Sabering a Beer?

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  1. boilermakerbrew

    boilermakerbrew Meyvn (1,293) Aug 13, 2010 Arizona
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    Ok, this past weekend I watched a youtube video and subsequently sabered a champagne open, it was.....AWESOME. I know, I'm immature and cheap to impress, but it got me thinking; can I saber a beer?

    I've watched videos online, and it appears possible, although I do have a few concerns. Is the beer pressurized enough? I know champagne can be opened this way because of the high carbonation, but beer is usually less carbonated. Also, I assume the beer has to be a pry off or caged and corked?

    Any of you guys try this? I'll probably try it regardless, but if there is a disaster story out there, the heads up will be appreciated. If I do try it and injure myself, I'll be sure to post pictures for the hilarity to ensue.
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  2. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

  3. JAramini

    JAramini Aspirant (230) Jun 5, 2005 New York

    I saw a sabering video and tried it on beer and it worked. I don't think I've ever done a corked and caged bottle, only capped. And, with no saber on hand, I did it with the back of a chef's knife.

    I don't think I drank any glass particles, it seemed to work for me, but I couldn't truly recommend this. I've done it to less than 10 bottles ever, but when I discovered it, it seemed like a neat trick. A bottle opener is still probably your best bet.
  4. JAramini

    JAramini Aspirant (230) Jun 5, 2005 New York

    You know, I think I did try it with a twist off and it worked, but pry off seemed better. But, again, this is not a terribly smart idea - haven't done it in 5+ years.
  5. Tballz420

    Tballz420 Meyvn (1,187) Mar 4, 2003 Minnesota

    Looks like one of the better ways to cut your thumb off
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  6. Rosty

    Rosty Initiate (0) Nov 29, 2006 California
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    I have done this a few times with both. Two things I learned the hard way. Make sure you use the back or blunt side of the "saber", and two have the bottle chill upside down in a bucket of ice for at least ten to fifteen minutes. The glass needs to get extremely cold. Oh and watch for shards of glass. It is not a matter of carbination of the liquid, but a matter of cleanly breaking off the frozen glass.
  7. Rosty

    Rosty Initiate (0) Nov 29, 2006 California
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    Oh and do it outside.
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  8. stupac2

    stupac2 Zealot (518) Feb 22, 2011 California
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    I used to do this in college for fun, it's pretty stupid. We would just turn the beer upside down a few times to agitate a bit, then swipe at an upward angle, aiming to hit the part on the neck where the glass narrows below where you attach the crown. Use the rear of a knife, I typically used a butter knife I stole from the dining hall.

    And definitely be careful while drinking, you really don't want to drink broken glass (but I never did, obviously).
  9. boilermakerbrew

    boilermakerbrew Meyvn (1,293) Aug 13, 2010 Arizona
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    Got it. When I did it with champagne I did chill it and used the seam of the bottle as a video told me. I had no incident with glass as I pointed it away from everyone and was outside. The break was clean, although sharp, and no glass was in the bottle.

    Sounds like with my minimal experience and reckless disregard of personal safety, this is easily doable. Thanks for all the advice!
  10. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Savant (967) Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
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    The next logical progression is to try it with a mace.
  11. crushedvol

    crushedvol Initiate (0) Jan 29, 2008 Illinois

    I'm curious what the odds of a catastrophic accident is? 1 in 100?

    I guess what i'm saying is i would like 100 of you to try this.
  12. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,278) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    yes it's easy... go down the seam though... and use a blade that you aren't concerned about ruining, and outside as someone mentioned is ideal if you can...

    actuall sabering is later in the video on the bottle of peppercorn triple...

    The Beer champagne examples..

  13. ilikebeer03

    ilikebeer03 Champion (825) Oct 17, 2012 Texas

    I don't know that I would recommend drinking out of that. You're asking to swallow glass shards
  14. Blargimus

    Blargimus Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2012 Colorado

  15. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Disciple (335) Sep 14, 2011 Missouri

    I open mine with my Glock 30 .45 ACP. Never bring a saber to a gun fight.
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  16. Highbrow

