As I was walking through River North recently I saw the remains of a pony keg on a porch and it brought back some foggy memories. At college for whatever reason we started to figure that if we had 4 or so people it made sense to just get a pony keg (half keg) rather than to drag around cases of beer. I can't verify if we really drained it down to the end but I think we certainly dented it. Oh and this is a Friday afternoon before we went out.
Thanks to the ol' Intertubes you can instantly look up the answer to "how many beers are in a pony keg" without having to do any math. And the answer is...
A "quarter barrel" or Pony Keg is about 7.5 US gallons (Pony kegs are half the normal sized beer keg and a quarter of a barrel), and will provide approximately 80 12 oz. glasses or beer mug of your favorite beer.OK, that seems about right for back in the day, 10-15 beers / person to prep on going out to drink more. 20 if there are 4 and it is drunk to the bone but that probably wasn't usually the case we'd get distracted and wander out.
And the other memory is sitting on the deck with one speaker outside and one speaker inside and getting the "one channel" version of stuff like AC/DC. Or you'd just hear the high hat cymbal "tish, tish, tish" (and then weird stuff) for "Back in Black". That means just rhythm guitar, for example. Pretty annoying and funny.