Drinking Container Patents (Class 62/457.3)
  • Patent number: 10064508
    Abstract: A container and a method of manufacturing a container having a base portion and a sidewall which together form a partially enclosed space for holding a fluid; and a cooling element fixedly connected to the base portion, the cooling element comprising a cavity and a cooling material sealed within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: PACIFIC VIAL MFG., INC.
    Inventor: Suk Hwan Ou
  • Patent number: 9974402
    Abstract: A liquid receptacle has an inner vessel for holding a liquid, an insulated outer shell spaced from the inner vessel, and a chamber defined between the inner vessel and the outer shell. A phase change material is disposed in the chamber for absorbing thermal energy from the liquid and then releasing the thermal energy back to the liquid to maintain the temperature of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Raymond Booska
  • Patent number: 9651299
    Abstract: A supplemental cooling device for a beverage container. Ice and water are introduced through a top opening in a housing which is wider than the outside diameter of the container, so the container is freely inserted into the housing. A lid assembly with a compliant seal is removably threaded to the housing. When in a relaxed and open position, the seal has an opening which is also wider than the outside diameter of the beverage container. After inserting the container, the lid assembly is tightened against the housing, and the compliant seal is deflected against the beverage container to isolate the annular space between the housing and beverage container, thereby allowing the housing and beverage container to be tipped for drinking without spilling the coolant. Once the drink is consumed, the compliant seal may be disengaged so that it is open again, permitting easy removal of the beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventors: Scott B. Duff, Daniel F. Caputo, Roy Paul Prosise
  • Patent number: 9605894
    Abstract: A bucket assembly includes an outer bucket with an elongated slot, an inner bucket with an elongated slot, and an insert with a cooling agent that keeps a liquid in a beverage container cold. The slot in the outer bucket aligns with the slot in the inner bucket. These slots receive a handle of the beverage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Steven Christian
  • Patent number: 9314126
    Abstract: A hydration bottle that is capable of infusing and cooling a beverage. The hydration bottle includes a container, a lid, an infuser chamber that detachably attaches to the lid, a filter component positioned between the infuser chamber and the lid, and a cold pack that detachably attaches to the bottom end portion of the infuser chamber. The hydration bottle provides both infusion and cooling, only infusion, or no infusion/cooling depending on whether or not the infuser chamber and/or the cold pack are attached. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Tabletops Unlimited, Inc.
    Inventor: Daryoosh Molayem
  • Patent number: 9226610
    Abstract: The invention specifies a double-walled liquid container having an inner side wall (4), an outer side wall (3), which is arranged outside the inner side wall (4), a retaining structure (1) and a fixing element (6), which is fitted on the retaining structure (1). The inner side wall (4) has an upper edge (41) and delimits an interior (9), which serves for accommodating a liquid. The outer side wall (3) has an upper edge (31) and a lower edge (32). The retaining structure (1) has an inner retaining element (162), in which the upper edge (41) of the inner side wall (4) is retained, and an outer retaining element (161), in which the upper edge (31) of the outer side wall (3) is retained. The fixing element (6) here fixes the lower edge (32) of the outer side wall (3) in relation to the retaining structure (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: PI-DESIGN AG
    Inventor: Jorgen Bodum
  • Publication number: 20150089964
    Abstract: a cup assembly includes a cup and a removable cooler block. The cup includes a base and a circumferential wall to commonly define a space for containing the liquid wherein at least one of the cooler block and the base is equipped with a magnet and the other with either the magnetic attraction part or another magnet. The cooler block includes material of the high specific heat and/or of the high thermal conductivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey Chung
  • Patent number: 8959934
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a supercooling system and a method for displaying a supercooled state which can accurately display a supercooled state of a stored object in spite of the external influence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Won-Young Chung
  • Publication number: 20140352349
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a container having an interior configured to contain a beverage, and a base configured to support the container on a support surface. A first coupler is mounted to the container. A pod having a second coupler is configured to couple with the first coupler while the pod is located in the interior of the container. The pod physically contacts the beverage and can be configured to rotate within the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Roy P. Prosise, Curt Stewart, Dan Caputo
