Keeping Your Beer Cozy

33CFA048-52BE-4CDC-8727-D14D07255F44“Thanks,” I said to my sister after opening up my Christmas present from her. “What is it?”

“It’s a cozy I knitted for you,” she said. “Isn’t it adorable? You put your bottle or can of cold beer in it.”

“It’s awesome. But why do they call it a cozy?” I asked. “The word cozy means snugly warm and comfortable, doesn’t it? I don’t like warm beer.”

“No, silly,” she said. “It keeps your hands warm and dry when holding a cold can or bottle of beer.  And it helps to keep the beer cold.”

Being the type of person I am, I reached for my iPhone and Googled “beer cozy.” What I learned was that the fabric or foam insulating sleeve for a bottle or can is, in fact, called a “cozy.” But it’s also called a “coozy” and a “koozy.”

According to my extensive research on this serious matter, historical records dating back to the 19th century show that people made use of items called “tea cozies” and “egg cozies.” A tea cozy is a cover for a teapot. An egg cozy sits on top of an egg like a cute little hat. Both items were made of cloth, and both items served as insulators to trap warmth. Neither was used to keep something cold.

In 1980, a Texas company, Radio Cap Corporation, registered the name “Koozie” as a trademark. In 1981, Bonnie McGough of Caldwell, Idaho, filed a patent for what she called “an insulated beverage cozy for use with cold drinking utensils.”

I also learned that the word for this kind of insulated sleeve is spelled at least a dozen different ways, including “cozy,” “cosy,” “koozy,” and “coozy.” Who knew?

“Thanks, Sis,” I said. “Would you fetch me a beer from the fridge? I’m eager to give your Christmas present a try.”

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “cozy.”