15 October 2019
Looking to buy draught beer kegs for your home or event? Whether it’s home draught, standalone kegs or a specific style, size or brand, whatever the occasion, we’ve got your needs covered. Our beer kegs represent some of the most popular breweries worldwide. We procure from some of the best, expert brewers, so we can offer our customers the opportunity to drink delicious, specialist beer.
We also hope to cover all your questions on what a keg is, how much a keg of beer costs, the rise in beer keg sales and which sized keg is best for which occasion. If you’re interested in buying beer kegs for your home, we go into detail about the beer kegs we have for sale.
What is a keg?
A keg is a small barrel or vessel. Their primary function is to store, transport and serve beer. This applies to kegs at Beerwulf also, we sell 2L, 5L and 8L versions.
Beer keg size
Traditionally a full-sized keg is 15.5 gallons, the equivalent to 124 pints or 165 bottles. Keg beer (Lager) is different from Cask beer (Ale), and not to be confused. Casks come in different sizes, the largest is a Barrel which contains 36 gallons. A half-sized barrel is called a Kilderkin and can hold 18 gallons. As you can imagine, these measures are commonly used by bars and restaurants for large scale commercial trade.
Kegs of beer for home use, commonly referred to as “mini-kegs” are typically 5 litres. This is roughly 9 pints.
Why are they so popular?
So here’s the geeky bit, according to British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the number of pubs has fallen by 17% since 2000. That’s a total of 10,500 British pubs! The total number of On Trade, that’s businesses like restaurants and pubs, pints sold has fallen by 45% for the same time period. In 2000, 23,352 barrels of beer were sold in the On Trade industry compared to just 12,635 in 2017.
Marston surveyed over 4,000 beer drinkers across the UK in their most recent analysis. Their findings show that for the first time in 2015, Off Trade beer volumes exceeded On Trade sales, with consumers favouring drinking at home to in the pub. Total market volume for the year highlights that 4.3m pints of beer were sold through the Off Trade compared to the 700,000+ that were purchased in the On Trade industry. This is an 83.72% percent difference.
Data suggests that there is a trend of people preferring to drink at home and with new gadgets and products being release into the home draught market, this is made a whole lot more exciting and diverse!
What is home draught?
Ok, well who wouldn’t want to turn their home into a bar?! The Beerwulf range of home draught beer taps allows just that! You can have brewery-fresh, pub-quality draught beer in your home. That’s faultless beer anytime you want it. The beer taps are super simple, just plug in and load your kegs. What could be better than bringing the bar to you and enjoying perfectly poured beer at any time of day. Beer taps and kegs also make exceedingly good gifts for any beer lover.
As discussed, traditional kegs have a larger capacity and therefore are a lot of beer to get through. That’s why at Beerwulf we have smaller, more manageable “mini-kegs” for both home beer taps and standalone use. We strive to provide drinking solutions for you to buy, to use and enjoy anywhere!
2L beer kegs
The SUB beer tap comes in a few editions; Compact, colour versions and Heineken Edition. Load your SUB machine up with 2L kegs and you’re ready to enjoy your favourite beer, fresh, chilled and poured to ultimate perfection. With over 25 beer brands to choose from, these 2L kegs come in all styles, we have; wheat beers, lager, IPA, Blond and cider, to name a few! The kegs hold 2 litres of beer, that’s almost 4 pints or 7 smaller measures.
The 2L kegs are best for those wanting to experience draught beer from a wide range of beers styles, including those slightly craftier ones. The beauty of this size is that you can mix it up and put whatever you fancy at the time on tap! Some people even have multiple loaded with completed different styles to experience draught beer like you would in a real bar!
The clever beer gadget is ideal for enjoying beers at home with friends or relaxing, quietly after a long day. We also offer a 3-month beer subscription for 2L kegs, to ensure you always have beers stocked up for these occasions. The SUB and subscription both make fantastic gifts!
5L beer kegs
5 litre kegs are also growing in popularity. Marston reported that both Desperados and Heineken keg volumes have grown YoY, their current category share is 17.18% and 14.5% respectively. With the switch from Off to On Trade drinking, sales of mini kegs have increased by 62% from last year.
A number of beers are now also available in 5 litre kegs from Beerwulf. These portable, stand-alone kegs are proving popular for parties and get togethers. These space-saving sharers are as much about practicality as they delicious. These are different to the 2L kegs, as they do not require a beer tap, they are a self-sufficient product. Throw one in the car boot for a camping trip, take one along to a dinner party to save carrying loose bottles, or even get one in to watch the football at home with lots of friends.
These smartly designed aluminium kegs are the best solution for beer-on-the-go and slightly bigger social engagements. A 5L keg will yield almost 20 half beers, grab one or two of these for a cracking party or great gift!
8L beer kegs
Beerwulf also offer 8 litre capacity kegs and compatible draughting appliances for the home and beyond. BLADE lets you tap quality poured pints from any surface or countertop. Although conventionally a professional appliance, whether you’re a small business, upgrading your home bar, hosting an event or wanting to jazz up Friday night office drinks BLADE fits the bill. Like, The SUB, BLADE is incredibly easy to set up. There is no maintenance or installation cost, the innovative system and carbonated kegs do not require C02 or additional hardware!
The size of the kegs are in fact well matched for commercial and domestic use as they do not take up too much space and are ergonomically designed. They do not resemble traditional kegs but instead are attractive and sleek to mirror the design of the machine. These beer taps and associated 8L kegs are the best solution for larger spaces and events with high footfall; weddings, Christmas drinks and garden parties, you know name it! An 8L keg will yield 30 half beers!
Whatever your requirements, pouring a quality beer has never been so simple and accessible!
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