Underappreciated Home Tech: An Ode to the Kegerator

We spend a lot of time talking about the best televisions and grills and the other great home tech that can make a game-watching get-together into a serious party, but there's one great invention that gets less attention even though it does just as much to ensure a good time...

The Labor Day weekend for me was filled with lots of fun, food and football. My gracious hosts in St. Louis (Thanks Heidy and Scott!) were generous with their home and their booze, supplied via their kegerator.

If you don't know what a kegerator is, let us site the wonderful Wikipedia: Kegerator is a term used to describe a residential draft beer dispensing device.

Whether it's store-bought or DIY'd at home, a kegerator is part fridge, part keg and all fun. You can keep a tapped keg fresh and cold for months without it ever getting skunky. Consider it a grown-up step-up from the iced trash can you had in college.

A store-bought kegerator will run you a few hundred, but when you put that up against the dough you'll save on bottles and cans, it's well worth it as we head into football season! Or you could check out this page for detailed instructions on how to DIY your own from an old frigde.

(Images: Flickr members grrrrr123 and Bruce Turner licensed under Creative Commons.)