I enjoy a good gadget, and I also enjoy a cold beer. So when I was doing some Christmas shopping with the wife the other night at the local Bed, Bath and Beyond, I saw an interesting gift option: The Chillsner by Corkcicle. And no, we didn’t go look at flooring at Home Depot after (We didn’t have enough time).
The Chillsner is a long metal rod that inserts into the top of your beer bottle and claims to keep your beer “Cool to the last sip.” The beer actually flows through the device when you take a drink.
So does it actually work? I decided to put it to somewhat of a scientific test. I’m no Bill Nye, but I tried to be a little more scientific than drinking a sip and thinking “that tastes cold.”
Here’s my methodolgy: Use a digital thermometer to record the temperature of the beer at different time intervals. I know there are a lot of variables, so I tried to keep things as stable as possible.
The Chillsner by Corkcicle: Design
Before we get into the results, let’s talk design.
Basically, it’s a steel rod that you freeze and insert into your beer bottle. Close to the top of the Chillsner, there are small holes that allows the beer to flow through when you tip the bottle up to take a drink. The top of the device also has a rubber gasket on the top, that makes a tight seal so beer doesn’t leak out around the edge.
It does seem to be made out of good material and does not feel cheap.
The Chillsner by Corkcicle: Price/Packaging
At the Bed, Bath and Beyond, the Chillsner retails for $16.99 for one or $29.99 for a two-pack. The packaging is pretty solid as well, and small enough where it might make a great stocking stuffer.
The Chillsner by Corkcicle: The Not-so-scientific Results
I used your standard Miller Lite bottles and put the Chillsner in the freezer for 45 minutes just as the instructions on the back of the product suggested. From my high school science days, I remembered you have to have a
placebo, er…constant, so I decided to take a bottle out and do nothing to it and track the change in temperature.
There are lots of variables here we could change, but I decided to do this inside at room temperature. Obviously you would have better results at a tailgate outside Lambeau than you would in a sultry September tailgate outside AT&T Stadium in DFW.
As you can see in the chart below, the Chillsner DOES keep your beer a little cooler. Just about 2 degrees.
When I finished looking at the results, I thought to myself “that doesn’t make that much difference!” But actually it did. I had my wife pour each beer into a glass, and each time I could easily tell which one was the colder beer. Pretty cool!
The Chillsner by Corkcicle: Overall Grade B+
The only issues I had is that the Chillsner might not fit in all bottles. I know it would be taller than a Red Stripe or Abita bottle.
I also discovered I really like my beer around 45 degrees or under. If the Chillsner had kept the temp in the 50 degree ballpark for an hour, I’d have given it an A+. Maybe adding a coozie to the beer bottle would help the Chillsner out a little more. Someone want to tackle that experiment for me?