Our local distributor's craft beer specialist is bringing a couple of firkins to a local bar over the next two weeks, and I've been asked to do the honors of tapping them. I proceeded to watch a few videos and sometimes they explode with foam and other times there is no spillage. I guess my question is, how does one go about this? I am wondering if placing the spile in the shive first won't prevent the blast of foam when hammering in the spigot? I'm also wondering whether it isn't more fun to do it the other way and make a splash, literally?
The one this Saturday night is Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat, and on Dec. 28th we have Abita Thomas Handy barrel-aged Winter ale.
And yes this is a bit of a brag. This guy with the distributor is new and he's really twisting arms to get some new stuff in the local places. I think its working too, exciting to see craft beer finally hit this little berg.