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How Many Ounces In a 1/6 Keg?

Charl Joost
Last Updated: February 24th, 2023

With so many different terms and lingos around, it can be difficult to understand what is being said sometimes. In the world of alcoholic beverages, there is a multitude of different terms used to describe things.

One example of this is the term ‘keg’. While we may already know what a keg is, another useful bit of information is how much liquid a keg holds.

Better still, how many ounces in a 1/6 keg? Well, the simple answer is that there are 661 ounces in a 1/6 keg. Let’s find out more.

What Is a Keg?

A keg is essentially a small barrel. Kegs are typically less than ten gallons. In the United States, kegs can be around thirty gallons.

Some types of kegs, such as metal barrel kegs, are pressurized. Kegs are generally used to store and dispense carbonated drinks such as beer. Kegs will have a valve at one end in order to dispense its contents.

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What Sizes Do Kegs Come In?

Kegs come in several sizes. The most common sizes for kegs to come in are 1/6 BBL, also known as beer barrels, 20L, 1/4 BBL, and 30L.

How Many Ounces Are in A 1/6 Keg?

The smallest size a keg can come in is a 1/6 keg. There are 661 ounces in a 1/6 keg. This equates to about fifty-five 12-ounce servings.

What Do You Call A 1/6 Keg?

A 1/6 keg is known as a sixtel keg. This type of keg is one-sixth of a full keg of beer.

What Types of Drinks Are Available in A 1/6 Keg?

There are a number of alcoholic beverages that are available in a 1/6 keg. However, the most common drink to come in kegs is beer. Some popular beers that can be bought in a 1/6 keg include:

  • Widmer Hefeweizen
  • Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)
  • Stella Artois
  • Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
  • Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • New Belgium Fat Tire
  • Michelob Ultra
  • Budweiser

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How Much Does A 1/6 Keg Cost?

The price of a 1/6 keg will generally depend on what brand of beverage is inside the keg. The price of popular 1/6 kegs is as follows:

  • Widmer Hefeweizen – $98
  • Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) – $98
  • Stella Artois – $90
  • Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA – $110
  • Samuel Adams Boston Lager – $98
  • New Belgium Fat Tire – $96
  • Michelob Ultra – $68
  • Budweiser – $65

An important thing to note is that most stores that sell this size keg will request a deposit for the keg too.

Are 1/6 Kegs Cheaper Than Cans?

On average, a 1/6 keg costs about $90 and it contains 661 ounces. A standard case of twenty-four beers costs about $25 and contains 288 ounces in total. You would need fifty-five 12-ounce cans of beer to make up a 1/6 keg.

Although buying in bulk is generally cheaper, in this case, buying a 1/6 keg is more expensive than buying beer cans. This is because it works out to about $0.14 per ounce for a 1/6 keg and only $0.09 per ounce for cans.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Keg Beer Taste Better?

The freshness of a beer is generally what gives it a better taste. Therefore, beer poured from a keg is generally expected to be fresher and even tastier compared to beer that is bottled or even canned.

How Long Does Beer Last in A Kegerator?

The length of which beer will last in a kegerator will depend on the type of beer. Beers that are pasteurized can generally taste between three and six months.

On the other hand, beers that are not pasteurized will generally only last about two months.

What is the Smallest Keg Size?

The smallest keg available is known as a mini keg. This small-sized keg only holds about 169 ounces.

How Often Do I Need to Clean My Kegerator?

It is best to clean your kegerator once every two weeks or at least every time you change kegs.

Will A Keg Go Flat?

Beer in a keg will typically remain fresh if it is dispensed with CO2. It is also important that the keg be kept at the right pressure and temperature.

Do Kegs Need to Be Kept Cold?

Most commonly, the beer in your keg will not be pasteurized. If this is the case, it is important to keep your keg and beer cold.


It can be tough to remember all the different sizes of kegs and how much liquid they contain. It can also be difficult to keep track of how many pours your keg can fulfill.

For a 1/6 keg, you can expect to make 55 12-ounce pours. This is because this sized keg holds 661 ounces of liquid.

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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