So, you’ve bought a couple of cold ones for the beach, and as soon as your butt hits the sand, you realize that you don’t have a bottle opener.
You try and twist the cap, but it’s not that kind of cap. You’re stuck; there’s a bottle cap between you and your tasty brewskis, and you don’t have a bottle opener.
Well, here’s how to open a bottle without a bottle opener so you can enjoy that crisp, cold beer.
How to Open a Bottle Without a Bottle Opener
Everyone has seen it in the movies – when the cool guy or gal wants to open a bottled beer, they put it against an edge (curb, table edge, etc.), give the bottle a smack, and voila – the beverage is ready and waiting.
You’ve probably tried doing this yourself and ended up embarrassed. It isn’t as easy or straightforward as it appears on TV. It’s all a matter of technique. You need to do things correctly in order for it to work.
First, take the bottle and put it against the edge of any given surface. Make sure that we aren’t talking about a glass table because it’s going to break. It won’t work with wood, either, the bottle will chip it.
Concrete and metal work best. Now, hit the bottle cap with the inner part of your palm, towards the wrist, but not with the wrist itself.
Don’t go at it too hard – precision and the perfect amount of force are key here.
Now, start tapping the cap lightly, gradually increasing the force. The cap will give in after a while. Do this enough times and you’ll learn how much force is necessary. There isn’t any more to it than that – it’s all about practice.
Now, if you have a regular old lighter in your pocket, you can use it to open a glass bottle. The technique will take some time to master, and the key is not to overdo it, as it could cause bruising.
Take the bottle in your nonprimary hand and the lighter in your primary hand. With your non-primary hand, grab the bottle by its top and squeeze in the bottom part of the lighter right between the cap and the root of your thumb.
The key here is pressure – your thumb serves as a lever, and the lighter is the driving force. Now, being careful not to pinch your thumb against the bottle, swing the bottom part of the lighter upwards, with the goal of opening the bottle.
Don’t give up if you can’t do it first time. Keep trying, and you’ll make it. But be careful not to overdo it, either.
The same method also works with spoons. Instead of the lighter, hold a spoon facing upwards and use it as the driving force to take that bottle cap off.
The Belt Buckle
Now, bear in mind, not every belt buckle will be a perfect fit for bottle opening purposes. But it might be. There isn’t any real technique that you can use.
Well, technically, you could use the above-mentioned lighter method with a belt buckle instead. But if you can use the belt buckle as a literal bottle opener, that would be the easier way to go.
If not, you can always order one of those belts that actually are bottle openers, as well.
The Dollar Bill
Yes, you can actually use a dollar bill to open a bottle … well, a bill of any denomination, really. The principle is relatively similar to that of opening the bottle with a lighter.
But how can paper money be used in the same manner? Well, by folding it until it’s firm enough. Fold it in half, then fold it up some more, and keep doing it until It’s as stiff as possible. Go ahead and practice!
This isn’t going to be easy and you’re risking damaging the bill in question, so start with a dollar bill, and graduate to a classy 100 dollars bill to impress your friends.
The Other Bottle
This one is interesting because it requires teamwork — teamwork between two beer bottles. Yes, you can actually use a beer bottle to open another beer bottle.
The principle is pretty logical. Take the bottle that you want to crack open in your non-primary hand. Take the other bottle in your primary hand and hold it upside-down.
Then, stick the edge of the cap of the upside-down bottle under the cap of the bottle you’re trying to open.
Now, place the thumb of your nonprimary hand onto the bottle that’s upside-down. Use your thumb as the lever and the upside-down bottle as the driving force that will take the cap off. This is a neat party trick.
If you wear a ring, you can use it to open bottles. Take the bottle in your hand and then place the hand with the ring over the cap.
Now, simply lift the cap with your ring finger. It might not pry on the first few attempts, but keep at it, and you’ll basically have a bottle opener wherever you go.
Alternatively, you can get one of those bottle opener rings, which can be a cool-looking and fashionable choice that is actually very useful.
The Rubber Band
Technically, provided that you’re immune to pain and that your fingers are grippy, you could open any beer bottle using nothing but your hands. However, the caps are spiky, and you won’t be able to maintain a grip.
Well, a rubber band can solve all this. Wrap it around the bottle cap crown and start twisting. After a little while, the cap should pop off.
Fresh Ways to Open Bottles
Knowing how to open a bottle when an opener isn’t handy can be very useful. In addition, all the mentioned bottle opener-less bottle opening ways make for neat party tricks to impress others.
Choose your favorite technique and start practicing now. Most of these will take some time getting used to, and they all require practice.