Pour Beer Anywhere with a Jockey Box
Outside is the best side, and it’s best spent enjoying meaningful time with others. Over a cold one perhaps is the only way to make it better—whether it’s just you and your crew or gathered with a hundred of your closest friends.
While we have absolutely nothing against the ear perking sound of a can or bottle being cracked open, done are the days of thinking you can throw a party and get away serving foamy, flat beer with—and caused by—a plastic party hand pump.
Gatherings are different now. And, the expectation for a better way to conduct business (serious leisure included!) has never been higher. So, here are a few easy ways to incorporate a jockey box into some of the most common occasions that bring people together, usually over a beer or three.
JOCKEY BOXES ARE PERFECT FOR
- Backyard weddings
- Beer trailers
- A day at the beach
- Graduation parties
- Mobile bars
- Office lounges
- Pool parties
- Street festivals
- Tiki bars
- Wo/man caves
You name it. We can do this all day...
PICK THE JOCKEY BOX THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU
Ask yourself three questions:
1) Would you prefer the polished aesthetic of our stainless steel belted editions (that includes the option to custom-wrap it) or the reinforcements of our heavy-duty Roto-molded models?
Think about the setting of your typical serving scenario. Pro tip: Our stainless models lend themselves well to controlled environments, where branding and style are appreciated. In challenging environments, our Roto options can withstand the terrain.
2) How many different kegs would you like to be able to serve at the same time?
Our stainless models are available with 2 or 4 taps. Our Roto editions have 1, 2, or 4.
3) Who’s going to be pouring/using it—a bartender or guests serving themselves?
This is going to influence whether having the inputs on the front or rear of the jockey box will work better for you and your guests.
Inputs on the front (i.e., the same side as the faucets/taps) are the ideal scenario for bartenders facing the guests and doing all the pouring, handing full cups over the jockey box to the guest. There are two major benefits to this: 1) the guest experiences a clean look when they approach the bar and jockey box, and 2) the bartender has all the hookups and kegs on their side, allowing them to manage all aspects of service without having to move.
Inputs on the back (i.e., the opposite side as the faucets) are perfect for when guests are serving themselves or when a jockey box is integrated into a mobile bar or beer trailer, for example. If a guest is pouring their own drinks, they won’t see nor have to worry about the hookups and beverage tubing that would otherwise be on the bartender’s side. And, if your jockey box is mounted to any sort of mobile bar, having the inputs on the back allows the host to conceal the hookups behind its facade.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Jockey box
- Dispensing kit with CO2 (includes everything you need to start pouring right now)
- Ice (to fill your jockey box, which cools the beverage inside your coils as it moves through them)
- Kegs of whatever you’re serving
OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER
- Drip tray (for catching any excited overflow)
- Cleaning kit (because sanitation)
- Optional: special faucets for nitro beer or wine
- Tools: faucet wrench (incl.), crescent wrench, and flathead screwdriver (or ¼” nut driver)
WHAT YOU DON’T NEED
- Electricity, wi-fi, or your college buddy’s unsanitary party pump mentioned above
The beautiful thing about jockey boxes is that they can go wherever you do. So, showing up empty-handed or with the wrong tool for the job is no longer an excuse. If you’re hosting and impressing your guests is important to you, a jockey box will deliver on professional quality and reliability so you can sit back and enjoy.
For a more in-depth review of these considerations, check out our Guide to Different Jockey Boxes. And, if you’re on the fence, here are 10 Reasons Why Jockey Boxes are Worth the Investment.
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