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How Much Beer Is In A Keg?

If you’re planning a big party, you might be considering purchasing a keg of beer for your guests. But how do you know how much beer you’re actually getting? Will it be enough for all of your guests? Will you have too much or run out?

In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about different keg sizes and how much beer actually comes in each one. 

What Is A Keg?

The technical definition of a keg is “a small cask or barrel having a capacity of 30 gallons or less.” The word keg is commonly associated with beer, as beer kegs are popular at bars, parties, and other social events. When you order a draft beer at a bar, it is usually served from a keg.

Silver metal beer kegs vector clipart.

Kegs are the vessel of choice for large quantities of beer, which is why they’re so commonly seen at bars and parties. In fact, more than 60 million gallons of beer are sold in kegs each year. Kegs are extremely durable and can be rolled around for easy moving. There’s no need for a cap, and the kegs themselves are recyclable. Plus, they’re usually more cost-effective for a large number of people.

What Are The Different Types Of Kegs?

Contrary to popular belief, there is more than one size when it comes to kegs. Each keg size holds a different amount of beer and is best suited to a different purpose. 

Cornelius Keg

The Cornelius Keg, also known as the Corny Keg, Homebrew Keg, or Soda Keg, is the smallest sized keg you’ll regularly see on the market. Cornelius Kegs are tall and cylindrical and were originally developed to store, distribute, and dispense soda. Cornelius Kegs have a five-gallon capacity, which is the size of a standard batch of homebrew beer. They are designed to be easy to fill, clean, and maintain. This makes them very popular with homebrewers who don’t want to go through the hassle of bottling their beer and would rather keep in on draft.

The Cornelius Keg measures 23 inches tall by 9 inches wide and has a capacity of five gallons or 18 liters. Each Cornelius Kegs can hold 53 12 oz. servings of beer, the standard size of a bottle or can, or 40 16 oz. pints.

Sixth Barrel Keg

The sixth Barrel Keg, also known as the Sixtel, the ⅙ Barrel, or the ⅙ BBL, is the sixth-largest standard keg. The Sixth Barrel is similar in size, shape, and capacity to a Cornelius Keg, only slightly bigger. The Cornelius Keg has five gallons, while the Sixth has a capacity of 5.16 gallons.

Sixth Barrels are becoming increasingly popular as many craft breweries sell their small-batch beers in them. They’re also popular in bars, as they don’t take up as much space as larger kegs, so bartenders can offer their customers a wider variety of beers.

Each Sixth Barrel Keg can hold 5.16 gallons of beer, aka 20 liters, and measures about 23 ⅜ inches tall by 9 ¼ inches wise. Each Sixth serves 55 12 oz. beers or 41 16 oz. pints. 

Quarter Barrel Keg

The Quarter Barrel Keg is known as the Pony Keg, the Stubby Quarter, or the ¼ BBL. It looks just like the standard keg you’re used to seeing at parties and events but much shorter, hence the “stubby” descriptor. It holds 7.75 gallons, perfect for a small party or gathering.

The Quarter Barrel Keg measures 13 ⅞ inches tall by 16 ⅛ inches wide and holds 7.75 gallons, equivalent to 30 liters. Each Quarter Barrel can hold 82 12 oz. servings of beer, or 62 16 oz. pints.

Slim Quarter Keg

The Slim Quarter Keg holds exactly the same amount of beer as the Quarter Barrel Keg, but the dimensions are different. The Slim Quarter Keg measures 23 ⅜ inches tall by 11 ⅛ wide, giving it a much taller, slimmer appearance, hence the name. This option is preferable for some bars because it’s easier to store multiple Slim Quarters side by side. 

Like the Quarter Barrel Keg, the Slim Quarter holds 7.75 gallons, which is equivalent to 30 liters, and pours 82 12 oz. servings of beer, or 62 16 oz. pints.

Half Barrel Keg

The Half Barrel Keg, also known as the Full Size, Full Barrel, or ½ BBL, is the most common type of keg you’ll come across, and probably the image that pops into your head when you think of the word “keg.” Half Barrel Kegs have been used to serve draft beer for generations and are the size most bars and restaurants use to serve brews. This size is great for a large event or party or for keeping a large supply of your favorite beer on hand. However, if you’re trying a new beer for the first time, we recommend one of the smaller sizes first.

The Half Barrel Keg measures 23 ⅜ inches tall by 16 ⅛ inches wide and holds 15.5 gallons or 15.7 liters. Each Half Barrel Keg serves 165 12 oz. servings of beer, or 124 16 oz. pints.

Tap Fearlessly

Once your keg is tucked, nice and cozy, in your KegCold, you can tap the keg! Portability, reliability, durability, affordability, and convenience all in a beautiful package to keep the party going all day long! 

Goodbye to the days where you are hoping someone brings a cooler to the party or ice-cold beer instead of that warm keg that simply does not last as lost as you do. Keep your Keg Ice Cold with KegCold and keep the party going!

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