DRAFT – How Many Taps Should You Have? Part Two: 6-8 taps

Six taps: If you want 6 taps, you should add one more mainstream OR another craft and a rotating tap. So your line-up looks like this:

  • two craft style brands; pick any two: lighter, medium, or darker/fuller-bodied.
  • a mainstream brand; preferably a lager but could be an ale
  • a light beer or lower alcohol beer (4%)
  • an import
  • a rotating tap

Ah, the rotating tap. Many talk about it, few do it. Pick a style that works with the season. This is not the time to be brewery or brand loyal. Your number one concern is the style of the beer; brewery loyalty is priority number two. An easy to understand list of seasonal styles will appear in this blog the next month or so, but stouts and porters in the winter, wheats in the spring, Pilsners in the summer, and Oktoberfests/Browns/IPAs in the fall is an incomplete, very short list to get you started. It is probably best to get a long draw system for anything more than four lines, where the beer is housed in a walk-in cooler and the beer travels through a trunk line to the bar. This line-up fits really well in a causal themed/family/low-end sports bar kind of place. If your monthly beer sales are $15k+ (25 kegs/m), this is you.

Eight Taps: This is the highest number of taps. You will want to have the following:

  • A light craft style
  • a dark style craft
  • a mainstream lager
  • a mainstream ale
  • a light beer (4% or less)
  • an import lager
  • an import (anything but import lager: stout, English ale, cream ale, pale, ale, Pilsner,…)
  • a rotating tap

This eight tap line-up works best for any concept that sells a lot of beer. If your monthly beer sales are $30k+ (50+kegs/m), this is you. You could pull out any of the other seven and add in another rotating tap, depending on availability.