The Pros and Cons of a Home Kegerator

ImageOne of my silly dreams in life is to own a Kegerator.  I would love to have fresh tapped beer on my premises, ready to drink at any time.  I debated registering for one for my wedding (we didn’t have a house then, so no room) and I debated registering for one on our baby registry (somehow deemed inappropriate…. I don’t get it).  But yeah, I’ve always wanted one.

Look at the pros:  If you find a beer you love, maybe one you can only get in growler like say Carton’s Boat Beer or Kane Head High, you can always have it at your house, by picking up a keg once a month or so.  You’d also be the hit of the party, assuming you had a beer everyone likes on tap.  Plus, it just seems really classy.  No fuss, no muss, just fresh beer, anytime.  Delicious and wonderful.

But, there are two hindrances to me getting one.  One, they’re expensive.  It’s 500 bucks for a kegerator easy.  And then you have to pay for a keg.  Some of the best beers are 90 bucks a pop.  So, you usually end up relegated to Miller Lite or Pabst, just on money alone.

Second, I like to try new beers.  I love going to the liquor store each week or every two weeks and stocking up with stuff I’ve never tried before.  Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose, but it’s always interesting. With a kegerator, I’d be stuck with 1 beer for months at a time.  (Or a month….)

But the allure of a kegerator still stands.

So, what say you?  Those that have and those that don’t?

Is it worth it?

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3 thoughts on “The Pros and Cons of a Home Kegerator

  1. I have a few co workers who have built their own at a reasonable cost. One isn’t that great looking but it is in his garage. The second was built inside of a kitchen cabinet and is barely noticeable.

      • This is the first time I’ve seen an actual kegerator. All of the others have been like Jfabula mentioned of the home made variety. I’m with you though in that I like to try new things and don’t want to be stuck with one beer very long. I do like those Miller Lite in the fridge taps and with PBR would make one.

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