How to Choose Beer Dispensers and Taps for Your Restaurant

Commercial beer dispensers are expensive pieces of equipment, so it’s essential to choose the right model for your needs and space. When selecting a dispenser, some of the most important things to consider are

Draw

  • Single: A single draw dispenser is compact and can accommodate a single keg. These units have one tower and one faucet.
  • Double: A double draw unit features two towers with either single or double faucets on each. These units typically feature two doors with recessed handles and locks. They can usually accommodate two kegs.
  • Triple: A triple draw unit can have one or two towers. Single towers have three faucets, and these units can accommodate three kegs.

Size

The draw is an important thing to consider, but you also need to ensure that you have enough space for your dispenser. Finally, don’t forget to consider the size. If necessary, you can purchase more than one single keg dispenser to meet your customers' needs while saving space.

Refrigeration

Beer keg dispensers typically have self-contained refrigeration units that use forced air to keep the cabinet cool. Different units may have different holding temperatures, so make sure that you choose a unit that will offer the temperature range you want.

Modern dispensers often use environmentally friendly refrigerants.

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6 Best Beer Dispensers for Restaurants and Bars

Now that you know what to look for when choosing new beer dispensers, you can start comparing units to find the best one for your restaurant. Some of our top-selling units include

1. Maxx Cold MXBD48-1SHC

The Maxx Cold MXBD48-1SHC has a storage capacity of 10.5 cubic feet and can handle up to two barrels or kegs of beer.

The self-contained refrigeration unit uses forced air to keep the base cabinet and tower cool. The refrigeration unit can hold temperatures between 34- and 41-degrees Fahrenheit.

Maintenance is a breeze thanks to the slide-out condensing unit. The dispenser also uses environmentally friendly refrigerants. You’ll need a CO2 tank and a regulator to operate this unit (both sold separately).

Technical Specs

  • Dimensions: 24.4” L x 50.98” H x 47.5” W
  • Weight: 264 lbs.
  • Material: Stainless steel

2. Maxx Cold MXBD60-1B

The Maxx Cold MXBD60-1B is similar to the previous model, but this one offers more storage space. It can still accommodate two kegs, and it has one tower.

The exterior of the unit features a black stainless steel design. The interior has a white-coated steel floor plate. The 2” insulated walls and doors help keep the beer cold. The doors have recessed handles with locks for easy, safe operation. The 4” casters also make it easy to move this unit around if necessary.

The dispenser has a self-contained refrigeration system that uses forced air to hold temperatures between 34- and 41-degrees Fahrenheit.

Like the previous Maxx Cold unit, you will need a CO2 tank and a regulator to use this system.

Technical Specs

  • Dimensions: 24.4” L x 50.98” H x 61.06” W
  • Weight: 302 lbs.
  • Material: Black stainless steel

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3. Turbo Air TBD-3SBD-N

Turbo Air’s TBD-3SBD-N is an underbar dispenser that has two tap towers with two faucets on each one. The unit can hold two half-size kegs and features three doors with recessed handles for easy operation. If you’re looking for cool beer dispensers, this model is a great choice.

The self-contained refrigeration unit keeps beverages at 33-38 degrees Fahrenheit using a forced-air system.

The unit’s exterior is made with black galvanized, heavy-gauge stainless steel for extra durability.

For insulation, this dispenser uses high-density polyurethane insulation that’s foamed in place. The unit also uses R290 hydrocarbon refrigerant, which is environmentally friendly.

Technical Specs

  • Dimensions: 37” H x 69” W
  • Weight: 348 lbs.
  • Material: Black stainless steel

4. Maxx Cold MXBD24-1SHC

The Maxx Cold MXBD24-1SHC is one of the best-selling mini beer dispensers. This unit offers a compact design that can hold a single keg. However, the 7.2 cubic feet of storage space is still generous, and the single tower has a single faucet for convenience.

The self-contained refrigeration uses forced air to hold temperatures between 34- and 41-degrees Fahrenheit. The walls and doors are both insulated with 2” polyurethane insulation.

The doors feature recessed handles that are easy to operate and keep clean. You can also lock the doors for added safety.

You’ll need a regulator and a CO2 tank to run this unit.

Technical Specs

  • Dimensions: 24.4” L x 50.98” H x 23.3” W
  • Weight: 161 lbs.
  • Material: Stainless steel

5. Beverage Air BM23-B

If you're looking for mini keg beer dispensers, the Beverage Air BM23-B is an excellent option. The built-in casters and compact design make this one of the best portable beer dispensers out there.

The energy-efficient unit can hold a single keg, and the air-forced refrigeration keeps your beverage cool. The magnetic door gasket keeps all of the cool air inside of the unit.

Technical Specs

  • Dimensions: 39” H x 24” W
  • Weight: 180 lbs.
  • Material: Stainless steel

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6. Beverage Air DD72Y-1-B

The Beverage Air DD72Y-1-B is a 72” dispenser that features a durable, galvanized stainless steel exterior with black vinyl. Self-contained, forced-air refrigeration keeps beverages cool.

The unit features a convenient drip tray that makes clean-up a breeze. The self-closing door also makes it easy to access the contents of the cabinet, and the key lock keeps the contents safely secured.

The dispenser features two towers with two faucets on each one. The unit can accommodate up to three kegs.

Technical Specs

  • Dimensions: 36” H x 72” W
  • Weight: 326 lbs.
  • Material: Stainless steel

These are some of our best-selling beer dispensers for commercial restaurants and bars. When choosing a dispenser for your establishment, make sure that you consider the volume and needs of your customers. All of these units offer self-contained refrigeration units, so your beer will always be served cold.