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How to Open a Beer with a Lighter (and Other Cool Tricks)

Updated on January 9, 2012

Beer! The sweet, glorious nectar of the Gods. Beer is one of those beverages that have been around since the beginning of time and won't be going away any time soon.

But here's a riddle for ya:

What happens when you don't have a bottle opener?

Surely you're not going to give up on gulping down that precious fluid - you need a new way to pop that cap! This hub is all about that; I'll be showing you some cool tricks on how to open a beer with just a lighter - along with a variety of other methods (in case you don't have a lighter on hand).

Open a Beer Bottle with a Lighter

I'm quite surprised to see how often this trick works to impress others at a bar or club but believe me, it's really easy. It's all about leverage.

Pull out your lighter to one hand and grab the beer bottle (by its neck) so that your hand rests just underneath the bottle cap.

Using your thumb (or fingers) as a wedge, place the lighter between the bottle cap and fingers - then, pry up!

It may take you a few times depending on how well the cap is screwed onto the bottle but, with enough pressure, you can easily pop off the top with relative ease.

Try it a few times and you'll get the hang of it in no time - impress your friends and never be stuck in that awkward moment of not being able to get the bottle open again.

Alternative: You could try an alternative way by using the thinner edge of the lighter rather than the flat side - this works best with cheap, plastic lighters.

Other Cool Beer Poppin' Tricks

Of course, if you don't carry around a lighter with you - this technique of opening a beer isn't all that helpful ...

Wait! There are a lot of alternative methods for opening a beer which I'd like to share.

1. Twist with your forearm

Holding the beer in one hand, nudge the cap up against the fleshy part of your inner forearm - give it a sharp, firm twist - boom, open!

This part of the body works well because it wraps around the bottle cap so you're not scraping your hands when it's on too tight.

2. Pop it with paper

The reality is that you can use just about anything to open a beer bottle if you have enough leverage - even with paper.

Grab a piece of paper and fold it over multiple times until it's super stiff. Like the lighter, wedge it between your fingers (around the neck of the beer bottle) and the cap - then, give it a wedge and the cap should pop off.

3. The "slap"

I don't really recommend this for a lot of people because I've seen far too many people drop and smash their beer but you can use the edge of piece of furniture, bar, building or sharp edge to pop open a beer by giving a good whack at the top.

Holding the beer firmly in your hand and resting the cap on the edge - smack down on the top of your hand or just behind it around the wrist. Hold tight as you're doing it and the cap will fly off.

Unfortunately, you can sometimes mess up and end up smacking the beer to the ground or hit it too hard so it foams over but hey, it's good when you don't have anything to open your beer with, yeah?

Don't want the hassle?

Okay, I know these methods and tricks aren't for everyone so here are a few products you can check out for all your beer bottle opening needs ...

Have your own method? Share below!

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    • John J Gulley profile image

      John J Gulley 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      And while your at it, swing by the beach and soak in the sunshine. It's getting ready to snow up here. No shoes, no shirt, no problem?

    • Oddity profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      I'm jealous, John!

      Speaking of craft brews - got a TON here in Tampa. You just reminded me that it's been long overdue to swing by a cool bar that only does local beers - I think they have about 300 - a bit expensive but totally awesome to try out all the flavors.

    • John J Gulley profile image

      John J Gulley 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Oh where were you dear Oddity last week when at the hotel, we needed an opener for our craft brew?


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