Beer Science Fair: What’s a Firkin?

Braxton Labs Beer Science Fair Returns in 2018!

We’re excited to invite you to join us at Braxton Labs on September 29th to celebrate creativity and innovation in craft brewing. We’ve asked 9 of our brewers, and local guest breweries to brew an extremely limited and unique beer. Each of our brewers will submit a firkin to be tasted and judged by YOU. You’ll then get to cast your vote to decide who will take home the blue ribbon!

So, you may be wondering “what the heck is a firkin?”

A firkin is a unit of measurement and also the size of a particular kind of keg used for cask conditioning; one quarter of a barrel, 72 pints, 9 imperial gallons. Firkins can be wooden or metal. The most curious thing about them is the manner in which they are tapped. In order to keep air out, the keg is laid on its side and the spout is driven in horizontally. It can get a bit messy if not done correctly! A breathing tube is inserted through an opening on the top of the firkin to enhance the flow of beer using only gravity. CO2 is not used to carbonate or push the beer out. Thus you get a naturally fermented and carbonated beer in a small batch. Many even think beer tastes much better this way!

Now that you know what a firkin is…

Stay tuned on the blog throughout this week to read about the firkins our brewers have cooked up! We hope you’ll join us at Braxton Labs on September 29th for a day of beer science and education, and of course – beer tasting! Each ticket will include one pint of any beer on tap, a Braxton Labs beaker tasting glass, and 10 taster tickets that you’ll use to vote for you favorite firkin. Additional taster tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the event.

Presale tickets to Beer Science Fair are available now for $25. Click here to join the party! 
*Tickets on day of event – $35