Frye Bar Kegerator Build

by Rob Frye

OK, a few folks have asked about our kegerator setup since I have shown my “brag pictures” around.  When we were looking at buying the townhouse we’re in, Cathy realized that behind one wall in what was the living room is a laundry closet big enough to fit a kegerator. We’ve got 4 taps coming thru an edge-lit glass wall over an edge-lit 6-foot glass top on the dark cherry wood bar in what’s now the pool room, with wine glass rack, wine rack, and barware.

The fridge with 4 kegs and CO2 tank.

The business-end of the kegerator is a side-by-side full-size fridge in that ex-laundry closet, which was in our kitchen when we moved in.  It holds 3x 5-gal cornys & 2x 2.5-gal mini cornys plus CO2 & lots of bottles.  We might fit a 4th 5-gal keg when we replace the inside 5-lb CO2 with a 20lb tank outside the fridge.  The CO2 tank is dual-gauge, single-pressure (for now) & distributed thru a 5-port manifold (room for a tap thru the fridge front or a guest picnic tap). Beer flows thru lines going into a flexible Rigid hose (don’t ya just love that juxtaposition?) to an insulated cold box for the 4.5” shanks thru the wall.

 

Beer lines exiting fridge

Beer lines exiting fridge

Flex hose connecting fridge to insulated cold box

Flex hose connecting fridge to insulated cold box

 

 

We went with the Perlick Pearl 575SS faucets so that if the beer isn’t foamy enough, hey, you can get more head at the taps! We plan to replace the default black tap handles with some fancier ones, making sure of clearance to the wine glass rims.  The glass top came from SGO Designer Glass in Leesburg but we had to go to Circle Glass in Fairfax to get the custom-cut backsplash to work out right.  The wooden bar unit is 9 feet long total, and is actually eight modular pieces Cathy found at Pottery Barn.  The LED edge lighting for the glass is from TAOtronics via Amazon and light is diffused using translucent “pencil” tiles from The Tile Shop (such a clever name – NOT!) in Sterling.  The overhead glass rack came from Bombay.  Cathy also found the perfect shaped glass drip tray at Pier One. The bar is just in the front door, at one end of the cherry/mahogany pool.

Bartop and holes for the faucet shanks through the wall.

Bartop and holes for the shanks through the wall.

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