How to Open a Beer Can From the Bottom

Open a beer can from the bottom to display it.
Open a beer can from the bottom to display it. (Image: beer image by Valkh from Fotolia.com)

A beer can collector will quickly tell you that bottom-opened cans are the best cans for display. By opening beer cans from the bottom, you preserve the top of the can and it appears unopened. An empty beer can is desirable as opposed to a full beer can because empty cans will withstand bumps and dents much more readily than full beer cans. Open a beer can from the bottom to create a beer can display—you can enjoy the process of emptying the beer cans as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Vise
  • Phillips-head screwdriver or ice pick
  • Hammer

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Place the beer can gently into the vise and tighten the vise to secure the beer can. If you do not have a vise, sit with the upside-down beer can between your knees to hold it.

Position the point of the screwdriver or ice pick on the bottom of the beer can directly inside the side rim of the bottom of the can.

Tap the end of the screwdriver or ice pick with the hammer to pierce through the aluminum. When the point of the screwdriver or ice pick pierces through the metal, continue tapping until the hole is approximately one-quarter inch in diameter. Remove the implement from the hole.

Reposition the point of the screwdriver or ice pick on the opposite side of the bottom of the beer can, again directly inside the side rim of the bottom of the can.

Tap the end of the screwdriver or ice pick with the hammer again to make the second hole the same size as the first hole.

Pour the beer out of the can through one of the holes. The second hole will serve as an air hole that will enable you to pour the beer faster through the small hole.

Rinse the can out before putting it on display.

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