United States Patent Office
3,150,799 BEER DISPENSERS William B. Flynn, 242 Wilkin Way, Anaheim, Caiif. Filed Suae 4, 1962, Ser. No. 199,762 3 Claims. (CI. 222—52)
This invention pertains to new and improved beer dispensers.
To many individuals the flavor of the beverage beer is of extreme importance and to many individuals beer which has been packaged for consumption in comparatively small containers such as, for example, glass bottles or cans, does not have as desirable a flavor as the beverage beer which has been packaged by a brewery in comparatively large containers of the type commonly referred to as kegs or barrels. For a complete understanding of this invention it is not considered necessary to go into the reasons why many persons prefer the flavor of beer which is sold in kegs or barrels to the flavor of beer which has been sold in cans or glass bottles.
As a consequence of this flavor problem many efforts have been made to provide suitable equipment so that an individual home owner can maintain a keg or barrel of beer "on tap" ready for consumption within his or her household. Because of the size of such containers such equipment must be comparatively large and of such a nature as to not fit readily into the average domestic premises. Further, such equipment is relatively expensive. For these and other reasons equipment for maintaining quantities of the beverage beer in a keg or barrel in a home or apartment has not been widely accepted.
An object of the present invention is to provide new and improved beer dispensers and containers which can be used in a normal household to maintain a bulk quantity of beverage beer so that it may be conveniently and readily dispensed and consumed. A related object of this invention is to provide beer dispensers as indicated which can be used which enables an individual who consumes beer to enjoy this beverage at its fullest without the flavor difficulties which are found whenever this beverage is packed in comparatively small containers such as glass bottles, cans or the like, which flavor is identical to the flavor achieved whenever this beverage is packaged in a comparatively large container such as a keg or barrel. Another object of this invention is to provide beer dispensers as indicated which may be constructed at a comparatively nominal cost, and which can be utilized with a minimum of difficulty in order to enable the beverage beer to be dispensed virtually whenever and wherever desired with a minimum of difficulty.
These and various other objects as well as many advantages of this invention will be more fully apparent from a detailed consideration of the remainder of this specification including the appended claims and the accompanying drawings in which:
FIG. 1 is a side elevational view showing a beer dispenser of the present invention in a protective, insulated type case ready to be transported to wherever the beverage beer may be desired;
FIG. 2 is a front perspective view showing an end of the beer dispenser illustrated in FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a similar front perspective view of this same beer dispenser utilized with a different type of faucet than is shown in the preceding figures, this faucet being oriented so that the dispenser can be employed in a vertical position in a refrigerator or the like;
FIG. 4 is a view similar to FIG. 3 showing the faucet oriented in a different manner so as to enable the dispenser to be utilized in a different manner in a refrigerator;
FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional view taken at line 5-5 of FIG. 2;
FIG. 6 is a cross-sectional view taken at line 6-6 of FIG. 3; and
FIG. 7 is a cross-sectional view taken at line 7-7 of FIG. 6.
5 The accompanying drawings are primarily intended so as to clearly illustrate a presently preferred embodiment or form of this invention. From a careful consideration of the remainder of this specification and of these drawings it will be realized that various changes within the
10 scope of routine engineering variation may be made in the precise structure shown and described without departing from the principles or features of this invention set forth in the appended claims forming a part of this disclosure.
15 As an aid to understanding this invention it can be stated in essentially summary form that it concerns beer dispensers, each of which includes: a generally rectilinear box-like container of such dimension that it is adapted to fit within a household refrigerator in either an upright or
20 horizontal position, attaching valves secured to two corners of one end of this container which are located so as to be spaced from one another at opposite sides of the container; regulator means attached to one of these valves, the regulator means including pressure control
25 means and means for supplying carbon dioxide to the interior of the container; and discharge faucet means for discharging the beverage beer attached to the other of the valves. With the present invention a variety of different known discharge faucet means can be employed,
30 and the orientation of these discharge faucets may be changed from time to time depending upon the desired use of the beer dispenser and the manner in which it is to be stored or held.
The present invention is best more fully described by
35 referring directly to the accompanying drawings. Here there is shown a beer dispenser of the present invention which includes a rectilinear box-like container or tank 12 having an end 14 which is formed so as to have openings 16 located at corners of this end 14 which are remote
40 from one another. The tank 12 holds two valves 18 which are secured to the end 14 as as to close off the opening 16 as hereinafter described. These valves 18 are adapted to be used with a regulator means 20 employed with the present invention and with a faucet means 22.
4g Each of the valves 18 includes a generally cup-shaped outer section 24 which leads to a lower housing 26. Within each of the housings 26 there is employed a holding plate 28 having at least one aperture 30 formed in it. A bolt 32 is rotatably mounted in each of the valves
gQ 18 upon the corresponding holding plate 28 and this bolt is provided with a non-round head 34 generally facing the cup-shaped section 24. An appropriate elastomeric sealing member 36 is located on the side of the holding plate 28 remote from the head 34 so as to be capable of being
gg rotated in order to cover the aperture 30. Preferably this member 36 is "backed up" by means of a reinforcing member 38, and both the member 36 and the reinforcing member 38 are held in place with respect to the bolt 32 by means of nuts 40. Also preferably each of the valves
20 18 includes a tube 42 leading into the interior of the housing 26, and preferably these tubes 42 are oriented so as to point in opposite directions from one another toward the corners of the tank 12. With this type of construction either the regulator
gg means 20 or the faucet means 22 may be secured to either of the valves 18 in the manner indicated in FIG. 6 of the drawings. When the faucet means 22 is to be secured in place a base 44 on it is moved into the interior of a cup-shaped section 24 and twisted so as to wedge cam shaped ridges 46 into corresponding grooves located in the sides of this cup-shaped section 24, in order to achieve a bayonet type of locking action. As such a lock3,1