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Beer on Wheels: A Keg-Hauling Pedicab

Innovation by | Jul 2017 | Issue #126
Photo by Pam Voth Photography

What arrives on three wheels, keeps your kegs cold, and pours fresh beer out of two taps on its side? The Coaster Beer Trike.

Debuted at the Craft Brewers Conference in Washington DC this year, the Beer Trike is possibly the best thing to arrive on three wheels since you got your first tricycle as a toddler. Made near Missoula, Mont., the product resulted from a collaboration with a neighboring brewery, says Coaster Pedicab Manufacturing chief operating officer Justin Bruce.

“We’re a pedicab business by nature, but we were approached by Kettlehouse Brewing to collaborate on a new project,” Bruce says. “While we were building the [Kettlehouse] beer trike, other people were looking at our cargo bikes and asking if we could add taps and insulation to our box. The idea grew from there.”

Dubbed as a “pedal-powered, go-anywhere taproom on wheels,” the trike is outfitted with a sturdy steel frame and a fully insulated aluminum box designed to hold three half barrels or seven pony kegs. Thanks to a 24-speed drive train, the cyclist can easily tackle most terrain, even with full kegs. Hydraulic brakes and LED headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and running lights ensure safety, while two Bluetooth speakers, a USB port, and colored LED rope lights bring the party. Beer supplies include two taps, two handles, a jockey box, drip tray, and all the parts needed to connect and pour two kegs right from the trike.

Who has been interested in adding the Coaster Beer Trike to their fleet of vehicles? Quite a range, says Bruce. “Breweries, brewpubs, distributors, catering and event companies, golf courses, zoos, amusement parks, sporting venues, and individuals looking for a party on wheels.”

The Coaster Beer Trike base model starts at $6,950. Learn more at coasterpedicab.com

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