Patent No. 8205527B2: Watchband Bottle Opener

Today in 2012, US Patent 8205527 B2 was issued, an invention of Dominic A. Chenelia, for his “Watchband bottle opener with central extending projection to receive a bottlecap thereunder.” Here’s the Abstract:

A bottle opening wristband, having: a pivot member; a buckle loop rotatably connected to the pivot member; a first projection extending from a center edge of the buckle loop, the projection being dimensioned to be received under an edge of a bottle cap; and a second projection positioned opposite the first projection, wherein the first and second projections are positioned on opposite sides of the pivot member.


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Odds & Ends For The Next Session

For 101st Session, our host will be Jack Perdue, who writes Deep Beer. For his topic, he’s asking us to look beyond what’s in the bottle, and to the bottle itself, along with the crown, the label, the carrier, the mother carton and all of the odds and ends, or detritus, that go into the beer’s packaging, or as he explains what he has in mind for the July Session, the “Bottles, Caps and Other Beer Detritus,” which he describes below.

There are many great creative people involved in the beer industry: the brewers designing and creating the stuff of our attention, marketers bringing the product to market, graphic artists making the products attractive and informative and writers who tell the story of beer. The list goes on. And thus, many great products, that may or may not get your attention. The focus is on the liquid inside the bottle, can or keg, and rightly so. What about all the other products necessary to bring that beer to you? What about the things that are necessary but are easily overlooked and discarded. This months theme is, “Bottles, Caps and Other Beer Detritus”.

Detritus, according to one definition in the Merriam Webster Dictionary is “miscellaneous remnants : odds and ends”. While the number and quality of our beer choices has certainly improved over the recent decade, have you paid any attention to the rest of the package. Those things we normally glance over and throw away when we have poured and finished our beer. These are sometimes works of art in themselves. Bottle caps, labels, six-pack holders, even the curvature of the bottle. For this month’s The Session theme, I’m asking contributors to share their thoughts on these things, the tangential items to our obsession. Do you have any special fetish with bottle caps, know of someone that is doing creative things with packaging, have a beer bottle or coaster collection.

So drink the beer, but then think about what’s left over when it’s gone.


Let us know about the bits and pieces from your point of view. To participate in the July Session, leave a comment to the original announcement, with , on or before Friday, July 3.


Patent No. 1810630A: Combination Container And Bottle Opener

Today in 1931, US Patent 1810630 A was issued, an invention of Conrad Lenz, for his “Combination Container And Bottle Opener.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

The present invention relates to a combination container and bottle opener and has for its primary object the provision of a container having attached to the bottom thereof a bottle opening device designed to permit convenient removal of a bottle cap.

A further object of the invention is the provision of a container, preferably in the form of a tumbler having the bottom formed to intimately engage a bottle opening device designed particularly to engage the well known form of bottle cap to remove the cap in cooperation with the tumbler.

If anyone can explain the difference between the “primary object” and the second or “further object” I’ll be mightily impressed. But I especially love how they describe that the bottle cap and the beer glass as “cooperating” to open the bottle. That’s genius.

Patent No. 1863081A: Bottle Cap

Today in 1932, US Patent 1863081 A was issued, an invention of Earl S. Bellows, assigned to the Huntington Rubber Mills, for his “Bottle Cap.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

My invention relates to closures for glass bottles designed to contain effervescent fluid .producing a pressure in the container; and it is also useful for inert fluids or for use 5 in bottling processes resultant in a partial vacuum in the top of the bottle after the contents have been placed therein.

The particular feature of my new bottle cap is its capability of being re-used many times and the provision made for removing it without the use of tools or implements which will tend to destroy it.


Patent No. 3325032A: Bottle Cap

Today in 1967, US Patent 3325032 A was issued, an invention of Louis A. Cormier, for his “Bottle Cap.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary:

It is common practice in the soft drink and beer industries to provide the bottle with a cap having a tab extending outwardly from the cap to permit its removal without the use of a bottle opener. Such a cap is shown in the patent of Cormier No. 3,200,982 which issued on Aug. 17, 196-5. Although the cap shown in that patent operates satisfactorily, some strength is required to remove the cap with one hand; this, on occasion, has made it difficult for women or children to open the caps. These and other difficulties experienced with the prior art devices have been obviated in a novel manner by the present invention.

It is, therefore, an outstanding object of the invention to provide a bottle cap which may be removed easily without the use of the auxiliary tools.


Patent No. 888995A: Bottle-Sealing Cap

Today in 1907, US Patent 888995 A was issued, an invention of Emory J. Godman, assigned to the Sterling Seal Company, for his “Bottle-Sealing Cap.” There’s no Abstract, though it’s described this way in the application:

My invention as hereinafter more particularly described, consists in providing the edge of the skirt of the sealing cap with a flat horizontally-extending corrugated flange, and in the sealing operation, indenting the skirt at a point above and independently of the flange so as to bring the inner surface of the skirt at that point slightly under and in contact with the shoulder of the bottle head.


Patent No. 625055A: Closure For Sealing Bottles

Today in 1899, US Patent 625055 A was issued, an invention of William Painter, for his “Closure for Sealing Bottles.” There’s no Abstract, but in the description they describe an “invention [that] relates to closures for sealing bottles; and it is designed to provide for the ready and easy discharge of the contents of the bottle without the removal of the entire closure.” Basically, it’s an improvement to the crown, or bottle cap, that Painter first invented and patented in 1892.


Patent No. 1907994A: Cap

Today in 1933, US Patent 1907994 A was issued, an invention of Edward McManus Charles, assigned to Crown Cork & Seal Co., for his “Cap.” There’s no Abstract, but in the description they talk about an “invention relat[ing] to caps for containers and particularly contemplates a cap wherein a sealing ring or cushion is usually employed.” If you keep reading, it’s explained that this crown works better than previous ones for a variety of reasons, even though it looks pretty much the same as other crowns.

Patent No. 1956218A: Capping Head

Today in 1934, US Patent 1956218 A was issued, an invention of George J Huntley and Harry A Rau, assigned to the Crown Cork & Seal Co., for their “Capping Head.” There’s no Abstract, but the description summarizes it. “The present invention relates to an improvement in capping heads and, more particularly, comprises a means for feeding closure or cap blanks to the capping mechanism of the capping head.”

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Beer Crown Display Maps

This is a fun idea. If you’re like me, you open a lot of beer bottles. Maybe you immediately throw away the crowns, or maybe some of them are too cool to just toss out, and you throw them into a jar, or a bucket or something. That’s why I do, so I ended up having a fair number of crowns just lying around gathering dust. I kept thinking that I’d eventually think of some good use to put them to, but now it looks like someone has come up with the perfect way to display beer crowns.

A small company out of Wisconsin, Beer Cap Maps, is making plywood maps of the United States along with several state maps with holes cut in them, which can be filled with your beer crowns.


They apparently fit most, if not all, crowns, and you can place your crowns geographically until you fill out the country with beer you’ve tried. In addition to the U.S., they also have maps of the British Isles, Germany and New Zealand.


Or if you want to collect beers from a particular state, they have maps for 35 states so far, with plans to have all 50 made available by May 1.


If you have a lot from your home state, it would be fun to put them roughly where the brewery is located. For bars or serious collectors, it would be cool to have multiple states.