Throughout the trip I collected bottle openers. Why? Initially, I collected them because, well, why not? However, as my collection grew with every destination, I began to notice something: each and every one of them seemed to emulate the location they came from.
Before we dive right in, let me take you through a brief history of the bottle opener. Bottle openers have always been an understated kitchen item, but they weren’t even invented until a Baltimore bottler named William Painter came along and did so in 1892. Before this spectacular invention, soda, beer, and all other bottled liquids came with attached stoppers. This method would of worked fine had it not been for the loss of freshness through the lid. Good old beer enthusiast William came along with a solution: the crown top which is what your bottles probably have on them today. The crown top technology was a huge improvement from a hygienic perspective, but also required a tool to be opened…thus, the bottle opener was born!