Wine Kegs 101: How to Save Money Drinking from the Draft

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By: Meredith Witthar Posted: 5:58 PM, Jun 11, 2018 Updated: 2:23 PM, Jul 5, 2018

Stop what you’re doing! If you’re still drinking wine in a bottle, then you’re stuck in the past. Wine kegs are the newest trend in the vino game. And because someone needed to investigate this trend, we took one for the team this time. We tipped a glass with Jordan Kivelstadt of Free Flow Wines to bring you the 411 on wine kegs. why you should be drinking from the draft.

1. Wine is Fresher

We all know that draft beer is fresher, and it turns out the same is true for wine kegs. If your wine bottle is corked, then oxygen can still get in. And at restaurants, you don’t know if that bottle was opened an hour ago, a day ago, or a week ago.

2. You’ll Save Money

That’s right – choosing wine kegs will save you some serious cash. If you’re running a restaurant, you don’t have to worry about spoilage or waste. You can also serve better wines at lower prices, which means customers win.

Keg wine also doesn’t have all the waste of corks and bottles. It’s just one stainless steel keg that’s reusable. And if you want to sip at home, you can buy your own online from Bridge Lane, a wine label from Lieb Cellars in Long Island. It’ll run you $240 for a keg that holds 26 bottles of wine. That’s about 130 glasses, which translates to only $10 a bottle.

3. Great for the Environment

Along with a buzz, you’ll get a “natural high” from doing Mother Nature a square. When you look at the wine industry, 70% of our carbon footprint comes from packaging. Even though you think you’re recycling those glass bottles, it doesn’t always work that way. The U.S. recycling rate for glass is about 25%.

Want to join the wine keg revolution? There’s a list of restaurants near you serving wine from the draft. Find a location near you at 

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