Dogfish Head's New Beer Packaging Doubles as a Cooler

Dogfish Head
Dogfish Head

The coolest part of Dogfish Head’s latest beer release isn’t the brew itself—it’s the box. The brewery’s Off-Center Your Summer Pack, a variety pack of canned ales, comes in a new, water-resistant box that you can use as a cooler.

The box is made of wet-strength paperboard—a type of packaging engineered to withstand moisture—and is designed to hold ice and water for six hours without ripping or collapsing. The design of the perforations in the cardboard allows you to rip off a portion of the top of the box, then open up the remaining flaps to make the package even taller, giving you more room for ice.

You can watch how it works in the demonstration video below:

It’s a clever design that takes something that would otherwise be trash (well, recycling, hopefully) and puts it to good use, albeit temporarily. The 12-pack features cans of Dogfish Head’s 60 Minute IPA, Lupu-Luau IPA, the sour SeaQuench Ale, and the Belgian-style Namaste White. Oh, and each box comes with a koozie, because you don't want your hand to get as cold as your beer is going to be.

10 Things You Can Lift Instead of Dumbbells at Home

This Corgi puppy is the cuddliest dumbbell we ever did see.
This Corgi puppy is the cuddliest dumbbell we ever did see.
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Right now, the prospect of handling dumbbells that have been touched by any number of strangers in your neighborhood gym might not seem very appealing—that is, if your gym is still open. For those of you who don’t want to buy your own dumbbells (or simply can’t find a store that has them in stock), we’re here to help you make do with what you might already have at home.

A six-pack of 12-ounce cans of beer weighs about 5 pounds, which is perfect for novice lifters who love to crack open a cold one as a reward for working out. Other options for people who usually reach for 5-pound dumbbells include a full ream of printer paper, a bag of all-purpose flour, and a regular red brick.

Seasoned bench-pressers without an at-home gym set up in their garage might still find some useful equipment in there—a spare tire, for example, weighs about 25 pounds. And it’ll take you more than a little muscle to do a few reps with your treasured collection of hardcover Harry Potter books, which weighs 20 pounds. Speaking of books, the third edition of the Oxford American Dictionary comes in around 7 pounds, but you can always stack it with some other heavy volumes to hit your ideal lifting weight.

Pets can help you reach your exercise goals, too, if they have the right temperament. Your cat probably weighs around 10 pounds, and a grown male golden retriever is likely between 65 and 75 pounds. Are you wondering if this is a good excuse to adopt a pet? The answer is yes.

See our top 10 makeshift dumbbells below, and pick out a movie to watch while you lift here.

  1. A standard-sized brick // 4.2 pounds
  1. A six-pack of canned beer // 5 pounds
  1. A ream of printer paper // 5 pounds
  1. A bag of all-purpose flour // 5 pounds
  1. The Oxford American Dictionary, Third Edition // 7 pounds
  1. A gallon of milk // 8.6 pounds
  1. A cat // 10 pounds
  1. A bag of dry dog food // 15 pounds
  1. A hardcover box set of Harry Potter books // 20 pounds
  1. A new car tire // 25 pounds

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Pick Up a New Hobby With This Beer Brewing Kit

Brewferm's beer-making kit comes with all of the important ingredients you'll need to make a Belgian-inspired saison.
Brewferm's beer-making kit comes with all of the important ingredients you'll need to make a Belgian-inspired saison.
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Sure, you could turn to a craft brewery when you want to sample one-of-a-kind beers with unique flavors—or you could learn to make your own. With this $100 starter kit from Brewferm, you can brew and bottle up to 15 liters of premium Belgian beer in your own home.

The kit comes with clear, simple instructions for getting started, and it includes everything you need—save for water, sugar, and reusable bottles (although you can buy those from Brewferm for an additional $70). Brewferm’s starter kit comes with a Belgian saison beer mix—a pale farmhouse ale with a fruity flavor—and they also sell mixes for more exotic beers, like an imperial stout and a Belgian IPA. Each beer mix includes ingredients like hop extract, barley malt, and yeast, and every kit comes with a guide that takes you through the entire process, including how to keep the whole operation sanitary for the best brew possible.

Each type of beer takes about a minimum of two months to fully ferment and mature. It’s a lengthy process, but an impressive hobby—and a crowd-pleaser for any friends you want to entertain. Want to learn more about homebrewing? Check out this list of interesting facts you might not know.

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