Top 10 ways to recycle a beer keg

12th May, 2014 by Lauren Eads

After the success of our top 10 ways to recycle a wine barrel, we decided to turn our attention to beer, discovering a host of weird and wonderful ways to transform the humble keg.

The eco-conscious among us have long trumpeted the benefits of so called “up-cycling” in which disused items are given a new lease of life and a completely new use.

But as this list proves, some have taken their ability to transform an everyday object, such as an unassuming and tired beer keg, to another level.

Scroll through to see some of our favourite ways to up-cycle a beer keg…


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26 Responses to “Top 10 ways to recycle a beer keg”

  1. SlipperyPete says:

    Except for the fact that a consumer doesn’t actually own these kegs that they destroy/”repurpose”. Kegs are leased to consumers and it is illegal to do pretty much everything you showed off. Brewers get hit with the cost when you don’t return your keg. Way to treat them.

  2. Joel says:

    Well said SlipperyPete – us brewers do occasionally sell old kegs though – just ask us first!

  3. Jack says:

    I’ve bought an old pub and converted it into a residential property. The area behind my house is full of kegs. How on earth do I get rid of them probably ?
    Help please !!

  4. mike Ealham says:

    we are currently refurbishing an old conservative club in stockport Cheshire and we have 10 of these barrels free to a good home. collection only call me on 07711 392779

  5. Temi says:

    We are a kids football club and are trying to revamp our club house and can’t get anyone to take them away. The breweries are not interested 3 of them are full (2 fosters 1 kronenberg) expired 2016 and 4 are empty. We just want them gone now but a donation would not be sniffed at we are in Surbiton Surrey

  6. Shamila says:

    We have about 15-20 kegs in our yard , anyone interesting to take THEM FREE just send email

  7. walmad says:

    I Have 2x 30L empty kegs if anybody wants them

  8. Mr Emmanuel says:

    Hi all, I would love any/all Beer Kegs you may wish to get rid of. I am based in S.E. London, but feel free to give me a call at Black and Green on 07939056667

  9. Karo says:

    We have about 20-30 kegs in our yard , anyone interesting to take THEM FREE just send email

  10. Aleksanr says:

    I want to buy 20, 30, 50 lt kegs, if you have please email me… i live in Germany. I wil collect anywhere in the world wuth fair price

    • Mark says:

      I have 33 used beer kegs. If you are still interested I can sell all for £650. Let me know, please.

    • Mick OConnor says:

      Hi I am in Ireland and I have several empty kegs, I located in Galway on the west coast, would you be interested in taking them.

      regards ,,

  11. Mick OConnor says:

    i HAVE SEVERAL EMPTY KEGS, Located on the west coast of Ireland, let me know if you are interested.

  12. I work for a restaurant that has 12 beer kegs that no distributor will take back because the original labels are gone from being left outside. the kegs are in solid condition but we’d love to get some of our losses back on them. Any interested parties? Located in Northampton Mass.

  13. Hris says:

    I have 15 empty beer kegs for sale of anyone wanna buy.

    Reataurant at london waterloo

  14. Tracy says:

    Northern Ireland County Antrim area looking for a few free kegs seeking a new home. Wanting to repurpose them in our garden. Many thanks

  15. Valentas says:

    50l. euro kegs A type (originally)
    Stackable kegs.
    39 Euro/pc + negotiations.

    S type fittings and/or fitting tubes S type separately.
    Also many other stuff for beer dispensing.

  16. Steve says:

    So tired of the statements that the brewer owns the keg and they should get them back. I have two empty kegs that Lagunitas in Chicago refuses to return my $75 each deposit on because I had them for about 8 or 9 months and they have a 6-month return policy that they suddenly decided to enforce. I don’t want them, but now I am stuck with them at a cost of $150. Needless to say, this ended my business relationship with Lagunitas. Funny thing is, they admitted it costs them more to buy a new replacement keg than to refund my deposit, but they thought it a better idea to hold firm to their policy. I am open to offers if anyone is interested.

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