In the immortal words of Andre 3000, what’s cooler than bein’ cool? Ice cold.
Nothing demands that icy coldness like a beer, but we don’t always have the time or forethought to ensure there’s a cold one ready whenever we need it. Thankfully, geniuses around the world have discovered handy beer hacks that can chill your brew in a snap, or keep it cool longer if you’re craving a more leisurely tipple.
Check out four of our favourites below. Even though they’re easy, they could totally transform your beer drinking game.
The Ice Cubes Hack
Ice cubes would chill your beer, but they’d water it down in the process (and who puts ice cubes in beer, anyway?). The solution is simple: make beer cubes instead. Simply pour your favourite brew into an ice cube tray, let it freeze, and pop your new boozy cubes into your next beverage. You probably want to match the cubes to the liquid beer to prevent cross contamination, so label your ice cubes clearly, particularly if you make several batches simultaneously.
The Paper Towel Hack
All you need to transform a room temp beer into something drinkable is a paper towel, a splash of water, and access to a freezer. Wet the paper towel and wrap it around your beer bottle, covering as much surface area as you can. Stash it in the freezer for five to fifteen minutes, depending on how much time you have to spare. When you retrieve it, your beer will be pleasantly frosty and ready for quaffing.
The Salt Hack
This can be done with a single beer (a can or a bottle), but it’s especially useful if you have multiple to chill at once. Grab some kind of bowl, tub, or pot. Fill it with ice and water. Sprinkle some salt on top and mix it in. It sounds silly, but trust us – it’s science. The salt lowers the water’s freezing point, leaving you with colder beers, faster.
The Pitcher Hack
If it’s not the kind of night (or weekend afternoon – we’re not judging) that involves blasting through pitchers in the blink of an eye, you’ll need a way to keep your pitcher cool between pours. The only tools you need are a plastic up and ice. Fill the cup with the ice and float it in the pitcher. The cup contraption will chill the pitcher without letting the ice water down the whole batch.