5 Best Beer Faucet Units Revealed
Standard & Stout (Nitro) Taps

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…

There are many different types of beers and they may require different pouring methods.

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.

Beer FaucetStandard 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.

Our Best Beer Faucet Picks for 2018

Product
Type
Beer Type
Materials
Price
#1 - Perlick 630SS
Perlick 630SS small
check for current price button


Standard Faucet


Most beers, may require adjustment


Stainless Steel


$$
#2 - Bev Rite Faucet with Lever
Draft Warehouse Faucet with Lever small
check for current price button


Standard beer tap faucet


Most beers and wines


Stainless Steel


$
#3 - Bev Rite 4-Inch Shank Kit with Handle
Draft Warehouse 4-Inch Shank Kit with Handle small
check for current price button


Draft Handle


Most beers and wines


Chrome Plated


$
#4 - KegWorks Beer Tap with Brass Lever
KegWorks Beer Tap with Brass Lever small
check for current price button


Draught beer faucet


Most ales and lagers


Chrome Plated


$
#5 - Kegconnection Stout Faucet
Kegconnection Stout Faucet small
check for current price button


Nitrogen Faucet


Most ales and lagers


Stainless Steel


$$

#1 Perlick 630SS Draft Beer Faucet (Our Favorite)

stout faucet made of stainless steel

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.

Pros

  • Stainless steel
  • Polished interior
  • Vertical spout angle
  • Almost eliminates sticking/dripping

Cons

  • Doesn’t include handle or shank kit

CHECK CURRENT PRICE


#2 Bev Rite Faucet with Lever

A tap with a shank

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.

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Commercial grade
  • Works with beer and wine

Cons

  • Can stick
  • Insufficient for nitrogen beers

CHECK CURRENT PRICE


#3 Bev Rite 4-Inch Shank Kit with Handle

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.

Pros

  • Great price
  • Easy to clean
  • Includes shank kit & handle

Cons

  • Can stick
  • Not commercial grade

CHECK CURRENT PRICE


#4 KegWorks Beer Tap with Brass Lever

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.

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Affordable
  • Pours most ales and lagers
  • Attachable to shanks and towers

Cons

  • Can stick
  • Insufficient for nitro beers
  • May leak over time

CHECK CURRENT PRICE


#5 Kegconnection Stout Faucet

stainless steel tap

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.

Pros

  • Pours nitrogen beers
  • Regulates flow speed
  • Attachable to most shanks, towers, and handles

Cons

  • Inefficient for ales and lagers
  • Cannot be disassembled
  • Does not include handle

CHECK CURRENT PRICE


Standard vs. Stout Faucets

Standard-Faucets-vs.-Stout-FaucetsStandard 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.

Tap used on a kegorator

Comments are closed.