Big Beverage and
Having a party? Let Big Beverage help! You've got enough to worry about,
so why worry about your beverages? We've got everything you need,
and we'll load it all right into your car...
...and because we're "The Beer Professionals," we've also
got a helpful and courteous staff to help answer all of your questions.
Here are a few frequently asked party questions to get you started:
- How much beer and soda do I need?
- This is the most common inquiry we get and—as
you may imagine with such a broad question—there really is
no one set answer. It merely invites more questions: How many guests
are you having? Are they big beer drinkers? And what type of party
are you having? A big 4th of July barbecue in the hot summer sun
generally demands more drinks than a quiet, indoor Christening
for close friends and family. So, while we can't give you a stock
answer for this one on our website, we would like to invite you
into one of our beverage centers where one of our staff would be
glad to assist you with "customized
planning" for your party.
- Can I get beer kegs?
- Absolutely! We've got a bunch to choose from, and
we'll gladly lend you the taps and tubs you'll need to get them
up and running.
- Do I have to order my beer kegs in advance?
- Not usually, but it depends on what you're looking
We readily stock
the most popular brands—Budweiser
and Coors, for example—so
there usually is no need
to order these common barrels
exception to this rule would be on popular holiday weekends: 4th
of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc. Demand for kegs skyrockets
on the holidays, so while we probably won't run out of stock, you're
always best to call us a week or so in advance to "reserve" your
keg and ensure availability.
Kegs containing more specialized brands of beer may have
to be custom order for you. It could take up to two weeks before
they're available, so be sure to contact us well in advance if
you're looking for something special.
When in doubt, give us a call. Find your local Big Beverage
Center by clicking here for Suffolk
County locations or here
for Nassau County locations.
- Can I get ice at Big Beverage?
- Yup. Bag or block. Bags are great for coolers or
for putting directly in the cups. Block ice is ideal for coolers
- Keg? Half-Keg? What's the difference? Is a half-keg really half
of a keg?
we all commonly call a "keg"—the
big barrels (like the picture to the right) that we find at parties
and under the taps at taverns and bars—are really called "half-kegs." Folks
just call them "kegs," because what would be considered
a "full-keg" is not commercially available—or,
at the very least, very uncommon. If you hear people talking about
a "half-keg" or
just a plain "keg," they're probably talking about the
same thing: the 15.5 gallon barrels that we all know to be "beer
The term "half keg" should not be confused
with smaller options, such as quarter kegs, beer balls, keg cans,
- How much ice do I need to ice down a keg?
- Your average keg (or "half keg," see above)
will require a tub and about 50 to 70 pounds of ice to get started.
Beyond that, take into account the length of your party and the
heat of the day and have some extra ice handy to "keep it
the day goes on.
- How much ice do I need for mixed drinks?
- On the average, one to two pounds per drinker usually does the
trick. Frozen drinks will require more.
- Should I choose 2-liter soda bottles or canned soda?
- It depends on your preference. Canned soda is generally considered
more convenient, because you can usually offer more variety and
the cans can be thrown in coolers and tubs and don't always require
cups. The downside, though, is that there tends to be more waste
with cans. Clean up after a party and see how many half-full cans
are thrown in the garbage! So if you're looking for economy over
the convenience, go with the 2-liter bottles. Figure about one
2-liter bottle for every three or so people you've got attending.
- Can you deliver my order to my house or party?
- Since Big Beverage Centers are all independently owned, we
can't answer for every one, but most of us are more than happy
to offer free delivery for large party orders. Give us a call to