Mindi Scott (mindiscott) wrote in little_details,
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Beer at teen parties: kegs vs. "beer balls" vs. single serving options

Setting: Small town Washington State, USA in present time.

Google terms searched: beer balls; party balls; party beer balls; Coors beer balls; Bud beer balls; and all those same things in their singular forms.

I'm writing a scene where a sixteen-year-old guy is in charge of obtaining beer for a party. (He'll probably enlist his older brother's help. Or use fake ID or something.)

I've heard that beer kegs are particularly troublesome for teenagers because you have to be 21 to get one (obviously), the deposit cost is high, there is a lot of paperwork to fill out, and the keg has to be returned within 72 hours. Rather than having him deal with that, I thought it might be better to thwart him from getting a keg in the first place and make him have to bring the beer in some other container.

In my research, I came across something called a beer ball (aka party ball) which, according to some article, is all the rage at college campuses these days (or was in 2004 when the article was published) because the balls hold 55(?) glasses of beer, don't have to be returned like a keg, and are smaller and less conspicuous.

I'm wondering, is it true that beer balls are mainstream at parties for underage kids? Would a few beer balls be a better way to go than a keg? Or might packing his car trunk with a ton of cases of beer be more likely/realistic for this scenario?
Tags: usa (misc), ~booze

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