    Highbrow Devotee (473) Jan 7, 2011 California
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    only because a bazooka is overkill?
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  17. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Initiate (183) Jul 1, 2009 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    This is the dumbest thing I ever saw. I expect I will see it in a Brewdog video soon.
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  18. myspoonistoobig

    myspoonistoobig Aspirant (205) Jan 25, 2009 Massachusetts
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    I wouldn't recommend trying this. Champagne bottles are typically holding between 5 and 7 volumes of co2, resulting a relatively high psi. It's that pressure that provides the clean break during sabrage and minimizes glass shards. With beer, the volumes of co2 vary pretty widely, especially with bottle conditioning, and are typically much lower. I can only imagine this will lead to disappointment, ruined bottles of beer, ruined knives and/or visits to the ER.

    edit: added that beer is usually bottled with fewer volumes of co2.
  19. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,278) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    Not a problem doing it, the bottle breaks cleanly, I would do it with some styles more than others.
  20. pmoney

    pmoney Crusader (717) Apr 15, 2011 Illinois
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    Have you ever opened a Drie Fonteinen bottle? You'll shoot yer eye out!
  21. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    sabering is incredibly dumb- that being said, please post a video of your attempt.
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  22. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    One of the few things more precious than my beers is my chef's knife. I'll stick to the low-amusement thumb pushing up cork method.
  23. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,278) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    wow... lots of people getting all bent out over this....

    If you're going to do this, I'll just repeat what I said. Use a knife you don't mind getting ruined that's big enough that will do the job, or if you really care go buy an actual champagne saber... if you want to fork over at least another $150 clams to open up something nice. A cheap knife will work, but will get bent out of shape.. but it does the job.

    Second... stand outside... unless you don't mind a little mess to clean up. Every bottle has a vertical seam, this is where you want the blade to hit the bottle because that is the weakest point.

    Do not chop the bottle like an axe! You quickly run the blade along the side parallel in a quick motion and hit the edge. The bottle will snap cleanly at that point in a nice cut, taking the opening with the cork still inside.

    It's a nice little celebration to do on occasion. Opened many bottles of champagne this way, and a few brews. It works great on Champagne Biere Brut as you can imagine. As I said before, I would do this with "some" styles, not all of them for obvious reasons.

    The bottle will not explode in our hand, you will not get glass in your beer, you will not die...

    I would suggest it as a special occasion thing to try, instead of an everyday thing... if you're intent on showing off chances are you will screw it up, so I'd suggest you rethink why you want to do this. It is a great way to enjoy a drink for a special time.

    And if it doesn't work... well you can always just pop the cork the traditional way :wink:
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  24. queens1130

    queens1130 Initiate (109) Nov 21, 2008 California
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  25. Vonerichs

    Vonerichs Poo-Bah (1,638) Sep 1, 2008 Colorado
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    If you really want to impress the BA community, try this with a Lost Abbey.
  26. boilermakerbrew

    boilermakerbrew Meyvn (1,293) Aug 13, 2010 Arizona
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    You're right. I thought the chorus of, "Do it and post the video of you losing a hand!" would be louder haha.

    But anyway, I'm not going to try it with anything valuable or crazy, just something I have around.

    I do appreciate everyone supplying their input though.
  27. bozodogbreath

    bozodogbreath Disciple (389) Oct 19, 2006 Indiana
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    The Brooklyn Kitchen chef sabers a bottle of Local 1

  28. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,229) Mar 18, 2010 California

    You guys think I can use my Jack Sparrow replica sword?
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  29. wiscokid920

    wiscokid920 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 Wisconsin

    Dude's shirt is perfect!
  30. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Defender (662) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

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  31. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,183) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    It's will get tetanus on top of loosing a hand, putting an eye out, and consuming glass shards. Better use Norrington's to reduce the risk :-))
  32. imbibehour

    imbibehour Poo-Bah (6,278) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    I actually just had a chance to watch that first video... blade is huge on such a tiny neck, but he pulled it off.

    Although hopefully he didn't slice his lips open drinking from the bottle after that :wink:
  33. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Defender (662) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Will this work on the new 32 oz. bottles of Sucks?
  34. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,229) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Only with a machete.
  35. boilermakerbrew

    boilermakerbrew Meyvn (1,293) Aug 13, 2010 Arizona
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  36. Sneers

    Sneers Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Someone needs to brush up on probability. [I feel like I should put an emoticon here to imply meant this in jest, but I refuse to use them]

    In any case, I've never done this, but I suspect using a champagne-style bottle would be better than one with steep shoulders. I think you can get it going faster without approaching at too sharp an angle. Of course, the guy in that first video pulled it off anyways.
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