Bells Two Hearted Ale mini-keg and a near disaster

Bells released their Two Hearted (IPA) in mini kegs this past week. Mini-kegs are 1.32 gallons, which equal out to 10 pints.

I’m fortunate enough to have a wife that understands these special beer occasions only come once a year. Since she works in Dearborn, she is close to one of the finest beer stores in Michigan – Merchant’s. They received a shipment of these last weekend, she said it looked like they had 20 or so left. They retail for $20.99. (I’m not sure if anyone local has these – please post a comment if you’ve seen them in Monroe).

The picture you see here, was taken in my kitchen. I positioned the keg on top of the refrigerator, and brought it a little over the edge for a better picture. I was in a hurry, so the photo didn’t come out all that well.

Last night I was watching television, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw the freezer door swing open. It was slow motion – the bells mini-keg came crashing down on the floor. Like an idiot, the first words out of my mouth were “OH NO – is my beer O.K.?!”.. It was, thank goodness. And if you’re wondering, so was my wife. She now calls it “The Bells mini-keg that almost killed me.”

So, to wrap this up – a couple of mini-keg tips:

1. Drink the mini-keg in one evening. They’ll stay carbonated for about a day in the keg.

2. Ask a friend or friends to join you, I wouldn’t suggest attempting one of these by yourself. If you do, you’re a trooper (or just crazy).  I’m saving mine for New Years, and I’m sure I’ll have no problem finding someone to assist me.

3. If a mini-keg falls on your wife, ask her if she’s O.K. first – then check the beer. 🙂