# How many beers in a party keg?

A party keg, also known as a half barrel keg or full size keg, is the perfect choice for large gatherings, such as parties or events at bars and restaurants. With a generous capacity of 15.5 gallons, this keg has been a staple in the industry for many years. It has traditionally been used by macro breweries to distribute their beer to various establishments.

When it comes to determining how many beers are in a party keg, it's important to consider the serving size. Typically, beer is served in either 12-ounce cans or 16-ounce pints. Let's explore the different calculations for both serving sizes:

1. Calculation for 12-ounce cans:
– A half barrel keg contains 15.5 gallons of beer.
– There are 128 fluid ounces in a gallon, so the keg holds 15.5 x 128 = 1,984 fluid ounces of beer.
– Since we are using 12-ounce cans, we divide the total fluid ounces by 12: 1,984 / 12 = 165.33 cans.
– Rounding down to a whole number, we can say that a party keg produces approximately 165 cans (each 12 oz) of beer.

2. Calculation for 16-ounce pints:
– Using the same initial information, a half barrel keg contains 15.5 gallons or 1,984 fluid ounces of beer.
– Since we are using 16-ounce pints, we divide the total fluid ounces by 16: 1,984 / 16 = 124 pints.
– Therefore, a party keg produces approximately 124 pints (each 16 oz) of beer.

It's important to note that these calculations are approximate and can vary slightly depending on factors such as beer foam, pouring technique, and the size of the glassware used. Additionally, it's common for a small amount of beer to remain in the keg due to sediment or other factors.

In my personal experience as a sommelier and brewer, I have encountered numerous occasions where party kegs were the highlight of social gatherings. The abundance of beer provided by a half barrel keg ensures that everyone can enjoy their favorite brew without worrying about running out too quickly. The versatility and convenience of these kegs make them a popular choice for events of all sizes.

A party keg, also known as a half barrel keg or full size keg, holds approximately 165 cans (12 oz) or 124 pints (16 oz) of beer. These kegs are ideal for large gatherings and are commonly used in bars and restaurants. The calculations provided give an estimate of the number of beers in a party keg, but it's important to consider factors that may affect the actual quantity served.