As I drink my watered down American beer, a thought crossed my mind.
Do you prefer the twist-off or pop-off (read: the ones that need a bottle opener) caps on beer bottles? While a can solves many of the above problems, it's really not an acceptable option
There are some pros and cons of each. They are as follows:
Can, um, twist them off
No need for constant carrying or procurement of a bottle opener
Overly aggressive twisting and a stubborn cap can lead to hand wounds
Cheaper look when opened - not as impressive as a pop-off bottle
Less risk of hand injury
The 'classy' look. It's a lot cooler opening a popper compared to a twister
Necessary to use a bottle opener or other instrument capable of opening a bottle
Often associated with more expensive beers
Can't accurately 'flick' caps due the deformity caused by the opener. Sure, it can be bent back, but it's never the same.
One skill I recommend everyone learn is the ability to open the pop-off type with an instrument other than a bottle opener. Cigarette lighters and knives are two objects that 'pop' to mind. This will eliminate 66% of the cons of the poppers.
[Edited 2004-09-06 08:31:02]