An average beer pitcher contains 64 ounces of beer, which equals four pints or 5.25 12-ounce mugs. Beer cans usually hold 12 ounces of beer and bottles hold about 11 oz, so drinking a pitcher of beer is like drinking a little less than a six pack.
When evaluating the cost efficiency of purchasing a pitcher of draft beer, compare the pitcher price to the price of the draft pints. Draft beer typically costs lest than bottled beer. For large gatherings or commercial purposes, purchasing a keg can decrease the cost of the beer further, as kegs hold 40 to 124 pints of beer, depending upon the keg size.