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Coors Light’s “Cold Activated Bottle”

Sometimes a picture’s all you need. Check it out below: The bottle on the right is at room temperature. The one on the left is straight out of the fridge. See the difference?

If you’ve ever added beer to the fridge alongside stuff that’s already been chilling for days, you know that feeling the outside of the bottle after just a few minutes in the cooler doesn’t work, as the glass gets cold much more quickly than the beer inside.

Solution: Coors figured out how to put temperature-sensitive ink on its labels. It starts turning blue, says Coors, when the beer inside hits 47 degrees and finishes the process finishes at 43 degrees. Thus, you know at a glance which one’s the cold one without having to open it up and potentially spoil an otherwise perfectly good beer.

Is it a gimmick or a great idea? Well, I’m already starting to wish all beer had this nifty ink on the labels. (Alas, what I was really hoping for in a “cold activated bottle” was one that would chill itself without the fridge. Darn.)

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Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. RadMan July 5, 2009

    The label is on the outside of the bottle and will cool faster than the beer.
    It’s a macro light beer which means who cares, it already sucks.
    The tempature range of this new gadget is 48-43. I like mine a bit colder.
    just a marketing tool, for your average tool.

    If you can’t keep track of where your COLD beer is, you may have had too many.
    And if you call this swill water beer, you have no taste anyway.

    Drink better beer. Rahr & Sons Gold Medal Winning “Ugly Pug”

  2. Jef August 29, 2009

    I have a high tech device to tell me when a beer is cold. It’s called my hand and I have two of them. If you can’t tell if a beer is cold you must have nerve damage in your hand or be a complete imbecile.

  3. Christopher Null August 29, 2009

    Jef – You totally missed the point. The exterior of the bottle gets colder faster than the interior. You can’t always tell by touch alone if you have some bottles that have been in an hour and some that have been in overnight… both will be cool to the touch, but the hour-long-in beer won’t be cold inside. That’s the idea.

  4. Yoder December 6, 2009

    Hence RadMan’s point…”The label is on the outside of the bottle and will cool faster than the beer.” It works about as well as using your hand.

  5. rick January 22, 2010

    my bottles are always cold well before the mountains turn blue been in the fridge for 3 hours right now. the glass is cold but the beer it not

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