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Old 10-30-2009, 10:04 PM   #1
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Default Commercial 1/6 Barrels? Do distributors carry them?

I emailed Sam Adams (and a few others) about the size of their kegs, since my new keezer has a limited width of 16-1/4" or so, and I'd like to keep a commercial brew on tap along side of 2 homebrews. They said that their 1/4's and 1/2's are fine at 15-1/2", but that they'd recommend a 1/6 barrel....?

Maybe I'm a drunk or something, but I've never bought anything smaller than a 1/2? Even the thought of settling for a 1/4 was feeling kind of weird.... but a 1/6? Never heard of 'em. How common are they? And how many beers will be available in them?

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Old 10-30-2009, 10:18 PM   #2
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I've gotten 1/6th barrels through good liquor stores. That's probably your best bet.

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Old 10-30-2009, 10:19 PM   #3
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1/6 barrels are very similar in shape and volume to the corny kegs we use for homebrew. Not real common, but not that tough to find, either.

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Sometimes 1/6 barrels are referred to as pony kegs.
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I've gotten 1/6th barrels through good liquor stores. That's probably your best bet.
Yup, thats what I've done too.
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Old 10-31-2009, 12:45 PM   #6
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So you're saying that some better party stores can order misc. brews in a 1/6 barrel? But obviously selection is dependent on store....?

How many brewers set aside a portion of their brew for these things? Or are they order dependent, filling them only when requested?

Can you say Victory Hop Devil on tap at home.... mmmmmmmmmmm.

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Here in Pittsburgh there is a Brewery Called "East End Brewing". I believe they may sell their beer in a 1/6 keg configuration as well as 1/4 and 1/2 kegs. I am not 100% certain, but I seem to remember seeing this offered.

I have recently changed my configuration in my refrigerator by putting a shelf into the bottom so I can get my cornies farther back inside the unit. This allows for 4 cornies now instead of the original 2 I had been set up with.

I still have the drawer below the shelf, so I can store bottled beer in that as well as the door shelves.

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I can get victory Hop Devil in 1/6 barrels at my local beer store (god bless state line liquors in elkton, MD) or i can take a 30 min drive and get them direct from the brewery (but they charge a 95$ keg deposit at Victory)

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I can get victory Hop Devil in 1/6 barrels at my local beer store (god bless state line liquors in elkton, MD) or i can take a 30 min drive and get them direct from the brewery (but they charge a 95$ keg deposit at Victory)
Sweet.... so there's hope. Just out of curiosity, what do they run?
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hop-head,
arcadia also sells in 1/6bl most of their popular beers. the only thing they dont is the specials iirc

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