tkstdA “kegger” is typically a bunch of college or university students drinking a whole lot of beer. Sometimes they charge a fee at the door to cover their expenses, or even to make a profit. This is because a keg is a large volume of inexpensive beer…or is it?

A 58.6 L keg is roughly the equivalent of 170 standard beer bottles.

In reviewing how much a keg costs these days, it appears that it’s not the cheapest way to go about hosting a frat party. A keg costs about $300 for the popular national brands. This means each bottle-volume (341ml) of beer from the keg runs about $1.76.

When these brands of beer sell by the case of 24 for $37.95 [$1.58 per bottle], it is actually less expensive, drink-for-drink, to purchase bottles compared to a keg. This is before any costs of renting a tap or pump to get the beer out of the keg, and/or wastage of unconsumed beer.

But I suppose a keg has that certain mystique that college kids find alluring – that sense of ‘community beer’- and lots of it. Interesting, however, is that beer from a keg goes bad quickly, staying fresh for only about twelve hours once the keg is tapped. Therefore, all that beer must be consumed quickly. Therein is the point of a keg, costs notwithstanding, and the big risks that go along with it.

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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