Beer barrels

There is a great deal of debate over whether it is better to bottle your beer or to use a pressure barrel/keg. There are advantages to both and really it's going to come down to personal choice, but to help you decide, here are some pros and cons of using bottles and barrels:

Barrel Bottle
Cleaning Easy Time-consuming
Filling Easy Time-consuming
Priming Easy Easy if batch priming, otherwise time-consuming
Storage Bulky Can use crates for efficient storage
Serving temp Room temp, unless kept somewhere cold Can be kept in beer fridge at correct temp
Portability Not very portable, unless using mini-kegs Very portable - great for parties!
Carbonation Low carbonation, not suitable for lager Low to high carbonation
Consumables needed CO2, seals Crown caps / swing top seals