The science of opening a bottle has astounded and confounded beer drinkers for generations. We at Drinking Made Easy have broken it down through many tireless hours of research and now present to you the art of the open.
Most bottle caps are crimped on around the protruding lip of the bottle. The only way to open this is to separate the cap from the lip. This requires force in a specific direction on a very small surface. This force can be generated through a large amount of pressure or speed.
Next time you can’t find a bottle opener, try these techniques using everyday items.
This technique uses leverage to lift the bottle top away using a fulcrum (leverage point). This technique is like using a bottle opener but with the fulcrum in a different spot. Where as the bottle opener places the leverage point at the top of the bottle, these other leverage techniques use the grip of your hand or another object. It requires a tight grip close to the top of the neck. A hard object is inserted between the top of the hand and the bottle cap and pushed down so that the lighter acts as a level and pushes the cap up. This object could be a lighter, pen, frying pan, spoon, a flathead screwdriver or even a piece of paper; yes, paper, roll the paper up into a tight strip then fold it over and now you have a hand made bottle opener.
Our suggestion: A lighter is usually your best bet since many people in a bar or drinking environment would have one. Spoons work pretty well too.
Table Method (Force)
Simply rest the edge of the bottle cap on the edge of a hard surface and strike the top of the cap with your hand. This technique can be modified to different angles to use doorways or small stable objects such as a door handle. With a fast enough strike, a less stable object can be used like another beer! WARNING: The edges of a bottle cap are sharp and the force could cause the beer to chip, dent, or scratch a table or wall. Be sure whatever you use is durable and can take it.
Our suggestion: Anything that wont chip, trees, metal, or stone surfaces like brick walls work great and tend not to chip.
Here at Drinking Made Easy we make sabering an art. The trick to sabering is to first chill the tip of the bottle by sticking it upside down into ice. Then once it is pretty cold, quickly run the sharp edge of the knife or sword along the neck towards the cap and it (along with the top of the bottle) should pop right off into the air. Extra points are given if someone catches it. For those of us with safety concerns this can also be done with a ruler or a CD case. WARNING, this method is pretty messy.
Our suggestion: Learn from the master, see below world record holder Zane Lamprey in action.
The Unjustified Force Method (Extreme)
With enough accuracy any force can be used to unseat a bottle cap. Have a spare chainsaw lying around the house? No? High powered rifle? No? How about a fast moving vehicle and string? Too drunk to drive? You could just tie the string to a door handle and slam it. Or drop it from a great height. Could work.
The side of a passing bullet train. Just hold it up and pray. We mean…use a bottle opener.
*Disclaimer: Don’t be drunk and do stupid things like this. Just watch other people do it.
The Drinking Made Easy Method
This is how we like to open bottles at Drinking Made Easy