I’m getting married in about seven weeks! It’s gonna be a fun party!
I’m brewing up four corny kegs of beer. This will be the only beer at the wedding, with the exception of whatever BYOB happens.
My good friend, Brian, who works up at the new Sierra Nevada brewery in Mills River, NC, managed to acquire two Jockey Boxes for us to use at my wedding! A huge, massive thanks to Brian & Sierra Nevada for the help! Sierra Nevada uses these for smaller, miscellaneous events.
The Wedding Venue
Our wedding venue has no electricity (by design). There are generators available for powering stuff during the reception, but I really didn’t want to deal with hauling kegerators and tons of ice. Plus picnic taps aren’t the best solution, as we’re looking at about 150 people or so, and with parties that size, the taps always end up in the grass and get all nasty.
Jockey boxes to the rescue!
What is a Jockey Box?
A jockey box is a portable serving cooler for kegs of beer. You simply hook up your pre-conditioned or carbonated kegs to the inputs, fill the cooler with ice water, and keep your kegs at serving pressure. When you open up the tap, beer is pulled from the keg, through the coils (which are submerged in ice water) to cool, and out the tap. Your kegs don’t even have to be cold! The coils take care of that.
Clean up is a snap. Just run some clean water and sanitizer through the coils and voila, cleaned! The majority of the mess stays in your kegs, where it belongs.