Kegs

There’s nothing like a keg of fresh craft beer to make a party special. Horse Thief Hollow offers retail kegs of our brews to make your next event unforgettable!

Ordering a Keg

We recommend placing a keg order at least 7 days before your requested pick-up date. Keg availability is often changing and is dependent on inventory. Check our current list of beers on tap listed below to explore your options. Not all beers currently on tap may be available for keg sales, but we’ll do our best for you.
 

Choosing a Size

Our kegs are offered in a variety of sizes, subject to availability. Those sizes include 1/2 BBL, 1/4 BBL, and 1/6 BBL. Fun fact: “BBL” stands for “Barrel of Beer.” A full barrel contains 31 gallons! A standard keg size is a 1/2 BBL, which holds half that amount. Use this handy guide to select the best size for your event:

KEG GALLONS 12oz SERVINGS PARTY SIZE
1/2 BBL 15.5 Gallons 165 12oz beers Good for 40-80 ppl
1/6 BBL 5.16 Gallons 55 12oz beers Good for 10-30 ppl*

*For fewer than 10 people consider our 64-ounce growlers.

The Process

Fill out the form at the bottom of this page, letting us know what delicious HTH craft beer you’d like to order, and give us your contact information. We’ll send an email letting you know the next steps. We’ll confirm availability of the beer or offer a couple of alternates, and we’ll provide the total cost, including the cash deposit that’s due when you pick up the beer.

Deposit Policy

When you pick up and pay for your beer, you’ll also need to leave a CASH DEPOSIT. This money will be fully refunded if the equipment is returned in good working order within 7 days. If you fail to return equipment in good working condition or beyond the 7-day rental, then you will forfeit your deposit. Long-term keg rentals are available for a personal draft system (kegerator) but must be coordinated during pick up and returned within 60 days.

  • 1/6 bbl keg = $75 deposit
  • 1/2 bbl keg = $100 deposit
  • Hand-pump keg taps = $5 fee + $40 deposit

On Tap

We offer a rotating selection of craft beers brewed in house by Jake Nelson. You’re welcome to order growlers or cans to go.

Little Wing Pilsner

16 oz. pint ~ 7; 64 oz. growler ~ 16

Our multi-award winning flagship lager. Crisp, clean, refreshing, Little Wing combines American malt with German Tettnang hops to delight your tastebuds. ~ 5.2% ABV

Space Face

16 oz pint ~ 7; 64 oz growler ~ 18

Kolsch inspired, brewed with an exceptionally clean Norwegian yeast strain resulting in a very lager-like ale. A crisp and dry malt profile gives way to delicate notes of peach and raspberry from German Callista hops. ~ 4.8% ABV

Kitchen Sink

16 oz pint ~ 6; 64 oz growler ~ 18

Classic American Pale Ale with a caramel malt backbone featuring a load of hops with Cascade at the forefront. ~ 5.3% ABV

Paddle Head

16 oz pint ~ 8; 64 oz growler ~ 22

Hazy Pale Ale with notes of tropical melons, fruit punch, and pear. Paddle Head features Michigan-grown hops including Vista, Mackinac, and Copper along with PNW-grown Citra hops to round it all out. ~ 5.8% ABV

Spoonful

16 oz. pint ~ 8; 64 oz. growler ~ 22

Double Dry Hopped Hazy IPA with Mosaic and Citra Hops ~ 6.5% ABV

Soul Train: Boysenberry & Vanilla

14 oz Teku Glass ~ 8; 64 oz growler ~ 28

This batch of our rotating Kettle Sour Ale is loaded with boysenberry for a tart and jammy delight with a light touch of vanilla to give an impression of slight sweetness. A complex, yet balanced profile with just the right amount of acidity. ~ 5.6% ABV

Cheval Deux

12 oz snifter ~ 7; 64 oz growler ~ 30

The Cheval Deux starts as French Amber Ale that is blended with Neil's signature sweet potato reduction. The resulting beer has notes of cinnamon and sweet potatoes that give way to flavors of ginger bread, smooth vanilla, sweet caramel, brown sugar, and graham crackers. ~ 5.6% ABV

Annexation

16 oz pint ~ 7; 64 oz growler ~ 20

West Coast IPA featuring citrus and pine notes with a firm bitterness and semi-dry finish. ~ 7.2% ABV

Cinnamon Girl

12 oz snifter ~ 10; 750 ml bottle ~ 22

Our Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Milk Stout with Vanilla & Cinnamon makes its triumphant return after 2 years and it's one of our favorite batches yet! Rich, complex, and boozy, Cinnamon Girl boasts flavors of S'mores, chocolate-covered espresso beans, caramel, bourbon, and oak, with a warming cinnamon finish. 11.3% ABV *contains lactose*

Complete the form below to get your keg order rolling!

Keg FAQs

How much beer do you need?
A sixth-barrel keg holds just over 5 gallons of beer, which is approximately 41 (16oz) pints, or 55 (12oz) pours. Half-barrel kegs hold about 15.5 gallons and contain approximately 124 (16oz) pints or 165 (12oz) pours.

When can I pick up a reserved keg or return a previously used keg to the brewery?
Keg pickup and return is available at any time during Horse Thief Hollow’s normal opening hours of operation.

How & when should I tap the keg?
Our team would be happy to show you how to tap the keg when you pick it up. While you may want to immediately tap the keg, it is best to wait for it to cool down. We recommend allowing the keg to sit in your kegerator for about 24 hours (or on ice for an hour or two for party kegs), with the temperature as close to 38 degrees as possible. This will ensure the beer in the keg is at the appropriate temperature for dispensing. Keep this in mind and order your keg far enough ahead of time to account for the recommended acclimation time. In addition, letting the keg sit for a while allows it to settle down. The transportation process will shake up a keg, no matter how careful your drive, and this can create foaming issues. Think of a keg like a giant can of beer: if you shake it around and open it right away, you will have foamy beer.

When operating a manual pump-style tap, please remember to not “over-pump.” Once connected to a pump tap, most kegs just need a couple pumps after the faucet is opened to get a nice steady beer flow…then stop pumping, so beer doesn’t get over-aerated and foamy. Likewise, when using a CO2 tank (as in the case of a kegerator system) instead of a hand pump, be careful not to over-carbonate the beer, which would also result in foaming issues.

How long will “tapped” beer keep before it loses quality?
If you are dispensing the beer with CO2 and the keg is kept cold (38 degrees), a keg will last approximately three months. If you are dispensing the beer with a manual pump-style tap, the beer will stay fresh for approximately twelve hours.