Keg deposits....How much do you pay?

Discussion in 'Home Bar' started by CKYnick01, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. Just wondering what kind of range you guys have to pay when buying kegs of beer? Ive payed anywhere from $30 bucks all the way up to $90 (I think that was victory but they refunded $95)?

    Also what happens when you return the Keg, is your store nice enough to give you a refund or do they hold off for another Keg purchase?


  2. typically around 30, but yes victory hits you for 90 and does refund 95

    you can basically return any microstar keg to anywhere and get you refund and not worry bout buying keg from them
  3. DougC123

    DougC123 Savant (450) Connecticut Aug 21, 2012 Verified Subscriber

    Nice enough to return your money? They have to, it is a deposit. Am I usually buying another?, yes, so it just rolls over, but it isn't like giving you your money has anything to do with them being nice.
    $30 in CT generally, Cape Cod Brewery in MA used to charge $125, in NY it used to be $30 plus $75 to the state as a and if the barrel was not returned within 90 days it was theirs (you could still get the 30 back though)
  4. Redrover

    Redrover Champion (810) Illinois Jan 18, 2003

    I think I paid $20 at my local in Illinois. I always get a new keg, so the deposit is always rolled over.

    Strangely I do have to fill a form out each time I get a keg, so the police can track underage the keg if it shows-up at an underage kegger.
  5. DougC123

    DougC123 Savant (450) Connecticut Aug 21, 2012 Verified Subscriber

    In CT they tag / sticker each keg, in NY they do not.
  6. mpayne5

    mpayne5 Advocate (610) Indiana Aug 18, 2011 Verified

    Most I've paid is $80 for Sun King and their damn plastic kegs.

    Liquor stores always charge me $30.
  7. BigStein88

    BigStein88 Advocate (540) New Hampshire Nov 5, 2007 Verified Subscriber

    I don't typically get "charged" anything, the places often take an imprint of my credit card but don't run it unless I don't return the keg after a number of months. The place I go most often knows me and do a "frequent customer" thing so they took my credit card number one time a few years ago but never do anything with it. Most places, when you say you have a kegerator, are excited to try to make you a regular customer.
  8. DougC123

    DougC123 Savant (450) Connecticut Aug 21, 2012 Verified Subscriber

    I'd rather have my $30 with them than my credit card account number sitting in a file somewhere. That's just me.
  9. Both 1/6 and 1/2 have been $30 and I have gotten cash back.
  10. BigStein88

    BigStein88 Advocate (540) New Hampshire Nov 5, 2007 Verified Subscriber

    What can I say, I'm a risk taker!
  11. csurowiec

    csurowiec Savant (425) Maryland Mar 7, 2010 Verified

    My local store in MD charged me $30 for the first keg and I hold onto an empty and trade it for the full keg when I pick it up. I never return the empty unless I am picking up a full. He never refunds the deposit and never charges me again. I always have a keg either empty or full and he always has my $30.00. It works well. If any brewer has ever charged more for a deposit he has never passed that cost along to me.
  12. The point of the deposit is not to recover any costs. It's also not a profit item. It simply provides some incentive for the user to return it when he's done with it. The degree of motivation is proportional to the risk of theft or, in many cases, laziness ("I just didn't get around to it"). In my neck of the woods, Aldi essentially charges a 25 cent deposit on a shopping cart for which they paid, maybe $100-$200. People who are pinching pennies on a can of peas are motivated to get their quarter back at the end of their excursion. In an area that is saturated with dorm-brewers, a keg deposit may be $100 or more. A mom and pop liquor store in a retirement community, maybe $10.

    I don't know what keg deposits are around here. All my draft beer is homebrew and I don't charge myself anything ;)
  13. cubbyswans

    cubbyswans Savant (380) Missouri Jun 10, 2008

    I don't pay any deposits. I've been shopping at my local liquor shop 10 years now. I know the owners and they know me and they don't charge me anything. The local brewery I get kegs from, they keep my card on file and don't charge unless you don't return the keg.
  14. broseidon

    broseidon Zealot (85) Ohio Oct 17, 2012

    Our deposits are $30 for 1/2 and 1/4 kegs, and $40 for 1/6 kegs... they used to be cheaper but we have to keep them above the scrap values otherwise we'd never get any kegs back to give back to the distributors. Most people just roll their deposits over to new kegs or other instore purchases though.
  15. sirtomtom

    sirtomtom Savant (260) California Dec 10, 2010

    Is there actually more metal in 1/6 kegs? You'd think they'd have less metal in them since they are smaller.
  16. broseidon

    broseidon Zealot (85) Ohio Oct 17, 2012

    They do, actually. They are smaller however the metal is thicker overall. It doesn't make much sense initially, I totally admit. Plus they tend to be a lot less beat-up overall so that might have an effect?
  17. joeebbs

    joeebbs Savant (360) Pennsylvania Apr 29, 2009

    The place I go to charges $30 for sixtels. (don't know if they charge more for bigger sizes) If you return an empty and buy a new keg that same visit you get 10% off that new keg. I try to do this all the time.
  18. sjc83

    sjc83 Aficionado (175) Ohio Apr 4, 2013 Verified

    my friend owns a beer store so I pay nothing, but in Cleveland its $30 I think.
  19. canoale

    canoale Aficionado (175) Ohio Apr 9, 2010

    Indiana, Ohio & Michigan all $30 doesn't matter the size . No real time limit but some say 30 days but don't enforce.