Bottle-Cap Blues: HOWTO open a beer with pretty much anything

I liked Chris Sumers's "Bottle Cap Blues," a well-edited and nicely shot comic short featuring all the different (and often dangerous) ways by which one might open a stubbourn beer bottle when caught without a church-key.

This is a short film that I was a part of for Adam Young's solo Art Show at Common House Gallery entitled: Songs of the Early Riser. Adam had a concept for a video installation. I took his concept and put it into a video. We originally had 4 different edits looping at the show in his installation, but this edit is a compilation of my favorite clips from the three day shoot. This has been the most fun project I have been a part of to date. Sitting around with your friends killing a couple of six packs of beer trying to think of different means to open your next drink is pretty fun. I encourage you to try it.

Bottle Cap Blues (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)


  1. Cory, as a good Canuck, you know the seriousness of a “beer crime.”

    It is a travesty that so much sudsy goodness had to be wasted in the making of this video.

    I, for one, am shocked and appalled that this kind of beer wastage is not only allowed, but promoted by the otherwise responsible editorial staff of BoingBoing.

    1. that video was about 90% ways not to open a bottle of beer and about 5% ways to open a beer you can never drink (broken bottle) and about 5% ways to successfully open a beer without a bottle opener.

  2. Besides, every Canadian knows that the accepted method for opening a bottle without an opener is the Bic lighter.

    1. I might have missed it, but they didn’t show the ‘use another bottle to open your bottle’ method – a method used in almost all Northern countries.

      1.  yup, i’ve seen that a number of times as well. 

        typical technique at an Ontario “field party” or “bush party.”

        our youth and young adults have a rich history of partying in whatever chunk of outdoor space they can find.  as long as it is away from prying eyes — and the cops.

        oh the brain cells i wasted in ravines…

  3. I was always jealous of my Dutch pals who could open two bottles of beer off one another simultaneously.

    1.  i’m not sure i approve of opening a beer off your bong.  i mean, what if you knock it out of commission?  beer crime AND weed crime.

  4. When I was a wee lad visiting Mexico 40 years ago, I was intrigued by the bottles of Carta Blanca or some-such beer that had bottle-cap-shaped indentations molded into their bottoms, to help you twist off the cap of another bottle in the six-pack. 

    But I use my house key to pry up the edge of the cap, one bump at a time, until it comes off easily. It takes about 15 seconds. These blokes apparently didn’t have 15 seconds to waste, but they had a LOT of beer to waste.

  5. These type of videos are what lead me to attempting to copy opening a wine bottle by cushioning it with my jacket and repeatedly ‘tapping’ the bottom against the wall to pop out the cork. Didn’t work. Actually it did work, the cork came out when the bottle shattered giving me minor cuts, cutting holes in my jacket and getting wine everywhere.

  6. It looked like a perfectly enjoyable way to spend a wonderful summer afternoon, and consequences-be-damned with the spillage.  It wasn’t about the quality of the beverage-  it was all about the “hold my beer and watch THIS”.

    The ideas started to get better later in the afternoon, I could tell.

  7. Anyone else use their teeth?  It always seems to freak out whomever I’m drinking with, but I’ve never had a problem just biting, bending, and pulling the cap off.

    I was surprised that these guys weren’t Australian.

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