A full US keg is also, and confusingly, the same as a 1/2-barrel, and holds 15.5 gallons (US gallons). So, a 1/2 keg, also, called a pony keg, is actually a quarter-barrel, or 7.75 gallons. A barrel holds 31 gallons, and as a keg can also be defined as a vessel smaller than a barrel, any such container under 30 gallons can properly be called a keg.
So, if you bring home a keg, which is 1/2 a barrel, and really need to know how many thirsty friends can partake of its contents, this is the skinny: A full keg (remember, that's 1/2 a barrel) contains 58.67 liters, 103.25 Imperial pints, and 124 US pints. More importantly, that translates into 165 twelve fluid ounce glasses of the brew.
Most traditional beer tap dispensers, like the Keg-Or-Rater, and Danby, Avanti, etc. models shown in our Beer Keg Coolers and Dispensers section, hold either a full keg (a 1/2 barrel, remember), or hold only a 1/2 keg (which would thus be a quarter-barrel). Generally, the "full tap" models, that hold a full keg (a 1/2 barrel) will also hold a smaller size as well.
This 5 liter size is the same as the "mini keg", a recent popular promotional development, where breweries produce a small keg that resembles an extra large beer can, labeled the same as their regular cans. As previously mentioned, the "pony keg" is a 1/4-barrel sized keg, designed just like a larger keg, but containing only 82 12-ounce glasses of the brew, still enough for a casual get-together.
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