Patent No. 3498313A: Beer Keg Tap

Today in 1970, US Patent 3498313 A was issued, an invention of Daniel E. Belich, for his “Beer Keg Tap.” Here’s the Abstract:

This application discloses a tap in which the portion of the tap from the head to the bottom of the keg may remain in place during merchandising. The user needs only a small coaxial outlet unit attached to tap beer and gas pressure lines. The outlet unit is small and easily cleaned, and represents only a modest investment for the tavern keeper. The portion of the device which is retained in the barrel contains valving arrangements which prevent the escape of beer or gas pressure from a partially used keg when the outlet is withdrawn, and provide improved Valve arrangements which rely on elastic valve members for admission of air under pressure.


Patent No. 4728010A: Keg Tapper

Today in 1988, US Patent 4728010 A was issued, an invention of Mack S. Johnston, for his “Keg Tapper.” Here’s the Abstract:

A keg tapper for use with a keg having a neck with a closure valve carried therein and a flange with a tapered edge on the neck. An arrangement for attaching the tapper at the flanged neck so that completion of the attachment opens the inner valve of the keg closure. A plunger carried in the keg tapper with an arrangement for moving the plunger axially within the tapper body to engage the keg closure and open the outer valve. A keg tapper which can be utilized in the tavern configuration and in the picnic configuration.


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Patent No. 2462930A: Keg Closure

Today in 1949, US Patent 2462930 A was issued, an invention of Victor Alvear, for his “Keg Closure.” There’s no Abstract, but the description claims that the “object of the present invention to provide a bung for a keg in which the stopper is a fixture on the keg and cannot become lost and the chance of its becoming damaged is reduced to a minimum.” Alvear also writes that in addition, additional reasons for his patent include the “means for bringing the stopper or plug to alignment with the bung hole by gravity where it can easily be moved into closed position, the “means for readily grasping it with a tool and with means for sealing the opening in the bung,” “eliminate hammering and pounding on the barrel head and to eliminate spearing of corks,” to “facilitate tapping of the keg,” “provide a stopper that is sanitary, simple in construction and economical to manufacture,” “provide a stopper that cannot leak or blow out regardless of the pressure in the keg thereby providing an air-tight seal,” and “to provide a stopper that is self-sealing.” That is one impressive keg stopper.

Patent No. 254120A: Beer-Cooler

Today in 1882, US Patent 254120 A was issued, an invention of Patrick J. Daroy, for his “Beer-Cooler.” There’s no Abstract, but the description states that his “improvement relates to a device for cooling beer as it is drawn from the cask, by which it is cooled as it is used, instead of being obliged to cool the cask, and thereby diminish the head or pressure, besides the waste of ice in cooling through the wood.”

Patent No. 3022617A: Conveyor Keg Palletizing Device

Today in 1962, US Patent 3022617 A was issued, an invention of John Miller and Vincent J. Russoman, assigned to Schaefer Brewing Co., for their “Attachment for Conveyor Keg Palletizing Device.” There’s no Abstract, and given that there are a record (for me at least) 45 drawings showing the patented device, there’s precious little by way of description, so I guess just look at the pretty pictures.

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Patent No. 644171A: Attachment For Beer-Dispensing Apparatus

Today in 1900, US Patent 644171 A was issued, an invention of William Handler, for his “Attachment for Beer-Dispensing Apparatus.” There’s no Abstract, but in the description Handler explains that his “invention relates to an attachment for beer-dispensing apparatus,” adding that the “object of this invention is to produce what may be termed an anti-froth device, which may be applied at any point between the barrel, keg, or vessel and the discharge outlet of the dispensing-faucet, the said device operating to retard or hold back the froth,while permitting a ready outflow of the liquid, and thereby equalizing the amount of froth delivered with the liquid from the first to the last glass of liquid drawn from the vessel.”

Patent No. 619978A: Tap For Beer Or Other Kegs

Today in 1899, US Patent 619978 A was issued, an invention of Henry Mock, for his “Tap for Beer or Other Kegs.” There’s no Abstract, but the description states that the “invention relates to a tap which is readily changeable from one beer or other keg to another and which insures a tight joint between the tap and the keg, so that all loss of liquid or gas is prevented and the pressure on the liquor necessary for drawing it is easily sustained.

Patent No. 2147862A: Beer Dispensing Apparatus

Today in 1939, US Patent 2147862 A was issued, an invention of Hans Sollinger, for his “Beer Dispensing Apparatus.” There’s no Abstract, but the description states that the “invention relates to a beer dispensing apparatus by means of which beer can be dispensed without pressure from barrels situated at a lower level than the faucet,” before going into more detail:

The apparatus is also suitable for dispensing wine and cider and has, in known manner, a packing ange against which the Vessel to be filled is pressed and hermetically closed by the suction action of the air pump. According to the invention the dispensing faucet of the apparatus is connected by a gearing with the air pump by which, when the apparatus is in use, the air is drawn out of the beer glass pressed against the packing surface and then, when the dispensing faucet is subsequently opened and during the filling of the glass, the excess carbon dioxide flowing into the glass passes into the pump whereupon, during the return movement of the gearing, the dispensing faucet is closed, and the air and excess carbon dioxide in the pump is returned by the pump to` the barrel through a filter.


Patent No. 2369721A: Beer Dispenser

Today in 1945, US Patent 2369721 A was issued, an invention of William F. Delzer, for his “Beer Dispenser.” There’s no Abstract, but the introduction to the description gives something similar.

This invention relates to beer dispensers. The dispenser of the present invention is particularly adapted for home, club, picnic, or other uses where bar facilities are not available for the serving of draft beer. An object of the present invention is to provide a dispenser readily applicable to present commercial forms of kegs and the like and capable of discharging beer there from without the necessity of using hand pumps or other types of pressure devices heretofore required in dispensing.


Patent No. 879604A: Beer-Tap

Today in 1908, US Patent 879604 A was issued, an invention of John Wawrzinski, for his “Beer-Tap.” There’s no Abstract, but it’s described as an “invention as for its object [is] to provide a beer tap with a back pressure valve of novel construction which Will effectively prevent the pressure from the beer keg entering `the communication leading to the beer-tap from the air pressure reservoir.”