How Much Does a Keg of Beer and Kegerator Cost?
Are you planning a big party where adult beverages will be served? It might make more sense to get a keg instead of cases of beer. A keg, as many of us remember from college, is a 16 gallon barrel used to store, transport, and serve beer. If you are a beer connoisseur, there might be an advantage to purchasing a Kegerator, where you will keep kegs of your favorite beer fresh for up to a month while enjoying the refreshing taste of a draft beer. You will get more for your money while being eco-friendly as you avoid an overflowing recycle bin.
Type of Beer
Obviously, the type of beer will factor in to the price of the keg. Cheap domestic beers like Miller High Life (the champagne of beers) and Busch will cost around $70 for a keg. Higher-quality domestic beers like Miller Genuine Draft, Coors Light, Budweiser, and Michelob Golden Light will cost around $120. Micro and specialty beers will cost around $160-$200 for a 16 gallon keg. There are also deposit fees to ensure that you bring everything back. Typical deposit fees are $30 per keg, $55 per tap, and $25 per tub. Kegged beer will keep for a few days if kept cold, but the taste will change with each day exposed to air. Tapping your keg is like opening a 2-liter bottle of soda since it puts air into the container. CO2 starts to vanish from the liquid and goes back into the air, making the beer slowly turn flat. She blinded me with science!
How Much do Kegerators and Beermeisters Cost?
Kegerators and Beermeisters are clever contraptions that allow you to keep a beer keg cold and fresh for a whole month. They are essentially mini fridges with a built-in tap and CO2 component which prevents the beer from getting flat. The basic models which hold a half keg can be found for around $475, while the larger ones that hold a full keg are roughly $575. The full-sized kegs are a better value than the half-size, so I would recommend getting the full one so you can take advantage of getting more beer for your money, assuming you can physically manage moving a full 16 gallon and that it will be consumed in around a month’s time. I’m sure your friends can come over and help that on Sundays while they cheer on their Draftkings and Fanduel fantasy football teams!
Not only will you save roughly $40 per keg on beer compared to cases, there is the environmental component. Each keg will save 216 aluminum cans or bottles from going through the recycling company. Use fancy glassware instead of plastic cups because you are classy. The keg gets re-used and your responsible beer drinking is 100% eco-friendly. So what are you waiting for? Turn your basement or garage into a party cave and why not buy a pinball machine while you’re at it?
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