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What is a keg?
A keg is a barrel of beer. In the United States, they tend to contain about 30 gallons. In the UK, a typical keg contains about 10 gallons. A smaller sized barrel is also available in the US. Typically holding just shy of eight gallons, this is called a “pony” keg. Fans of kegs note that they provide a freshly carbonated flavor that is often lost when the beer is bottled or canned. This, paired with attractive pricing by volume, make kegs a popular choice for parties or large social gatherings like weddings.
What beers are available in a keg?
There is no blanket answer for this. While any type of beverage is available in a keg, including wines, availability often depends on distributors and suppliers. Most typically you will find lager beer − though wheat beers, oatmeal stouts, and ciders are also popular choices.
How many servings are in a typical keg?
This depends entirely on the size of the keg, and the size of pour you’re providing. In terms of a typical 12-ounce serving, a standard sized US keg will provide about 165 pours. A “pony” keg provides about 82. Occasionally consumers can purchase a “Bubba” keg in their local grocery store. These kegs are meant to be used one time and then recycled. They provide around 14 twelve-ounce servings.
How do you serve beer from a keg?
Simply securing a keg is not enough to get the party started! The pressurized beer inside can only be served through a tap. This gives way to the common phrase, “tapping the keg.” The tap is a pump and hose attachment that easily attaches to the top of the keg. Most pumps utilize outside air to oxidize the beer for serving. Because of this, a keg should be consumed in its entirety within 24-48 hours of being tapped.