The Best Bottle Opener For An Epic Party
How’s this for openers... bottle openers that is: Did you know, William Painter, an American mechanical engineer, invented the bottle opener and bottle cap in 1894? His bottle top openers and bottle cap were so successful they built a Fortune 500 company. He went from bottle openers to big business. While bottle openers transformed the mechanical engineer's life, we must ask ourselves where we would be without the bottle cap and bottle opener. Would we be only using cans like in the dark ages? And imagine where we’d be if the bottle opener hadn’t been invented along with the bottle cap. As much as your drunk friend may insist, their teeth were not designed to be bottle openers.
We often take the humble bottle openers for granted. They’re there at all the important moments: weddings, birthdays, graduations. But we never think twice about them. Yet, despite the anonymity of the humble bottle openers, they’re more interesting than you would imagine. Here’re sixteen facts about bottle openers and bottle caps that will surprise you:
1. The wall mounted bottle opener was invented in 1925. It was a revelation because now bottles could be opened with one hand.
2. Big beer manufacturers, such as Miller, gave bottle openers away for free to promote their bottled beer. Smart move.
3. Before bottle caps, beer could often be germ filled and flat.
4. Beverage consumption rose dramatically in the early 1900s, due to hygienically capped bottles and nearly all beverage companies adopted Painter’s Crown Cork Crimp style bottle top.
5. Early bottle openers were made of brass, cast-iron or steel.
6. Originally bottle openers came shaped like animals, figurines, boots, hats, mermaids, fish, anchors, bottles and even landmarks like the Eiffel Tower.
7. Bottle openers were often cast to commemorate a special event, like a Presidential inauguration or a royal wedding.
8. Early bottle openers had a similar appearance to church keys and hence their name, church key openers.
9. Advertisers saw the potential for publicising their brand on bottle openers from the very beginning.
10. The wall mounted bottle opener invented in 1925 came with a cap catcher. No mess here.
11. Multi-task bottle openers can have a host of other attachments. It’s nothing to find a bottle opener with a knife, screwdriver, scissors and a host of other useful tools.
12. The biggest multi-task tool, including a bottle opener, has 87 attachments.
13. Keychain bottle openers were popularised in the 70s. They were small, portable and efficient. And meant that a beer was only a flick of the wrist away.
14. Bar-staff favour the Speed Blade bottle opener. Not only is it quick, a large hole at the other end is used for hauling frosty bottles from ice buckets.
15. Bottle caps originally had 24 ridges. They now have 21. If you’ve got time on your hands go ahead and count.
16. The world’s largest collection of bottle openers has 32,411 bottle openers.
Of course, bottle openers have evolved. Novelty bottle openers can demonstrate your allegiance to the superhero of your choice. Batman, Superman, Captain America and Star Wars all adorn bottle openers. Bottle openers are no longer only about practicality, they’re about personality. And the more fun your bottle opener, the more epic your party will be.
So why not personalise your bottle opener and let it speak volumes about you?
What’s more, we all know beers are a popular gift. But we also know, only gifting someone some beers is boring. Yet the right bottle opener will transform boring beers into a fun and memorable gift.