How to Keep Beer Cold at a Party


Many beer varieties taste better consumed at colder temperatures. Even a few minutes on the kitchen counter or in the yard can bring the temperature up enough to change the flavor of a brew. A working refrigeration system or a supply of ice can ensure that every beer at the party is served at a refreshingly cold temperature.

Things You'll Need

  • Refrigerator
  • Large plastic tub or garbage can
  • Heavy-duty trash bag
  • Ice cubes
  • 12 oz. plastic cups (optional)
  • Organize the refrigerator to make room for as much beer as possible. Throw out expired items and consolidate foods to clear space for beer cans and bottles. Regular party hosts may decide to purchase a second refrigerator to set up in the garage and fill with beer.

  • Line a large plastic tub or garbage can with a thick plastic trash bag. Fill the container half full of ice cubes for cans and bottles and a third full for a keg. Add a gallon of cold water for every 20 lbs. of ice if you are serving bottles or cans.

  • Lower a beer keg onto the ice in the tub. Pour ice around the sides of the keg until the plastic container is full at least two hours before the event begins. Add ice cubes to the sides of the keg throughout the party to keep the container filled.

  • Put room temperature beers in the refrigerator or ice tub at least two hours prior to the start of the party. Take them out of the boxes and packs so the sides of the bottles or cans are directly exposed to the cold temperatures.

  • Move beers from the refrigerator to the ice bucket as you notice varieties running low. Begin chilling any room temperature beers you have left in the new space available in the fridge.

  • Add ice and cold water to the plastic container when necessary to keep the majority of the bottles and cans submerged in the icy water. Move the beer tub to a shady area if the sun is causing the ice to melt faster than you can fill it back up.

Tips & Warnings

  • Get a range of beers when choosing the selection for a party. One light beer, a dark, a domestic, a microbrew and an import covers most requests.
  • Attach a bottle opener to the beer tub with a piece of strong twine or a chain if you are serving pop top bottles.

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