Written By: Molly Shannon for www.foodbeast.com 8 Essential Beer Hacks You Need To Know Immediately
You know what’s cool? A good lifehack. Even cooler? A good beer. Fuse these together and you’re unstoppable. That’s why we’ve rounded up the all-around BEST solutions for any and every beer-mergency, because with the power of efficiency on your side, you’re sure to be the hero of any and every kickback. Who knows exactly how many “beer hacks” there are stowed away in the dusty storage units that are our minds, but it’s time to throw out everything we thought we knew about “hacking” beer—after memorizing these simple yet practical tricks, nothing will ever again get in the way of you enjoying your beloved booze.
DIY Paper Bottle Opener
Fold a sheet of paper in half vertically four times, then once lengthwise to create a long and thick V-shaped piece. Compress and wedge the folded paper under the bottle cap with one hand while gripping the top of the neck with the other (the paper should rest between your index finger and the cap). Then pop the bottle open with one sharp maneuver.
DIY Lighter Bottle Opener
Similarly to the paper bottle opener, wedge the bottom of the lighter underneath the bottle cap while keeping a firm hold on the bottle’s neck with your free hand—the index finger should be curled near the bottle cap and the lighter should be tucked between. In one swift movement, push the lighter up using your finger as a fulcrum and force the cap off.
Wrap a dampened paper towel around the body of a beer bottle. Then, place the wrapped bottle in the freezer for 15 minutes or so. 15 minutes or so later and you’ll have an ice cold brew in your hands!
No more permanent-markered names, no more beer charms, and no more beer cozies to keep track of whose beer is whose. Stick to the basics by wrapping different colored rubber bands around bottles for an easy yet subtle way to keep track of everyone’s drinks.
Cool a Pitcher
A genius way to ensure your pitcher of beer stays nice and cool is to fill a plain cup with ice, then gently place it into the pitcher—the cup will stay afloat while the ice inside will keep the pitcher’s temperature down!
To chill your booze without diluting it, pour beer rather than water into an ice cube tray and let it freeze. After they’re completely frozen, pop the cubes into any container filled with beer and enjoy!
If you need to chill multiple bottles at once, toss them into a small tub along with ice and water. Next add salt—yes, salt—to the tub, which will lower the water’s freezing point and leave you with significantly colder beers!
Save space in the fridge by fastening binder clips to its racks, then using them and the fridge walls as edges. Then, you can actually stack beers against them in a pyramid-style—more room for more beers!
Bonus hack: Check out this nifty little gadget that is bound to be a game-changer for beer lovers everywhere.