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Icicle-like Chillsner keeps your beer cold from the inside out
The Chillsner is a freezable metal spike that fits inside a beer bottle to keep your brew cold while you drink it
While beer is best served chilled, everyone who’s tried it knows that beer and ice generally aren’t a good mix. Most options to keep the beer cold once out of the fridge, like beer koozies or the Chill Puck, work from the outside in, but a new device called the Chillsner turns things around. This freezable metal spike fits inside a beer bottle to keep your brew ice cold from the inside out.
The main body of the Chillsner is filled with a non-toxic thermal gel that can be cooled down to freezing temperatures. After 45 minutes in a freezer, the stainless steel rod can be slotted inside a 9-inch (23 cm) or taller long-neck bottle with an airtight seal at the top to keep it secure. Four flow vents near the top let you drink your beer like normal.
Hewy Wine Chillers LLC, the company behind the Chillsner, previously produced a similar product called the "Corkcicle," which did a similar job on bottles of wine. It's a simple solution, but one many beer lovers might embrace – anything to avoid that that final lukewarm mouthful of beer at the bottom of every bottle.
The Chillsner is now available for pre-order at a price of US$29.95, with shipping expected to begin in early June. Each package will contain two Chillsners, along with a freezer case for storing them upright and two drink coasters.
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Or you can drink proper beer, with real flavour: real ale at 3-4 degrees below room temperature. That way you don't have to freeze your taste buds in order to get foul tasting chemical laden beer past them!
While anyone who cares about the flavor of their beer should drink it from a glass instead of a bottle or can, this is an interesting gizmo for people who enjoy the type of beer that is best enjoyed very cold.
Also, Frank, judgmental much? Just because the beer you're enjoying isn't slowly oxidizing in a cask that its server refuses to preserve with a CO2 rebreather, doesn't mean it's foul tasting. And I'd love to know what chemicals you think these brewers are putting in their beers.
Remember, lagers are beer, too.
@Scott, if you have to chill your beer to within an inch of freezing, lager or not, your actions indicate poor taste to most people who enjoy something produced in batches of less than the population of a large city. To those of us who like to taste our beer, the insistence that beer be cold is a bit like marketing cold served fried food. If someone wants to refrigerate their chips before eating them, it's okay, but god forbid we start designing packaging to self chill your chips.
As for glasses, bottles, and cans, you're right that a glass will give you a more full flavor profile before the beer hits your mouth. There is something to be said for the feel of a glass bottle and the way it funnels smell, oxidizing only after the first swig though. I feel a little like the drinking from the can or bottle is a little more akin to enjoying cold pizza - not the way it was perhaps intended to be enjoyed, but good anyway.
I think this would be cool (pun intended) for other beverages. I don't drink alcohol but I do drink soda. I think this would be great for keeping my soda cold in its bottle. They have something similar for wine. Why not something similar for soda? A warm soda does not taste good.
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