PLANNING a party or a gathering at your place and want to kick the party up a notch? It could be worth investing in a beer dispenser.
Not only can you impress your friends by providing IPAs and craft lager on tap, you might just improve the flavour too compared to drinking out the can.
Depending on how much you want to spend, there's a few price brackets for beer dispensers.
Getting a mini-keg is super simple and will cut down on your can collecting time when the night's over.
But the real aficionados will want a draught machine that you hook up to a keg of your favourite beer.
That means you can have your ales, lagers and IPAs on top without having to venture to the pub (and without the hefty price tag).
Or, if you've got some time on your hands, you can even brew your own beer with the Pinter system.
So take a look at the best beer dispensers you can buy in 2020.
1. The Sub
- The Sub Compact Black 2L, £99 on BeerWulf - buy here
With its two-litre capacity and compact size, The Sub from BeerWulf stands out from the crowd with its small, easy-to-store size.
It should easily fit on a kitchen counter; ideal for parties and gatherings.
Plus The Sub cools beers down to 2°C (compare that to a 6°C fridge), keeps beer fresh for over two weeks and is compatible with over 25 of your favourite international beer brands, including Heineken, Tiger, Birra Moretti, La Chouffe and more.
2. Philips PerfectDraft Starter bundle
- Philips PerfectDraft Starter bundle, £239 at Beer Hawk - buy here
This easy-to-use beer dispenser doesn't require any gas cylinders; instead it's a plug-in mechanism that takes in six-litre beer kegs from over 30 of your favourite brands, like Leffe, Hoegaarden, Jupiler and more.
Originally designed for bar and restaurant use, it has an LED display to alert you to the amount of beer left and the temperature.
The hundreds of five-star reviews say it all. 'Best purchase I have ever made, perfect pints on tap in the comfort of your own home,' sums up one reviewer.
This starter pack deal from Beer Hawk includes a keg and two glasses.
3. Blade Heineken Bundle
- Blade beer dispenser, £425 from BeerWulf - buy here
If you're looking for something plug and play that has a small footprint on your kitchen counter, look no further.
The Blade machine would fit on an A4 sheet of paper and doesn't require any CO2 to pour the perfect draft; just hook it up to the mains and it's ready to go.
It takes 8L kegs which should be a party pleaser.
And although it's a little bit more of an investment than comparable machines, you'll make some of the money back by not having to buy CO2 canisters
4. Mini keg
- Shop draught kegs at Beerwulf - buy here
Save yourself the bells and whistles of an expensive beer dispenser with a 5-litre keg.
While you might not get the perfect head on your pint, buying kegs is an easy solution for parties and gatherings.
And, depending on what you buy, you might find you'll save a few quid buy buying kegs instead of cans or bottles.
- Pinter with two brewing kits, £75 at The Greater Good - buy here
If you like the idea of making your own beer, it could be worth giving the Pinter a go.
We've spent a couple of weeks brewing up a few gallons of ale and reckon it's a great Christmas gift for any beer connoisseurs in your life.
Whatever you're brewing, it will take between four and eight days and the process is very clearly explained and simple to do.
It's quite a fun activity if you're finding yourself stuck indoors more these days, and we felt like we earned a couple of pints after crafting them ourselves.
The starter pack with two brewing kits and the main unit costs £75 and gets you 20 pints of your chosen beverage.
Further brewing kits cost between £10 and £15 and are letterbox sized so they're easily delivered.
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