A Piece of Paper
Folded up just right, the paper provides just enough leverage to pop a can open. Accessible, cheap — who needs a real bottle opener with paper lying around?
A Dollar Bill
Unless you just spent all your bills on brews, you should have a dollar bill handy to crack it open. Much like the paper example, fold it up really tight and cram it into the grooves of the cap. With enough strength, it’ll pop right off.
The metal part of the lighter can rip the top right off, with enough leverage.
A Wedding Ring
They say marriage is good for some things, but who knew the little band on your hand had improbable strength to open a beer? We’d guess it’s best to try this with a sturdy metal ring, though — so if you skimped on the band, don’t sacrifice it on a beer. It’s not worth it.
If you’re willing to risk your pricey iPhone to open a beer, you might as well give it a go — you must be really desperate as it is. We’d guess you’d need a very hard case to help pop it open.
A High Heel
Ladies, you knew your stilettos would come in handy someday. With the right shoe — and angle, to get the best leverage — a beer can pop right open with the help of a little four-inch heel.
A Computer Mouse
We can’t imagine every mouse has this handy hole on its bottom, but surely some computer mouses have big enough openings to get a good grip on the beer cap. It might be best to step away from the computer while attempting this one.
A Car Key
Your car keys are your best weapon against beer withdrawal — the tiny ends fit perfectly in the grooves of the beer cap, plus the metal is sturdy enough to not bend under pressure.
A Fondue Pot
We can’t tell if this was a lucky guess, or a truly genius solution to a problem — one guy uses the handles of a fondue pot to pop a beer open. It begs the question, could other pots work just as well?
What better way to get rid of your old CDs? We’d think a couple might break in the process, but with the right wrist action, the CD turns practically into a sabre to pop a cold one open.
Another Bottle of Beer
Unless youve drank to the bottom of your stash, you should be able to use another beer bottle to open a beer. Wed advise trying this one out first to avoid a huge beer spill, but hey two is better than one.
Rock climbers and dudes who still put their climbing equipment on key chains (you know who you are) may find this option quick and simple. The climbing essential makes opening a beer a cinch.
A Chain Saw
Again, how desperate are you to drink a beer? And how averse are you to sharp objects? If you’re brave enough to give this a go, we pray that you are practicing chain saw safety. (Not that we recommend this one to begin with, but hey — someone has to give these brew-loving daredevils a prop when deserved.)
A Bike Wheel
This is another stand-back try: We don’t recommend this for those without capable reflexes to duck. A spinning bike wheel can gain enough force to whip off a beer cap — but we’d rather take a stab with another tool.
An Eye Socket
In terms of hazardous to your health, we’d rank this trick below the chain saw, but under the bike wheel. Apparently, the muscles in your eye socket are just strong enough to twist off a beer cap, but we have so many questions: How does this not hurt your eyeball? And who was the first to try this out? And wouldn’t the metal cap possibly cut your eye? We’d leave this one to the pros dumb enough to attempt it.
Beer Gear: 21 Ways to Celebrate Your Love of Beer
With the 49ers on the finish line, we’re gearing up like crazy for the Super Bowl here in SF. And guess what else? Today happens to be National Beer Can Appreciation Day. So, with that holiday and the big game in mind, it’s time to celebrate beer and 21 gadgets, glasses, and holsters that make all those cold ones even more awesome.
1. Beer Can Poster Book + Poster: Since we’ve got beer cans on the brain, we’ll start with this gorgeous poster (and book). Love the look of all those vintage cans.
2. Beer Bands ($8): Wine charms but for beer!
3. Beer Wheel ($7): Have a hard time deciphering all of the different beer styles of the world?
4. Beer Bites Snack Bowl ($13): Perfect for a beer-bottle-themed party?
5. Hopside Down Glass ($17): A great gift for the home brewer.
Dog Collar Beer Opener
7. Beer Diagram ($19): This flowchart takes you through all the different types of beer, from American to Bock.
8. Vintage Neon Beer Sign: How awesome is this? You have to join the auction site to get the price but it would be a great pop piece for a man cave or den.
9. Beer Bottle Bud Vases (DIY): Got a ton of beer bottles lying around after the big game? Turn them into vases!
11. Beer – A Cookbook ($12): Foods that are better with beer – sign us up!
12. Intoxicase: We found this gem last week and can’t wait to give it a try. Not only is it an iPhone case that opens your beers, it counts and records them in a corresponding app.
13. Duffy’s Brew Shampoo + Conditioner ($16 each): Leave Pantene and Herbal Essences to the folks who like it fruity. We like our shampoo and conditioner hoppy! :)
15. Beer Buckle ($35): See the question above.
16. Beer Soap: What better way to conclude a week dedicated to beer than with… beer soap?! Scents include Blue Moon, Guinness, Newcastle Brown, PBR, and Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute IPA. Pure hoppiness.
17. Asahi Beerbot: Sold out! But so awesome. A robot that carries cold beers, opens them, and pours into a glass when you’re ready.
18. Beer Savers ($4): Gotta make a pizza run and can’t quite chug that Corona? Save it!
19. Can Grips ($11 for 5): A kitschy way to avoid beer-spiration and clammy hands.
20. Duff Beer ($40): Make like Homer and load up on Duff!
These gifts for beer lovers are perfect for those who prefer a dark stout to a glass of Chardonnay. While it is easy to get someone a six-pack of their favorite brew, why not take things to the next level with a beer-centric gift that can be enjoyed all year round.
