Corkcicle

We make things that cool.
We make cool things.

Since we launched, we’ve heard quite a few stories on how we first got the idea for the Corkcicle. And while we wish we’d been inspired while sipping warmish wine in an icicle-rimmed Aspen chalet, that’s not the case. The truth is that Ben Hewitt, Corkcicle’s inventor and company founder, simply loves wine and hated that there wasn’t a better solution to bothersome wine buckets.

In November 2011, Ben started tinkering in his garage, creating prototype after prototype.

Reenactment of Ben in his garage.

December 2011, Original name-generation napkin.

Aided with the marketing expertise of his friend and business partner, Stephen Bruner, the idea quickly became a reality.  More to the point, Stephen brought a high design approach to the product with the name and its icicle form to create our beloved Corkcicle.

Original prototype created in 2010 B.C. (Before Corkcicle).

As the manufacturing process got underway, it became clear that we needed a rainmaker to help deliver the product and get it effectively introduced to the retail world. A close friend, Eric Miller, VP of Sales at a Fortune 100 medical device company, came on board and has been making it rain Corkcicles ever since.

Our first trade show was July 2011.

Less than a full year into the product being on the market, Corkcicle won the 2012 Stevie Award for Best New US Company.

Together, the three have built a brand that represents true American ingenuity and captures the essence of the entrepreneurial spirit. Proving that great ideas still matter and that with hard work and great partners, anything’s possible.

To learn about Corkcicle's latest product innovations, visit our blog, Corkcicle Labs.