Yes opening a beer without an opener can be done! This was a talent I mastered out of necessity! Have you ever gotten a beer when heading to the beach, only to sit down on your towel and realize you don’t have an opener?!?!?
I have put together this tutorial for anyone that finds themselves in this same situation. It’s good to practice before you are stuck, so feel free to follow along with me!
Step 1: The Grip
Grip the bottle at the neck, with the side of your thumb against the bottle (meaning your nail facing up). If you grip it with your nail facing out it’s more likely you are going to pinch your skin when you pry the cap off.
2.) The setup
Adjust your thumb to fit the cap of a bottle, you can position your index finger under your thumb for support if you need it. Also, always use a bottle that is more than half full, empty bottles can work but the flex while you are prying and make it tougher.
Step 3: Pry!
There are many objects that can do the same thing, another item commonly available while drinking is a lighter. The lighter is a bit trickier, I learned with a plastic bottle, and then progressed to the lighter.
As you can see the cap comes off with some force so be a good friend and yell ‘Heads up’ prior to popping.
A word of warning: this may look easy, but it will take a night of drinking to get it right. You may end up a blister on the thumb region after a night of popping, but it is a small price to pay to be the hero who can open a bottle without an opener!!!