Want a pub quality beer from the comfort of your own home? Check out these beer dispensers.
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Question: Is there anything better than a chilled, fresh, relaxing, tasty, proper pint of beer in the pub? Answer (as if we actually need an answer): Absolutely not.
We all like a beer at home too — a bag of cans or a few bottles are all well and good — but it’s not the same as a pub-pulled pint. That’s why home dispensers are increasingly popular. For beer enthusiasts, a dispenser should go alongside the coffee machine or kettle — an essential appliance that every kitchen needs.
But where to start? Different drinks for different needs, and that’s also true of beer dispensers. So we’ve rounded up a selection of machines to suit all kinds of beer lovers.
How does a beer dispenser work?This really depends on the beer dispenser you buy. Some take kegs, some use their own technology, and others allow you to pour the beer straight in. We’ve even included one dispenser that sucks the beer straight from the can and turns into it a draught-style pint. Most models use kegs, or a variation on the keg.
How much beer does a beer dispenser hold?While it would be easier for brands to list keg and dispenser capacities in pints — that’s how we like to drink it, after all — they’re measured in litres. Most dispensers hold kegs of around 5 litres (and there’s 1.76 pints in a litre), though some will hold a little more or less.
What types of beer do dispensers use?Being limited to kegs doesn’t mean you’re limited with choice of beer brands. There’s actually a wide, ever-growing range of kegs available, with brands that include Budweiser, Stella Artois, Beck’s, Brewdog, Leffe, Goose Island, Corona, and Camden Hells. The Krups machine we’ve included in this roundup uses its own style kegs — oversized cans called “torps” — which include some alternative breweries and brands. That range includes the likes of Amstel, Moretti, Tiger, Lagunitas, and Brixton. Or you can get a home-brewing dispenser that allows you to brew all kinds of beer.
How much does a beer dispenser cost?Luckily, this roundup of home beer dispensers includes a range of prices, from well under £100 to almost £400. There are cheaper options available, but if you want good quality, be prepared to spend at least a few hundred pounds. Remember there are ongoing costs with kegs, too. A 6 litre keg will cost somewhere between £30 and £45, depending on which brand you like to drink.
What is the best home beer dispenser?Much like the beer itself, it all comes down to personal taste. Maybe you need something to keep the beer flowing at a party, or maybe you’re a serious beer connoisseur who wants the absolute best machine and best-tasting tipple that money can buy. Either way, there’s something for you on this list. We’ve taste-tested the reviews and scoured the internet for a good selection to suit every kind of beer lover.
There are the best beer dispensers in 2024.
You’ve heard of the king of beers, right? Well, the Philips PerfectDraft is the king of beer dispensers. Sure, Philips is best known as a trusted manufacturer of TVs and electric shavers. As it turns out, the boffins at Philips know a thing or two about good quality booze, too.
The PerfectDraft guarantees fresh tasting beer by maintaining an optimum temperature of 3°C (temperature and freshness are displayed on an LCD screen). It also keeps beer fresh and drinkable for 30 days.
It’s compatible with a range of beer brand kegs. There’s a Philips PerfectDraft Pro too, which is similar but topped up with smart features.
If you want the quality of Philips PerfectDraft but want to spend a little less, the Statesman Beer Dispenser Tap could be a good alternative.
It’s fairly new — hence the lack of reviews — and sells for a much lower price. This beer dispenser also holds a little less than the Philips model — this one is compatible with 5 litre kegs — but also works with wine and Prosecco.
What we especially like — particularly for the lower price — are its adjustable features, which should allow you to pour a pint exactly as you like it. There’s an adjustable CO2 control option, controlled via a dial, plus a built-in cooling system that allows you to set the keg temperature between 3-12°C.
You probably know Krups as a top coffee brands. They’re one of the most trusted manufacturers of Nespresso machines. But, as you can tell from the distinctive Krups The Sub, the brand knows the value of a decent pint, too.
The Sub is a compact dispenser that will fit snugly onto any kitchen counter. It holds 2 litre torps, which are like oversized cans that you can keep in the fridge before loading into the Sub dispenser. The Sub continues to keep the beer at 2°C and promises to keep the beer fresh for up to 15 days.
There’s a wide (and ever-growing) range of beers in the torps cannisters, though because of the smaller capacity you’ll have to change them over regularly. Otherwise it’s hard to find fault with this.
The Fizzics DraftPour seems like a bit of a novelty but it’s a very decent bit of kit for comnmitted beer drinkers. It’s also a great gift idea for beer lovers.
Simply put a can or bottle of beer in the column (it holds different sized cans and bottles, from 330ml to 750ml). It uses something called Micro-Foam technology to turn the beer into a pub-style draught pint. The technology works via sound waves, which creates a dense, consistent head, along with an enhanced aroma and evenly sized bubbles.
It seems pricey for what it is, but it’s a well-made piece of kit that will serve up pint after pint.
The Pinter Fresh Craft Beer Maker is one for beer connoisseurs. It’s not just a case of hooking up a keg and pumping out the beer. With the Pinter, you purchase packs of beer mix (and there’s a good selection available from Pinter: IPA, stout, pale ale, cider, bitter, lager) and brew it yourself.
It’s simple enough — perfect for brewing novices — and everything’s explained on the Pinter app. You can order your beer mixes on the app too.
Beer takes 5-10 days to brew, so the only drawback is that it’s not built for a continuous flow of beer, like keg-based dispensers. But flavour-wise, the Pinter is a level above the competition. Not to mention cheaper.
Compared to the hi-tech beer dispensers you’ll find elsewhere in this roundup, the XXL Biertower is a cheaper and most certainly cheerful option.
It’s not going to replace the experience of pulling pints in the pub. Instead, it’s made for parties, barbecues, and get-togethers — or any time you just want a generous supply of ice-cold beer on hand. And we do mean ice cold. There’s a removable ice cooler in the centre of the machine. It does reduce the capacity slightly, which is a shame, but there are few substitutes for crisply cold beer.
Another great thing about the XXL Biertower is that it’s not restricted to just beer. You can keep any drink chilled in there. Whatever your tipple is.
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