  • Patent number: 8850846
    Abstract: A self-cooling and self dispensing beverage container in the form of a keg which includes a heat exchange unit having a plurality of segments of compressed carbon disposed therein. A valve is secured to a tube attached to the REU housing for carbon dioxide to adsorbed and then desorbed by the carbon for cooling the beverage. A dispense gas canister is disposed within the container to automatically release carbon dioxide to maintain a pressure head within the container sufficient to assure dispensing of the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Joseph Company International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Sillince, David Cull
  • Patent number: 8844316
    Abstract: A dual chamber drink container system for chilling and containing quid in at least one chamber features a side wall interior surface having a first groove and a second groove located from a container top to a container bottom. A first liquid level window and a second liquid level window are located in the side wall. The system features a circular lid with a first pop up straw located in a first straw aperture and a second pop up straw located in a second straw aperture. The system features a planar divider adapted to be inserted into the first groove via a first tongue and the second groove via a second tongue. The divider is adapted to provide a chilling source for the system. The system features a cylindrical powder tube located on an exterior side wall adapted to store powdered drink mix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Omotolani Ademola, Naomi Saint Cilien
  • Patent number: 8794479
    Abstract: A drinking container includes a main reservoir for containing a quantity of beverage; a cooling reservoir releasably sealingly secured to the main reservoir and including a passage on an inner surface, the passage having one end open to bottom and the other end open to interior of the cooling reservoir, and a spill opening defined by the passage; and a releasable enclosure releasably sealingly secured to the cooling reservoir and including at least one lid; wherein the quantity of beverage in the main reservoir can transfer to the cooling reservoir through the passage by tipping the main reservoir; and wherein each of the at least one lid can be opened by pressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Jer Hong Lin
  • Patent number: 8561422
    Abstract: A tube (20) with outer and inner walls (22, 24) and webbing (26) between them. The inner wall (24) forms a cylindrical inner chamber (28) that slidably receives drink cans (50) end-to-end. Spaces between the inner and outer walls, and between the webbing, form longitudinal thermal chambers (23) surrounding the inner wall for receiving thermal packs (48) along the length of the inner chamber (28). Convection paths (32) between the thermal chambers (23) and the inner chamber (28) provide air circulation for efficient heat transfer. The inner chamber has an access opening (29) at the front end of the tube for receiving and dispensing the drink cans. An elevator (40) in the inner chamber may be provided to move drink cans toward the access opening via cords or rods (44) extending from the front end of the tube that pull the elevator toward the front end of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Wayne Jackman
  • Patent number: 8544676
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention provides a system including a container defining a chamber for holding a beverage, a lid for engaging the container, a drinking straw located on the lid, and a fluid router detachable from the lid to facilitate the withdrawal of the beverage from the container. The fluid router includes a base adapted for placement in the proximity to an opening of the container, and a conduit having a first and a second ends disposed on the base. The fluid router can further include a connector disposed on the base and adapted to engage a thermal energy storage member located in the chamber. The first conduit end is adapted to engage the drinking straw. The system can further include a second straw engaged with the second conduit end and positioned in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Cool Gear International, LLC
    Inventors: Donna Roth, Henry Roth
  • Publication number: 20130239607
    Abstract: A thermal barrier maintains a beverage within a container at a desired temperature. The barrier may include gas or liquid filled microcapsules and a base material having microencapsulated solid-liquid phase change material, or combinations thereof. The thermal barrier may include a cooling element attached to the exterior of the container, the interior of the container, or free-floating within the container. Other embodiments include a container holder incorporating phase change materials to control temperature of the beverages. The holder includes enclosing sidewalls and a plurality of cavities to receive one or more containers. Gaps between the cavities and the enclosing sidewalls are filled with phase change materials, such as microencapsulated phase change materials. Another embodiment provides a double walled pitcher with phase change materials and a base material filling the space between the walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Jason Morgan Kelly
