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How To Chill A Beer Fast?

Article Highlights

  • Submerging In Cold Water
  • Put in the Freezer
  • Using an Insulated Beer Cooler
  • Using A Towel or Wet Cloth
  • Using Ice Cubes
  • Using Rock Salt and Ice Cubes

We’ve all been there before. You’re about to take a sip of your perfectly poured beer when you realize it’s still far too warm to get the full flavor and experience.

The average time it takes to chill a beer is 45 minutes, but who has time for that?! If you need to chill a beer fast, you’re in luck. Here are some methods to quickly cool down your brew of choice!

Reasons Why You Need to Chill a Beer Fast

  • You want the coldest and freshest-tasting beer
  • To get maximum flavor out of the beer
  • You don’t want to wait 45 minutes for the ice cubes in your glass to do their job
  • You don’t have any access to an insulated cooler or ice

Different Ways To Chill A Beer Fast

  • Submerging In Cold Water: The fastest way to chill a beer is by submerging it in cold water. Change out the water every few minutes until it reaches the desired temperature.
  • Put in the Freezer: This may not be the best option if you’re in a rush because some beers can actually freeze if kept in there too long!
  • Using an Insulated Beer Cooler: Fill up an insulated cooler with lots of ice and keep your bottle or can submerged in there until it reaches ideal temperatures.
  • Using A Towel or Wet Cloth: Wrap your bottle or can with a wet cloth or towel and place it aside for 10 minutes or so until chilled (this also works if you’re short on time). Think of this as an alternative way of chilling without having direct contact with water like with method number one!
  • Using Ice Cubes: Drop some ice cubes into your glass (do not fill up the glass) and pour the beer over top of them – stir evenly so that all sides are cooled off quickly!
  • Using Rock Salt and Ice Cubes: This works best for longneck bottles since they tend to fit better inside coolers made from rock salt and ice cubes – iFill up the cooler halfway with icy cold water then add two cups of rock salt followed by another layer of ice cubes before adding bottles/cans/longnecks (make sure they’re submerged). The salt will speed up cooling time significantly!


Chilling your favorite beers fast doesn’t have to be hard work – now you have 6 different ways you can quickly get those brews cooled down and ready for consumption! Enjoy responsibly, friends!

Author Image Fabian
I’m Fabian, homebrewer and beer taster. I’m also the editor of Beer100. I love travelling the world and trying out new handcraft beer and different beer styles. I’m not an expert in brewing beer, but I know a few things about beer, which I share on this blog. If you need help or have a question, please comment below.

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