Brew Review- Heineken Mini-Keg

Howdy folks it’s The Gentleman here with the second installment in our mini-keg series, this time sampling what the Heineken mini-keg has to offer. Heineken has clearly gone all in when it comes to the mini-keg market, as they are by far the most common brand we found when trying to locate different kinds. We found their product on shelves nearly everywhere, from liquor stores to grocery stores, even finding a few at gas stations. The availability was impressive, but what about the taste? The first thing we noticed when we reviewed the Newcastle mini-keg last post was the difference in taste and experience between the bottled and draft versions of Newcastle, with the draft version being superior in nearly every way. While that effect is certainly present in our Heineken samples we found the difference to be much less pronounced. Unfortunately for Heineken this wasn’t merely due to the bottled version just being that good, the Heineken mini-keg taste and experience is just decidedly less enjoyable. Where Newcaste is a full-flavored (and full calorie) drinkers beer, Heineken seem stuck in between identities. There simply isn’t anything extraordinary about Heineken’s taste. This doesn’t mean we’re giving Heineken a bad rating or a negative review, here at Dapper Young Gentleman we like to use a relative scale. That relative scale unfortunately, currently has Heineken second on a list of two beers that come in mini-kegs. Though on the bright side for the brewers from Holland, there are many more reviews to come.

Brew Review- Newcastle Mini-Keg

Those of you that are familiar with us may have noticed our fascination (bordering on obsession) with mini-kegs, they’re stylish, they’re cost-effective, and most importantly, beer tastes best on tap. No beer we’ve reviewed here has exemplified that last bit more than Newcastle Brown Ale. Where from a bottle or can the chocolate and nutty undertones that typify Newcastle can certainly be detected, from the keg that distinctive taste comes to the forefront, the difference is significant. This is a tasty beer, not one to get drunk off of necessarily but a beer to be enjoyed. In our experience Newcastle mini-kegs can be found at almost all liquor stores for between $20 and $25. This beer is for beer drinkers, and here at the Dapper Young Gentleman we highly recommend it.