  • Patent number: 8448809
    Abstract: A thermal barrier liner maintains a beverage within a container at a desired temperature. The liner may include a closed cell substrate, a base layer having gas or liquid filled microcapsules, a base layer having microencapsulated solid-liquid phase change material, or combinations thereof. In other embodiments, an integral cooling element incorporates solid/liquid phase change material. The cooling element can either be attached to the exterior of the container, the interior of the container, or free-floating within the container. Other embodiments include container holders or direct beverage holders incorporating phase change materials to control temperature of the beverages. The embodiments may further include thermochromatic ink to provide a visible color indication of temperature changes for the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Millercoors, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Morgan Kelly
  • Patent number: 8439221
    Abstract: A round beverage container with a chill sleeve is provided having a molded plastic wall in the shape of a cup, a mug, or a pitcher. A sleeve containing a chill medium is in the shape of a truncated conical cylinder, and is positioned in the container to be lodged therein at a selected mounting location and secured by snap-action sealing and retaining rings. A bottom disk, also containing the chill medium, snaps into the container's bottom edge to form the bottom of the container. This bottom disk is sealed to the inside wall of the container by snap-action sealing and retaining rings. Sonic welding can be employed as an alternative to sealing and securing rings. A quantity of water-based chill medium is metered into the hollow cavities when the sleeve and the bottom disk are charged, taking into consideration the expansion of the chill medium (water) upon a change of phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Troy M. Davis
  • Patent number: 8397519
    Abstract: A bottle display stand with an active cooling function. The display stand includes a housing having an opening into which a beverage bottle may be inserted. A reservoir for containing a cooling medium is disposed inside the hollow housing. A pump, in fluid communication with the reservoir, recirculates the cooling medium from the reservoir through a fluid passageway and out of a spray jet. The spray jet is aimed at an upper region of the bottle, preferably the shoulder. Cooling medium travels down the body of the bottle substantially in a thin film that does not obscure the bottle or its label and creates a waterfall- or fountain-type effect that is extremely aesthetically pleasing without splashing, dripping, or a similar mess. Simultaneously, the thin film of cooling medium chills the beverage and keeps it cold. A cooling unit may optionally remove heat from the cooling medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
    Inventors: Gregory H. Loibl, George Sidebotham, Michael B. Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 8381542
    Abstract: A beverage temperature modification device for cooling and warming beverages in a drinking vessel. The device has a body with an interior chamber for holding a temperature modifying substance such as water and a cap with an arm for securing the device to the rim of a vessel so that the device is maintained in a fixed position. The cap may be detachable and the body may have an opening for putting the temperature modifying substance into the chamber, or the temperature modifying substance may be sealed permanently in the chamber. The arm may be flexible so that it can stretch to allow securing the device to rims varying in thickness by a factor of two or more. The arm may be pivotable to allow adjustment of the position of the device when it is secured to the rim of a vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Oluwafemi Ajibola Afolabi
  • Patent number: 8347781
    Abstract: A food cooling device includes a cover, an electric motor powering a fan, and an automatic switch. The cover defines air intake openings beneath a motor housing, a bottom orifice, and vents between the air intake openings and the orifice. The bottom opening rests on a table, covering a plate containing hot food. A fan blade directs air toward the food, the air cools the food, and the heated air escapes through the vents. The cooling device is portable, light in weight, and easy to operate, making it suitable for use by small children as well as handicapped persons of all ages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: William Joseph Stack
  • Patent number: 8336729
