Wednesday, April 10th 2013
A New Way to Keep a Beer Can Cold
Q & A w/Curt Peters of Chill Puck
In search of a better way to keep that can of beer cold? Perhaps Curt Peters has the solution. He is the inventor of the Chill Puck, a unique can-cooling device that attaches to the bottom of the can and keeps your beer colder, longer. Curt, like other young entrepreneurs, is a busy guy balancing a full-time job and a family while working hard to get his business off the ground. We caught up with Curt just as Chill Puck's Kickstarter campaign was going live. He gave us some insight into what exactly a Chill Puck is, how it works, and why it may be the next big thing when it comes to canned beer enjoyment. Cheers Curt!
(CC) Tell us a little about yourself and your role with Chill Puck...
(CP) I'm 28, have a wife and two young boys (3 & 1), plus a day job! Life is crazy right now to say the least. I am originally from Wisconsin where I attended Marquette University. My wife, who I met at Marquette, dragged me from the snow to San Francisco which has been awesome. My role in Chill Puck is the founder, but I'd be lying if I told you I did all of this on my own. Nishan Pilibosian is the Product Manager and does all the amazing graphics you see on our website and Facebook page, along with all the custom customer logos. I have friends and family who have helped immensely with the Kickstarter video, funding, and almost everything else that has got us this far.
(CC) How did the idea for the Chill Puck come about?
(CP) The idea came from every BBQ or party I've ever been to where I see people poor out the last ounce or two because it's warm. I die a little inside when I see that happen and I want to end the warm beer epidemic.
(CC) So, what exactly is a Chill Puck and how does it work?
(CP) The Chill Puck is actually an extremely complicated piece of NASA designed equipment which originally chilled nuclear reactors in satellites during the cold war. I tweaked the design a bit with the help of Mike, our resident engineer, to maximize the surface area connecting the ice pack and the can. This connection is what sucks the heat out of the beer and into the ice pack, keeping your beer cold, but forcing you to buy more than one so you have a frozen Chill Puck on deck in the freezer. We also put a little science into the standard ice pack gel which I can't share, that actually lowers the freezing point of the puck to get colder than ice. The Chill Bands hold the puck to the can with suction and will not slip off. Lastly, the 4 small bottom legs prevent condensation from hitting your coffee table so it's really a coaster too.
(CC) How long will a Chill Puck keep a can cool?
(CP) We haven't tested anything over an hour; which according to the very scientific Coors Light mountains, the beer is still cold vs. no Chill Puck. You will really notice the difference in the last third of your drink. Say you put your beer down because it's your turn at darts or because you have to take out the trash, your beer will stay colder, longer. We've found that in 20 minutes, you'll see a ~10 degree difference from your friends naked beer.
(CC) How are Chill Pucks customizable?
(CP) Currently the Chill Bands which hold the Puck to the can are customizable with almost any logo. We have a graphic designer who can bring your idea or logo to life.
(CC) When will they be available and about how much will they cost?
(CP) The are currently available via the crowd funding website Kickstarter and due to their rules, we can only offer a $5 single and a $35 ten pack. In the future, we'll sell in quantities of 3, 6, 12, 24, and even larger for custom designs and wholesale orders. The larger the packs, the higher the price breaks.
(CC) How can people get one?
(CC) What is something people might not know about Chill Puck?
(CP) Chill Puck is a family run project bootstrapping our way through a crazy adventure. Also, the Chill Puck fits inside a koozie for double the fun.
(CC) Where can people go to learn more?
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