The cost of beer in kegs1 is much lower than in cans or bottles. This is why you can save a lot of money if you buy a keg of beer for your party or picnic. Everybody can guess that it contains a great deal of beer, but do you know how much exactly? The answer to this question can vary, depending of the place you live in. First, let’s talk about kegs a bit in order to be sure that everyone has the idea how they look like.
As a rule, kegs are made of aluminum, stainless steel or wood. They are commonly used to store, transport and even serve different types of beverages and alcoholic drinks, carbonated or non-carbonated, like beer. Kegs are usually pressurized in order to preserve the taste and quality of the products.
Kegs may come in various sizes, and there are no any standards. The table below will help you to find out how many beers can be in different types of kegs.
Volume, US gallons
Half Barrel (Full Keg)
Half Barrel (European)
Mini Keg (Bubba)
Corny Keg (Soda syrup)
Sixth Barrel (Torpedo)
Quarter Barrel (Pony Keg)
Wall (99 Beer Bottles)
Import Keg (European Barrel)
The US beer barrel is officially defined as a volume unit which is equal to 31 gallons. This is why a full keg is named a half barrel, though it has 15.5 gallons. Most brewers use this kind of kegs, so we can make some calculations and answer how many beers are in a keg.
One full keg contains:
Almost seven 24-racks of 12 oz cans
About five and a half 30-racks of 12 oz cans
About ninety 22 oz battles (so-called “bombers”)
165 servings (12 oz)
124 US pints
But do not forget that we are talking about the American half barrel keg. Standard European kegs are somewhat smaller. For instance, an import keg contains fifty liters, which equals to 13.2 US gallons. The tiniest keg is called “Bubba”, or mini keg. It is manufactured for retail sales and contains only 5 liters. Some kegs are recyclable.
A full half barrel keg weighs almost 73 kilograms (more than 160 pounds); though an empty one has only 13.5 kilograms (less than 30 pounds). The keg’s typical height is 23.3 inches.
A keg is a barrel of a small size, used to store liquids, like beer or some other drinks. They are made of aluminum or stainless steel. Wooden kegs are used to keep gunpowder, nails and other stuff. A typical American half barrel keg contains 15.5 US gallons.