Andy, As a beer drinker and a frequent tropics visitor I love the idea. Only issue is for travelers to carry home. Wood (cellulose) is a standard insulation material so the expected heat transfer rate should be very slow. Also the limiting effect of the enclosed space with no air flow would also slow the heat transfer. A little carving on the outside with bar emblem or country flag would make it more attractive to me.
Thanks for the good news,
It's well known Andy doesn't drink alcohol at all Michael so an apology is owed since he has been aiding logistics and typically financially to those entering Haiti through la Republica Dominica. Not to mention his personal interest in an orphanage. Unless you have a medical or rescue skill or are a currently serving United States Marine that's needed in Haiti right now ... without infrastructure in place you may be essentially a drain on the system needed there now to really help others immediately. If you do possess the needed skills where the doctors are practicing Civil War medicine now (amputations with belts from their waist's) bringing medicines like antibiotics and analgesics and foodstuffs are really needed when you arrive. Helps to speak French.
God assist your efforts among those who have less and with them find safety during this current evacuation phase of Port au Prince.
Chris, he is a newbie on a missiop, too busy to know where he has been. We all know Andy does not drink and he has an eye that sees things many people do not. Chris needs to see not just look.
Haiti does not need saved, it needs jobs. The artist of Haiti make all type of wooden curios, but very few things that have functional value. I truly wish the NGO would stop helping them to make more or more crafts.
People buy beer huggers for a reason, this is not a dysfunctional product.
Here is a good page of mine, where I collect business ideas that need to travel to other parts of the planet.