Beer Gadgets: Bottle Tap Bottle Opener

Lately, I always seem to be without a bottle opener while out and about. I had common “church key” opener on my keychain for a while, but it always seemed to snag my pocket or shirt. Some like to use their lighters to open a brew, I don’t smoke nor do I enjoy the lengthy process of using one. So, for years I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect opener for my keychain, and I have FINALLY found it: the Bottle Tap.

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Looking at a Bottle Tap for the first time, you will first notice how aesthetically beautiful it is – the perfect union of design and function. Small enough to fit on your keychain, it swivels open to provide a lever and lip for opening your beverage of choice. It comes with its own cable, which features a covered clasp so it won’t open accidentally.IMG_5228

To open a bottle, simply spin the backing around 180º and pry open the bottle as shown below. The options are endless when ordering your Bottle Tap. Buyers can have their Bottle Tap laser marked, as you can see with our Bayou Beer Society logo on our opener. You can also get your Bottle Tap hand-engraved, and they offer one made from 100% Damascus Steel.

When open, the flat disk forms a catch and lever, which engages the cap under the edge. The lever is lifted upward, lifting the cap from the bottle.

When open, the flat disk forms a catch and lever, which engages the cap under the edge. The lever is lifted upward, lifting the cap from the bottle.

But how durable is it? Each one is die struck from a sheet of 304 stainless steel (by an 8 ton punch press, cue the Tim Allen grunting) and the bushing is machined out of 416 stainless, providing ample strength to open countless brews. The entire device is TIG welded and brush finished, and the 304 stainless aircraft cable boasts a tensile strength of 500 lbs. The creator of this opener is a jeweler by trade, and it shines thorough in the workmanship. To quote him, “This is a craft beer tool for craft beer lovers.” I wholeheartedly agree.

Visit the Bottle Tap website and start opening great beers with a work of art.

Joel is a local beer enthusiast, home brewer, member of the American Homebrewers Association®, The Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild and is a Cicerone® Program Certified Beer Server

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