Throwing a Kegger is like a social rite of passage in a person’s College life.
If you do it right, you’ll be deemed a party God by your peers. If you do it wrong, everyone will probably get severely wasted and still like you anyways, so don’t worry.
But we’re not here to teach you how to be mediocre; we’re here to show you how to be the effing Hercules of Keggers. Let’s do this!
First thing’s first. You need to be semi-responsible and decide where you’re going to throw your Kegger. You want somewhere reasonably close to Campus so you don’t have a bunch of drunk drivers and stragglers afterwards. Make sure to tell neighbors you’re having a shindig, and give them your number so they have a chance to call you before they call the cops if your party gets too rowdy. Block off rooms you don’t want people getting into, and stash valuable belongings in a safe place.
Good job being responsible. Onwards to getting plastered!
Look up where you can buy a Keg. Go get the keg of your choice. Kegs range anywhere from $50-$100 depending on what kind of beer you choose, as well as an additional $30-$100 refundable deposit to rent the keg and the tap. Make 100% certain that you leave with the correct tap for your keg (a tap is the apparatus used to open the keg. It then remains on the keg and the nozzle is used to pour drinks).
After you get your keg, you should buy a crap ton of ice. As soon as you get your keg safely home, put your keg in a big plastic bucket and fill the bucket with ice so your beer chills and isn’t foamy. It’s also a good idea to put your tap on top of the ice so it gets cold too. Cold beer + warm tap = foam. It’s a good idea to let your keg chill for at least 2 hours.
This is what a keg should look like before a party:
Now it’s time to round up some peeps. Invite your good friends of course, but just know that there WILL end up being complete strangers at your party (if they’re hot, it’s not a bad thing, right?).
Now for the equivalent of carving a turkey on Thanksgiving – tapping the keg. If you don’t want to look like a total dumb ass and get beer sprayed all over yourself and party-goers, watch this awesome tutorial:
Are you ready to rock!?
It’s almost time to let the good times roll, my friend. The first five or so cups of “beer” are actually going to be foam from the pressure the beer has created inside the keg. Pump that sh*t out and rock and roll.
At first you shouldn’t have to use the pump to dispense your beer, but from time to time a few pumps are needed. You might need a beer buddy for this to pump while you push the nozzle. Always hold the nozzle to the side of your cup to help eliminate foam.
Now get out there and enjoy your damn party, my little Hercules.
Go home snowman, you’re drunk.
Unless you’re rolling in dough, it’s okay and common to charge for cups (beer) at your Kegger. Just designate a buddy to tie a pack of cups to their pants and direct guests their way. If you want to score points with the ladies, you can let them drink for free. Tip for this tip: Choose a color besides red for your cups if charging. Some people bring their own solo cups trying to outsmart the system.
Play some games! Everyone loves games! For Keggers, “Flip Cup,” and the ever popular “Beer Pong,” are most appropriate. Read our Party Games article for directions to these games.