Keeping a beer from warming up too fast is a constant battle especially when you are enjoying them outdoors. The elements can be brutal on your frosty beverage as heat and humidity can warm up a cold beer in a manner of minutes.
It’s a tall challenge to keep 12 ounces cool enough to enjoy the bottom 1/3. Craft beer has a slight advantage over light lagers that need to be drank quicker to avoid tasting the beverage. With most craft beer they will open up and get better as they warm…to a certain point. Anything above room temperature will alter your beer’s flavor for the worse.
Thus the koozy was invented. It provides a small totem of insulation, padding in case of collision, and most importantly it keeps moisture from forming on the vessel. Condensation is a bigger factor for heat loss than straight heat and explains why beers get hot quicker in humid climates.
So what do you do when you want to enjoy one of your big bottles of craft brew outside. Well if you have a couple of collapsible personalized koozies lying around (and who doesn’t) you can make your own bomber koozy.
1. Stretch one over the bottom of your bottle.
2. Cut a 2” slit in the bottom of second coozie.
3. Turn upside down and slide it over the top of the bottle with the neck going through the newly created slit.
Now you can bring your big boys outdoors while preserving a couple of degrees and provide some padding should you be carrying them somewhere before you drink.
Here’s one we made for a music festival in Wisconsin:
Does anyone else have recommendation for keeping your craft beers warm when drinking outdoors?