Where to Get a Keg in Calgary
Enjoy the taste and convenience of draft beer at your next party
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The keg is an object of special fascination for beer lovers. There’s a reason we ask ‘what’s on tap’; beer just tastes better that way. Renting a keg allows you to serve up deliciously fresh draft at home and all but guarantees a successful party.
If you do commit to a keg there are a few things to think about. The first is size; kegs generally come in roughly 30 and 59 litre sizes. That’s equal to about 85 and 170 individual beers, so make sure you invite enough beer drinkers. Cooling your beer is also crucial so stock up on ice.
Renting a keg takes care of your event’s beverage needs and adds an extra sense of occasion. So whether you’re hosting an Oktoberfest party or want to end the barbecue season with a bang, here’s where to get your barrel of beer.
A Calgary institution, Big Rock’s classic varieties are available in 59 litre kegs while its limited edition, seasonal brews and ciders come in the 30 litre size. Call for availability and order at least 24 hours before intend to pick up your beer.
Price range: $130 to $250
5555 76 Ave S.E., 403-720-3239, bigrockbeer.com
Brewsters offers kegs of its 11 core beers at all five Calgary locations. They usually have some 59 litre kegs in stock, but call ahead if you are hoping for a specific variety or a smaller keg.
Price range: $145 to $210
Various locations, 403-265-2739, brewsters.ca
One of the few other places in Calgary to keep kegs on hand, Crowfoot Wine and Spirits offers most standard domestic beers (Kokanee, Canadian etc.) in 20, 30 and 59 litre sizes. Pump rental costs $5 with the purchase of a keg.
Price range: $95.50 to $315
7414 Crowfoot Rd. N.W., 403-296-2200, crowfootliquor.com
All of Wildrose Brewery’s regular beers are available in 59 litre kegs and a handful can be had in the 30 litre size. The craft brewer also sells 8.5 litre party pigs for $55. Keg orders must be made 3 to 4 days in advance while party pigs are usually in stock.
Price range: $175 to $275
Deposit: None charged, though a credit card is required
4580 Quesnay Wood Dr. S.W., 403-727-5451, wildrosebrewery.com
With nearly 150 kinds of domestic and imported beers Willow Park offers Calgary’s largest selection of kegs. They recommend a weeks notice to ensure your keg is chilled and ready for when you need it. Pumps are available for purchase ($80), but cannot be rented.
Price range: $100 to $350
10801 Bonaventure Dr. S.E., 403-296-1640, willowpark.net
Zyn has an extensive selection of beer including imports and local craft brews such as Village. In addition to the standard sizes, some beers come in 20 and 50 litre kegs. Browse and order online for pick up 2-3 days later.
Price range: $90 to $350
1543 17 Ave. SW, 403-543-8900, zyn.ca