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4 Bold Bottle Openers Designed in Colorado

These top-poppers are as distinctive as the beers they crack.


Leave the cheese and beer pairings to casual drinkers. That complex sour you discover at the Great American Beer Festival (October 6 to 8) deserves a worthier companion: a locally crafted bottle opener. Sippers with a penchant for recycling might try Aurora woodworker Elroy Collins’ C-shaped version made from beetle-kill lodgepole pine. Those with an interest in, uh, efficiency might prefer the GrOpener, a gadget designed by Denver artist Mark Manger that requires just one hand to operate. (Or they could consider the wall-mounted stainless steel Stout opener with a magnet to keep your bottle caps from getting lost under the fridge.) But real Western boldness demands Johnson and Held’s belt buckle/bottle opener hybrid. The gorgeous, three-ounce openers are made in Englewood by artisans such as Lyda Oliver, who’s been cutting the intricate wood designs for 30 years.

Top poppers from above photo:


Top: Stout Bottle Opener; $36, stoutbottleopener.com

Left: Colorado Beetlekill “C”; $18, jccustomdesignworks.com

Right: Johnson and Held’s belt buckle bottle opener; $260, jandhbuckles.com

Bottom: GrOpener; $16 to $30, gropener.com

This article appeared in the October 2016 issue of 5280.

Mary Clare Fischer, Assistant Editor

Mary Clare Fischer co-edits 5280’s Compass, Adventure, and Culture sections; writes for multiple sections of the magazine; and blogs weekly about health and wellness for 5280.com.

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