How Many Beers are in a Keg?

Many have often wondered how many beers are in the different kinds of kegs.  There are many reasons to ask yourself this question; from trying to calculate how many kegs and what type of kegs you will need for a wedding or other celebration, to just trying to figure out how many beers you and your friends actually drank when you polished off that keg last Friday night.

Whatever the reason may be for this inquiry, we have the answer along with some common uses for each type of keg.  We even put this information in a handy keg comparison chart for your viewing pleasure.

different keg sizes


Mini Keg – Also called a Bubba Keg.  Typically used in a mini kegerator, they are commonly used for individual or small gathering use.  They also are good for portable applications as these kegs are easily transportable.  They hold 14 twelve ounce pours.

Cornelius Keg – Also known as a Home Brew Keg, Pepsi Keg or Corny Keg.  These kegs were once used in the soda industry but are now commonly used in home brewing or micro brewing   They hold 53 twelve ounce pours.

Sixth-Barrel – Also known as a Sixtel or Log, these kegs have become very popular with microbreweries as well as other establishments that would like to offer a wide-variety of beers in a limited space.  They are known for their small footprint.  Due to their smaller footprint these are often used in dual tap kegerators.  They hold 56 twelve ounce pours.

Quarter-Barrel – Also known as a Pony Keg or Stubby Quarter, these kegs are often used for small to medium-sized parties.  They have the same footprint as a half-barrel, but are more easily maneuverable as they come in at about half the weight. They hold 82 twelve ounce pours.

Slim Quarter – Also known as a Tall Quarter, these kegs are also often used for small to medium-sized parties.  They have the same capacity as the quarter barrel but offer a smaller footprint allowing for a wider variety of beers in a limited space.  Due to their smaller footprint these are also often used in dual tap kegerators.  These hold 82 twelve ounce pours.

Half-Barrel – Also known as a Full Size Keg or Full Keg, these are the most widely used and commonly distributed type of kegs.  They can be used in a large assortment of applications from college parties to restaurants and bars or even large events.  They hold 165 twelve ounce pours.

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  1. Zach Henderson says

    You may want to double check your numbers. A half barrel keg holds about 165 twelve ounce servings. A quarter keg holds half that- about 83 servings.

  2. Zach Henderson says

    Or to be more clear, there are 124 sixteen oz. pints in a half barrel keg, and 165 twelve oz. beers.

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