Hermetus Bottle Opener & Resealer
If you’ve ever cracked open a beer only to realize you aren’t quite up for all of it in one sitting (hey, it happens), or something interrupts you before you can get to the bottom of the bottle, then this month’s Innovation is for you.
It’s the Hermetus Bottle Opener & Resealer, from Monopol in Germany. At first glance, it looks a lot like any basic pocket-sized metal opener. And as one might expect from a well-made German tool, this bottle opener has a good feel in the hand, no sharp edges—and it looks pretty cool, too, made of chrome-plated metal with a retro design and instructions for use in German.
But the real beauty in this beast is the other half of the dual-purpose device. Flip the Hermetus over, and you will find a small, rubbery panel with two metal guide tracks, one along each side of the opener. To reseal your precious brew, use the metal guides to grip the rim near the top of the bottle and slide the rubbery piece over the bottle opening until it forms a tight fit. The rubbery panel creates a seal so unyielding, you can even turn the bottle on its side and it doesn’t leak. That means bubbles can’t escape and oxygen can’t get in, so your beer will be waiting for you to enjoy it just as fresh as when you left it.
Hermetus Bottle Opener & Resealer sells for $8.95 at Kaufmann-Mercantile.com. ■