"I WANTED THE KEG, NOT THE HEADACHE"
How a farmer invented the Keg Mate Easy Beer Tap
Hi, I'm Jack,
Firstly, it's fair to say that I love beer.
Even so, I'd always been content going to my local bottlo and picking up a slab or two. If I was really honest, I'd admit that I'd never really thought about getting a keg.
In my mind, kegs were just not worth the hassle.
Don't get me wrong, I think kegs are awesome, but I'd seen expert barman struggle to tap kegs. I'm the type of guy who doesn't like to muck around especially if it means wasting drinking time and beer!
I would've continued drinking my regular stubbies in complete ignorance if it weren't for some clever bastards who opened up this amazing brewery in my local town.
Their beer was sensational and I just wanted to drink it all the time! Problem was, the brewery didn't bottle their beer. It dawned on me...
If I wanted to enjoy their beer outside the brewery, I would have to buy a keg.
So, I started researching keg tapping systems.
I just wanted a gas tap (otherwise I knew the beer would go stale after only a day or so) that was quick and easy to set up, didn't involve a heap of bulky equipment and offered a simple solution to refill empty gas cylinders.
I discovered an easy tapping system just didn't exist.
A little discouraged, but determined, I went ahead to design my own and the Keg Mate Easy Portable Beer Tap was born.
My brief: a compact, no hassle, gas tap that even my wife could set up and use.
It took a few goes for me to get it right. I played around with different components and added features like pressure release valves and flow control to get it working better.
I also had to solve that pesky problem of refilling specialty gas cylinders.
The solution? Don't use a specialty gas cylinder!
The Keg Mate Easy Portable Beer Tap uses affordable, off the shelf gas cylinders readily available from supermarkets, service stations and some newsagents. Think SodaStream and you get the idea.
After about 4 prototypes, I finally got it right. It worked a treat! And yes, even my wife can use it!
I could now enjoy my local breweries finest whenever & wherever I liked.
Only problem was, now all my mates wanted one as well!
One of my mates had a son's 21st birthday to cater for, another wanted to take it camping, and another thought it would be perfect for his end of season staff Christmas party!
I realised I had to either devote all my spare time to making taps for friends, or I had to get serious and team up with someone who could help me make this available to all blokes who love their beer.
And so I got serious!
After patenting my design, I teamed up with Australian manufacturing company, JGM Engineering, and started production.
The Keg Mate Easy Beer Tap is now available for purchase with shipping available Austrlia wide.
So if you love beer as much as me, do yourself a favour andget your Keg Mate Easy Beer Tap today!
Take it easy and have a cold one for me!
Owner and Founder of Keg Mate
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