We have thoroughly tested a cheap beer dispenser

Nothing beats the joy of a fresh, crunchy pint of beer after a hard day’s work. And even if the ideal place for such a party is a pub beer garden, it’s not always the practical option.

Having a cold beer at home is perfectly possible; we all have a refrigerator and a source of bottles or cans. But we all know they’re not the same as a draft beer pulled behind a bar.

Kitchen appliance specialist Salter is among the companies offering a solution to this small problem, however, with a home beer dispenser that promises to deliver cold, fizzy beers straight from the tap in the comfort of your home.



The elaborated name EK4919 Beer dispenser weighs £ 179.99 – comfortably below the cut of many of its rivals and boasts all the features of a typical home-bar setup. And I found that if you look around, you could find it for £ 150. Cheers to that!

Contains a chamber containing a ubiquitous five-liter keg and a host of connectors and cleaning items, along with a handful of mini gas cylinders and a handy drip tray.

Plugged in and filled with water, it will cool the keg and keep it fresh for as long as it takes to empty the keg, and you can give it a head start by putting the keg in the refrigerator for a few hours or so.

I’ve tested it with a range of kegs, including a Heineken, a foreign beer whose name I’ve forgotten, and one of my favorite drinks, Adnams Ghost Ship.

The kegs vary a bit in price, starting with about £ 20 if you do a little shopping, but quickly head north of £ 30 if you prefer a more premium beer or craft beer.

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And each keg is good for about nine pints, so it’s great value for money. Oh, and the beer that comes out is absolutely delicious.

Honestly, grab a pint in a pub and a pint out Saler’s machineand you wouldn’t be able to tell them apart in a blind test.

However, it’s not all simple. My wife and I had some fun and played around installing the first shell. The fittings are a bit clunky and the instructions provided are pretty straightforward. There is a much better guide on the Salter website and the Youtube videos got us in the end, but let’s just say I had to change a shirt and clean the closet completely after the first time I tried to make it work.

Eventually, you will master it and become a dab hand. And the same can be said for pouring the beer itself. There’s a fine line between too much gas and not enough, and the dial at the top to adjust the flow is pretty vague. But once you’ve found the right spot and learned how to pour, there’s no longer a way to stop.

Overall, I am really impressed with the Salter beer dispenser. I love that spare kegs can be picked up at the supermarket and I still can’t forget how good the beer is. Wish it was easier to set up, but that’s okay once you get the hang of it.

It’s a fab device for parties or anyone with a penchant for that post-work pint.

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