The Glory of Beer
Beer is one of the oldest prepared beverages in the world. What a modern day human would recognize as beer was likely first brewed around 3500BC in Mesopotamia, the birthplace of civilization. As long as it’s been around, people have loved it. There are records showing that early employers paid their workers with beer. In ancient Egypt, the builders of the Great Pyramids of Giza were provided a daily ration of beer.
In ancient Egypt, the builders of the Great Pyramids of Giza were provided a daily ration of beer. The more they drank it, the more beer evolved.
Today, there are a plethora of types and styles of beer, determined by everything from the types of ingredients to the exact brewing process. What hasn’t changed all that much, however, is how beer is stored. Since as long as it’s been made, beer has been stored in barrels. These wooden containers were used to help standardize and measure the amount of beer being made, stored, and sold. There’s evidence of barrels being used as long ago as 2600 BC. Preserved wooden casks have been recovered and dated to as far back as the iron age. As technology progressed, the only thing about the barrel that changed was the banding. Wooden bands were replaced with iron or steel bands, increasing the barrels’ strength. In the early 1900’s, the steel beer keg emerged.
These are the kegs that we know and use today, and have been for almost 100 years. This begs the question - why haven’t we reexamined the way we store beer?
Problems with Stainless Steel Kegs
Stainless steel kegs are the most commonly used way to move large amounts of beer. While there are alternatives, none of them quite match the reliability and consistency that the stainless steel keg provides. But there are some drawbacks to this design.
As anyone who’s ever been to college can tell you, kegs are heavy. Even when they’re empty. This problem is more than just a simple inconvenience,
After all, when these kegs are empty, they have to be returned to a brewery to be refilled and then shipped out again. This process is not efficient. The empty kegs are heavy and take up a lot of space relative to their weight. Because of this, they are expensive to move around and ship. This is assuming these kegs even do get returned, which is a bold assumption to make.
The Brewers Association estimates that lost kegs cost brewers up to $1.00 per barrel of beer made. So now that we’ve established the problem, what can we do about it?
Kegstand: Lightweight Kegs for the 21st Century
Our goal is simple - modernize an industry that hasn’t seen meaningful change in about 100 years. While there are valid reasons to use stainless steel kegs, there are more reasons not to. At Kegstand, we’re redesigning the keg from the ground up. Using composite materials, we’re building a 21st century keg.
Unlike other new keg designs, our kegs use a mix of composites and stainless sheet to provide a reusable, robust keg that can do everything a steel keg can do - while being 30% lighter. Our entire aim is to provide the brewing industry with an alternative that doesn’t require an entire infrastructure change. That’s why our kegs will match the standard dimensions of their steel counterparts and use standard sankey-style couplers. In addition, we’re building the first IoT enabled kegs. This will not only help eliminate keg loss, but help improve and optimize logistics processes in the beverage world.
It's Been Almost 300 Years, Beer Packaging is Ready for a Change
And we’re ready to provide it. If you’re interested in learning more about our product, or in testing some of our kegs, we’d be happy to talk to you. Help us bring the brewing world into the 21st century.