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September 3, 2010

Review: The Tap-a-Cap Bottle opener

tap-a-capEarlier this week, a conspicuous package arrived in the mail. It turned out to be a Tap-a-Cap Bottle Opener, courtesy of Pickled Parrot owner Gerry Balog. Great googley-moogley!

I first found out about these things a few months ago. But never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd have one of my own. You're a miracle worker, Gerry.*

Eager to test this amazing device, I dashed home. Editor Swift tried to follow me, yelling something about a deadline, but I outran him.

The genius of the Tap-a-Cap is that it not only removes the bottle cap, but it has a little magnet on the side which captures the cap. I don't know about you, but I've lost whole minutes of my life searching for rogue bottle caps.

Once home, I set the Tap-a-Cap atop a bottle of suds and gently but firmly pressed down ...

I heard a light click and the gentle release of carbonation. But when I pulled up the Tap-a-Cap, the cap was still in place.


I tried it again, pressing down harder. This time, it worked, and I was left with an open bottle and a cap dangling from the Tap-a-Cap. 

Thirsty for another go, I quickly drank the beer and tried it again. And again. 

After numerous field tests, the Midnight Sun Laboratory has concluded: 60 percent of the time, the Tap-a-Cap works every time.

(Crappy cell phone photo by me)

*Midnight Sun does not condone Balog's alleged stabbing. I have yet to get a hold of Balog over the phone to discuss the incident, but I'm still pursuing it with earnest.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:04 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Drink-ology


You mean you ran out of beers at your desk? Or do you just drink cans at work?

Bottles and cans? Ha! I've got a pony keg under my desk. Wait, did I type that or just think it?

Ah, a solution in search of a problem. Nothing beats an old fashioned church key.

welcome to the party, i got the same miller lite tap a cap from my bond rep 4 years ago

hahaha - love the * after GB's name....comedy....

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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