Keg Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about buying a keg? Check here for our frequently asked questions!

How much beer is in a keg?

Keg sizes and the beer offered in the different keg sizes can vary; please reference the provided Keg Size Chart in the scroll-down menu for easy size comparison. American Macrobrews (think: Bud, Coors, PBR, Miller) are typically offered in 1/4 and 1/2 barrels. American Microbrews are offered in a variety of sizes, but most commonly in 1/6 barrels.

Imported beers are typically offered in import kegs, which may require a special tap adaptor which we may not have access to provide.


How much does a keg cost? Availability?

The price depends on the beer chosen; see the keg list for all pricing; prices are subject to change, but we will get you a current quote upon request. Some kegs require special ordering through our distributors/breweries. Always call to check on the availability and pricing. Not every keg is available all the time, especially seasonal beers.


Why do you require a credit card upon placement of keg order?

In Maine, we are unable to return full, untapped kegs to our wholesalers and get our money back. They consider the beer sold to us upon delivery, and will only refund us the keg deposit, therefore we cannot be made whole if a customer changes their minds after the keg has been delivered to us. For this reason, we require a credit card reservation upon the part of the keg customer at time of order. Notification is performed via phone and/or e-mail upon keg arrival in our store, and the keg is then available for pick up at the customer’s convenience.


Do I need any accessories?

To access the beer in the keg, you'll need a sanky. Most American kegs use a regular sanky if you've got a kegerator in your home, you're probably set. However, some kegs require special Euro sanky adaptors (European kegs, e.g., Guinness, Harp, Hoegaarden).

If you're having a party and don't have a kegerator, you may also need a large bucket and lots of ice to keep your keg chilled.


What if I don't have a tap?

Bangor Wine & Cheese and Crossroads Beverage Company have a supply of traditional “party taps” that combine a sanky and a pump/tap system available for a $5 rental with a deposit fee of $50. The $50 deposit will be refunded upon undamaged return of tap. You must obtain your own taps for kegs requiring Hoff Stephens, Euro Slider (A System, G System), and other (U System, M System) couplers. Taps may be available for you to purchase from companies such as Micro Matic or Beverage Factory from their website.


Can I get a refund for unconsumed beer?

No. All sales are final on beer. No returns or exchanges. Even if the keg is returned partially or fully filled with beer, only the keg deposit is refundable.