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How Many Ounces In A Half Barrel Keg?

Charl Joost
Last Updated: February 24th, 2023

How many ounces in a half barrel keg? According to standard United States measurements, a half-barrel keg is a total of 165 12-ounce pours. This is roughly 15.5 gallons.

Measurements of fluids (alcohol, water, etc.) differ depending on where you are in the world. This can cause some confusion when you are trying to work out how much fluid is in a certain drink because the measurement will differ and then you may need to convert it to a measurement you understand.

In this article, we will look at the facts and measurements surrounding this question to hopefully provide you with a bit more clarity.

How Many Ounces in a Half Barrel Keg?

Keg sizes and dimensions guide

  Corny Sixtel ¼ Keg ½ Keg 50 liters
Gallon 5.0 5.16 7.75 15.5 13.2
Ounces 640 661 992 1 984 1 690
liters 18.93 19.55 29.34 58.67 50.0
Height 23” 23 3/8 “ 13 7/8 “ 23 3/8 “ 20.94”
Width 9” 9 ¼ “ 16 1/8 “ 16 1/8 “ 16.06”
Weight (full) 55 lbs 58 lbs 87 lbs 160 lbs 130 lbs
Weight (empty) 9 lbs 16.5 lbs 22 lbs 30 lbs 38 lbs

Please note lbs = pounds.

The different keg sizes and names are used in different scenarios with different purposes. For this question (how many ounces are in a half-barrel keg), we will look at only the ½ keg measurements.

A Corny or Cornelius keg is used to store, dispense, and distribute soda.

A Sixtel or a Sixth barrel keg is used to store and distribute beer in restaurants as they take up less space, allowing restaurants to offer more options to fit in the additional space.

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How many drinks are in a ½ barrel keg?

A ½ barrel keg contains 15.5 gallons of beer which is equivalent to 124 pints. So 165 12-ounce bottles of beer can be served from a ½ barrel keg.

How many does a ½ barrel keg serve?

Keg Size Ounces 12-ounce Servings
¼ bbl 992 83
30 liter 1 014 85
50 liter 1 690 141
½ bbl 1 984 166

What is a Pony Keg?

A pony keg, also known as a quarter barrel, is a beer container that contains approximately 7.75 US gallons of liquid which is equivalent to 29.33 liters of beer.

It is half the size of a US standard beer keg and is equivalent in size to a quarter of a barrel of beer.

How many 24 packs of beer are in a keg?

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A keg is also known as a ½ barrel, which can confuse some people. A keg contains the same amount of liquid as a ½ barrel, 15.5 gallons, which means there are 165 12-ounce beers in a keg.

If you are using 16-ounce beer bottles, you can get 124 bottles from a keg.

How many schooners are in a keg?

A schooner is a measurement of a glass that is 175 x 285ml or 118 x 425ml. A 50-litre keg can give you 118 schooners.

Why is a keg called a half barrel?

silver kegs in distillery

A ‘barrel’ is a legal unit of measure that is used for export and import statistics. Legally in the US, a barrel by definition is 117 liters or 31 gallons of a fermented drink like beer.

The European keg (which contains 50 liters of 13 gallons of a beverage) is slightly smaller than the US barrel.


How many beers is a ½ barrel keg?

A ½ barrel contains 15.5 gallons which is equivalent to 165 12-ounce bottles.

How many does a ½ barrel keg serve?

In a ½ barrel keg that contains 15.5 gallons of beer, you can get 248 8-ounce servings of beer.

How many 12 oz pours in a half barrel?

There are 124 16-ounce cans or bottles of beer in a full half kef, which is also called a half-barrel keg.

How many Fl oz are in a keg?

There are double the number of ounces in a full keg compared to a ½ keg barrel. Therefore, there are 3968 fluid ounces in a full keg.

How Many Ounces In A Half Barrel Keg – Conclusion

The question of ‘how many ounces in a half-barrel keg’ is an interesting but somewhat confusing concept.  Using a standard 12-ounce pour, there are 165 pours in a half-barrel keg.

So, in conclusion, there are roughly 1984 ounces of fluid (like a fermented beverage like beer) in a half-barrel keg.  This is equivalent to 15.5 gallons of liquid or 58.67 liters of fluid.

Now that we have looked at the information surrounding this topic a bit more, hopefully, it is a bit clearer. There will be some confusion still surrounding converting one measurement system to another, but hopefully, there is a bit more clarity now.

If you want to explore more, make sure you check out our articles on Wine Bottle Sizes.

About The Author

Charl Joost

Charl is a trainer, public speaker, and professional writer. While he has been coached to niche down, he has many passions. These include golf, gardening, technology, and a decent cup of coffee or two. Charl loves to learn about new products and tries everything he writes about.

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