It’s no secret; a jockey box is definitely one of the best ways to turn your keg portable and serve ice-cold beer at any outdoor event or party without breaking the bank.
You’re probably wondering what is a jockey box?
Like I described in the main article, there are two different types of jockey boxes, coil, and cold plate. If you’re able to keep your keg below 55°F, a cold plate jockey box is your best bet! If your keg will most likely be room temperature, I would go with the coil type.
- 1 Our Top Jockey Box Picks for 2018
- 2 #1 Micro Matic Jockey Box Coil Cooler (Our Favorite)
- 3 #2 NY Brew Supply Mini Stainless Steel Jockey Box
- 4 #3 JockeyBox.com Beer Keg Cooler With Double Faucet
- 5 #4 NY Brew Supply JBB48-5162 Cooler With 2x Faucets
- 6 #5 Kegco Stainless Steel Coil Cooler With Single Faucet
- 7 Our Vote for the Best Jockey Box
Our Top Jockey Box Picks for 2018
Coil Jockey Box
When choosing the coil type, you’ll have to choose the actual length of the coils, as well as how many taps you’d like on your jockey box. The shorter coils, which are around 50’-70’ are designed for low to moderate use and will need a little bit of time in between every couple of drinks to rejuvenate. If you’re going to be constantly filling up cups and don’t have time to wait around for rejuvenation, you’ll want a longer coil that is at least 120’. When using the coil type, you’ll want a good mixture of ice and water.
Cold Plate Jockey Box
The cold plate jockey box is the most efficient option, but it does require your keg to be 55°F or cooler to reach the desired temperature. This is because the coils that are located inside of the cold plate are much shorter than the coil type jockey box which means less contact with a cold surface. Unlike the coil cooler, which requires the use of ice mixed with water, the cold plate cooler runs off just ice. This means you’ll need to keep the drain open on your beer cooler so the water can drain as the ice melts.
In addition to the actual jockey box kit, you’ll need:
- CO2 Tank
- Beer line
- Air line
- Bags of ice
- Keg of Beer! Duh 🙂
#1 Micro Matic Jockey Box Coil Cooler (Our Favorite)
Micromatic is no novice when it comes to beverage supplies and carries pretty much anything you could ever need, including a full line of jockey boxes. Their product line includes a tiny 8 Qt. cooler all the way up to a gigantic 100 Qt. system with 3 taps with a 120ft coils! A vast product line like this allows you to narrow down your search and get precisely what you need!
Their 48 Qt. Coil jockey box model comes with a cover and a long 100ft coil for non-stop pours, which is perfect for a large party that demands ice cold beer without a break. The faucet is made from solid brass that is coated with high-quality chrome for a lasting finish. Micromatic also makes a dual faucet version for a multiple keg setup.
#2 NY Brew Supply Mini Stainless Steel Jockey Box
If you’ve been to the Home Brew Stuff website, you’ll see that they sell a huge variety of homebrew products and accessories, including a good variety of jockey boxes. This includes cooler boxes ranging from a single tap system all the way up to a large 4-tap system for large parties or events.
The Mini Jockey Box is 14qt cooler that comes with a high quality 50’ stainless steel coil that is just long enough to give your beer a good chill. You’ll also want to wait a minute or two in between pours to ensure you get a cold one. I would also recommend putting your keg in a bucket full of ice since the coil is on the shorter side. It’s very common for these smaller compact coolers to have shorter coils. This jockey box also comes with a stainless steel faucet and has a nice cover to go along with it.
This is an excellent option if affordability and portability is key!
#3 JockeyBox.com Beer Keg Cooler With Double Faucet
Jockeybox.com is a web-based company that uses Amazon as a marketplace to sell all of their products. This means fast, affordable shipping and a great return policy. Jockeybox.com has two different jockey boxes in their lineup, a single tap version, and a double tap version. Since the price difference isn’t that large, I prefer the 2 tap option.
The double faucet product is a 48qt cooler that comes loaded with two 50’ stainless steel coils. This is my suggested minimum length when going with a coil type jockey box and should allow you to pour a few cold beers at a time. Everything in the box is preassembled and ready to rock as soon as it arrives.
This is a quality double faucet model from a trusted brand!
#4 NY Brew Supply JBB48-5162 Cooler With 2x Faucets
NY Brew Supply is personally one of 52 Brews’ favorite websites for homebrew supplies. They have great customer service and also have a great selection of beer equipment, beer recipe kits, and ingredients, as well as kegging and bottling equipment. Northern Brewer also includes a two-circuit cold plate jockey box with dual faucets.
This product is a 48 Qt. cooler with two 50′ stainless coils, 5/16 inch and two chrome faucets with black handles. This is a high quality and inexpensive option if you’re looking for a coil style jockey box. If you can keep your keg below 55°F you’ll be happy with the results.
#5 Kegco Stainless Steel Coil Cooler With Single Faucet
Kegco has 19 years under their belt in the beverage industry and has made a big impact in the beverage supply industry. They carry a gigantic line of single and double faucet coolers in nearly every size and type. This includes cold plate and coil type with your choice of tap mounting location.
The Single Faucet Stainless Steel cooler is probably my personal favorite because of all of the awesome features that come built in. Not to mention the sexy look of the stainless steel exterior and built-in bottle opener. The super long 120’ stainless steel coil is perfect for a busy event or party that requires a near constant pour.
If you’re looking for the ultimate party jockey box kit, this is the one.
Our Vote for the Best Jockey Box
If you’re looking for a serious jockey box kit that will deliver ice cold beer at a busy event, I’d recommend picking up the Micro Matic Jockey Box Coil Cooler. The 100’ coil will keep the beer flowing cold without a hiccup.
If you’re looking for something to bring out camping or to your party, the single faucet stainless steel jockey box from Kegco would be my first choice!