You're dying to know more about the Heineken Draughtkeg, right? Well, I was, which is why I went out and bought one. The first thing you notice is that it's smaller than it looks on the TV. As you can see from the carefully posed photo [right] it's both portable and potable.
The tap snaps onto the top, and you're promised fresh beer for 30 days after tapping. It holds "1.33 gallons of lager beer", (or 20 8-ounce glasses) so 30 days should just about do it.
It's perfect for single people who like draft beer, football tailgate parties or dragging along to a party to impress your friends.
My local store sells them already chilled, otherwise you have to cool it for 10 hours before it's ready to drink, and it fits nicely in your kitchen refrigerator.
Heineken isn't necessarily my first choice for beer, but this thing is so cool that I just had to check it out. Now, if we can get the Samuel Adams guys on the job, we'll really have something.
One store around here sells it for 17 bucks and another for twenty, so guess how much I paid?
Two hints: One, you're going to get some foam on the initial pour, so take it easy. It pours easily, and the tap is sensitive. Two: It dribbles after it shoots, so put a paper towel on the refrigerator shelf. It sets up easily, after you break the tap out of its blister pack. The beer is good, though. Fresh and smooth.
And, as I wondered last week, I'm open to suggestions as to what to do with the empty keg - which I do not anticipate stretching to its 30-day limit.