Do you need to de-stress? Why not rent a keg of draft beer and invite all your best friends to a party? So that you don't end up getting even more stressed, we're here to help you think through all the details and everything that can go wrong so you don't have any surprises. If you want a helping hand, read our article!
Part 1 of 4: Thinking about logistics
Step 1. Make a budget so you don't overspend
Before you go shopping, make a list of everything you need, along with an estimated price for each thing.
- This way you also remember everything you have to buy.
- Haggle a lot before buying things.
Step 2. When searching for the barrel, do some research to find the best prices
Several liquor stores lease the equipment and prices can vary widely from place to place. It's also good to search the internet to see if you can find any bargains.
- Barrel prices can vary widely depending on where you live.
- Also, see if the hose comes with the barrel. If not, you need to see which type is right for the equipment you are renting.
Step 3. Choose a place to have the party
Whether it's your house or a rented salon, it's important that the place has enough space to receive all the guests you're expecting. Ideally, the space should be wide open to facilitate circulation and for people to have space to dance.
If you think the party might get a little too hectic, remove everything that might break out of the way so as not to cause accidents
some rooms require you to clean up the night of the party, while others let you clean up the next day. Before closing the contract, it is important to be fully informed of all the conditions.
Step 4. Schedule the party a couple of weeks in advance
That way, people can plan better and open a little space in their schedule. Just avoid booking too long in advance, as they might forget. When choosing the date, make sure you are not booking the same day as a holiday, so you don't have competition.
If you and your friends have digital calendars, check them out before booking the party to make sure they can go
Step 5. Publicize the party on social media
To do this, create an event on Facebook or Twitter and share it with all your friends. This idea is great as it still allows you to post all the details and keep updating the event if you need to.
- Don't forget that anyone can see and participate in a public event, so if you're not planning a huge party this might not be a good idea.
- Think of a cool name and a good description for the party if you want to get the attention of others.
Step 6. Want a smaller party?
So send physical invitations! If you want, make them yourself, giving each one a personal touch. Another option is to just keep word of mouth, even calling friends in person or by message.
Part 2 of 4: Assembling the Barrel
Step 1. Pick him up on the day of the party
Some places may let you take the keg home first, but the ideal is to leave it to pick it up only on the day of the party. Before, measure the car to know where it is best to take the barrel: in the backseat or in the trunk.
- During the party, the barrel must be in an ice bucket. Most of the places that rent also do it, but it's always a good idea to confirm.
- Take a friend with you if you can't handle carrying the barrel alone.
- Take the keg home at least two hours before the party so the beer will rest. Otherwise, the first glasses will be pure foam!
Step 2. To make the beer cool all night, buy several ice packs
The ideal is to leave the barrel at a temperature of at most 2 °C. This makes it easier when pumping the beer, in addition to making it delicious. For best results, use plenty of ice and add more whenever necessary.
Step 3. Align the faucet with the center hole of the barrel
It should fit snugly into the opening, sliding all the way down. Sometimes you have to turn it a little to make it fit, but if you're trying too hard, it means there's something wrong.
Step 4. Screw and secure the faucet by pressing it by the handle
Ideally, it goes down without any problem and stays securely attached to the barrel. When it's time to pump, make sure you're not leaking beer from the sides.
If you see bubbles or white foam when pumping, it means that the pump is not securely attached. In that case, try putting it back on
Step 5. Pump the tap to increase barrel pressure
By doing this, you blow air into the keg, which pushes the beer out of the barrel and into your cup! If only a little beer is coming out, it means you need to pump a little more.
Step 6. Before the party starts, pour about six glasses of beer
The movement of the transport causes a heap of foam to form in the barrel. So as not to disappoint guests, take it out first, serving the beer until it comes out almost pure.
if after six cups, foam continues to come out of the barrel, you may have pumped too much. In that case, leave it alone for a few minutes and try again later.
Step 7. Leave the barrel in an easily accessible location
The idea is to have the party at home? So, it's a good idea to leave it in the kitchen or garage, so that it's accessible and at the same time in places that are easy to clean.
Part 3 of 4: Throwing the Party
Step 1. Teach guests how to use the barrel
This task is not the easiest for those who have never seen a keg of beer in their lives, so it's good to be very didactic to avoid problems and waste.
- The most common problem is that people don't know when to pump. If a little beer is coming out well, you should pump it five or six times, very hard. But if only foam is coming out, it means you pumped too much (or you ran out of beer).
- Another option is to leave a person in charge of the barrel so you don't have any headaches.
Step 2. Serve other drinks for those who don't like ice cream
Even though the flagship of the party is the beer keg, it's good to have other options, too. A bottle of vodka, gin and whiskey are always welcome, as long as you have juice and fruit to make a few drinks.
- It is not recommended to mix alcoholic drinks.
- In addition to drinks, also serve water, juice and other non-alcoholic alternatives so that guests don't get sick.
- During the party, talk to all the guests to see if they are all right. Someone can go into an alcoholic coma in the blink of an eye, so you should always be on the lookout for everyone.
Step 3. Send it to the playlist and enjoy
No party is complete without a smart little song to get in the mood. Bet on songs well up and that everyone knows, to sing along. You can get a ready-made playlist or make your own, however you want.
Part 4 of 4: Cleaning Up
Step 1. As soon as the guests leave, roll up your sleeves
It's better to get started than wait until the next day. If you can, do the following:
- Throw away all disposable cups, plates and things.
- Before throwing it away, pour the liquid into the sink, if any, and then put it all out for recycling.
- Put everything you can in the dishwasher and let it wash overnight.
- Did they spill a lot of booze on the floor? Clean before bed.
- Wipe the sink and tables with a cloth.
Step 2. The next day, do a nice cleaning at the party location
Even if you've already cleaned before bed, it's a good idea to get your house back to normal. Walk from room to room, throwing all the garbage away, vacuum and a cloth on the floor, even if it looks clean, and finally, clean the bathroom and take out the garbage.
The idea is to leave your house the same as before the party
Step 3. Clean the barrel and see if everything is fine with it
In order not to make a mess, don't try to do this indoors! Take it outdoors and just use a little water, but if you find stubborn stains, a soap will also help. Then see if it's damaged, as you'll have to pay an extra fee at the time of return if that happens.
- You must return the barrel in perfect condition.
- Don't forget to clean the hose, pump and any other accessories.
- If you find a problem with the barrel, don't try to fix it yourself, as you could end up making the situation worse.
Step 4. Return everything on time
It's always good to check the return date so you don't get confused and take the barrel on time, avoiding fines. Before leaving the house, make sure you are taking all accessories.
If you had to pay for a shorts, you will get the money back as soon as you return the barrel. In this case, ask for the receipt to have everything registered
- Drink with moderation.
- It is important to make sure all guests are over 18 years of age.
- Remember that there is no way to control the number of guests when publicizing the party on social media.