Cold beer or no beer – simple as that!
For most beer consumers in the United States, beer is synonymous with cold. If it’s not cold, it may as well not be beer.
It may simply have the potential to become beer. One is hard-pressed to find a superlative more often used than ‘coldest’ in the beverage market.
Every distributor, corner store, and every bar seem to offer the ‘coldest beer in town.’
Why not warm?
Historically speaking, beer has a tradition of being enjoyed somewhere closer to room temperature.
Fine ales and lagers across Europe are still served warmer than they are on the west side of the pond—though not served warm, as is commonly misunderstood.
Time-honored tradition says that to truly enjoy the exquisite and complex flavors of good beer, it is best sipped at a temperature closer to that of the room than the refrigerator.
Crisp, Cool and Refreshing
I can recall learning a bit about the lukewarm history of beer, and relating the information to my father.
He gave his trademark half-smile and cocked eyebrow, and told me he’s tried ‘warm’ beer—and it “just wasn’t refreshing at all.”
This statement is a little problematic—the truth is that alcoholic beverages are not refreshing, regardless of their temperature.
Alcohol is a diuretic and works to dehydrate the body. If refreshment is what you’re after, this author suggests starting with a tall glass of water.
Crack Open a Cold One
For whatever reasons, cold beer has taken on a symbolic meaning, especially in the United States.
Seen as a reward for a long day’s work in the sun, or as a treat between friends on a Saturday night, ‘tossing back a cold one’ is about as American as popcorn at the All-Star game.
For this reason, beer without cold is like fruit without fresh, or coffee without hot.
Take the cold to go
As more and more aspects of modern life become mobile, from the Internet to chic hair salons, the expectation to be able to ‘bring it with you’ comes with virtually every consumer good that isn’t built into the ground.
Accordingly, technology has provided all kinds of products to facilitate bringing the cold ones with you.
No longer limited to the bulky, portable freezers of festival and picnic memory, all sorts of sleek new technology exists to bring just one or two cold beers along for the ride.
Two koozies and a thermos walk out of a bar…
While aluminum cans are certainly making a formidable comeback in the world of beer (cans aren’t just for cheap grog anymore!), glass bottles are still the industry standard for packaging single-use beers.
So here at The Kitchen Professor I’ve brought together of some of the most popular beer bottle coolers available—from the utilitarian to the esoteric.
Amerzam Beer Bottle CooliesSee the Amerzam Beer Bottle Coolies at Amazon
The Amerzam Beer Bottle Coolies come in a pack of six, and provide fun, colorful cooling solutions to individual bottles of beer.
Each bottle cooler is zipper equipped for quick and easy bottle attachment and removal. The separate colors allow for easy identification—no more mixing up your prized pilsner with your husband’s tame pale ale.
Soft, cushioned grips keep your hands dry while keeping your bottle cold.
Craft Connections Stainless Steel Bottle InsulatorSee the Craft Connections Stainless Steel Bottle Insulator at Amazon
Craft Connections’ Stainless Steel Bottle Insulator with Bottle Opener offers a sleek solution to warm bottle woes.
The BPA free neoprene lined steel keeps any 12 oz. bottle cold longer. Simply insert your bottle of choice into the insulator, and screw on the lid.
A bottle opener attached to the lid will guarantee that you are never stranded with a bottle and without an opener.
Smart Ideas for Life Stainless Steel Beer Bottle CoolerSee the Smart Ideas for Life Stainless Steel Beer Bottle Cooler at Amazon
Smart Ideas for Life’s Stainless Steel Beer Bottle Cooler offers a similar design to the Craft Connections model, but also included is a neoprene shock absorber, adding extra protection against breaks.
Additionally, the neoprene shock absorber includes a pocket for the included bottle stopper, meaning you can drink half of your beer, stop up the bottle, and take the rest with you to enjoy somewhere else!
Corkcicle Chillsner Beer ChillerSee the Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Chiller at Amazon
For the ultimate cool on the go, invest in the Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Chiller. Instead of providing exterior insulation, which is subject to rapid warming from outside elements, the Corkcicle Chillsner provides chilling from within.
Just store your Chillsner in the freezer for an hour prior to consumption, and then insert chilled Chillsner into your beer after opening. The stainless steel rod will hold the chill for over an hour, guaranteeing a crisp, refreshing brew every time.
Have it Cold or Don’t Have it at all
Cold beer is one of the most widely enjoyed drinks of all time, enjoying immense popularity all over the world.
With so many innovative and effective products on the market designed specifically to keep your beer cold, there is no excuse to have to suffer through warm beer again!
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Keep your beers cold by starting out right. Here are my recommendations for the best way to pack a cooler with dry ice.