Northern Brewer is Smashing Pumpkins One Gallon At A Time

Northern Brewer Smashing Pumpkin

Tis’ the season.  Pumpkin Spice lattes, Pumpkin pies, Pumpkin Oreos, Pumkin Dunkin Donuts, Pumpkin Vodka, Pumpkin Pringles and of course the Smashing Pumpkin Ale homebrew kit from Northern Brewer.  I was given the opportunity to brew this all pumpkin everything fall inspired beer and it was loads of fun, as it was my first 1 gallon small batch.  Below is […]

Why You Need a Homebrew Pump Stat

Homebrew Pumps

I’m going to be honest, I’m getting old.  While I am not yet enrolled in AARP, I am getting to the age where a full day of physical activity takes a different toll than it did 10 years ago.  After a full day of brewing and lifting heavy equipment, sometimes full of liquid, I decided […]

Victory Prima Pils: Tap that inner German

Prima Pils (credit: pinoyed of

Victory Prima Pils ABV: 5.3% IBU: ? See what I did there?  “Tap” your inner German…anyways.  Germany. The land of ridiculously hard to pronounce words,  sausage and frothy beer.  Sounds great, right? Now, what if I told you that you didn’t have to cash in your 401K to taste what this great country had to offer? Strap on your […]

5 Things Not To Do At a Beer Festival

Pretzel Necklace, Beer Fest Tip

Beer festival season is upon us.  These beer havens offer bountiful options of our favorite frothy beverage, but with so many opportunities comes great responsibility.  Earlier this week, Irving offered some great knowledge on what not to do at a craft beer bar and that got me thinking about beer festivals.  Just as there is etiquette at the […]

Meet Hermen Diaz – Senior Editor of The Keg Tap

Meet Hermen

Hermen Diaz Meet Hermen one of our two Senior Editors at The Keg Tap. He’s a Michigan native living in Colorado who enjoys long walks … to the brewery. He’s also a BJCP certified beer judge avid homebrewer, husband and father! Watch the video to hear his story. Share your craft beer story below and […]

New Holland Dragon’s Milk, A Sip of Home

New Holland Dragons Milk

I am a transplant to the Rocky Mountains but hail from the state of freshwater lakes, warm sand and New Holland Brewery.  When New Holland Brewing started distributing to Colorado, I was instantly transported back home. One of New Holland’s most popular beers is the infamous Dragon’s Milk.  This bourbon barrel imperial stout does not […]

Homebrewing is Too Damn Expensive!

skeptical homebrew kid

So my partner, Erin, called me out this morning.  As I was racking an American Blonde Ale into the keg, we had a little convo that went something like this: Erin: “Remember when you said that homebrewing is cheaper than buying beer?” Me: Eyes getting shifty and I pretended not to hear her. Erin: “Don’t act […]

Valentines Day = Ballantine’s Day?


The big V-day (valentines), queue scary music and overpriced roses, is right around the corner.  It is highly likely that if you are reading this, you have an important person in your life that likes … no … loves beer!  Even if that person is you, what better way to say “I love you” than […]

Christmas Beers! Put Down the Milk and Cookies and Pick Up These

Keg Tap Christmas Beers

Tis the season…for drinking.  During this time of year there is something special about hanging with the family, watching the snow fall (unless you live in the south) and enjoying a special Christmas beers.  Below are three seasonal Christmas beers that I would suggest trying to get your hands on.  Crack them open and share with […]

All Grain Homebrewing Separates the Cooks from the Chefs (video)

Hermen All Grain Homebrewing

All-grain homebrewing is like going from a cook to a chef. While all-grain brewing is more time intensive, it allows a brewer to have ultimate control of the finished product. Here is the quick and dirty on all-grain brewing to give you an idea of the journey ahead.  On a different note, this is my first […]