Saturday, September 4, 2010

How to order a barrel of beer from Star Liquor.

So the only reason to write this blog is because Star is not what you would call a barrel store. What that means is we do not keep a large number of varied beers in different size kegs on hand. The reason this is true is our cooler is not very big.

We will work very hard to get you the barrel that you want but in return we need a couple of things from you. Advanced notice and a little patience. If you can supply those two things we will go out of our way to get you the beer you need.

The advanced notice that we need means that you need to call Star by 3pm on the Monday before you need your barrel. That is when you can talk to Adam (the beer guy) and he can talk to his salespeople to get you your beer. The more notice you give the better chance you have of getting your beer.

The patience part involves us finding out if the beer you want comes in the barrel you need. Many people think that any beer you see is available in barrels. That is not always true. Especially when dealing with smaller breweries or more eclectic beers. Most everything can be had but it takes time especially if the brewer is from outside Wisconsin.

One of the most important things to remember is just how much beer is really in a barrel of beer. Do you really need that much? How much do you and your friends drink these days?

Some rough numbers to remember:

½ barrel (the largest available thru retailers) = roughly 180 12oz beers

¼ barrel = roughly 90 beers

1/6 barrel= roughly 65 beers

You would be amazed how many kegs come back to Star half full. So maybe you just need bottles of beer. That allows for variety and allows for the leftovers to stay in the fridge for a later date.

So remember, call ahead, if you want something unusual call way ahead, don’t be surprised if what you want isn’t available, and be prepared with some options. That way you and your friends can be drinking icy cold tap beer when your party starts.

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