5 Beer Bottle Opener Alternatives

What to do when you find yourself without a bottle opener for your brew.

We've already seen people go to great — not to mention creative — lengths to open a bottle of wine when they are without a corkscrew. But what about the beer drinker? Lose the bottle opener and you've got to figure out another way to remove the cap that stands between you and your ice-cold brew.

Of course, there are some standard tricks: using the edge of a table (good for you, bad for the table), your forearm (at the risk of self-mutilation), or your teeth (again, ouch). But if you would rather not sacrifice yourself or your furniture in this endeavor, check out these videos for clever alternatives to the bottle opener.


With a CD

Not the case, the actual CD. Sound crazy? Yes. Impossible? No. Turns out, this technique is not all that unlike using a sabre to open a bottle of champagne. But until you've got the wrist action down, you might want to use a CD you haven't played in a while.


With a piece of paper

If you can fold paper, you can have an open bottle of beer in about a minute or less. This cheap, easy alternative might just make you rethink ever buying a bottle opener again.


With another bottle of beer

There's some mess potential here for rookies, but the technique would be great for parties.


With a carabiner

For the rock climbers in the audience, this piece of equipment mimics the function of a traditional bottle opener quite well.


With a chainsaw

You don't have a bottle opener, but you have a chainsaw handy? OK, so it's a little improbable, but still incredibly amusing to watch. This one's really just for show, but if you do decide to try it at home, please proceed with caution.

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At least one drinking place here in Kyoto uses disposable wooden chopsticks.


The metal opening of the door jamb (strike plate)


Egg, baloon and piece of cheese, are the three things with which average Serb cannot open a bottle.


I use disposable lighters, but anything with an edge you can wedge under the cap will work.

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