How much is a pitcher of beer? (3 Sizes)

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, ‘How much is a pitcher of beer?’. We will discuss different aspects of a pitcher including variations, volume, and physical characteristics. We also discuss some basic aspects of beer and other containers suited to storing beer.

How much is a pitcher of beer?

A pitcher of beer is sold as either 48 oz or 60 oz. A 48 oz pitch of beer has 4 cups while a 60 oz pitch of beer has 5 cups. Less commonly, you could get a 32 oz pitch which gives 3 glasses of 12 ounces of beer.

The 60 oz is the rounded-off figure; which exactly is 64 oz or 6 cups. The 64 ounce of beer pitcher gives 4 pints.

In a 60-ounce pitcher of beer, there are 5(12 oz) cans of beer. In 16 oz pints, there are 3.75 pints of beer in a pitcher.

Let us look at the precise figures that the particular pitcher has to offer:

  1. 32-ounce Pitcher

A 32-ounce pitcher has 946.353 ml of beer or 3 glasses of beer (each of 12 ounces). Precisely there are 2 and 2/3 glasses of beer in a 32-ounce pitcher.

  1. 48-ounce Pitcher

A 48-ounce pitcher has 1,419.53 ml or 1.4 liters. You will get 4 glasses of beer (each of 12 ounces).

  1. 60-ounce Pitcher

A 60-ounce pitcher has 1,774.41 ml or 1.8 liters. You will get 6 glasses of 10 ounces or five glasses of 12 ounces. 

In pints, a 60-ounce pitcher is a 3-pint glass.

An ounce is equal to 29.5735 ml, while Americans may be familiar with ounces as the measurement for liquids, the milliliters are popular in the metric system.

The 32-oz pitcher is served to a single customer at a bar.  The 48 oz and 60 oz pitcher, is usually only sold to people with company. There are liquor laws that prohibit bartenders from selling beer that exceeds 32 to 50 oz to a single person.

Beer production is a result of the fermentation process. The main product is ethanol (alcohol). That alone is not the product of this chemical reaction; organic acids are produced, such as succinic acid, acetic acid, and other organic compounds. 

A series of beer referred to as sour beer styles have low pH; some popular sour-style beers are Belgian Lambic and Berliner Weisse. The beers with 100% Barley malt lager beers have a pH between 4 and 5. The ales, allow the yeast to ferment at warm temperatures.

The pitcher comes from the word ‘Picher’ which literally means earthenware. The transparent beverage containers are popular for use with beer and sodas. Some similar containers designed to hold beers are; the kegs, Crowlers, and Growlers.


Pitchers are made of Break-Resistant Clear Polycarbonate Plastic; are resilient, durable, and long-lasting. It can hold a large volume of liquids. Clear plastic is convenient to keep an eye on the contents and quantities of beer. Pitchers are being designed to keep spillage to a minimum with an easy-pour spout and an ergonomic handle. Pitchers also have a stable, elevated base so that the jugs don’t tip or spill, no matter the surface it is put on. 

Apart from bars, pitchers are used for restaurants, buffets, or catered events to serve sodas, punch, water, iced tea, or other cold beverages.

Growlers versus Crowlers

Apart from pitchers, there are growlers and crowlers both of which hold 64 oz of beer. 

The Growlers hold either 64 oz or 32 oz of beer. The beers are available on draft, in a small container with a finger handle instead of a dispenser. Growlers are made of either stainless steel or ceramic.

Crowlers are canned growlers that are for single usage and have recently entered the market and gained popularity quickly. Crowlers are sealed which keeps beer fresh for longer, they are available with volumes of 64oz and 32 oz.


Kegs are made of metal or plastic. Formerly they were available as reusable containers but now small breweries can buy disposable kegs too.

A variety of kegs come in different sizes. The number of servings of beer in the diverse range of kegs varies from Quarter Barrel, Half Barrel, and Sixth Barrel.

 Quarter Barrels have the capacity to hold about 62 pints or 82 12-ounce beers. A half-barrel holds 124 pints of beer or 165 12-ounce glasses, while the Sixth Barrel holds 42 pints or 56 12-ounce servings.

In this brief guide, we answered the question, ‘How much is a pitcher of beer?’. We discussed different aspects of a pitcher including variations, volume, and physical characteristics. We also discussed some basic aspects of beer and other containers suited to storing beer.

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