    Abstract: A thermal barrier liner is preferably spray coated onto the internal surface of a container. The liner is provided in embodiments including a closed cell substrate, a base layer having gas or liquid filled microcapsules, a base layer having microencapsulated solid-liquid phase change material, or combinations thereof. For the closed cell substrate embodiment, when the liner is under pressure within the container prior to the container being opened, the liner maintains a minimum thickness. When the container is opened and as pressure is released within the container, the liner expands to achieve equilibrium. The liner can be supplemented with a foaming agent to create cellular structures. Voids created by the microcapsules enhance the thermal barrier characteristics of the liner. The phase change material changes phase from a solid to a liquid state upon absorbing heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Millercoors, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Morgan Kelly, Herbert Bruce Smith, Ray Alan Toms, Daniel Alan Thiemann
  • Patent number: 8297072
    Abstract: A beverage container is provided with an integral cooling element to maintain a beverage at a cooled temperature after exposure to a warmer environment. The cooling element incorporates use of solid/liquid phase change material. When the beverage is chilled, the phase change material is maintained in a solid state below its melting temperature. When the beverage container is exposed to a warmer environment, such as during consumption, the phase change material undergoes a phase change thereby absorbing heat from the surrounding beverage. The cooling element can either be attached to the inside of the container or free-floating, but in either case, is in direct contact with the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: MillerCoors, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Alan Willcoxen, Daniel Alan Thieman
  • Patent number: 8205468
    Abstract: A thermodynamic container for regulating the temperature of a liquid. An exemplary embodiment may include an inner layer of a thermal buffering material and an outer layer of insulation. The thermal buffering layer may include a phase change material and/or a non-phase change material. Some exemplary embodiments may include lid, which may include insulation, a thermal buffering layer, and/or a drinking port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: ThermoBuffer LLC
    Inventors: Orin L. Hemminger, Megan L. Cavanaugh, Brian E. Henslee
  • Patent number: 8146381
    Abstract: A system for providing an infusion chamber provides a clip assembly for attachment within a drinking vessel. A box assembly contains an infusion chamber and may be attached to the clip assembly. The box assembly has a top swinging lid to accept dry ice and other materials suitable for infusion. The bottom of the box assembly features a communication void or slot at the bottom of the box to allow the contents of the box assembly to mix with the surrounding drink, but yet not fall loose into the drink. The clip features contoured adhesive wedges to assist in attachment of the clip to the inside portions of a drinking container. The clip assembly has a thin stop tab or shelf that fits into the box assembly. A side hook from the box assembly is supported by the lower portion of the stop tab or shelf of the clip assembly. The upper or top side of the stop tab or shelf is trapped by a stop tab of the box assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Jonathan Roman
  • Patent number: 8061148
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to containers and more specifically, to a portable temperature-controlled container. The temperature-controlled container is used for maintaining articles at a controlled temperature. The container includes a housing unit defining a storage chamber for receiving the articles, a cooling system mounted to the housing unit, wherein the cooling system includes a cold side assembly system in heat transfer communication with the interior of the chamber, a hot side assembly system in heat transfer communication with the outside of the storage chamber and a thermoelectric module supplied with an electrical power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: SG Productions
    Inventors: Sylvain S E Ethier, Gaetan Beaupre, Mark Bedard
  • Patent number: 8061158
    Abstract: A system for use with a consumable beverage includes a container having a mouth. A lid is detachably engaged with the container. A collar is adapted to be seated in the mouth of the container. The collar defines an opening therein. A thermal energy storing member is detachably engagable with the opening in the collar and/or the lid. A collar for supporting an end of a thermal energy storing member; a lid for a container adapted to engage a thermal energy storing member; and method of providing a chilled consumable beverage are each separately detailed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Cool Gear International, LLC
    Inventors: Henry Roth, Donna Roth
  • Patent number: 8051674
    Abstract: A system for use with a consumable beverage includes a container having a mouth. A lid is detachably engaged with the container. A collar is adapted to be seated in the mouth of the container. The collar defines an opening therein. A thermal energy storing member is detachably engagable with the opening in the collar and/or the lid. A collar for supporting an end of a thermal energy storing member; a lid for a container adapted to engage a thermal energy storing member; and method of providing a chilled consumable beverage are each separately detailed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Cool Gear International, LLC
