Would you say bottle openers are useless? Some would… until they find themselves in a situation which needs one. But since most bottle openers are single purpose and slightly more useful than a rock, not too many folks carry one on their person. But, what if it had more uses?
When designer David Enrico came across a bottle opener shaped like a key, he knew the answer to lugging around a heavy bottle opener wasn’t far behind. Instead of making another key-shaped bottle opener, he instead made a bottle opener which also serves as an actual key. The end result was the Homebrew Key.
The design philosophy behind the Homebrew Key is pretty simple: make a non-obtrusive key on a keyring which opens both doors and bottles. Though the body is a tad larger in order to fit the bottle opening portion of the key, the Homebrew Key fits on your keyring like any other house key.
And just like any house key, this bottle-and-house opening key starts off as either a blank SC1 or KW1 key. To get it to actually open doors, you need to bring it to your local locksmith. You could try cutting the key yourself to save some money, but the chances of you jamming up your door would be far greater than if you took it to a professional.
David Enrico carved out the first Homebrew Key using a drill, saw, incisors, and a file, but the resulting key ended up looking like something Michael Myers would use. The succeeding Homebrew Keys were made using a CNC machine and given an added curve on the opener and made studier.
The Kickstarter project is live, so if you’re having trouble opening both your doors and your brews, you should definitely give the Homebrew Key a look.