Shotgun a Beer in Style
The "Shark Fin"

If you’ve ever tried to shotgun a beer then you probably know it can be a bit confusing, and definitely messy. Fortunately for us, the beer gods at Gizmodo have felt fit to bestow some of their worldly knowledge upon us. Meet the “Shark Fin,” an easier, less messy, and perhaps more classy way of shotgunning a beer.

Although not specifically created as a way to shotgun a beer, what else would be the point of puncturing a perfectly good can? The idea does however operate off the same basic principles you would see while shotgunning, although probably a bit more refined. Rather than stabbing the can at the bottom, cracking open the lid and then trying to drink out of the hole you made with your keys, the Shark Fin takes a far more polite route.

To do this, we start by breaking off the tab of the beer can. Once the tab is in hand, we then gently bend it until it snaps into two pieces. Using the larger non-hooked side of tab, you can then puncture the can - however, be sure to place the hole opposite from opening of the can, and as close to the top of your drink as possible. Next step, drink your beer: if the puncture looks like a shark fin, and you don’t wind up with beer all over your face, then it’s probably safe to assume you’ve done it correctly. If not, then you might want to grab another beer...

Now you might be wondering what the point of all this is. After all you could have just stabbed the beer with your keys and chugged 'til your heart's delight. However, for those of us who don’t regularly shotgun beers, the Shark Fin offers you the option of chugging your beer or alternatively setting it down without all of your beer spilling out. This may not be as popular, or look as outrageous at college party, but it will definitely do the trick.

Moreover, the concept works as a result of basic fluid dynamics, along with some simple physics. In puncturing the can, the drinker allows for an exhaust vent of the built up pressure inside. Hence as you’re drinking the beer, air can flow into the can, while no back-pressure is built up to hold the beer inside. The result is a better pour, with less foam, and arguably a cooler way of shotgunning your beer at that next party. Drink up.