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How Many Beers In A Keg?

Ah, the long-standing question of how many beers are in a keg. It’s a great conversation starter among friends and beer enthusiasts alike. But how many beers are actually in a keg? Let’s find out!

When it comes to beer, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to the age-old question of “how many beers in a keg?” The answer will vary based on the type of beer, size of the keg, and even the temperature of your storage area.

So let’s get started by breaking down all these factors and explaining what makes up a keg.

What is a Keg?

A keg is an airtight steel container that holds beer in large quantities for distribution or consumption. When tapped, it allows easy access to draft beer that can be dispensed directly into glasses or pitchers with a handheld pump or with pressurized carbon dioxide (CO2) gas. As convenient as they are, they’re also quite heavy and require special equipment to tap into them.

Types of Kegs

Depending on what type of beer you want to serve, different types of kegs are available. Standard types include Sixth barrel (⅙ barrel), Quarter barrel (¼ barrel), Slim Quarter (tall quarter), Half barrel (½ barrel) and Mini kegs.

The most common type used is typically the half barrel because it holds the greatest amount of liquid. However, different countries may have different sizes for their standard barrels such as half liter, liter or even larger sizes such as 5 gallons or 10 gallons for homebrewers.

What Is The Standard Keg Size?

The standard size for most U.S./Canadian commercial beers is a full size 1/2 barrel (full-size barrel) which contains 15 ½ gallons or 165 glasses per keg which translates to about 124 pints/cases/bottles depending on your glassware size used at your establishment.

This is equivalent to 82 12-ounce cans or bottles per ½ barrel; however, craft breweries often offer smaller sizes such as ¼ barrels and 1/6 barrels which contain 7¾ gallons (¼ bbl) or 5⅛ gallons (⅙ bbl). You can even find mini-kegs that hold just 1 gallon of beer!

Factors that Affect Keg Size & Capacity

The size and capacity of your keg will depend on several factors such as: quality/type of beer, serving style (draft vs bottle), serving temperature range, venue storage area requirements and local government regulations.

Additionally, certain styles tend to be more popular than others when served from a full size 15 ½ gallon ¼ bbl due to their cost efficiency and ease of storing/transporting.

Also, craft breweries may offer smaller sizes due to their higher cost per pint when compared with traditional full-sized barrels like 15 ½ gallon ¼ bbls or 7¾ gallon ⅓ bbls etc..

How Many Beers Does A Keg Contain?

So now that we understand all the factors affecting how much liquid each type & size will hold—how many pints does each one contain?

A standard US 1/2 Barrel contains 124 pints while an imperial US 1/6 Barrel holds 41 pints; a standard US 1/4 Barrel holds 82 pints; and lastly, an imperial US 1/4 Barrel can hold 82 12 oz cans or bottles – not including head space at top & foam when poured normally so slightly less than 82 depending upon venue & glassware used etc!


There you have it—the answer to everyone’s favorite question—how many beers in a keg?! Depending on what kind and size you’re working with—it could range anywhere from 41 cans up to 124 pint glasses! Cheers!

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I’m Fabian, homebrewer and beer taster. I’m also the editor of Beer100. I love travelling the world and trying out new handcraft beer and different beer styles. I’m not an expert in brewing beer, but I know a few things about beer, which I share on this blog. If you need help or have a question, please comment below.

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