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Walsh Beers and Liquors, West Allis


Yes, we rent out 1/4 barrels and 1/2 barrels, tappers, and tubs. The barrels of beer range in price depending on the kind of beer you are looking for. In addition, each barrel also has an additional $30 or $40 deposit. We also rent out tappers and tubs for additional deposits and nominal rental fees. All of the deposits are returned to you when you bring the equipment back to the store. Please call the store for specific prices and to reserve your barrel and equipment!

Yes, we recommend reserving your barrels of beer at least a week ahead of time. We also recommend that you reserve your tapper and tub ahead of time. All reservation must be made in person.

1/4 barrels of beer hold 3.4 cases of beer which serves approximately 27 people 3 cups each. 1/2 barrels of beer hold 6.9 cases of beer which serves approximately 55 people 3 cups each.

Alcohol by volume, often abbreviated as abv, ABV, or alc/vol, is a standard of measure for alcohol and spirits. It is expressed as a percentage of total volume and tells how much alcohol (ethanol) is contained in the spirit. In the United States, the Code of Federal Regulations requires liquor labels state the percentage of ABV.

In the United States, alcoholic proof is defined as twice the percentage of alcohol by volume or ABV. For example, a 100 proof spirit contains 50% alcohol by volume and a 70 proof spirit contains 35% alcohol by volume.

Any distilled beverage that is bottled without added sugar and has at least 20% alcohol by volume is liquor. While, distilled beverages bottled with added sugar or other added flavorings are liqueurs.

A spirit “on the rocks” is served over ice.

“Letting a wine breath,” means exposing it to oxygen before drinking. Typically, this isn’t necessary, especially with white wine. However, sometimes this process improves young red wines. The wine should be smoother, more aromatic, and even a bit less tannic after “breathing.”

The easiest way to let the wine breath is to open the bottle of wine approximately an hour before you plan to drink. Pouring it into a glass will speed the process due to the agitation of pouring, plus greater surface area exposed to air.

Champagne and other sparkling wines are a category of wine. They are typically derived from a blend of grapes such as, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier or Chardonnay.

Sparkling wine can be called champagne when it is made in the champagne district in France, otherwise it’s just "sparkling wine. The location sparkling wine is produced is the determining factor in whether or not it can be referred to as “Champagne.” Through international treaty, national law or quality-control and consumer protection regulations, most countries limit the use of the term to only those wines that come from the Champagne wine region of northeast France. Bubbly from all other regions in the world are simply referred to as “sparkling wine.” Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. give France a run for the money by producing some fantastic sparkling wines and they are often less expensive.

The United States has recognized the exclusive nature of this term “Champagne;” yet maintains a legal structure that allows certain domestic producers of sparkling wine to use the term under limited circumstances. The majority of sparkling wines produced in the US do not use “Champagne” on their labels and some states, such as Oregon, ban producers in their states from using the term as it can be confusing to consumers.

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