It’s a hot day. You’re hanging out on the dock at the cottage. You’ve applied sunscreen, and you just cracked open a brew. Condensation drips down the can. After a few sips, your once-cold beer is already lukewarm. Next time, be prepared for scorching hot days with one of these super cool pieces of gear that will keep your beer chilled, from keg-sized cozies and insulated growlers to iced coasters and metal icicles. Never suffer from a warm beer again.
Stainless steel growler
Drink your craft brew in style by investing in a stainless steel growler that will keep your beer cold for up to 24 hours. You can find units in 64-ounce and 128-ounce sizes, which means they can hold up to 10 cans of beer. Last one in the water has to re-fill it!
These ain’t your grandma’s hand-knit cozies. Trading in warm wool for stainless steel, these cozies are the manliest we’ve ever seen. (And we know that you men have specific skin needs for the cottage.) They’ll keep your 12-ounce can or bottle chilled, while keeping your fingers dry and frostbite-free.
You can also maintain ultimate cool with an in-bottle, drink-through beer chiller. Simply freeze the stainless steel stick for 45-minutes, take a sip of your beer to make room for the beersicle, pop it in, and enjoy an icy drink. They usually come in sets of two, meaning they’re the perfect piece of gear for you and your fave bro.
Kegs are a must at cottage shindigs or bachelor parties. Unfortunately, after a few hours in the hot sun, you’re going to get stuck with skunked beer. Luckily, some clever boozehounds have created keg-sized cozies that will keep your beer cold for more than five hours. These neoprene skins stretch to fit most keg sizes and are equipped with heavy-duty zippers for easy dressing.
Not all coolers are made equal. When hunting for your next can-keeper look for sleek design—we like the ones that come in matte black steel—and unique features like a rustproof, leak-resistant channel that allows for easy draining without having to tilt.
Do your bro a solid and use one of these amped-up coasters next time you’re visiting his cottage. They’ll keep condensations rings off the hardwood while maintaining your beer’s frosty temperature. The technology behind them was apparently used for chilling nuclear reactors during the cold-war—whip that out next time you’re at trivia.
When hosting a barbecue, minimize trips to the cooler or fridge by using a self-cooling beer pitcher. These babies come with an aluminum column in the middle that can be filled up with ice to maintain a frosty temperature without watering the beer down.
You can also tote around 64oz of chilled booze in one of these sleek, insulated growlers. They vacuum seal to keep your beer pristine, and can stay chilly for up to 24 hours.
If you’re looing to keep your beer crisp while camping, try out a double-walled flask that locks in the cold. You can find models made entirely out of recycled materials or stainless steel. Pro tip: look for flasks with rounded corners—they thwart bacteria buildup.
Portable beer bar
If you really want to take things to the next level, invest in a portable beer bar to cart with you from patio to dock. Great for entertaining outdoors, you can include a kegerator, a gas-powered grill, and ample ice storage. With four wheels, it’s easy to transport from party to party.
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It’s a hot day. You’re hanging out on the dock at the cottage. You’ve applied sunscreen, and you just cracked open a brew. Condensation drips down the can. After a few sips, your once-cold beer is already lukewarm. Next time, be prepared for scorching hot days with one of these super cool pieces of gear …