A Guide to Different Types of Jockey Boxes
DECIDE IN 3 EASY STEPS
The search results from Googling “different types of jockey boxes” can be confusing and sometimes misleading if you don’t know what you’re looking at or for. We assure you that our buying process is actually quite simple. Regardless of cooler type, all of our jockey boxes are built with the same high-quality materials and components.
Whatever your situation, we’ll help you cut through the noise and guide you in the right direction so you can make an informed decision with confidence.
FIRST, THINK ABOUT
Before trying to decide which jockey box is right for you, you should first consider the primary purpose you’ll be using it for. Who you are and what you need a jockey box for will help frame how to pick the one that makes sense for you.
Are you a budding hobbyist or enthusiast? A caterer or mobile bar service? A brand that does a dozen festivals a year? Or, maybe even a group of friends who reunite to drink about the good ‘ole days?
Then, ask yourself the following 3 questions, which will quickly narrow down your search. We’ll compare options for each.
ASK YOURSELF 3 QUESTIONS
When thinking about what your typical serving scenario will look like, would you prefer a polished aesthetic—with the ability to customize it with personalized branding, or do you need something a little more heavy-duty that can withstand the rigors of challenging environments?
How many taps do you want? Would you like to be able to serve 1, 2, or up to 4 different kegs at the same time?
Who’s gonna be pouring, or operating, your jockey box—a bartender, or guests serving themselves?
Our portfolio includes two high-end, well-insulated styles: attractive, steel belted and heavy-duty Roto-molded models.
These steel belted models put us on the map, and changed the jockey box game—raising the bar for what portable draft systems should be and could look like.
Designed and built specifically to exceed the demands of the active beverage industry, these 54 qt coolers are currently in use by over a thousand customers worldwide.
They’re available configured with 2 or 4 taps, 50 or 100’ stainless steel coils, and with inputs located on the front or back.
A fun, bonus option to note! Their exterior also happens to lend itself well to creative branding. You can personalize your jockey box by custom-wrapping it with your choice of logos and graphics in permanent vinyl or removable magnet.
Designed exactly like our flagship, steel belted editions, with all stainless steel touching everything the liquid does, our Roto-molded models raise the ante on durability.
They’re built for those times when the environment you’re pouring in is a little unforgiving. These coolers can withstand the knock-around from the toughest events.
They’re available in two sizes, also with 50 and 100’ coils, with 1, 2, or 4 taps, and inputs also on the front or back.
NUMBER OF TAPS
Regardless of which of these coolers you land on, know that their function as a jockey box performs exactly the same. So, deciding between 1, 2, or 4 taps is a pretty straightforward conversation. It really just boils down to personal preference based on how many different kegs you’d like to be able to serve at once.
Because they’re obviously portable and can fit almost anywhere, it’s not uncommon for someone to invest in more than one jockey box if they like the idea of having multiple, remote draft stations, or need to be flexible in managing crowd flow—because we know that people gravitate to where the beer is.
Speaking of crowd flow, you’ll see jockey boxes built with a variety of coil lengths. Their difference is simply in the volume of liquid they’re able to hold. Some old dogs who refuse to learn new tricks will tell you that they HAVE to be 120’. Frankly, that’s overkill 90% of the time.
Unless you’re in an exceptionally high-demand situation where you’d need to fill hundreds of pitchers non-stop for thousands of people—think major sporting events or weekend-long music festivals—rest assured that you can rely on 50’ coils, which will always provide more than a pint of ice-cold beer in the chamber, at the ready, for every pour.
Lastly, let’s talk about input locations. While we asked you to consider the environment you’ll be serving in, your preference for cooler style, and how many kegs you’ll need to tap simultaneously, the options for your input location are going to be somewhat determined by how you answered those questions.
FRONT INPUTS | AKA “BARTENDER” EDITION
Our most popular jockey box was designed for bartender convenience at festivals and events with a clean aesthetic for guests.
The liquid inputs are located on the same side as the faucets (the bartender’s side), which allows kegs to be conveniently positioned and changed within quick reach of the bartender. In busy, demanding scenarios, this feature is worth its weight in gold.
This also creates an attractive experience for patrons who deserve and want to drink your product without getting tangled in draft lines as they approach.
Available in 1, 2 or 4 taps.
REAR INPUTS | AKA “PASS-THROUGH” EDITION
Generally, this is where you’re going to find them on most traditional jockey boxes. Nearly identical to our "Bartender" editions (i.e., with front inputs), our "Pass-Through" models feature the liquid inputs shanks on the back side of the jockey box—opposite of the faucets on the front.
Rear inputs are most beneficial when presentation matters, or when the guests are pouring their own drinks.
If you’re creative, rear-input models also lend themselves well to being mounted or built into mobile bars or beer trailers
Available in 1, 2 or 4 taps.
In the world of jockey boxes, you truly have plenty of options. And certainly, there’s one compatible for everyone. With anything though, we know that you get what you pay for. The opposite is also true—you won’t get what you don’t pay for.
So, when you’re ready, it’s important to us that you’re informed so you can invest with confidence because you deserve a perfect pour and peace of mind—every single time.