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A beer helmet is an insulated container that you can use to keep your drinks cold at a party. The "helmet" part is the beer keeper (or cup) and the lid keeps the cold air trapped around your drinks, so they stay cool longer than in an open or uncovered glass.
It's a great way to enjoy a drink outdoors without worrying about the heat or bugs (like bees or wasps) getting into your drink. I have a separate post on bee stings that you may want to read if this is an issue for you.
I highly recommend using either plastic or acrylic (plastic, but with a more airtight seal) beer helmets because they will be much lighter and far less likely to break than glass ones. We've broken two of them in the past three years, both from my husband dropping them after forgetting they were full of ice!
My favorite place to buy them is Amazon, as you can find great prices there - usually around $10-$15 per helmet for these sizes: 16 oz; 21 oz; 25 oz ; 30 oz ; and 40 oz. The 26oz one is too small to be very useful for most people, so I'd just skip it.
If your interest lies in cold water or non-alcoholic beverages, you can find "stainless steel" or metal koozies on Amazon as well - but please, be aware that some of them contain plastic parts inside the can/bottle holder area which will not insulate liquids properly! So be sure to carefully read product descriptions before ordering if this is important to you.
The average sized person is going to want a 21 oz helmet because it offers plenty of room while still feeling reasonably lightweight and easy to drink from. [EDIT: When I first started drinking beer, I used one of the 30oz helmets that my husband had gotten for free with his web developer job. But now that I am pregnant and not drinking alcohol, it can be hard to drink from such a heavy helmet. So now I mostly use the 21oz size.]
Some people choose to put ice in their beer cans before putting them into their beer helmet - but personally, I usually just fill mine up to about 1/3 full of ice right away so they are nice and cold when people start coming over. The advantage of this is you don't have to worry about keeping track of how many beers your friends drink if using plastic cups! (If I know the party is going to last a long time, I will add more ice later. The disadvantage is that if your beer doesn't get cold enough, you don't really have any way of knowing until it's already too late. But this isn't a problem because most people drink from their beer helmets at least once before the party ends.)
You'll probably want to line your helmet with paper towels or some sort of absorbent cloth before putting beers and/or ice in them. This will help keep your table, deck or wherever you place it from getting too wet. And the paper towels will allow you to easily drain melted ice water without having to pick up a full helmet!
If you like drinking out of nice glasses, you can even buy pretty beer helmets that sit nicely on top of regular-sized glasses and have handles so they are easier to hold onto. (I bought this one as a gift for my husband last Christmas as he has always wanted a beer helmet but thought they were silly looking.)
The first time we used ours was at a family reunion when I was in college - one of my older cousins had brought them along for the whole group to use and my friends and I quickly became obsessed with them. We also had a lot of fun challenging each other to drink from the helmet faster than one another, or trying to see who could talk the loudest while drinking out of it (something we never would have tried under normal circumstances).
Another good use for your beer helmet is if you are sharing some sort of beverage at a party. We always bring a big cooler filled with drinks from home when having people over, which means that there's usually something we forgot to put in there - like bottles of wine or champagne. Now we just line up our helmets around the counter or table where everyone can just help themselves!
You can also fill your helmet with something else besides beer or suitable substitutes for drinking alcohol - such as water (for a hot day out on the water), juice, energy drinks, etc.
If you are looking to buy them in bulk, check online auctions and Craig's List - or even just ask around at your friends' houses because they tend to be very popular and eventually everyone will have accumulated multiple beer helmets of various sizes over the years! I also just recently discovered that Amazon sells them through their Fulfilled By Amazon program too if you want to go that route.
You can place your beer helmet over any size glass bottle as long as it doesn't have a really wide mouth. Including champagne bottles!
If you are having a party where people will be sitting for a long time or they won't have access to their own chairs, you can place something at the base of your beer helmet so that it sits on top of the table without tipping over. I use my baby's boppy because he never lets me put him down (meaning he will most likely start crying as soon as I do!). Or if we aren't using that boppy, we just use an old towel.
You don't need to use them for parties - they also make excellent presents! I gave one to my husband after our first anniversary and another to my brother and sister-in-law for their first anniversary as well (although I got his a little late!).
We use our beer helmets for everything from beers to cocktails. Make vodka lemonades, peach bellinis or even flaming Dr. Pepper! You can also fill them with iced tea or coffee and place a straw into the helmet's opening to make more of an adult version of "sippy cups" for your friends who don't drink alcohol.
If you're looking for something fun to do over the summer that isn't expensive, this is it! Use them in your pool, take them with you when you go out boating, sit on your deck at home while drinking margaritas (or hot chocolate!) or even try taking them to a beach bonfire.
What are your favorite things to do with a beer helmet? Did I miss any good uses for them in this list? Do you have one that is shaped differently than mine and can you recommend it? I'd love to know! If you liked this list, please share it on Facebook or Pinterest!
what size beer can, can it hold?
Aluminum cans have a smooth finish, which makes them easy to label. They are also convenient for packing and storing. A standard beer can holds 12 ounces of your favorite cold beverage. It is made of aluminum with two ends that are seamed together in manufacturing.
Will this hat hold containers
other than beer cans? No. This hat is designed to hold only standard 12oz beer cans. It will not work with canned sodas, bottled drinks or any other container.
"Why do you use a can as the main element of your invention?"
Can you remove the drink owners and also put them on a various hat?
Yes, the holder can be removed. However, I am afraid that it will be difficult to attach the carrier to a different hat.
The hat seems to be made out of Polyester or a similar material. Will this easily wash off under water?
Yes, it is cotton twill and will wash easily.
Will the cans stay in place or do they fall out after a while?
"They won't fall out if you don't make sudden movements. It's pretty snug on the can (see photo), so it may slide if you turn your head too fast. The cans will also fall out if you tilt your head back, especially in the last rows."
Would this fit a person with a huge head?
What I'm trying to say is could a person that has a big head wear this hat and have cans in the back.
"I don't know about wearing it, but I think you should be able to fit at least 2 cans on the very top if your head is large."
Can I shut it when I do not want to consume alcohol? Will it leak after closing?
You can close the top, but it will not seal completely and some liquid will still leak out.
"How many cans does this thing hold?"
As many as you can fit. It holds 12 standard size beers. However, I wouldn't go over 8 cans because they are really hard to put in after that.
Can you fit koozie's in the owner around the beer canisters?
Yes, the owner is meant to fit a koozie around the can.
Are there any other hats like these? I haven't seen anything like it.
"I have no idea."
How do you know what size of a head this hat will fit? Does it stretch or something? I need to get one for my bf and I don't want to buy one that is too small.
"I have a 23 inch circumference head and it fits me very well."
Does the lid come off? If so, how does it go back on? Is the bottle opener made out of metal or plastic? Also why isn't there any stitching around the outside of the lid?
It comes off by gently pulling the two ends apart. You can't really put it back on unless you use a can opener or something similar. (The bottle opener is metal) There is no stitching because this was only the prototype (ask again).
Can you fit a can in this hat if your hair is in it?
Are the ends of the hats sewed on or glued? I don't want them to fall off when washing. Thanks!
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