Unfortunately, it came home empty.
The Pike’s Brewery’s web site said they sell their beer in 5 gallon kegs, but when I actually talked to the brewer I learned that they only sell the 5 gallon keg to distributors. They don’t sell it to individuals. What a bummer. I checked out Hale’s and Maritime and got the same response. Elysian Fields wants a $100 deposit for their keg! Crazy. It’s typically about $32.
We just didn’t have time to hunt down a distributor in Seattle to see about buying a keg from them. Hayden Distributors here in Boise will sell 5 gallon kegs to individuals. I have a keg from them on tap right now.
Oh well. It was a honorable try. We’ll see what I can come up with for the next trip in May.