Beer Gear: The 5 Best Ways to Travel with your Brew

Gear Guide — By Alexi Ueltzen on July 30, 2009 at 9:40 am

You can find beer pretty much anywhere in the world. From micro-brewed to mass-produced, each country has its signature beer. For many travelers, part of enjoying their time in a given destination involves a pint at a pub, a beer on a boat or a cold one after a long day of hiking. However, away from the refrigerators – and possibly kegerators - of home, traveling with beers poses a challenge. Read on for 5 innovative ways to travel with your favorite can, bottle or brew.

1. Timbuk2’s Dolores Chiller

How awesome is Timbuk2’s latest take on their classic messenger bag? So awesome they had to change the name from “cooler” to “chiller.” This bag is specifically designed for the individual who needs a hands-free way to carry their six-pack (or a couple of them), and wants to look good doing it. With insulated sides, drip-free design and a built-in bottle opener, the Dolores is your answer to all things cooler-related.

p.s. I wonder if San Francisco-based Timbuk2 named it after Dolores Park?

2. GSI’s Outdoor Beer Pilsner Glass

GSI Outdoors has all your other adventure travel needs covered – why wouldn’t they also have an appropriate way for you to drink your Pils on a mountain top? This durable yet lightweight resin cup holds 12 fl. oz of Germany’s finest. The base unscrews from the cup for easy packing – or stacking, if you’re taking several – ensuring that no matter your space limitations, your Pilsner will have somewhere to go. Other than in your mouth, that is.

3. The Kelsyus Floating Beer Cooler

What’s better on a hot summer’s day: Floating down a lazy river, or cracking open a cold one? Thanks to Kelsyus, you’ll never have to decide between the two again. Their floating cooler holds 18 cans and features 6 numbered can holders on its inflatable exterior (so you can’t blame them if you forget which one is yours). A side pocket is perfect for keys, sunscreen, a bottle opener or anything else you need to keep handy but dry. Whether you’re floating down the Guadalupe, sunning yourself in the Mayan Riviera or just relaxing in your private pool, the Kelsyus means you never have to tie a cooler to an inner tube again…

4. The Beer Blaster Belt

A 12-mile trek in New Zealand? A two-day train ride through India? You need a belt of beers. Although it’s designed to fuel their signature beer-cum-water gun, the beer belt has myriad applications. Good for holding 6 cans of your favorite brew, the Beer Blaster belt keeps your hands free and your beer needs covered. Only to be used in places where beer is allowed, this solidly-constructed accessory is sure to make you the envy of all the other drinkers. And, as says, it’s an instant 6-pack.

5. Beer Koozies

Okay, so they’re not the latest breakthrough in beer-transporting technology, but what better way to keep a can cold? Better yet, customize your own set of koozies to take on vacation with you, or to hand out to the locals. Also check out the Hide Your Beer Covers, which are camouflage at its finest. Whether you’re trying to be subtle (Aunt Agnes doesn’t believe in beer at family reunions) or just funny (“Dr. Papper, Bob?”), Bewild’s beer covers help you transform your Bud Light into Dr. Papper, your PBR into 7OP, your Tecate into Diet Pipsi and 3 other wittily-mispelled soda brands. Using clearly high-tech static technology, these reusable wrappers help you enjoy beer while convincing others you’re just sipping soda. Note that while NileGuide would never endorse drinking where prohibited, we do believe in “static technology,” and encourage you to support it with this product.

Dolores Chiller photo courtesy of Timbuk2,
Kelysus photo courtesy of,
GSI Pilsner glass photo courtesy of Expedition Exchange,
Beer Belt photo courtesy of,
Beer Koozie photo courtesy of
Tags: beer, beer belt, beer koozie, chiller, cooler, dolores, pilsner, timbuk2, travel


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