Church keys don’t just open church doors

The modern-day church key

The modern-day church key

Whenever I am feeling that particular kind of thirsty and need assistance opening a beer bottle, I pull out my church key. Lately, however, when I go to parties to do that exact same thing, I get a deer-in-the-headlights look every time I ask where the church key is, followed by a “What is that?” Uh… a church key, duh.

Naturally I retort with, “What do you call it?” Then I get the varying answers all sounding something like a bottle opener, beer opener thingy, or that thing that opens beer – all equally creative answers. Honestly, I did not know anybody called it anything else. So, I thought I would use this post to provide some history of the term, church key, and proof that I am not the only one that uses it.

Back in the day, going as far back as the 1930s, beer only came in bottles. The only way to open them without hurting yourself was to use a metal implement with a round or oval opening to grip the cap of the bottle. With the proper amount of pressure upward, the cap comes off very easily. People starting calling these tools church keys because of their unique shape, which resembled that of the ornate keys used to open doors in churches. For more information read The Origins of the Church Key Can Opener.

This slang term has been lost with my generation and I am hoping to bring it back. Tell me what you think.


99 Bottles


There are two things you need to know about me before reading this blog: I am not an alcoholic and I have never made a blog before in my life.

With that being said, when tasked with the assignment to keep a blog on one unified topic throughout the semester, I naturally picked one of the things I find most interesting at this moment– beer.

Yes, I am a college student and I have popped a couple of tops in my lifetime. I am also a girl, which provides a completely different perspective on a drink that is typically more popular with men.

I offer this disclaimer – this is not a blog where I drink a ton of beer and write about it afterwards, even if that might foster some overly creative writing and potentially risqué pictures (it’s all about getting hits, right?).

I am, however, going to explore and critique this year’s top beer trends, different uses for beer other than intoxication (although, drinking will always be considered the best use in my humble opinion), and the various facets of the beer industry.

I hope you find this blog instructive and fun, as I will be learning myself about something that I find particularly interesting.