How Much Does a Keg Cost?
A keg is a large container that is normally used to hold beer or other alcoholic beverages. Instead of purchasing individual beer bottles for a party, many party throwers tend to purchase a keg.
Rather than having to open a bottle each time, the people at the party will be able to simply fill and refill a cup. Most of the time, kegs are rented rather than purchased since they are only used once in a while.
How much is it?
- The price to rent a keg will depend on the size, the type of beer in it, the company renting it, and whether or not any accessories are required. On average, to rent a keg that is filled with beer, it is best to budget at least $45 to as much as $200. A sixer keg is usually $75 to $150, while a half barrel is $165 to $200. This will not include the refundable deposit.
- For instance, TheBeerJunction.com charges $138 for a full keg of Bud Light, while a full keg of PBR is $125. Regardless, most full kegs of brand name beers are between $112 and $142.
- Users on the website Yelp.com claimed that you should be prepared to spend around $70 to $150. The cost, of course, will depend greatly on the type of beer.
- If you want to purchase a keg, the cost of a new one will be from $150 to $600. This will depend on its size, features, and the company selling it. If you want to purchase a used keg, the price will be from $30 to $200.
What is going to be included?
- Typically, there are four types of keg sizes: the sixer, pony, full euro and full US. A sixer can server 41 pints (55 twelve ounces), a pony can hold 62 pints (82 twelve ounces), a full euro can hold 105 pints (141 twelve ounces), and a full US can hold 124 pints (165 twelve ounces).
- A keg will weigh 11 pounds for every gallon of beer. So a sixer will weigh 55 pounds; a pony will weigh 83; a euro keg will weigh 140; and a full keg will weigh 165 pounds.
- Aside from beer, a keg can also hold cider or root beer.
- Popular beer brands that most stores sell include Budweiser, Bud Light, Busch, Coors, Keystone, Labatt, Miller and Natural Light.
- Most stores will ask for an advanced notice.
- If you purchase a keg, it will come with all necessary parts and taps to make it run correctly.
What are the extra costs?
- Craft beer is often going to cost 20-40% more than your standard beers, such as Bud Light and Coors Light.
- Of course, cups will be needed.
- If you want to ensure that the beer in the keg remains cold, you may want to purchase a large bucket and ice in which you can place the keg.
- If you are going to have the keg delivered and picked up rather than picking it up and returning it yourself, there will be a delivery fee.
- If you purchase a keg, there are other parts that you can purchase, such as a better tap, to make the keg even better.
- If you own a keg, then it will need to be filled each time you have a party. This is best done a local bar or keg rental company.
Tips to know:
- Before considering a keg for your party, you are first going to want to determine how many people are going to be at the party. With that amount, try to guess how many beers each person is going to be drinking.
- Once a party pump tap is inserted into a keg, it must be used within 24 hours. The party pump tap will inject oxygen inside of the keg. However, if the keg is under pressure and refrigerated, it can stay fresh for up to two months.
- A deposit will have to be made on some of the supplies, such as the keg handle, keg shell, jockey box and ice bucket. This deposit will be refunded as long as it is brought back in good condition. The average deposit is usually $30 to $100.
- Experts recommend that you should have three beers for each person at the party.
How can I save money?
- Most companies are more than happy to provide discounts to those who purchase more than one keg at a time. For every keg, plan on saving at least 10-20%.
- Call and talk with a handful of local keg rental places. Most are more than happy to give you a quote over the phone. When comparing prices, be sure to ask about the selection of the beers. This is what is going to greatly determine the costs.
- If the party is going to have less than 15-20 beer drinkers, you may be better off purchasing bottles in bulk.
- If you have a lot of parties and are going to continue to do so in the future, then purchasing a keg and filling it for each party will save you money in the future.
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