little carbohydrates. This doesn’t mean you can drink with abandon, but in moderation beer isn’t THAT bad for you. It also has more nutritional value than you may be aware of.

Since beer is made from grains, many of those nutrients are also found in beer. There are high levels of potassium, phosphorus and even some calcium. Vitamin B, zinc, riboflavin and niacin. It is also a decent source of fibre. You might also be surprised to know that beer contains antioxidants as suggested in a study done in the Journal of Nutrition and Biochemistry.

dark beerDifferent types of beers have different nutritional compositions. Darker beers have more fibre and other nutritional value. Some studies have found that darker beers have much higher flavonoid (Vitamin P and citrin) content than lighter beers. Flavonoids are beneficial to arterial health and therefore may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Beer has also been credited with a number of other health benefits. Through various studies and beer has been credited with:

  • improved digestion through insoluble fibre
  • curing insomnia
  • lowers bad cholesterol
  • boosts your memory
  • helps to combat stress
  • reduces heart attacks

Now, there isn’t a lot of empirical evidence from studies verifying all of the above, but at least it gives us beer-lovers something to brag about when we are consuming our favorite beverage. We can brag like the red wine drinkers.

This doesn’t mean that you should run out and purchase a 12 pack and polish them off in one night, but it also doesn’t mean that you should stay away from it. Just like everything else in life, beer is good for you in moderation. Drinking a beer a day is perfectly fine, but don’t overdo it.