The size of the pitcher affects how many ounces are in a standard pitcher of beer. Beer pitchers for restaurants can hold 32 ounces, 48 ounces, or 60 ounces of beer. Most bars and restaurants use 48-ounce or 60-ounce pitchers.
A standard cup of beer sold in bars and restaurants is 12 ounces. So, a 32-ounce pitcher can hold the same amount of beer as about 2 2/3 standard cups. A pitcher that holds 48 ounces can hold about 4 cups of beer, while a pitcher that holds 60 ounces can hold about 5 cups of beer. When drinking beer from a pitcher, it’s easy to underestimate how much alcohol you’re getting. Be careful when drinking this way.