September 12, 2006

Octopus Beer Keg Tap Review

Octopus Tap
4 Port Keg Tap System
Price: $69.99 for basic tap
Other systems also available from Octopus Tap

Octopus TapWe've been singing the praises of the Octopus Tap for weeks now. Sadly, it was a one-note song, however, because even though we've had the tap we got in the mail for a healthy long time. That was because of a mixture of a crap summer and the fact that even we, the Liquor Snobs, need a special occasion to get a keg.

Well, we finally got our hands on a keg (a bachelor party - thanks for getting married Eddie), which gave us a chance to blow off some much-needed steam and review the Octopus Tap. We'll spoil some of the suspense and tell you we thought the Octopus Tap kicked ass in a normal drinking situation; but could it keep up the beer flow for seven thirsty dudes as they waded through a Power Hour? Read on to find out.

The Tap on Paper:
The Octopus Tap is a small, squat Bronco Pump keg tap with attachments for four hoses instead of just one. The tap has a good heft to it and it doesn't feel cheap when you hold it, and if you want to up the durability you can order a slightly spendier chrome tap. We got ours with the American Sanke (System D); the tap is also available for a European Sanke (System S). The Octopus Tap only fits these two types of kegs, but these two Sankeys let you tap kegs for a bunch of different types of beers (see a list of beer types that use the System D and System S sankeys). We went with good old fashioned Budweiser (hey, it was a bachelor party).

The Tap in Use:
Here's where the Octopus Tap had its chance to shine. Seven guys. A keg. A bachelor party thirst. Maybe we weren't testing this thing out with a line of 50 people, but this was close. Imagine a bunch of wolverines all fighting for the same piece of beef jerky - that was what we were facing that night and there would have been blood if anyone had had to wait even just a little bit for beer.

Luckily, we didn't have to. The Octopus Tap kept the beer flowing throughout the entire day, a full twelve hours of drinking and more. There were no waits, no technical difficulties, no loss of pressure, no problems as everyone drank their fill. Then, to stress test the tap even further, we started up a Power Hour later in the night.

As you well know, a Power Hour involves a shot of beer every minute for an hour. Multiply that by seven guys, and that's 420 shots of beer in an hour. Might not sound like much, but when you've got a bunch of fellas jostling to fill their cups in less than a minute, you can see how things might get bunched up with a regular tap. With the Octopus Tap there was never a problem and everyone got their beer with time to spare. If that's not passing with flying colors we don't know what is.

The Verdict:
This thing is tailor made for drinking in large groups (or small but dedicated ones). If you have house parties with any regularity, or even if you just want to impress your friends with a fancy new gizmo, and you don't have a CO2 setup, this thing is more than worth it. You'll spend short money for quadrupling your beer output, which is well worth your money if you're a dedicated beer drinker. Pick one up at

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at September 12, 2006 8:40 AM
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