How Long Does It Take for Beer to Get Cold in the Freezer?

How long for beer to get cold in the freezer

Nothing goes down better than an ice-cold beer on a hot summer day.

This hot day / cold beer scenario is pure bliss assuming you have a few frosty cans of beer in your fridge… but what can you do if you’ve just returned from the store and your beer is currently at room temperature?

First of all, cans of beer will cool down faster than bottles but chilling beer in your fridge will take several hours either way.

If you want cold beer fast, you’re going to want to use your freezer. That said, how long will you have to wait before you have a frosty cold one in your hand?

How long does it take for beer to get cold in the freezer?

Assuming your freezer is set to the recommended temperature of 0°F (-18°C), a can of beer stored at room temperature (72°F or 22°C) will cool down to 36°F (2°C) in about an hour.

36°F is plenty cold enough to banish your thirst!

But… is there anything you can do to expedite the process?

Want Cold Beer Even Faster? Wrap a Few Cans in a Wet Towel!

If an hour seems like an eternity and you’d rather not wait so long to enjoy a frosty beer, here’s a trick you can try.

Wrap a few cans in a wet towel before placing them in the freezer. You will have ice cold beer in 15 minutes!

Here’s how it works.

Water is a better thermal conductor than air. Carefully wrapping a few cans of beer in a wet towel ensures that each can’s entire surface area is exposed to the chilling effects of the fabric. As the dry environment in your freezer causes water to evaporate, your cans of beer get cooled down fast!

Everyone loves a good “life hack” but I think this 15-minute wet towel trick is my favorite!

By Michael

Chief mixologist and cocktail enthusiast at Swizzle Club.