Keg Theft

Most of the time, kegs are rented, not purchased. That means they remain as property of the brewery they were rented from, even if they are kept so long that renters lose their deposit. In 2011, lost kegs cost breweries between $5.3 million and $15.8 million. Because kegs are often stolen for their scrap metal value, scrap yards are on the lookout for stolen kegs.