The tired and beat-up looking beer keg found in the Sudbury River on February 10th is finally home. It was delivered to the Anheuser-Busch facility in Medford, MA (photo at left) this past Wednesday, ending what, most likely, was a long and interesting odyssey: possibly filled with beer at the Anheuser-Busch brewery near the Merrimack River in New Hampshire; found floating in the Sudbury River in Wayland, MA; returned to Anheuser-Busch at their facility near the Mystic River in Medford, MA.
Unlike most of the beverage containers I find in the river, this one's owner actually wanted it back despite its integrity having been compromised. By that I mean the 15.5-gallon keg was found nearly full of river water and there were three cracks in the stainless-steel shell. It took six days to thaw and drain the majority of water out of the keg. (Note: Freezing temperatures slowed draining process as keg was not allowed in house.)
Here is a photo of the keg in question...
I knew very little of "kegology" before finding this keg. Since adopting it, I found out the following:
- A 15.5 gallon keg contains enough beer to fill 168 12-ounce cans or bottles
- It weighs 160 lbs when full and 30 lbs when empty
- There is no easy way to get liquid out other than displacing it with air or gas
- New kegs can cost breweries as much as $ 150
- Deposits on kegs can run anywhere from $ 30 to the full cost of the keg
- Kegs, both full or empty, are the property of the brewery
- Kegerators are used both commercially and residentially to keep kegs cold
- Kegs are the ultimate re-usable container
- Beer kegs were once made of wood, such as the ones delivered by the Three Stooges for the Panther Brewing Company
Thanks to Anheuser-Busch Customer Relationship Group and August A Busch Co. of Massachusetts for their help in properly disposing of the beer keg.