    Inventors: Henry Roth, Donna Roth
  • Patent number: 8042356
    Abstract: A thermally conductive polymeric drinking surface for a beverage container is provided. The thermally conductive polymeric drinking surface may be an insert for a bottle or other covering configured to be formed around the mouth of a drinking container, such as a cup. The high thermal conductivity of the drinking surface contributes to the transfer of the temperature of the contents of the container to the mouth or lips of the consumer by reducing the time and energy consumption of the chilling processes being applied via the beverage or an external cooling mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: The Coca-Cola Company
    Inventors: Joseph T. Norris, Rony Zibara, Mark Payne, Jared Richardson, Jon Crawford-Phillips, Darryl J. Dawson, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8001959
    Abstract: Disclosed is various embodiments of a self-heating or self-cooling container with a number of improved features in overcoming the problems associated with existing containers, including, but not limited to, an improved breaking device designed to maximize the mixture and reaction between different reactants, an insulating lip to prevent heat loss in the heating process, a simple and efficient design of the container, and enhancements in manufacturing and assembling a self-heating or self-cooling container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Heat Wave Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John M. B. Ford, Douglas M. Lund
  • Patent number: 7997099
    Abstract: A system for use with a consumable beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Cool Gear International, LLC
    Inventors: Donna Roth, Henry Roth
  • Patent number: 7946126
    Abstract: Adjustable volume cups and methods for use are disclosed. Cups of various embodiments may have a series of removable inserts or a moveable bottom member allowing the containable volume to be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventors: Cheryl B. Blankman, Jeffrey I. Blankman
  • Publication number: 20110067432
    Abstract: A temperature keeping container includes an inner receptacle and an outer vessel. The inner receptacle is fit in the outer vessel in a tight manner to form an accommodation chamber between the inner receptacle and the outer vessel for receiving and containing a low- or high-temperature medium as desired, or a substance, preferably an edible substance, that is frozen to form a freezing layer, whereby beverage, when deposited in the inner receptacle of the container, can be kept cool to allow a user to enjoy cold beverage of the original flavor, or alternatively, beverage can be poured onto the freezing layer to mix with the substance forming the freezing layer to provide a mixed flavor of beverage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: JIE-SEN CAI
  • Patent number: 7891199
    Abstract: Self-cooling food and beverage containers and processes for manufacturing such containers with cryogenic high-pressure refrigerant cooling apparatus are disclosed. A self-cooling beverage container apparatus containing a beverage or other food product, a method of storing cryogenic gases which then cool said food products, and to methods of assembling and operating the apparatus. A self-cooling beverage container includes a container body having an openable portion, a pressure vessel substantially housed within said container body, the pressure vessel having a first chamber for containing a refrigerant, an actuation valve configurable from a closed configuration wherein the refrigerant is maintained within the pressure vessel to an open configuration wherein said refrigerant is allowed to expand and exit the pressure vessel upon opening of said container whereby refrigerant expansion and flow through said outlet conduit cools the contents of said container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Anthony
  • Patent number: 7866183
    Abstract: A drink bottle and method of manufacturing same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventors: Donna Roth, Henry Roth
  • Patent number: 7866180
    Abstract: A self cooling container for a beverage includes a receptacle holding a refrigerant under pressure. When an outer cap of the container is opened, the refrigerant is exhausted, cooling the receptacle and the beverage surrounding it. The receptacle includes an inner receptacle member and one or more walls extending around the receptacle member, with spaces between adjacent walls being established at descending pressure values outward from the inner receptacle, which is held at a high pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Diana Goodwin
  • Patent number: 7836722
