Keeping your beer cool in a pinch

Alex Nunes/The Day A makeshift beer cooler created by the author's wife.

After a hard day of gardening this past weekend, my wife was sitting back enjoying a pint of beer in the backyard.

The only catch was we didn't have a cooler on hand or a bucket to put some ice in to keep the brew chilled. So my wife quickly came up with a homemade remedy that really impressed me.

She took a plastic planter-pot and added two ice packs she got after having her wisdom teeth removed. She sandwiched the beer in between the ice packs and presto: the world's quickest and easiest cooler.

The cooler may not look pretty (see above photo), but when the temperature of a fine brew is at stake anything goes.

Anybody else got good ideas for keeping a beer cool in a jam?

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