Beer Math: How a Kegerator Eventually Pays for Itself

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You know as well as we do that there are lots of reasons to get a kegerator:

  • Fresh draft beer at your fingertips whenever you want it.
  • That look on your friends’ faces when they first lay eyes on your beer-pouring beauty.
  • Say goodbye to sticky piles of bottles and cans filled with one last forgotten sip.
  • No more senseless driving to the bar just to enjoy a pint or two.

All good stuff for sure. But here’s one you might not have thought of: a kegerator eventually pays for itself.

We know what you’re thinking (“Whhhhaaaaaaatttttt?!?!?), but we aren’t joking. You can have that sweet delicious draft beer, make your friends jealous, never have to clean up gross bottles and cans again, make fewer trips to your local watering hole, AND save tons of money on your favorite craft beers.

Truly, we live in an age of miracles.

Don’t believe us? Let’s run some numbers…

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Note that beer prices vary by location. To be able to present real-world numbers and not just make stuff up, we ran all these numbers at our local beer store, but your results are likely to be slightly different. That being said, you can certainly see the trend.

As you can see, a keg saves you money no matter what you like to drink. Obviously, many craft beers are only available in six-packs or kegs, so the savings are particularly significant. But even regular domestic brews go down in price when you “buy in bulk” with a keg.

Now comes the fun part. By taking the numbers from the above table, we calculated that the “average” savings per keg (assuming a rotation between craft and macro offerings) is $67.18. That means that it would take 9 kegs to save enough money to purchase an entry-level kegerator. For most people, that’s less than a year!

So there you have it. Not only does a kegerator make your life better, more convenient, and infinitely more delicious, it also pays for itself almost as fast as you can say “Bottoms up!”

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  • Rob August 8, 2016 @ 5:46am

    Fuel savings and decreased chances of legal encounters…

  • norberto mora December 1, 2016 @ 9:47pm

    @ROB amen brother

  • Jeff C August 8, 2020 @ 4:23pm

    I buy kegs and growlers from my local Brewery. Do the math on price of growler fill vs a keg. Big savings there too!

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