The keg vs canned beer debate is one that I tackled awhile back, but what about soda?Â During a planning discussion for my son’s graduation party my wife suggested getting a keg of root beer, but also wondered aloud if it was really just a novelty or if there was some cost savings involved.Â I did some price analysis and since the similar post about beer has been so popular, I decided to share it here on CleverDude to help answer the question, which is the cheapest way to buy root beer?
To help answer the question, I analyzed the cost of getting a keg of root beer vs the same amount of root beer in cans as well as in 2 liter bottles.
How Much Root Beer?
A keg of root beer is usually a 1/4th barrel, or 8 gallons.Â With 128 fluid ounces per gallon, there isÂ 1024 ounces of root beer in the keg.
Cost of A Keg Of Root Beer
A phone call to my local liquor store revealed that the cost of a keg of root beer was $60.
An 8 gallon keg of root beer costs $60, or about $0.059 per ounce.
Cost Of Canned Root Beer
A keg of root beer has 1024 ounces, which works out to about 86, 12oz servings.
Walking through my local grocery store, I saw 12-packs of A&W Root Beer on sale for $3 each.Â To get the same amount of root beer, one would need to purchase 7.17 12-packs.Â Yes, I know you can’t buy a fraction of a 12-pack, but just for cost analysis purposes let’s say you can.
7.17 12-packs cost $21.51, or $0.021 per ounce.
Cost of 2 Liter Bottles of Root Beer
A 2-liter bottle of root beer is 33.8 ounces, requiring 30.28 2-liter bottles.Â Again, assume you can buy a fractional bottle just for cost analysis.Â Â 2-liter bottles of root beer cost $0.89 at a local grocery store.
30.28 2-liter bottles cost $26.95, or $0.026 per ounce.
In order of least expensive to most expensive cost of our three product types:
- Canned Root Beer:Â $0.021 per ounce
- 2-Liter Bottles of Root Beer: $0.026 per ounce
- Keg Root Beer : $0.059 per ounce
Keg root beer is almost 3 times as expensive as canned root beer (on sale).Â Â This also doesn’t take into account that you would need ice and cups for keg root beer.Â Canned root beer may also need ice, but could be put into a refrigerator.
While a keg of root beer might be a great novelty addition to a party, it is certainly not something that will save you money.
How about you, Clever Friends, have you ever purchased keg root beer for a party?
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