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The Ultimate Beer Keg Quiz
by Staff
Have you ever considered how much thought goes into the way beer is stored, poured, moved and drunk? Take a sober look at your knowledge of this potent potable by taking our beer keg quiz.

How many millions of barrels of beer were brewed in the U.S. in 2010?

  • 150 million
  • 180 million
  • 210 million

How much beer does an American barrel hold?

  • It varies depending on the brewery; each one uses a different size barrel.
  • a week's supply of beer for a 200-pound (90-kilogram) man
  • 31 gallons (117 liters)

How much does an empty half-barrel weigh?

  • 15 pounds (7 kilograms)
  • 30 pounds (14 kilograms)
  • 45 pounds (20 kilograms)

What are the advantages to storing beer in a keg?

  • The keg is rollable, stackable, tappable, recyclable and durable.
  • The keg is the easiest method to dispense beer.
  • The keg is very inexpensive.

What are "ribs" for in a beer keg?

  • to give the keg's structure more strength
  • to make the round shape of a keg look more attractive
  • to keep the beer from sloshing around so much

What do torpedoes and ponies have in common?

  • They are types of self-dispensing kegs.
  • They both refer to keg sizes.
  • Absolutely nothing.

What is one of the most important features of a beer keg?

  • its flat bottom
  • its size
  • its airtightness

Why does a beer keg have a spear?

  • to fight off anyone who tries to steal your beer
  • to draw the beer up and out through the tap
  • to release built-up carbon dioxide

Where are taps located on most beer kegs?

  • at the top
  • at the bottom
  • at the side

What's the main disadvantage of a party pump?

  • It's too much work for one person to operate.
  • It allows oxygen to enter the keg.
  • It's a very slow way to dispense beer.

What gives beer its bubbles?

  • oxygen
  • carbon dioxide
  • nitrogen

What two gases are the best combination for maintaining natural carbonation?

  • carbon dioxide and nitrogen
  • nitrogen and oxygen
  • oxygen and carbon dioxide

How long do beer kegs normally last?

  • 10 years
  • 30 years
  • 50 years

What is keg refurbishing?

  • repurposing beer kegs into bar tables, chairs and stools
  • cleaning, repairing and sterilizing beer kegs
  • recycling the keg into scrap metal

How many different types of taps are there?

  • three
  • seven
  • 15

Why are there so many types of beer keg taps?

  • Each type of beer requires its own tap.
  • Each continent uses a different tap.
  • Each size keg needs a different tap.

What device is used with beer taps to maintain the inside pressure?

  • washer
  • threader
  • coupler

What does excess heat do to beer?

  • It encourages bacteria to grow in the beer.
  • It makes the beer smell bad.
  • It makes carbonation bubbles expand and pop.

What is a firkin?

  • an old storage vessel for ale
  • a traditional party favor given at Oktoberfest
  • the concave wooden frame that stores beer kegs sideways

Which type of keg do home brewers prefer for their beer storage?

  • the Midas keg
  • the Cornelius keg
  • the James keg