May 4, 2015
Written by: Amanda Branham
Last month, my family and I checked out this small Italian deli in Elk Grove. I was surprised and excited to find out that they had a small fridge full of beer and cider. Feeling a little sassy that day, I decided on a cider.
I asked for a bottle opener but was told “no” since I would be enjoying it outside. And nobody had an opener. After some skillful maneuvering with a butter knife, the cap finally popped off.
Enter: Snake Bite bottle opener, American sourced and manufactured, and a much better choice than a butter knife. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, the founders of Snake Bite Co. developed this for months and months before they landed on the final product, which can not only open bottles, but can also pierce cans to provide ventilation.
I first tried it as a bottle opener, and I didn’t really expect it to be any different than other bottle openers, but the two “fangs” actually made it steadier - and therefore easier - to open a bottle.
Next, it was time to try out the can feature. Since we were giving new things a try, we also tried the 21st Amendment Brewery’s IPA. Traditionally, the hops-heavy IPA can also leave a heavy feeling in your chest when you take a gulp. I don’t usually pierce my cans and I noticed that I was able to drink it faster, and therefore didn’t have to “babysit” my beer or fall victim to that aluminum can taste that most canned beers give you.
After we were done, I quickly tucked it back into the leather strap, which keeps the opener secure, though I would not leave it unattended around children as it is very easy to take out of the strap. It also comes on a keychain, which is perfect for when you are out and about and need an opener on the fly.
Which reminds me, that cider ended up being a twist-off.
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