Sabering bottles

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by JrGtr, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. JrGtr

    JrGtr Disciple (394) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    So I was watching an Alton Brown clip on YouTube where he's talking about sabering open champagne bottles. I was wondering if the same techniques would apply to a cork-and-cage beer bottle.
    I'm thinking it would more work better for a more highly carbonated style like Saison or Tripel.
    Has anyone tried it? (with suitable protection, care and such taken, and prior to any consumption of alcohol.)
     
  2. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,274) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    My theory is that the art of saberage depends to a great degree upon the prior consumption of alcohol.
     
  3. readyski

    readyski Aspirant (249) Jun 4, 2005 California
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    Yeah likelihood of attempt is directly proportional to amount of alcohol consumed prior (as are odds of something going wrong). You might want to practice in a controlled environment before whipping that saber out in public :grin:
     
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  4. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,333) Sep 24, 2007 Kyrgyzstan
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    That is what every teenage boy, ever, has done.
     
  5. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,783) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    I would say no, the pressure on champagne is way higher than beer, thus the type of bottle they use. Also with the bottle design, I am not sure if there is a chance of glass getting in the beer. Honestly I would say no. For reading https://hypertextbook.com/facts/2003/PeterHui.shtml. If you want to do this next time you are in Houston there is a Champagne bar/rest that will let you saber your bottle.
     
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  6. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,490) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I also don't think it would with a corked bottle of beer. Often the cork and cage are there for show because I frequently get no hiss from an imperial stout when wrestling that cork out.

    But if you want to try it, this seems like the perfect time to use that often-heard phrase "I can do that. Here hold my beer."
     
  7. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Defender (666) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Having to resort to sabering a beer in order to impress people indicates you probably aren't spending enough on the beer itself...
     
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  8. rgordon

    rgordon Savant (974) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    I save my saber for only the best bottles, sober on not.
     
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  9. oldbean

    oldbean Disciple (343) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    None of the videos I found were particularly worth posting but a quick YouTube search shows that it is indeed possible.
     
  10. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,792) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Sabering and drunk craft people = Trip to ER. :grimacing:
     
  11. Vitacca

    Vitacca Crusader (731) Sep 15, 2010 Wisconsin
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    I have a saber. Will post a video tonight.
     
  12. Ranbot

    Ranbot Champion (876) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    A super sober saber, I hope; for I fear to watch a sobering sabering. :dizzy_face:
     
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  13. Vitacca

    Vitacca Crusader (731) Sep 15, 2010 Wisconsin
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    Why I gots to be sober? It's a blunt edge after all.
     
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  14. Ranbot

    Ranbot Champion (876) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    Because alliteration during intoxication can have complications.
     
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  15. Vitacca

    Vitacca Crusader (731) Sep 15, 2010 Wisconsin
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    Danger is my middle name...
     
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  16. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Devotee (498) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia
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    4x16 oz cans has killed sabering :slight_smile:
     
  17. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Defender (666) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    I would be more impressed if someone could swing the saber and cleanly knock out the cork rather than taking off the whole top of the bottle...
     
  18. JamFuel

    JamFuel Poo-Bah (4,397) Mar 26, 2009 Sweden
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    Not at all, if you’re really good you can get the whole pack in one swift swipe of the blade! :grin:
     
  19. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,743) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    I prefer to use a .44 magnum.:sunglasses:
     
  20. lester619

    lester619 Devotee (469) Apr 17, 2009 Wisconsin

    Only one way to know for sure. Please document the attempt for everyone.
     
  21. honkey

    honkey Zealot (569) Aug 28, 2010 Arizona
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    My freshman year of college, I didn’t want to waste money on a bottle opener when I had perfectly good knives... I sabered every bottle I drank that year.
     
  22. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Defender (666) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    How do you open it to get the other 1.06 liters out of the magnum first?:wink:
     
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  23. ypsifly

    ypsifly Meyvn (1,064) Sep 22, 2004 Michigan

    Will it work with a Katana? A machete? I only have so much to work with at my house.

    Awaiting Monday's "How bad have you hurt yourself opening a bottle?" threads.
     
  24. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,792) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    LOL

     
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  25. AWA

    AWA Aspirant (259) Jul 22, 2014 California

    Yeah. I may have tried this before for that very reason. Pretty sure it didn't end well.
     
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  26. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,042) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    Yes I have done it. It works well, a proper blade is really needed.

    You will of course want to open up something like a good carbonated Belgian style.

    And of course Bier Brut is fantastic for it!
     
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  27. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Did you chill the neck first?
     
  28. Rajaholick

    Rajaholick Initiate (146) Jan 9, 2011 Minnesota
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    Millennials killed Sabering, click here to find out why.
     
  29. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,042) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    no why do you ask?
     
  30. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    The demos I've seen involve having the neck of the bottle well chilled in ice before the sabering. The suggestion was that it makes the fracture point(s) cleaner/easier.
     
  31. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,042) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    It might help, but I never did that when I did mine.

    The big important thing is you want to follow the seam of the bottle where it meets the neck. That is where you want to strike it because that's the weak point is and will make a clean cut.

    The seam should be facing up towards you, and that's your ideal contact point.
     
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  32. woodchipper

    woodchipper Meyvn (1,103) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    So... 2 days later.... are you in the hospital?
     
  33. AWA

    AWA Aspirant (259) Jul 22, 2014 California

    What kind of blade? I'm pretty sure I was using a 12 inch Cold Steel tanto and blew the bottle apart. I was fairly drunk at the time, though, so it may have been more me than the blade.
     
  34. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (7,042) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland
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    You can buy champagne sabers, I think I used a slightly older 8 or 10 inch chefs knife instead.
     
  35. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (6,333) Sep 24, 2007 Kyrgyzstan
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    I'm probably wrong here, but.......


    I thought the idea was to knock the cork out, whilst not damaging the bottle. A quick, clean, smooth motion, that just glides over the neck, and bumps the cork out.

    Of all the times I've seen it done, the goal is to keep the bottle intact, and send the cork.

    I'll be certain to correct the folks who are clearly doing it wrong.
     
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  36. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (4,006) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Demos I’ve seen of Sabering involve breaking glass off as well. Fracture at weak spot on neck of bottle.






     
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