Bottle opener sunglasses: JackHawk 9000

We have featured more than our fair share of bottle opening solutions here at Hop Talk. Not only techniques to get your beer open if somehow, against all reason, you find yourself lacking a bottle opener, but also other useful items that incorporate bottle openers into their design.

This product falls into this latter category.

Zach Luczyknski and his team of recent college grads came up with these bottle opener sunglasses made from titanium: The JackHawk 9000.

Here’s their tongue-in-cheek video about the product:

Even better, you can help fund their startup company via Kickstarter.

And, just in case you’re not convinced that having a bottle opener on your person at all times is important, Zach points out this video of “interesting” bottle opening techniques.


Emergency bottle opener: iPad power adapter

It’s always good to have a back-up way to get your beer bottle open. Well, if you’re an iPad (or, apparently, Mac) user you’ve got one that you keep everywhere. Your power adapter.

You’ll want to be careful of course. You wouldn’t want to damage your ability to recharge your device. Ms. Eva Giselle wins the Hop Talk Genius Award. Thank you @EvaZebra!

(via Lifehacker)

Headcase contest winner!

You’ll recall that we were running a contest to win a Headcase iPhone case/bottle opener and that we’d give one of these cases to an entrant chosen at random.

Well, we have a winner!

Amanda Brezina sent in the following photo with this message:

After a long day of lying on the beach, what better way to recover than a nice cold Sam Adams Summer Ale and a delicious grilled dinner!

I agree, Amanda. Congratulations!

Thanks all who sent in their photos. Below is a selection of a few.

Win a Headcase iPhone case with bottle opener

In addition to being beer geeks, Ron and I tend to wander into gadget geekery as well. We don’t always agree on certain aspects, though. I tend to like doohickeys that do one thing and do it well. He has abolished all single-purpose items from his kitchen. I’m also Android; he’s iPhone.

While we could probably argue about Smart Phone OSes at least as long as we discuss beer, I think this week he’s got the upper hand.

The Headcase bottle opener case is not just a case for your iPhone, it’s also a bottle opener. (They have models for the iPhone 4 as well as the iPhone 3GS.) Not only that, it comes with a free app that counts the bottle tops and cans you open and lets you record custom sounds to play when you open them.

Jungle Cents is running a special whereby you can get a voucher for one of these bad boys for $10. That’s half of the usual $20.

But you, dear reader, have an opportunity to get one of these bad boys FOR FREE!

How you ask? Simple:

  1. Take a photo of a beer bottle with your iPhone. (Even better: you and your beer bottle)
  2. Send the photo to me at al [at] with your name and e-mail address, and maybe some background details of why you’re drinking that beer.
  3. Send it by July 14, 2011.

On July 15 I’ll pick one person at random and get him or her a voucher for a free Headcase.

Sorry, Ron. You’re not eligible.

A true gift

My friend Chris has this steel credit card shaped bottle opener he keeps in his wallet. I’ve been hoping to get one of my own for quite some time. A few weeks ago I was at his place for a party when he had occasion to use it again and, as usual, I muttered something to the effect of “Man! I really gotta get one of those!”

So the lovely lady on his arm, Lisa, reached into her purse and pulled out this well-worn but still fully-functional version of her own and handed it to me.

She explained that it belonged to her brother, Will, who died last October. Beer lover that I am I would get much more use out of it than she, and it should go to someone who would appreciate it.

How could I say no?

Thank you, Lisa.

This one (and all the ones I open with this from now on) are raised in Will’s honor.

Open a beer bottle with a disposable lighter

I keep a bottle opener on my keychain. Like my American Express card, I never leave home without it.

But in case I ever do, at least I have some options available.

WIRED How-To Wiki: Open a Beer Bottle With a Lighter

(via Lifehacker)

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Beer survival: open a beer bottle with a ring

Here’s a skill that would come in handy in an emergency. That emergency being, of course, lacking a beer bottle opener.

Of course, I don’t think my wife would appreciate me using my wedding band in such a way. Unless I was opening a beer for her.

(via Lifehacker)