Beer Metrics

Beer Metrics

Ever wanted to know how many litres in a keg of beer in Australia? Or better yet, how many beers do you get out of a keg?

Perhaps you’re interested in excise rates of Australian beer, which somewhat explains the cost implications for microbreweries who produce smaller keg sizes.

Welcome to the Beer Metrics FAQ!

What are Australia’s beer excise rates?

Excise rates on beer are higher than other countries, with two categories: Less than 48 litres, and 48 litres or higher. The excise rates over 48 litres are significantly lower, which makes the standardard beer keg size in Australia 50 litres.

Beer excise rates Australia 2017

How many litres in a keg of beer (Australia)?

The standard size of a keg of beer in Australia is 50 litres (11 imperial gallons). This circumvents higher tax excise rates on smaller keg sizes (less than 48 litres).

How many pots in a keg of beer (Australia)?

A 50 litre keg of beer contains approximately 175 pots (175x285ml glasses).

How many schooners in a keg of beer (Australia)?

A 50 litre keg of beer contains approximately 118 schooners (118x425ml glasses).

How many pints in a keg of beer (Australia)?

A 50 litre keg of beer contains approximately 88 pints (imperial pints).

How long does a keg of beer last?

A keg of beer may last 6-9 months, but it is common for a brewery to offer a best before within 2-3 months.

Are kegs cheaper than cans?

Although this depends on brand of beer, a keg should work out cheaper than cans. One factor worth mentioning is you cannot drink straight from a keg, so will need your own drinking vessel (a perk of a tinnie!)

How heavy is a keg of beer?

A 50 litre keg of beer will weigh approximately 60kg when full, or approximately 12kg when empty.

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