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Mar 19, 2012 10:55 PM

Chow Tip: How To Open A Beer With Another Beer

OK, so I watched the Chow tip on this and I learned that I can open a bottle of beer by levering the cap on the cap of a second bottle of beer. Uh...... and then how do I open the second botte of beer when the other bottle no longer has a cap on it?

Oh, wait, I know the answer: I go and buy a third bottle of beer, and don't drink that one...

Maybe we have a self-fulfilling prophecy here, there will always be an unopened bottle of beer.

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    1. re: linus

      I dunno, he had scissors in the drawer, knife block on the counter, knives, tin can, tin can full of implements....he could have used anyone of those...even the bottle of worcestershire. Wouldn't need *2* bottles.

      1. re: linus

        and no spillage? pretty impressive...or quick editing.

        1. re: HillJ

          well, if history, judicious searching of youtube and the world wide interwebs in general show us anything, it's that you can open a beer bottle with just about anything.
          the one i'm most skeptical about (and yes, i've succeeded using a dollar bill) is using a CD.

          1. re: linus

            Yep. This past Christmas I was looking for a bottle opener in my sister's kitchen. My nephew, home from his first semester in college, grabbed a disposable lighter and popped the top right off the bottle. Wonder why I never learned that trick in college?

            1. re: gaffk

              Back in the day, when I smoked and drank beer out of stubbies
              I was never stuck without an opener so long as I had my trusty bic lighter on hand.

              Nowadays, I keep an opener in my travel kit (essential for trips to Beervana (PDX)) but should i find myself in a room without an opener, a handy door jamb generally does the trick. Kinda like this:

              1. re: kinnickinnik

                Learn something new every day . . .I never knew Portland was known as Beervana.

                I too have an opeber in my travel kit and on my keychain . . .You never know when you're going to wander onto a really good bottle of beer.

                1. re: kinnickinnik

                  Ahhhh, the old stubby...
                  Stubby-sentiment is 97% of the reason I buy Red Stripe

                  1. re: porker

                    Hah, me too on occasion (when there aren't suitable craft brews on offer, I'll take a stubby red strip over macro brew swill and smile at the nostalgia )

                  2. re: kinnickinnik

                    lighter yeah, just have to master the leverage on the thumb part of the trick (and I destroyed more than a few learning that one), gotta use a good quality plastic one like a BIC. Scriptos just shred.

                    maybe 8 or so years ago some gals published their road trip tips (name escapes me) but they discovered a car bumper (old school real metal) works just fine. so does the bracket part of a house door where the bolt goes into the frame (but there will be spillage)

                    1. re: hill food

                      When I was a kid, I watched as my dad opened 2 beers on a white picket fence. He was having a few brewskies with my cousin when they became somewhat concerned about all these white flecks around the mouth of their bottles. They were getting pretty worried, wondering where it came from.
                      "ahhh, dad, maybe the white paint off the fence?!"

                      1. re: porker

                        oh lead paint just gives everything a nice sweet flavor...

                        1. re: hill food

                          I had a high school buddy who was, ahh, eccentric (some would use a silly description like "a bit crazy"). If we'd get stuck without an opener, he'd use his teeth. I'd try to stop him by getting a beer open first, sometimes successful, sometimes not.
                          I'd try to discourage him, saying "Whatsa matter with you, you'll crack your teeth!"
                          His reply, "What would you rather have? Cracked teeth or an open beer?"
                          I never understood this, it never made sense to me, yet did not know how to argue the point.
                          Amazingly, he never cracked his teeth...

                          1. re: porker

                            I knew that guy, I couldn't watch.

                2. re: linus

                  I'm gonna have to try the dollar bill...
                  CD - maybe not.

              2. re: linus

                Chow Editorial:

                Are you watching how it is done properly?

              3. Nah. Just use your teeth.