I love beer and snakes. So when Snakebite sent me a bottle opener I was pretty excited to try it out. If you know me you know I always carry around a Pulltap wine key I’ve had since college. It is great for opening beer and wine alike. In addition I have a cheap 99 cent bottle popper in neon purple on my keychain. Even though it’s all metal it fades and wears down. Usually metal wears and gets hard to use after two years, hey I drink a lot of beer.
The Snakebite is made in the USA, so that’s awesome. It’s pretty darn sexy in black leather, and it’s sharp bugger at that. It certainly seems more durable than my gas station keychain ornament. It pops bottles like a pro as one would expect. One of their big selling points was that it can vent a beer can. I love craft beer cans, but venting is not something that ever really mattered to me. We poured our favorite local canned offering Good People IPA, one vented and one non-vented, to see if we’d have the same results as the video on their kickstarter. Unfortunately we found zero difference in the amount of foam up when poured side by side. True the vented can poured easier, and all beers are different. So maybe we just found one that didn’t play right. It did make us less gassy when we chugged a vented PBR, and helped our can stand out at parties. However if you want your beer to foam less we suggest you just learn how to properly tilt a glass and pour a beer instead. There are a multitude of videos out there, and pouring properly is ridiculously simple.
At $22 retail this might be the priciest thing on your keychain. It’s certainly not going to replace a bartender’s tool, then again I doubt it’s meant to. It’s design would be seen in the hands of a craft beer lover far more often than a busy bar. I love the design, feel, and look. I also love that it’s made in America. I don’t love the fact that after I blow $22 dollars on a bottle opener I might not be able to buy beer. Still this is a durable and fashionable drinker’s accessory. If you don’t want it made by underpaid 3rd world workers sometimes you just gotta pony up the dough. The metal’s construction and the quality leather do atleast tell me that this opener will last a very long while.
The Breakdown: I like my Snakebite bottle opener. I am proud to own one and show it off to people. I’m not sure I’d have paid more than double the cost of my favorite Pulltap wine keys to own one. It’s very hard to justify telling people to spend $22 on a bottle opener. Then again my budget is always tight. The Snakebite comes in Natural, Brown, and Black. I like the fact they support American manufacturing jobs. The snakebite is durable, quite sexy, and fits on a keychain nicely. It does vent cans very well if that matters to you. If you have the money it will be a stylish, long lasting, keychain hero for years to come. We wanna thank them for ours and wish them the best. Until Next time…
“You get Hammered America.” – JFL