The strategy of tank beer at Antwerp’s Sportpaleis!
During the tour, Peter indicates that the tanks are strategically distributed in the Sportpaleis and connected to the busiest bars. The rest of the bars are partly still stocked with kegs. The tanks in the photo on the left were produced in 2004 and thus have been around for 17 years. Of course, maintenance is sometimes necessary to prevent a malfunction. In fact, one happened on Friday during testing. Peter was pleased that Duotank has a breakdown service, which quickly resolved the problems.
When we got to the next tank room, we saw there was also a transport tank. Peter mentioned that transport tanks are a good option for concert/event venues. Sometimes certain areas are open at one event and closed at another or temporary bars are added for large events. With an insulated transport tank, the beer temperature only rises 1 degree per 24 hours, and you are super flexible because they can be used anywhere. This prevents the heavy lugging of kegs.
Finally, Peter showed us these two 1000-litre polyurethane tanks that were installed at the end of 2019. These tanks are equivalent to 40 kegs that each hold 50 litres. They ensure that the bar staff does not need to spend time carrying and changing kegs. The tanks also prevent the beer loss that occurs when kegs are changed and they save valuable square metres behind the bar.