Keg & Beer Planner/Helper

What’s my budget?… How much beer do I need? …. what kinds of beer will my guests prefer?


Planning an event is a lot of work and the beverages are no exception. We can help…

Just call us and we’ll get you on the right track:  (540) 470-0419


We’ll try to help you plan for the crowd you expect.  When you’re planning

an event, wedding or party, you’re faced with difficult questions.  How many attendees?

The table below will attempt to provide general guidelines the quanity of beer you’ll need at your event.


How Much Beer (i.e. How many kegs) Do You Need

Our general rule of thumb for planning a 3-6 hour party is as follows:

# Attendees X 50% X 3 beer servings (and round up to be safe)

Rather than do the math yourself, here’s a shortcut:   

Attendees Servings Beer to buy Kegs?(see info below)
50 75 3-4 cases  1 quarter barrel
100 150 7 cases 1 half barrel
150 225 10 cases 1 half barrel, 1 sixtel
200 300 13 cases 2 half barrels
250 375 16 cases 2 half barrels, 1 sixtel
300 450 19 cases 3 half barrels
400 600 25 cases 4 half barrels
500 750 32 cases 5 half barrels

Note: Half Barrels are ideal for cost but they are bulky heavy and difficult to manage.  If you prefer an easier option from a logistics perspective or you simply want more variety,

Remember, One (1) half barrel equates to  Three(3) one-sixth barrel kegs.  1/2 = 3*(1/6)

You can adjust the table above to reflect more one-sixth barrel kegs.  See the Keg Sizing Guide below for more information.


Keg Sizing Guide:

Popular Party Beers:

Product Why to Include it
Bud Light Standard Crowd Beer
Miller Lite Standard Crowd Beer
Coors Light Standard Crowd Beer
Stella  Easy Drinker, slightly upscale from domestics
Heineken Easy Drinker, slightly upscale from domestics
Hardywood Richmond Lager RVA Craft – Easy Drinker
Hardywood Singel RVA Craft – Belgian Style Ale

Ardent Saison

Ardent IPA X

RVA Craft – Ale

RVA Craft – Ale

Bingo Lager

Bingo Freespace IPA

Bingo Lager

Blue Mountain Full Nelson

Blue Mountain Kolsch

RVA Craft Ale

RVA Craft Ale

RVA Craft Ale

VA Craft – West Coast Pale Ale

VA Craft – Easy Drinking Beer

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale National Pale Ale
Legend Brown RVA Craft – Brown Ale
Founders All Day IPA National – low ABV Pale Ale

Bold Rock Virginia Apple

Buskey RVA Cider

VA Cider – Great Cider

VA Cider – A Virginia Standard