I'm a bit of a beer snob and I don't approve of twist-off bottle caps. It's kind of like screw-off caps for wine, it cheapens the experience of what's gone into the brew and what you're going to enjoy. So sometimes I do find myself with a nice cold beer, but no bottle opener to be had. We all know there's a good way to do something and a bad way to do something.
Opening a bottle with your teeth is a bad way, I shouldn't need to tell anyone why.
I just saw a video on youtube that used another bottle of beer to open your bottle, that's a similar technique to what we're going to demostrate. So what if you like to drink alone and you need to open your last beer?
Putting the edge of the bottle cap against something and hitting it hard with your hand is also a bad way, especially if you've already been drinking. This will often damage whatever you put it up against and you can break the glass, then you're screwed. Do you risk drinking some pieces of glass? Probably, but there must be an easier way.
So the word of the day is leverage. Have a look at the photos for examples of how to open a bottle of beer with just about anything. Safely, the right way. Enjoy and if you drink, don't drive.
Step 1: Mr. Clean Can Help.
The 6th image below is a kite pump, just in case you were wondering.
Step 2: Open a Bottle of Wine With String
1. Push the cork into the bottle of wine with your finger. This will allow you to get the string into the bottle.
2. Tie a knot in the end of the string. Maybe even a double knot.
3. Get the knot into the wine and pass the cork.
4. Pull it up and it might just get the cork out, see photo below.
This method actually didn't work that night, but this one did, but I don't have any pictures.
1. Fold the string in half and put the loop end in the wine pass the cork.
2.Try and loop the string around the cork.
3. Pull gently.
Step 3: Opening Beer With Sharp(ish) Objects
First off, a warning: Only do this when you're sober, for obvious reasons. Contradictory, I know, but you're using sharp objects in close proximity to alcohol, and I don't want you to get hurt.
Right, then; to business!
You need to put the tip of your knife (or the blade of your screwdriver, or the appropriate part of whichever tool you have) between the crimped edge of the cap and the top of the bottle, as seen in the first picture. Gently (gently being the key word, otherwise you'll end up wearing beer) lever up the edge of the cap.
Turn the bottle 1/5 of a circle and repeat.
Do this about 5 times, depending on how much metal you levered up each time, etc to get a cap that's flared out around the edges, or already very loose. When you've got a cap that's almost ready to let go, don't get cocky, otherwise you'll end up spilling the beer!
Instead, gently lever the cap off with your thumb, it shouldn't take much.
Again, i'd like to point out that you should only do this for your first and possibly second beers. Otherwise you might end up losing a thumb. Also, don't use knives that are too thin to survive the process. Razor blades are a definite no.
Have fun, and keep inventing ways to open beer!