For those who take beer seriously, there are a number of gifts that allow consumers to experience the brewing process at home. For example, there are pint-sized beer-making kits that allows consumers to experiment with different brewing techniques. There are also at-home beer taps that help anyone turn their kitchen into the ultimate bar.
Of course, many beer lovers are more interested in drinking their favorite pint than trying to brew it themselves. For the casual beer drinker on your list, why not opt for a handy drinking accessory such as a bathroom brew holder, a solid brass bottle opener or even a self-cooling can cover. These clever gadgets can be used year round to enhance any drinking experience.
How to Drink Lambic Beer
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Lambic beer is a unique, archaic form of beer that is quite different than modern, commonplace ales and lagers. Authentic lambics are only produced in the Senne River Valley region of Belgium near Brussels. They are unusual because, like beers brewed in ancient times, they are spontaneously fermented with wild, naturally occurring yeast and bacteria. The yeast and bacteria reside in the air as well as in brewery equipment and entire brewery structures such as decrepit roofs. The specific, ideal microbial profile that exist in the Senne Valley enables the creation of true lambic beer that cannot be reproduced elsewhere. The brewery equipment that harbors and nurtures various kinds of yeast and bacteria is never fully cleaned and sanitized. The decaying, seasoned structures of breweries are maintained as such so that important microbial flora are not lost. This is in sharp contrast to modern ale and lager breweries that use pure, laboratory-raised strains of brewing yeast and constantly work to ensure that the beer is not contaminated with microbes other than their pure strain of brewing yeast. Brown, oxidized hops that have been aged for three or more years are also used to make lambics. Unlike the green, unoxidized hops that are used to make conventional beer, the oxidized hops do not contribute much or any bitterness or hop character. They are used primarily for their natural preservative properties. The wild, unconventional nature of lambic beer makes for a complex beverage that is best experienced when served at the appropriate temperature and in suitable glassware.
Best Rosé: Ruinart Brut Rose
Adored by French kings and modern-day celebrities, this rosé Champagne by Ruinart is a blend of pinot noir and chardonnay with a fresh, fruity flavor profile. Founded in 1729, Ruinart is the oldest established house of Champagne that has exclusively produced exceptional bubbly.
Ruinart’s Chef de Caves (cellar master), Frédéric Panaïotis, highly recommends serving his intensely aromatic, red-fruited rosé bubbly alongside Peking duck: "The crispy skin and soft meat contrast, the complex and gently spicy flavors, make for a beautiful, refined combination." He also suggests fixing up an upside-down vine-ripened tomato and balsamic vinegar pie, with fresh opal basil and shaved 24-month-old Parmigiano. “The gentle effervescence [of Ruinart] wraps up the light puff pastry, the acidity and sweetness of the tomatoes,” he says.
Sending a present to a family member who lives far away affords the chance to show off a signature local food. There's Garrett Popcorn from Illinois, for example, cheese straws from Mississippi, and chocolate-covered potato chips from North Dakota. Check local grocery or gourmet stores for tasty and novel ideas from your neck of the woods, and be sure to take a look at our roundup of Beloved Regional Foods That Can Be Shipped to Your Doorstep.
Mason Jar Mania
It’s all about the Mason Jar today, yippee! I love my jars and I love learning new ways to use them, don’t you? You may remember a few of these ideas from the redheadcandecorate.com jar archives, but I’m thinking you probably missed a few because I have several. Welcome to Mason Jar Mania!
What’s also very exciting is that I’m joining some of today’s most popular DIY bloggers with their cute mason jar ideas, too! Here’s the “All Things Creative Team”, and you can click on all of their ideas at the end of this post.
First, let me take you on a mason jar tour through my blog. I hope you enjoy and can find some of these ideas to be useful in your own home.
As fun as it is to throw one back out of your favorite German beer stein, some gentlemen get their kicks by proudly gazing upon their beer steins as they rest on the mantelpiece.
Many of our collections fit the bill&mdashand demand proud gazing.
The watchful collector will find interest in our Thewalt 1893 collection . These German steins are now produced by King-Werk as designed by Albert Jacob Thewalt. Each is individually numbered and marked with the Thewalt brand.
Collectors may examine our Peter Duemler collection , a series of beer steins produced by Mr. Duemler himself, one of the finest stoneware beer stein modelers of all time.
Whether you&rsquore a die-hard stein collector or not, you will salivate at our beer steins fit for a king. The King Werk collection of beer steins produces a limited number beer steins each year, each a stunning work of art. They are numbered individually, display a certificate of authenticity and a history of the figure shown on the stein.
Best Aerating: Rabbit Pura Decanter
The Rabbit Pura decanter comes complete with its own aerating system, pulling double duty with its smart design. To use, simply pour a standard, 750ml bottle into the decanter to aerate, while the stainless steel stopper directs the wine down the sides of the decanter, and let it decant for the desired time. Upon pouring, the mesh strainer will catch any sediment and prevent it from landing in your glass. This 25-ounce decanter is made from lead-free crystal and is hand wash only.
How Much Should I Buy?
If you're shopping for your home bar, keep one 750ml bottle (called "a fifth") of your favorite spirit on hand, but go for smaller sizes of liquors that you may not use frequently. As for mixers, choose single-serving containers when possible. If you're planning a party (when the booze goes fast) figure on pouring 16 drinks from each fifth of liquor, plus 1 liter of a mixer for every three guests, and 1 pound of ice per person. That sounds like a lot of ice, but remember that you'll lose a fair amount to melting over time, especially if it's hot out.