KEGERATOR DRAFT BEER SYSTEMS FOR HOTELS & RESTAURANTS

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Do you want a draft beer system for your bar or restaurant but have limited space?

Discover a unique kegerator draft beer system with a stylish remote beer tower.

THE PROBLEM WITH THE TRADITIONAL KEGERATOR

Architectural plan of a bar layout with a traditional kegerator
TRADITIONAL KEGERATOR IN COMMERCIAL BAR DESIGN

Some hotel, bar and restaurant owners have turned to the kegerator draft beer system as an alternative to the glycol system. When it comes to kegerators, not much has changed over the years – but that’s becoming a problem, in light of the emergence of craft beer. Although this style of bar equipment is reliable, it hasn’t been good for commercial bar design because traditional kegerators are 29” deep – which doesn’t conform to the world of 24” underbar stainless bar equipment. The other problem is that they don’t have fashionable, multiple-faucet beer towers. Not to worry, because I have a work-around for you!


Architectural plan of a bar with a custom kegerator draft beer system
IMAGE OF BACKBAR COOLER AS REMOTE AIR-COOLED DRAFT BEER SYSTEM
Air-cooled draft beer tower is mounted to front bar top

BUILDING CONSTRAINTS CAN BE AN OBSTACLE FOR GLYCOL DRAFT BEER SYSTEMS


Consider the following design example of a hotel bar. Although I believe glycol draft beer systems are the best investment of any draft beer system (ref. to my earlier post, listed below), they sometimes don’t prove to be the best, most cost-effective solutions for some existing hotels, bars and restaurants, due to limited locations for walk-in coolers and therefore, extremely long trunklines and many physical obstacles.

A KEGERATOR DRAFT BEER SYSTEM FOR CRAFT BEER

Architectural drawing of kegerator with a capacity of eight brands of beer
BACKBAR COOLER LAYOUT FOR EIGHT BRANDS OF BEER
The tower is the ultimate limiting factor for kegerators

If you want to serve 8-10 varieties of craft beer and desire remote draft beer towers, but don’t want to invest in a glycol draft beer system, consider the alternative we used for this bar design. I turned to a little-known bar design secret – adapting a standard built-in backbar cooler into a kegerator draft beer system. This type of cooler is 24” deep, can house eight (or more) brands of beer and is readily available. For this application I used the following bar equipment:

  • Glastender BB84 back bar coolers.
  • Glastender LGT8, 8-faucet beer towers.

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It’s very important to note that the beer tower used for this application needs to be designed for air-cooled draft beer systems; glycol towers will not work for this.

Also needed are the tubing, pressure regulators and other hardware for connecting eight brands of beer and a CO2 gas cylinder – the same as any draft beer system. The Owner chose to have the draft beer towers remotely-mounted to the front bar top; this means that the kegerators shown here will act as remote air-cooled draft beer systems, which is feasible, given that the beer towers are only five feet from each kegerator (ref. to my earlier post, listed below); to achieve this, some 4” schedule 40 PVC will be necessary to act as the “shaft”.

KEGERATOR DRAFT BEER SYSTEMS CAN REQUIRE SOME CUSTOMIZATION

Although no companies are currently marketing the idea of “off-the-shelf” built-in kegerators with remote towers, you can purchase anybody’s built-in back bar cooler and incorporate the above concept (Perlick and Beverage Air manufacture similar coolers and those cut sheets can be found at the end of this post). You won’t find a ready-made solution on any retail website for this (such as Web Restaurant Store). We can assist you in completing the design.

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DOWNLOADS FOR THIS POST:

BEVERAGE_AIR_BACKBAR_COOLER_CUT_SHEET.pdf

Glastender_Backbar_Coolers_Cut_Sheet.pdf

GLASTENDER_LIONS_GATE_DRAFT_BEER_TOWER.pdf

PERLICK_BBS_BACKBAR_COOLER_CUT_SHEET.pdf

PERLICK_DDS-Series-Self-Contained-Direct-Draw_Coolers.pdf

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UNIVERSAL_BAR_CLEARANCES_WITH_ADA.pdf

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