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AdamWiz 01-02-2012 12:33 PM

Madison Squre Garden keg room
 
I was reading the latest issue of ESPN the magazine, and a few pages in they show a picture of one of the keg rooms that feed the 566 taps at all the concession stands in Madison Square Garden. It is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen - if you think you have a pretty sweet draft set-up, check this out:

Madison Square Garden Has An Impressive Beer System | Brew Review

Airborneguy 01-02-2012 01:02 PM

At first that seemed crazy to me, but then I realized it is much more efficient to have ridiculously long beer lines, but be able to store all the kegs in one spot. The servers probably never even know when a keg is switched out.

dwshotwell 01-05-2012 02:25 AM

It's cool right up to the point that you remember those kegs are fully of Miller Lite, and they charge like $10 for a paper - cupful. Think what an army of real brewers could do with that set up...

Airborneguy 01-05-2012 09:41 AM

Most of them are, true. But I'm happy to report that MSG has an awesome beer selection. Expensive as hell, but at least I can get a good beer while watching a Rangers game!

dwshotwell 01-06-2012 07:59 PM

Wish that was true at the Joe... Even the cans of Molson ($10/ tall boy) taste like they add tap water before they hand them over.

GilaMinumBeer 01-06-2012 08:02 PM

I was more surprised to learn that they are carbonating in the keg rather than simply just pumping the beer to and fro and inline carbonating at the serving point.

Ceetar 01-06-2012 08:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Airborneguy (Post 3629807)
Most of them are, true. But I'm happy to report that MSG has an awesome beer selection. Expensive as hell, but at least I can get a good beer while watching a Rangers game!


Curious about this (Islanders and not a basketball fan so I don't really get there often/ever). What beer do they serve?

onthekeg 01-06-2012 08:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GilaMinumBeer (Post 3635431)
I was more surprised to learn that they are carbonating in the keg rather than simply just pumping the beer to and fro and inline carbonating at the serving point.

Where did it say this? I am sure the kegs are carbonated already when received just like at any other location. CO2 is just used to push the beer to the taps.

GilaMinumBeer 01-06-2012 08:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by onthekeg (Post 3635455)
Where did it say this? I am sure the kegs are carbonated already when received just like at any other location. CO2 is just used to push the beer to the taps.

Yes, but we are talking about taps that are hundreds of feet away in line length. To "push" beer through that much line would take an IMMENSE amount of gas pressure to combat line resistance and keep the system in balance.

A LOT of long draw systems, especially THIS long, rely on inline pumps to keep line pressure up and only use enough CO2 to feed the pumps. Then they boost the CO2 volumes at the dispensery through inline methods.

A paper article I was shown, Sports Illustrated IIRC, indicated that they relied solely on gas pressure for service and carbonation maintenance.

Stevo2569 01-06-2012 08:27 PM

Wow 550'. Think about all that beer thats wasted when cleaning the lines out. Not sure what dia of serving line but thats got to be several gallons.


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