You grab a beer and comb through your kitchen drawers. Then, your heart sinks. Crap, you lent your bottle opener to a friend, and they never gave it back. What now?
Don’t panic just yet — Sam Martin, founder of You To Brew, a small team of homebrewers who sell mead-making subscription boxes, is here to teach us how to open a beer without a bottle opener. (Good save, Martin!)
The Basic Technique
While there are many ways to open a bottle without an opener, they all rely on the same underlying principle: creating leverage. Here’s how Martin says leverage can help you open a beer with another beer, for example:
- Grab two beers, one in each hand.
- Put the first beer on a table, and grab around the top of the neck — just under the cap — with your non-dominant hand.
- Hold the second bottle with your dominant hand, grasping it by the bottom of the neck.
- Place the lip of the second bottle underneath the edge of the first beer cap.
- Finally, using the second bottle for leverage, push down with your dominant hand to pop the cap off.
Here it is in practice:
“Once you know how to create that leverage, any item with a lip can act as a bottle opener,” Martin explains. He recommends using a lighter, a spoon, a video game controller, a remote, a wrench or a paint-can key. (Many people use their teeth, but dentists don’t recommend it, because you could end up chipping a tooth.)
If you manage to perfect this technique, there’s almost nothing you can’t use to open a beer. @karlopeningbeers on TikTok is living proof of that. Here, he opens a Coors with a Guitar Hero controller:
Here, he pops the lid off a Heineken with a phone charger:
And here, he frees a Guinness of its cap with a plastic lemon:
So, go ahead — grab your nearest object, and open that beer. Quick, that new OnlyFans video is waiting for you.