May 27, 2017

Tinnell’s Keg Program

Tinnell's Keg ProgramFor those in the know, Tinnell’s Finer Foods has always been the best place in the Roanoke Valley to pick up a keg for a party, a wedding or just for fun. The surprising thing is how often we hear people say they didn’t realize we carry kegs! For 50 years Tinnell’s has been special-ordering kegs for our customers and supplying taps, tubs and “cold-plates” as well (we also have the cheapest bagged ice in the Roanoke Valley.)

What type of kegged beer can you get at Tinnell’s? If you have seen a beer on tap at a Virginia Bar or been to an event where a keg you enjoyed was being served, odds are we can get it. From the major brands to the more obscure small-batch beers, we have lots of distributors we regularly deal with so we can pretty much get what you want.

What size keg do you need? Let’s look at your options. A full keg (also known as a “half-barrel”) is 15.5 gallons so you get the equivalent of about 165 12-ounce beers. A pony-keg or “quarter-barrel” is 7.75 gallons or about 82 beers. A “sixtel” is 5.5 gallons or 58 beers. Some European varieties come in oddball sizes but those are the exception rather than the rule.

While bottled and canned beer has, for the most part, a significant shelf-life, the same cannot be said of kegged beer. Most kegs are good for only a few weeks at best, so when you buy one from a retailer who “keeps them in stock” you run the risk that it may have sat around for longer than is ideal. All our kegs are custom ordered for our customers so we are always able to ensure the freshest beer possible. All we need is a few days’ notice to get your selection in but please keep in mind that in order to increase the likelihood of getting the beer you want, a five business day lead-time is ideal. Also please know that we receive our kegs ice-cold and keep them that way in our walk-in coolers!

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