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Who Buys Empty Kegs

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A few liquor stores and scrap yards will purchase empty beer kegs, but because of rampant beer keg theft, fewer vendors are willing to purchase them. In most cases, an empty beer keg needs to be returned to the vendor who originally filled and sold it.

Beer kegs are generally made of stainless steel or aluminum, both of which are valuable metals that can be sold as scrap. Although scrap metal prices fluctuate, both aluminum and stainless steel can fetch around 40 cents per pound. A half-barrel, or 15.5-gallon, keg weighs about 30 pounds empty, which means it would be worth about $12 as scrap.

Empty beer kegs can be sold for cash or in-store credit at some liquor stores or scrapped at certain junk and metal yards. But, since keg theft is a serious problem, you might be turned down when trying to sell a keg. To purchase an empty keg, try Walmart, a local liquor store, or a dedicated manufacturer like Gopher Kegs.

Many Brewers Association member breweries have been contacted by their local scrap yards letting them know that someone has tried to sell one or more of their kegs for scrap value. At 30 pounds empty weight, a typical stainless steel keg might be worth around $24 (January 2013 scrap price for 304 stainless steel of 80 cents per pound).

Many states have laws prohibiting the scrapping of kegs. Others require clear title presented by the owner named on the keg. The California legislature has taken the extra step to make it illegal for any person to obliterate, mutilate or mark out the manufacturers name on a metal keg without the written consent of the manufacturer. Unfortunately, there are also many states that have no laws prohibiting a scrap yard from accepting a keg, with or without a title in hand.

Many scrap yard operators prominently display a message from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) on their premises. ISRI, a trade association of scrap yard operators, recently joined forces with the Brewers Association to issue a joint statement denouncing the practice of scrapping kegs. ISRI also operates a stolen metal website called, allowing brewers to report stolen kegs and quickly notify area scrap yard subscribers.

If you have an empty keg, you can sell it for cash or in-store credit at several commercial booze stores and outlets. Because of frequent keg theft, only a few liquor stores and scrap yards are willing to acquire empty beer kegs. In most cases, an empty beer keg must be returned to the retailer who filled and sold it. In this article let us see Where To Sell Empty Beer Kegs

Selling empty beer kegs is unlawful because they are theoretically the property of the firm that sold them to you. When you acquire empty beer kegs, such as when purchasing a new property, it might be difficult to know how to dispose of them.

Prices in other parts of the country are even higher, with kegs selling for $30 and up, according to the Beer Institute, the industry trade group. Earlier this year, empty kegs were worth even more, but metals prices have fallen in recent months in a worldwide commodity price drop.

Approximately 300,000 kegs were stolen at a loss of $50 million in 2007, estimates the Washington-based Beer Institute. Approximately 10% of the 625 million gallons of beer annually sold in the USA is in kegs, which are owned by brewers.

Just a few years ago about 3% to 4% of brewer Sierra Nevada's kegs disappeared because of theft or other loss. Last year, the losses doubled, founder Ken Grossman says. The Chico, Calif.-based brewer owns approximately 180,000 kegs, and each costs $150 to replace.

\"It has been terribly frustrating,\" says Grossman, who also personally contacts people trying to sell Sierra Nevada kegs on eBay to recover the brewery's property. EBay quickly takes the items down when the auction site is alerted, Grossman says. Grossman notes such added costs eventually get passed along to consumers.

In 2008, at least 35 states considered metal theft legislation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. At least 24 states passed laws. Some of the states, including Hawaii, Georgia, Ohio and West Virginia, specifically mentioned kegs in the legislation.

Sierra Nevada recently purchased a $100,000 machine that etches a code with a laser onto each keg that is read by a machine at the brewery. Once the system is running in a few months, Sierra Nevada will be able to know which kegs are missing and who should have them.

Tarpon Bend, a restaurant-bar in Fort Lauderdale, is designing a special shed to house empty kegs after 13 disappeared from behind the building one Sunday night in April. The kegs were chained and locked. Tarpon Bend lost the $35 deposit on each keg.

Buddy Sherman, owner of Southport Raw Bar in Fort Lauderdale, had 12 kegs stolen early in the morning on May 27. The thief, who was videotaped on a surveillance camera, broke through a lock and a chain and then piled the kegs into a late-model van. It took him 10 minutes.

\"There's not a lot I can do,\" says Sherman, who has put a bigger lock on the fencing to the area where the kegs are located. \"If they have bolt cutters, they are going to cut the bolt. I'm just trying to make it harder for them.\" 59ce067264


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