Draft Beer Kegs Types & Sizes

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Knowing the different types and sizes of draft beer kegs as a restaurant, bar owner, or home brewer is important to ensure you have the proper equipment to store and serve your beer correctly.

Various types of kegs, differing in sizes, can be utilized to improve the dispensing process. Knowing the various keg types will help determine which is perfect for your brewing setup.

This article will break down the different types and sizes of draft beer kegs.


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1/6 Barrel Kegs

A 1/6 barrel keg is the most widely used keg size. It holds roughly 5.23 US gallons of beer. You can set this keg in almost any standard refrigerator, and moving from place to place is quite easy. This size is perfect for private parties or small gatherings.

50 Liter Barrel Kegs

This type of keg is also known as a European Barrel Keg. It’s quite large and perfect for parties and events, especially weddings. It holds roughly 13.3 gallons and is ideal for a beer with a short shelf life, as it contains a significant amount of beer.


1/4 Barrel – Slim 30 Kegs

Slim 30 Kegs are quite similar to the 1/4 barrel, except they are more slender in shape and taller in height. They are the same size as the standard keg but are better for parties or home brewing setups with space constraints.

1/2 Barrel – Standard Kegs

This is the standard keg type for draft beer for commercial use. It holds roughly 15.5 gallons or 60 liters of beer. They are sturdy; you can rack them up when not in use. If your restaurant or bar serves a variety of beers, these kegs are perfect for you.

Serving Vessel Kegs

These kegs do not hold much beer, but they help dispense from the keg without putting it in a bottle. They are usually made from stainless steel and come in different sizes. They are the perfect tool to create a bar taproom in your home.



In conclusion, knowing the different types and sizes of kegs is important for home brewers, restaurants, and bar owners, as each serves a different purpose. The type of keg you choose will depend on your needs, like storage space, party size, etc.

It is important to understand the disadvantages and advantages of each keg type to make the right decision. With the right keg, you can easily dispense beer and boost your business or event perfectly.


Cheers to you for learning about the different types and sizes of draft beer kegs!

We hope this article has been useful in helping you understand different types and sizes of draft beer kegs and that you now feel more equipped to make the right decision based on your individual needs.

Here at Draft Beer Intelligence, we always want to help you deliver the perfect pour day after day. And to make sure that your draft beer systems produce GREAT tasting beer and MAXIMIZE profits!

Contact us here anytime if you need a draft beer system design, installation, ongoing maintenance, or service nationwide. Together, let’s keep “DOING BEER JUSTICE!”



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