    Abstract: A food container includes an upper wall, a lower wall, and a side wall extending between the upper wall and the lower wall. At least one of the upper wall, the lower wall, and the side wall includes a plurality of microcapsules containing a phase change material. The phase change material has a latent heat in the range of 40 J/g to 400 J/g and a transition temperature in the range of 0° C. to 100° C. The phase change material provides thermal regulation based on at least one of absorption and release of the latent heat at the transition temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Outlast Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Monte C. Magill, Jeanette Heimbach
  • Patent number: 7810348
    Abstract: A container has a thermal pack aligned on a central axis of the container. The thermal pack includes a material such as a phase change material for cooling (or heating) the liquid in the container. The thermal pack attaches to the container such as by a threaded connection in a receiving tube, which makes full circumferential contact with an end of the thermal pack. The container has a drinking or pouring opening aligned relative to the thermal pack, but completely separated from the thermal pack. Radial flow slots permit fluid to flow from the container interior through the drinking or pouring opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Grand-Bonanza Enterprise, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Shewchuk
  • Patent number: 7805959
    Abstract: The cup holder for a drinking game is a triangular multi-cup beverage tray and freezer pack insert that holds and chills multiple cups in a “billiard ball rack” formation for use in the drinking game “Beer-Pong,” “Beirut,” or variations thereof. The cup holder for a drinking game includes cup pockets, indentations or channels in a triangular row formation (front to back) of one cup, two cups, three cups, etc., which are formed in the freezer pack The cup holding freezer pack fits into the triangular tray for added stability. Rubber or neoprene feet are disposed symmetrically on an underside of the bottom of the tray to provide traction during use. Preferably, the placement and depth of the cup pockets provide for the correct orientation of the cups for optimal playing of the drinking game with standard 16-ounce party cups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventors: Matthew B. Webb, Robert L Kent, III
  • Patent number: 7802446
    Abstract: A temperature regulating mechanism is attached inside the bottle. The temperature regulating mechanism may include phase change material. The temperature regulating mechanism may maintain a liquid (e.g. Vodka) stored in the bottle at a substantially consistent temperature (e.g. approximately 10 degrees Celsius) for a reasonable period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Reactor Spirits Norway Ltd.
    Inventor: Erik Overgaard
  • Patent number: 7785641
    Abstract: A method of keeping an alcoholic beverage in an open topped vessel cool, said beverage comprising a water content and a dissolved gas content, and said method comprising forming ice in the beverage in the open-topped vessel said ice having a cooling effect on the beverage, said ice being formed in the beverage from water of said water content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Coors Brewing Company
    Inventors: Simon Daniel Scullion, Peter Thomas Foster, Stephen Paul Smith
  • Patent number: 7770410
    Abstract: A coolant base for regulating the temperature of a beverage is detachable from the beverage container with which it works. The base may be repeatedly used with the same container. The base can be chilled separately from the beverage container and, when assembled, can provide a stable, chilled beverage for an extended time. In some embodiments, the diameter of the base cooler/container system is the same as the diameter of the beverage container absent the base cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Scott E. Cote
  • Patent number: 7685936
    Abstract: A strainer for use with combining beverages and cold food includes a bottom section sized for insertion into a beverage container, and a side section projecting substantially vertically from the bottom section and sized for insertion into a portion of the beverage container. At least one of the bottom and side sections is liquid permeable, and the bottom section and side section are separately or collectively capable of retaining ice pieces when the strainer is in the container. A method for retaining ice in a container capable of holding a liquid includes placing a strainer capable of retaining ice in a container capable of holding a liquid, adding ice to the container such that at least some of the ice is retained by the strainer, placing a liquid in the container, and removing the strainer from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: Daniel W. McDonald
  • Publication number: 20100050684
    Abstract: A canteen cooling apparatus of the present disclosure has a cavity for holding a canteen. The cavity has a sleeve with a first layer and a second layer. The apparatus further has an inlet coupled to the second layer that receives a medium from a medium injection apparatus and an envelope created between the first and second layers that receives the medium and delivers the medium to the canteen in the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventor: Samuel C. Vickroy
