Purpose of Practice

To monitor the sale of kegs of malt beverages sold in Oregon, to ensure the public safety. The program helps OLCC track who may be furnishing alcohol to illegal minor keg parties.

Description of Practice

In 1978, Oregon became one of the first states to track and monitor the sale of beer kegs directly to consumers. Oregon revised statute 471.478 provides OLCC with the authority to do so. Through the keg registration program, OLCC can identify non-licensed individuals who purchase a keg, the business that sold the keg, and the location where the keg contents were or will be consumed. The program also helps educate the purchaser on how to legally consume the contents of the keg. The OLCC supplies licensees with number tags for keg identification. Licensees attach tags to all kegs sold to non-licensed individuals. OLCC also supplies receipt forms for the seller to fill out with information identifying non-licensed purchasers. The forms include the purchaser’s name and address, motor vehicle operator’s license number, a description and license plate number of the vehicle that will be transporting the keg from the seller’s premises, and where and when the contents will be consumed. The purchaser must acknowledge by signature that the alcoholic beverages will not be used in violation of state laws, and that providing false identification is a Class A misdemeanor. ORS 471.478 Sale of kegs of malt beverages; rules; penalty. On and after January 1, 1978: (1) The Oregon Liquor Control Commission by rule shall require the identification of kegs of malt beverages sold directly to consumers who are not licensees of the commission and the signing of a receipt therefore by the purchaser in order to allow the kegs to be traced if the contents are consumed in violation of the Liquor Control Act. The keg identification shall be in the form of a numbered label prescribed and supplied by the commission which identifies the seller and which is removable or obliterated when the keg is processed for refilling. The receipt shall be on a form prescribed and supplied by the commission and shall include the name and address of the purchaser; motor vehicle operator’s license number, if any; the automobile registration of the motor vehicle in which the keg was removed from the seller’s premises, if any; and such other identification as the commission by rule may require. The receipt shall contain a statement that must be signed by the purchaser that, under penalty of false swearing, the purchaser will not allow consumption of any malt beverage in the keg in violation of ORS 471.410. A copy of the receipt shall be given to the purchaser and the seller shall retain the original receipt for such period as the commission by rule may require. (2) Possession of a keg containing malt beverages which is not identified as required by subsection (1) of this section is a Class A misdemeanor. (3) A person who signs a receipt described in subsection (1) of this section in order to obtain a keg, knowing the receipt to be false, or who falsifies any information required on the receipt, is guilty of false swearing as prescribed by ORS 162.075. (4) As used in this section, “keg” means any brewery-sealed, individual container of malt beverage having a liquid capacity of more than seven gallons. [1977 c.551 §2; 1997 c.249 §173]

Success or Improvements

OLCC was one of the first states with a keg registration program; the program is a model for others.


As a leader in developing keg monitoring, OLCC has given information to other states to help them develop their own programs.


Name: Linda Ignowski, OLCC Regulatory Program Director 
Agency: OLCC 
Address: 9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Portland, OR 97222 
Tele: 503-872-5115 
Email: linda.ignowski@state.or.us