Miller Lite Home Draft

I like beer. Maybe the "Drunken Rogue" thing hasn't gotten through yet and you didn't know that. My favorite beers are all dark, but when I need to go cheap and basic (which I need to do a lot lately) I prefer Miller Lite over the other domestic mega-brewers. I also LOVE draft beer. Fresh beer from a keg is always the best way to drink it.

When I saw the Miller Lite Home Draft kit advertised I was ecstatic! I've tried the home kegs by some of the import companies, but they are always less than easy to use and they're never the brews that I really like. But I'm just stalling aren't I?

What you wanna know is: 

  1. How expensive is it?
  2. Is it good?
  3. Is it easy to use?

Your answers.

  1. Not very.
  2. Oh, yes.
  3. Surprisingly.

Now, if you'd like a little more in depth coverage, I'll break it down for you.

The "Home Draft Kit" is a large bottle with a tap and CO2 cartridge all contained in a cardboard box about the size of the 18 can boxes. It'll run you about $18 give or take (mostly depending on your local taxes). The box is made for the front to be pulled away from the tap and discarded. I found it unnecessary and visually displeasing so I took the bottle completely out and threw the whole box away (I mean, recycled it, of course). The bottle has small "feet" on the bottom which keeps it from rolling around in your fridge. There are clear and simple instruction on the packaging detailing the three step process to prepare the bottle for pouring.

  1. Remove a guard on the CO2 cartridge.
  2. Twist the cartridge to lock it into place and release the gas into the bottle as needed.
  3. "Unlock" the tap.
  4. Pour your beer.

It really was just that easy.

The beer is smooth and clean. Tastes JUST like the draft at your local bar. You get a nice full head, and Miller suggests that the beer will last fresh and frothy for at least 30 days. You get about 18 glasses out of this thing, so I'm thinking I'm not going to give it a real test as far as longevity.

Price-wise, it's a bit more expensive than cans, oz. for oz. But you're paying for the experience. Locking yourself into $1 per draft (which is about what we're looking at) is cheaper than you'll be able to do going to your local watering hole. For now, I say "worth it." Let me get back to you after I've finished the bottle.