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Laser cut bottle openers that give you a reason to live. Made in USA.
Laser cut bottle openers that give you a reason to live. Made in USA.
411 backers pledged $10,144 to help bring this project to life.

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Beer & Friends - The Bottle Opener Reinvented

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"Thanks for stopping by! If you have missed the Beer&Friends project, please come and visit us at BeerAndFriends.com, our new home where you can see our latest designs and purchase the products. We hope you will follow our progress!" -Nate

Are you sick of bottle openers that don’t overwhelm you with joy every time you take them out? Do you have some rusted piece of junk on your keys that is so shockingly boring, people literally run away every time you reach to open a bottle? It’s time to take the cheap opener you got handed at a music festival and throw it out the window. Why would you choose a freebie as something you carry with you all day every day?

Introducing "Beer" and his "friends" - laser cut bottle openers that reinvent the form of a bottle opener. Why should form always have to follow function? Sure, a kidney-bean shaped cutout is all you need to open bottles, but why settle? Did the Parisians just build a vertical tower? Does Fox News simply report the news?

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Conventional bottle openers are made by lashing rocks and sticks together (we assume), whereas Beer & Friends openers are made with a f**king laser.

Cut on an awesome, high-precision laser cutter, and then etched on yet another laser, Beer & Friends will be blasted from stainless steel with beams of highly excited photons, LITERALLY RENDERING STEEL INTO SHAPES AND FORMS THAT GOD DID NOT INTEND. Recounting tales of your bottle opener’s creation will inspire deep lust and respect from the opposite sex and same sex alike. Wield your bottle opener with care; it is a weapon of mass seduction. But others will not only want to make love with you, they will also “get” you, you know?

Will our designs be available as belt buckles or iPhone cases? No, they will not. You’re welcome. You have your choice of the credit-card size, or a hexagon fridge magnet. That's right, hexagonal. Squares are just too, like, "square" man.

Do you want to use them as coasters? I guess that’s fine. Alright, you can have that. It will also be available as a cork-backed coaster. (Slightly larger than the magnet - don't be fooled!)

We are committed to producing Beer & Friends in the USA. It was designed in the USA, all of our manufacturing vendors are in the USA, and all of the materials we source will be made in the USA.

The credit card sized Beer & Friends is the actual size of a credit card, measuring 3.370 x 2.125 inches in size, and about .040” thin (1mm).

So thin and light you'll forget you have it. How will you remember? What, do you want a bottle opener grafted to your hands? That's on you. FINE TAPE IT TO YOUR PALMS - THEN YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO FORGET. Look, we just want to make you happy. I'm sorry I yelled. It's very thin and light.

Like his brothers, PocketMonkey and Headgehog, Beer & Friends is made from heat-treated stainless steel, and won't bend, break or rust. You could probably bend it a little if you're being a real jerk about it. You would need a running start. It's very strong, it won't bend under use or in your wallet. Definitely not on your fridge, unless your fridge is really weird.

The funds from the project go to paying off the lasers we bought. We spent a LOT of money on lasers. Probably too much. Did we get carried away? Maybe (yes). Can we keep them anyway? IT’S UP TO YOU! Backing Beer & Friends sends a strong message to our bank: you will not repossess our awesome laser equipment! Not this month! 

Ok, so these shirts are not cut with a laser, nor are they laser engraved. But they do genuinely say the word "laser" prominently on the shirt! Get your Beer & Friends t-shirt to commemorate this proud moment when the bottle opener evolved from a simple kidney-bean shaped cutout into a quadruped. While supplies last. (We'll probably just order more.) BTW, these are those nice American Apparel jersey cotton shirts. You didn't think we were going to stiff you by sendig cheapo shirts, did you??

Risks and challenges

We've got this one pretty well in hand, although production delays are always unexpected. We could have these already stuffed in envelopes, finger on the "print" button seconds before the project ends and the universe would find some way to create a labor dispute in the toner industry to tie us up on this thing. "I don't know why we ran out of toner so fast", we'd say. But surely, there would still be some toner on the shelves. Toner isn't made to order, there's no bespoke, artisan toner. (Is that a good idea for a Kickstarter? Organic, free-range toner?) Look, I'll buy a new cartridge in advance.

ALL THAT TONER JAZZ BEING SAID, we have the equipment, we have materials, we have the designs, there is no delay that can be reasonably expected. The only vendor that can screw with us is us, or maybe our stainless steel guy. He's pretty cool though. Pending floods, raining frogs or lightning strikes, THESE CAN RELIABLY BE EXPECTED TO SHIP IN MAY. We will keep everyone posted via project updates after funding is complete.

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    "I WOULD LIKE ONE, PLEASE" 1 Beer and Friends opener - One B&F opener, in fridge magnet, wallet card, or drink coaster. Any design.

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    "DO YOU HAVE ANY HOT DEALS?" 2 for $19- Any two B&F openers, in fridge magnet, wallet card, or drink coaster. Save SEVERAL percent on two! Any design.

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    "IT COMES IN S'HIRTS?! I'M GETTING ONE!" One official B&F "F**k'n Lasers" shirt in your choice of size (XS - 3XL) and color. Add B&F openers for $9 each.

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    "CAN WE KEEP THIS PARTY GOING?" - 3 for $27. Any B&F openers, mix and match all styles and designs. If you want to keep pledging $9 increments for additional openers, that's your business.

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    "PORTLAND MAINE FOREVER" Personal delivery in Portland ME- Any B&F opener, any design, hand delivered by Nate! You must have a Portland, ME address. Nate will come to your home, open your drink with your B&F opener, and then immediately leave. Eye contact is not guaranteed. PORTLAND MAINE ONLY

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    "HOW AM I GOING TO ORGANIZE ALL THESE COASTERS??" - Set of 4 Coasters, with wooden coaster organizer. The holders are "bespoke", which means we can't find a more efficient way to build them yet. You can add $9 for a 5th or more coasters (up to 8) and we will increase the holder depth, in case you have additional friends. (For other reward levels, include 4+ coasters and add $5 to your order to receive a holder.)

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    "ARE THESE FREE-RANGE, DRY-AGED OPENERS?" - We will age your B&F opener for 1 year in a hand-assembled cardboard box in our office. To the best of our knowledge, this will not affect the qualities of the opener, but hey, it's your money. We just want you to be happy. We will ship the opener in the original aging box. The box is just a cardboard box. The sheet metal will also be left in some grass for about 15 minutes before cutting so it can graze naturally. We'll even throw in a "born on" certificate so you can prove your ludicrous purchase decision to others. Expect a 1 year shipping delay.

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    "I HAVE MONEY TO BURN AND I'M PRETTY BORED, CAN WE HANG?" - You can travel (at your expense) to our office in Portland, ME and watch us make a B&F opener for you in front of your very eyes! Any style or design. We even will hang out with you for 40 minutes. Pretending we don't feel very awkward IS included! Huzzah!

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    "I AM AN ECCENTRIC MILLIONAIRE, BRING ME MY OPENER!" Personal delivery to crazy people in the US - Nate will fly anywhere in the continental US to deliver your B&F opener, any style. He will shake your hand except where prohibited by law. No hugging. He probably won't hang out.

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    "I WAS HERE FIRST" Early Bird, 20% off one B&F opener, any style and design. Congratulations, you were here first. WE HAVE CREATED A FALSE SCARCITY AND YOU HAVE FILLED IT. THE CYCLE IS COMPLETE. Pledging additional increments of $8 for additional openers is something we can't stop you from doing.

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