How To Choose The Best Draft Beer System For Beers At Different Temperatures

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Craft beer industry standards have 38°F as the key temperature recommended for serving and storing most draft beers. However, some beers will taste better when served at a warmer temperature. These beers may include ales, Belgian Dubbel, Belgian Quad, Flanders Red, Oud Bruin, and Imperial Stout.

Certain bars and restaurants do serve different beer styles, including stouts, at warmer temperatures to enhance the taste. The optimal temperature for this is 46°F, but if you have 10 kegs in your cooler, it’s just not possible to increase the temperature for that one beer without sacrificing the quality of the other beers. 

Some bars address this problem by having separate coolers for each style of beer. This way, each style is stored at the proper temperature. Here are the proper temperatures for each type of beer:

  • American macro lagers and light lagers: 33-40°F
  • Pale lagers and pilsners: 38°F
  • Amber, marzen, and Oktoberfest lagers: 45-50°F
  • Blonde ale and cream ale: 40-45°F
  • Pale ale: 45°F (some can go as high as 55°F)
  • India pale ale: 38°F (others can be stored between 45- and 55°F)
  • Stout, black ale, and porter: 45-55°F
  • Wheat beers: 40-45°F
  • Sour beers: 45-50°F
  • Belgian dubbels, tripels, and quads: low- to mid 50s

Depending on the number of porters, ales, and lagers you plan to serve, the Glacier Design team can help determine the most cost effective solution for your specific type of draft beer system. 

A direct-draw draft system is built for dispensing keg beer from a temperature controlled environment through the use of compressed gas. The system may be housed in a kegerator, walk-in cooler, or a converted refrigerator.

A long-draw draft system is built to deliver draft beer from the cooler to the draft tower through a run of insulated beer lines. These beer lines are kept at a consistent temperature as they travel from the kegs to the draft tower. The beer in this system may be air cooled or use glycol.

Whether you have a direct-draw draft system or a long-draw draft system, a professional draft beer system designer will create an optimal setup that keeps beer at the right temperature and ensures the system functions optimally.


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