5 Fun Ways to Open A Beer without a Bottle Opener

1.)  With Your Forearm

Chow Tip - Opening a Beer with Your Forearm

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This one only works for twist-offs, but it’s quite simple. Place the beer firmly under the skin on your arm, and push your elbow out, pulling your hand toward your body. We encourage you to practice this first, because failing could lead to serious embarrassment.

2.) With a Lighter

Wired How To: Open a Beer Bottle with a Lighter

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Grab your beer around the neck, then grab your lighter with your dominant hand, placing the bottom of the lighter toward the cap. Stick the lighter under the cap, establish a firm grip, and using your thumb or forefinger for leverage, pop it right off. This technique also works with a key or pen.

3.) With A Ring

Wikihow how to open a bottle with a ring

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See – you knew you married him or her for some reason. Maybe it took you awhile to figure it out, but now you know. Anyway, you basically grasp the beer over the top, making sure the symbol of your love is under the edge of the cap. Use your finger as the fulcrum, and your arm as the lever, grip tight, and pull it off.

4.) With Another Beer

Grasp the neck of one of the beers, then grab the second bottle just above the body of the beer, leaving your forefinger on the neck, the other three fingers on the body (note:use your dominant hand for the second beer). Place the lip (the edge of the bottle cap) of the second beer under the first beer. Use the first beer and your hand for leverage, and pop the cap. [Big thanks to Howcast for the video!] 

5. With a Table or Counter

Opening a beer with a table or counter

Let me just preface this one by saying, if this is a nice piece of furniture – something you don’t want dinged or scratched – do not attempt this technique. If not, simply place the beer next to the counter or table, with just the cap over the edge of the counter. Make sure it is firmly against the counter, and bring your other hand (in a closed fist) down on top of the cap to force it off of the bottle. 


If you prefer to open your beer with a tool meant for that very purpose, we have a killer selection of bottle openers here. Check out a few of my personal favs below…

Stainless Steel Credit Card Bottle Opener – Wallet Size – $4.95

KegWorks Credit Card Bottle Opener

Beer Snob Wall Mount Bottle Opener – $6.95

Beer Snob Wall Mount Bottle Opener

KegWorks Hockey Puck Bottle Opener – $14.49

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Caleb Houseknecht

I’m the Social Media Organizer and Content Writer at KegWorks. When I’m not blogging about beer, cocktails, and spirits, I’m usually reading, watching movies, playing music, or spending time with family.

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