  • Patent number: 7647782
    Abstract: Apparatus (10) for converting liquid (60) in a container (50) to a semi-frozen slurry (61) or frozen ice particles, where a refrigerant (41) is contained within a refrigerant cavity (40) defined by two walls (20, 30), the flexing/deformation of at least one of the walls (20, 30) agitating the liquid (60) to assist the conversion thereof into the semi-frozen slurry (61) or ice particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: Alfio Bucceri
  • Patent number: 7568362
    Abstract: The present invention is a take-apart bean bag holder for carrying a beverage container such as a can. The bean bag holder is comprised of a container holder and an additional exterior double layer bag. The container holder is comprised of a top ring cover, a container, and a bottom planar ring attachment aligned in series. The exterior double layer bag is made of flexible material, and partially filled with granules such as beans or sand to give the container a squeezable feel when held in the hand. The bag is detachably attached to an exterior surface of the container holder with the location of the attachment shielded by the top ring cover. If the granules are made of heat or cold retaining granules, then the bean bag holder can be placed in a microwave to heat the granules to retain the contents of the can in a heated condition, or placed in a freezer to retain the contents of the can in the cold condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Calibre International, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Oas
  • Publication number: 20090056368
    Abstract: A beverage cooling element includes a housing having a main body portion and a stem portion, both filled with a freezable material. The stem portion is removably held in a hollow bore of a stem of a drinking vessel, especially a martini glass, containing a liquid beverage, and the main body portion is held in direct contact with the beverage to effect a rapid, direct heat transfer between the frozen material and the beverage to be cooled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: Luis R. Rey
  • Patent number: 7484383
    Abstract: A pitcher for keeping beverages cooled for protracted periods, having a pitcher lining and a pitcher wall sealingly attached to form a cavity there between. A freezable substance is disposed within the cavity. The cavity extends continuously between the bottom walls of the pitcher lining and the pitcher wall allowing for complete cooling through the floor area of the pitcher. In an alternate embodiment an insulating layer is provided between the freezable substance and the inner surface of the sidewalls and bottom wall of the pitcher shell. The insulating layer further retards warming and reduces condensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Inventor: James Turner
  • Patent number: 7464566
    Abstract: A cooler unit has a control housing that is mounted to a floor of a cabinet liner that is sloped in a downward direction toward the opening of the cooler unit. The control housing retains consumable items that are stored on the floor of the cabinet liner so that the items do not fall out of the cooler unit. Particularly, the control housing can retain wine bottles. The control housing houses a controller that controls the operation of the cooler unit. The control housing can include a display and user inputs so that a user can easily manage the cooler unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: U-Line Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas W. Rand, Andrew J. Doberstein, Joseph H. Zyduck, Jennifer U. Straszewski
  • Patent number: 7426839
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for cooling a beverage, through the special design of a container for dispensing a beverage, is disclosed. The beverage remains cold for a period of time while it is inside the container, through contact with a frozen substance consumable substance with a lower temperature than the beverage. The frozen substance is substantially frozen before the beverage is introduced into the container. The beverage and the frozen substance make contact through portions of a barrier structure containing the frozen substance. As the frozen substance melts, it gradually mixes with the beverage, continuing to cool the beverage over a period of time, without ice floating to the top of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Inventor: Robert M. Beaudry
  • Publication number: 20080209939
    Abstract: The invention provides a drinking vessel into which dry ice can be placed in order to produce fog above the beverage. In order to prevent the pieces of dry ice from being swallowed, a second bottom is inserted into the drinking vessel after the dry ice was placed therein. The second bottom features holes that are permeable to the beverage, but not permeable to the pieces of dry ice. Consequently, the beverage comes in contact with the dry ice such that fog is created while the dry ice is simultaneously prevented from rising to the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventor: Stephan Schmitz