Is it cheaper to buy cans or a keg?

Answered by Michael Wilson

In my personal experience, I have found that the cost of purchasing a keg versus buying individual cans of beer can vary depending on the brand and quantity you are looking to buy. Let’s break it down to see if a keg is generally cheaper or not.

1. Upfront cost: The keg itself is a one-time expense that you will need to consider. The price of a keg can range anywhere from $50 to $200 or more, depending on the size and brand. On the other hand, buying cans usually involves purchasing them in packs, which can range from a few dollars to around $20, depending on the quantity.

2. Quantity: If you’re hosting a large gathering or a party, a keg can be a more cost-effective option. A standard keg typically contains around 15.5 gallons or 124 pints of beer. This is equivalent to approximately 165 12-ounce cans. If you were to buy individual cans to match the quantity of a keg, it could end up being more expensive.

3. Per unit cost: To determine which option is cheaper, you need to compare the cost per unit. For example, if a keg costs $100 and contains 165 cans worth of beer, the cost per can would be around $0.61. If you can find individual cans of the same beer for less than $0.61 each, then buying cans would be cheaper. However, if the per-can price exceeds $0.61, then the keg would be the more economical choice.

4. Additional expenses: It’s important to consider any additional expenses that might come with a keg. You will need to rent or purchase a keg tap and possibly purchase cups, unless you already have them. These additional costs should be factored into your decision-making process.

5. Personal preferences: Ultimately, the decision between buying cans or a keg comes down to personal preferences and circumstances. If you prefer a wide variety of beers or want the convenience of individual cans, then buying cans may be the better option for you. On the other hand, if you’re hosting a large event and want to save money, a keg could be a more cost-effective choice.

Whether a keg is cheaper than cans depends on various factors such as the brand, quantity, and additional expenses. It’s a good idea to compare the cost per unit and consider your personal preferences before making a decision.