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- Craft beer is taking over coolers and fridges all over the country, and beer festivals and tours are becoming more popular.
- There are tons of accessories to help you enjoy the beer experience more fully, so we’ve rounded up our favorites.
- Whether you want a great growler, a bottle opener, a nice looking cooler, a durable pint glass, or a way to keep your beer cold and carbonated for hours, we have a beer drinking accessory for you.
Not so long ago, beer was just something you drank, but now it has become more of a hobby for many craft beer enthusiasts. Beer festivals, launch events, and low-volume releases are everywhere, and often, the waiting in line is as much fun as the drinking itself.
Whether you enjoy a beer at the bar, by the pool or in the comfort of your own home, most of us love relaxing with a cold one.
We’ve rounded up our favorite ways to drink, transport, and enjoy a delicious brew so that you or someone you love drinking with, can enjoy that beer just a little more.
Here are the best beer accessories you can buy:
- Best way to keep beer cold: Yeti Rambler Colster
- Best growler: Otterbox Elevation 64 Growler
- Best bottle opener: Thirsty Rhino Bottle Opener
- Best pint glass: Hydro Flask True Pint
- Best picnic kit: Opinel Nomad Kit
- Best soft-sided cooler: Filson Soft Sided Cooler
- Best way to keep beer carbonated: Bottle Keeper
Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.
The best way to keep beer cold
Why you’ll love it: Yeti’s Colster keeps beer cold for hours on end, it also cuts down on waste, and is dishwasher safe.
Beer coozies are everywhere these days. You probably have at least a dozen stuffed into drawers, hanging out in backpacks and lingering in the space under the back seat of your car where you dare not go. So why would you buy a new one? Because it’s better, that’s why.
Yeti’s colster keeps beer cooler way longer than any foam or plastic coozie, and unlike those disposable beer jackets, this one will last far longer than one afternoon by the pool. We loved how long it kept beer cool on hot days, and the added width of the colster also prevented beer loss to spillage.
As one Amazon shopper put it, “If you own a boat, you need this dude. With its wide base and low center of gravity, your chances of sitting in a puddle of pilsner are greatly decreased. Also, stainless steel is great in direct sun as it reflects the rays.” Through months of testing the Colster, we didn’t lose a single drop.
If you happen to prefer drinking beer from bottles, Yeti has you covered, the innovative rubber gasket holds your bottle in place below the neck. Now your beer is colder, your bottle balances on the ground more easily, and you’re less likely to break it. Perhaps that is why one reviewer described the Colster as “fully sick” and added “this is going to be a prezzy for all beverage loving folk in my life.”
In all seriousness, this is the best coozie I’ve ever used. It takes a lot of design flair to innovate something better and worth buying from a product which has existed for decades and is generally given away for free. Yes, this is a twenty five dollar coozie, and yes that seems expensive, but I have purchased these for my father, father-in-law, and friends, and they never fail to show me they’re still using them years later every time we get together to drink outdoors.
Pros: Keeps beer cold for hours, holds bottles and cans
The best growler
Why you’ll love it: Otterbox’s stainless steel growler keeps your beer cold wherever you want to take it.
Sometimes you’re enjoying a brew so much that you don’t want to leave it at the bar. But with a lot of craft beer that’s only offered on tap, you can’t just pick up a six pack. Growlers are a great way to take a few pints home or to a party, but many of them are made of glass and tend to be fragile. Otterbox’s Elevation 64 Growler is not only made from virtually unbreakable stainless steel, it also insulates your beer to keep it colder for longer.
I found the Elevation’s 64-ounce capacity just right. It’s enough for four 16-ounce pours, which makes a nice amount for sharing an interesting beer with a couple of friends. The large volume also makes it a great choice for people who work outside and want to bring cold water along with them on hot days. The secure lid keeps your beer cold and prevents your precious beer from spilling on the way to your party.
The Elevation is more expensive than glass growlers, but for the money, you get a growler which won’t shatter and leave your car full of glass or hold onto residual flavors. It also does double duty as a great insulated water bottle as buyers noted. And, being brand neutral means most bars should fill it and you’ll have plenty of space for stickers from your favorite breweries.
Pros: Indestructible, insulated
The best pint glass
Why you’ll love it: Hydro Flask’s 16-ounce glass combines the feel of glass with insulation and indestructibility, so it’ll be your beer buddy for life.
We don’t really put enough thought into what we drink our beer from. Often it’s a standard shaker pint glass, a mason jar, or even a red plastic cup. But glassware can impact flavor and it certainly influences temperature. Whenever I pour myself a cold one at home, or out on the trail, I like to keep it cold by drinking from a Hydro Flask True Pint.
The True Pint isn’t just your run of the mill stainless steel pint glass. It uses double wall vacuum insulation to keep your drink cold, which has the added benefit of preventing condensation or temperature transfer, so you won’t need to use a coaster.
Rather than a bulbous lip, the True Pint’s rim is gently contoured and feels just like a quality pint glass. Amazon shoppers also liked the textured exterior, which is grippy and never feels too cold to the touch.
The True Pint has a ridge about two inches from the bottom to allow it to be stacked and stored. This, combined with its virtually indestructible construction, means that you can store and take your True Pint glasses anywhere without worrying about them breaking, meaning you can enjoy a beer at the pool or beach (if it’s legal) where glass vessels are not allowed.
Pros: Indestructible and stackable, keeps your beer cold
Cons: Some people still prefer glass to metal containers
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