Let’s define what a faucet is. They are an essential component for draft beer and without a proper one, you would not be able to pour a beer efficiently.
Good faucets also keep your tap sanitary and contribute to a food-safe environment.
Many people confuse a faucet with the tap itself. However, it is actually at the end of a tap.
This is where the beverage exits and enters your glass. As it is the last contact point, it is essential to consider its effects on a beer. They help to direct the flow of beer.
This is important to keep in mind because…
If you aren’t careful, you can end up with too much head and waste brew as it foams out of the glass. It will also take you longer to serve the next customer if you are spending unneeded time managing each glass.
There are two main types of faucets: standard and stout.
Standard faucets, the most common type, are what you are used to seeing at a bar, restaurant, or on a kegerator. They are designed to pour most beer types. This list includes lagers, IPAs, meads, stouts, ciders, and more.
Although these they are versatile, they aren’t always the best option for nitrogen beer – they are known to be heavy with a thick tight head.
Stout faucets are designed to manipulate the speed of a pour to more easily regulate aromas, head volume, and retention.
If you are interested in purchasing a new kegerator tap, or upgrading your current once, you definitely need to read my review below.
- 1 Our Best Beer Faucet Picks for 2018
- 2 #1 Perlick 630SS Draft Beer Faucet (Our Favorite)
- 3 #2 Bev Rite Faucet with Lever
- 4 #3 Bev Rite 4-Inch Shank Kit with Handle
- 5 #4 KegWorks Beer Tap with Brass Lever
- 6 #5 Kegconnection Stout Faucet
- 7 Standard vs. Stout Faucets
- 8 My Vote for Best Beer Faucet
Our Best Beer Faucet Picks for 2018
#1 Perlick 630SS Draft Beer Faucet (Our Favorite)
The Perlick is my favorite by far.
It is made from extremely high-grade stainless steel so you won’t have to worry about wear and it has a patented forward sealing design eliminating the need for a valve shaft.
The spout angle and polished finish of this faucet also keeps the beer from collecting inside, which almost eliminates the chances of drips.
This will also help to keep the tap from sticking.
Aside from the thoughtful design, it is also very sleek looking and well-polished.
Recommended if you like the best-of-the-best.
- Stainless steel
- Polished interior
- Vertical spout angle
- Almost eliminates sticking/dripping
- Doesn’t include handle or shank kit
#2 Bev Rite Faucet with Lever
This is another standard faucet. However, this is made of high-quality stainless steel.
It has a very smooth polished finish and with SS304 grade stainless steel that is built for commercial quality.
It will also fit standard North American shanks and towers and is designed to keep a smooth action on both.
Inside of this steel unit is a high-quality Teflon ball washer to ensure smooth operation. This piece can also be used for both your brew and wine.
- Easy to clean
- Commercial grade
- Works with beer and wine
- Can stick
- Insufficient for nitrogen beers
#3 Bev Rite 4-Inch Shank Kit with Handle
This is more than just a draft beer faucet.
The package includes a 4-inch shank kit, tap handle, and faucet. The shank kit can be used to attach the faucet to the beer lines, and the handle is conveniently attached.
The handle will undoubtedly get the job done, but if you wanted to put something more decorative or customized on then, it could easily be removed.
It’s made of chrome plated brass mold and shines bright when kept clean.
This piece works just as well as any other and is a great buy including the shank kit and handle.
- Great price
- Easy to clean
- Includes shank kit & handle
- Can stick
- Not commercial grade
#4 KegWorks Beer Tap with Brass Lever
This is a standard draught beer faucet.
It is perfect for pouring almost all brew types (including homebrew) and will easily attach to any North American shank (traditional bar tap) or tower (kegerator). The chrome plating is a sweet finish and shines brightly.
I do recommend keeping your beer tap very clean primarily because they can start to stick if they aren’t cleaned daily. However, that is no problem as this one makes it very easy.
It is small and has smooth edges where brew can’t hind behind.
- Easy to clean
- Pours most ales and lagers
- Attachable to shanks and towers
- Can stick
- Insufficient for nitro beers
- May leak over time
#5 Kegconnection Stout Faucet
Nitro beers have been growing in popularity.
They are known for their smooth feel and thick head.
Guinness is probably the most famous nitro beer, but there are many others such as Founder’s Oatmeal Stout and the Left Hand Milk Stout.
This stout faucet is specifically designed to pour these beers.
It is different than a standard tap in that it can regulate the speed of the pour and has a narrower end. This ensures that you aren’t producing too much head and enhances their aroma. Interesting information right?
Stout Faucets can be attached to most standard shanks, towers, and handles.
- Pours nitrogen beers
- Regulates flow speed
- Attachable to most shanks, towers, and handles
- Inefficient for ales and lagers
- Cannot be disassembled
- Does not include handle
Standard vs. Stout Faucets
Standard faucets are high for any occasion. You will not have any issues pouring traditional ales and lagers. They are easily attached to most shanks and towers and typically don’t require any line adjustment.
Stout faucets are only for nitro beers. They are great at what they do, but you won’t have an easy time pouring CO2.
My Vote for Best Beer Faucet
Of course, if you are planning on pouring nitro, then you should go with a stout faucet.
However, for all practical purposes, I would recommend going with the Perlick 630SS by Home Brew Stuff for everything else.
It has a forward-thinking design that is more efficient than most standard faucets. It also dramatically reduces the chances of dripping and sticking.
If you apply too much pressure on a sticking faucet, you may end up breaking an internal component. This is especially true for most home setups.