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A Good Excuse to Build a Keezer

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Jennifer Stevens

Men don’t usually care about the frills and details of a wedding. They probably do care about money. And a majority likely have an opinion on the alcohol being served. Enter: A post for men, about how to save money on an open bar AND be left with an awesome addition to your Man Cave (if you have one).

**Brides to be: you may want to hide this from your fiances if this isn’t your cup of tea.**

Yes, that’s right … a keezer. For anyone who doesn’t know what a keezer is, it’s like a kegerator (see: college years) only it’s a deep freezer that’s converted to stay at refrigeration temperatures and holds several kegs of beer that are tapped and dispensed by these really fancy nozzles, much like those you find at the bar.

Now let me start by disclosing this was NOT in our wedding budget. My fiance took this on as his own project to save us from the alcohol expense dilemma. He paid for the materials and built this on his own with his own money as his own contribution for the wedding. Now as much as I’d like to think it was all for me to spare our outdoor wedding reception looking like a frat-party with kegs in tubs of ice, he has wanted something like this for a long time.

A man finds a reason to build a keezer, ladies, and he’s going to build it.

The cost of building this was around $600-700. That included the brewing supplies for the beer he and his brother brewed themselves (they make amazing home-brew, by the way) and for the keg of cider he made as well. Total there are four beers on tap and for our small wedding of 60 (this is being written status-post our wedding) we didnt’ run out of beer and had a keg and a half leftover. The benefit, should your man be so gifted and inclined to do this, is he has himself a keezer. He’s happy. And you’ve saved paying for an open bar AND dodged the cash bar concept that we all wince at when we hear the words but know that on a budget, it’s sometimes the only way to go.

My fiance got online and researched many different styles – if you google “keezer” and go to images, you’ll see a TON of them. Some of them will even have instructions on how to build it. Now, this does include electrical knowledge as well as craftsmanship to build what’s called the collar. And if he brews his own beer it saves on the need to go out and buy kegs. Luckily for my man, he’s savvy in all of the above.

This is the website that my fiance used to help guide him in his quest: http://billybrew.com/how-to-build-a-keezer

First step … buy a freezer.

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This is what it starts out looking like … a freezer (we shopped around and found a great deal on one at Lowe’s on sale). And then, you paint it. If you want.

Then, you build a collar.

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The “collar” which my fiance and best man built themselves – basically a rectangular “top” that fits perfectly on the top of the keezer. You remove the lid of the freezer, place this on top using very strong tape and then install the lid back on by connecting it to the top of this, then insulate the inside.
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Collar attached and the lid has been re-assembled.

**Now somewhere in here there’s electrical work and then there’s the buying of the hoses and nozzles and drip tray and all that manly-stuff that I don’t quite get, but I’m just sort of supplying the photos of what this beauty looks like and your man can watch the above link for all the details on that electrical and tube stuff in here.**

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Next up, attaching and installing the nozzles (and then all of the fancy doo-dads inside – see the tutorial for the details in the link above!)

And then, ladies, you have it. A keezer that costs less than an open bar, will supply enough beer for a smaller sized wedding (100 or less with just four kegs, so a larger wedding, have more kegs ready to refill), AND it’s actually really beautiful! First, it’s NOT kegs sitting in a bucket of ice next to a tent at our wedding. Second, it’s a beautiful piece of furniture!!

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After it’s all said and done … a beautiful piece of furniture he can put in his Man Cave after the wedding.

**And a little tidbit to add what we did – we took CHALKBOARD PAINT (available at any home improvement store or online through Amazon) and painted the top with black chalkboard paint. Can’t tell the difference, can you? Well … we can write on the top of the keezer each of the beers so that everyone knows which tap is to what beer … a fun way to add some creativity to the piece AND to be able to label your beer selections!)

We could have done a lot of different things when it came to serving alcohol at our wedding. But this was certainly one of the things that, after a lot of thought, we knew was a good choice for US. It may not be for everyone, but for any other beer-loving couples or home-brewing couples out there, this one’s for you!


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Jennifer Stevens

is a Professional Photographer & Federal Employee living in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She got married in 2013 - read her wedding planning posts here.