What is a Church Key?

There are many different stories of how the traditional bottle opener came to be known as a ‘Church Key’. We believe the following to be most likely...

Legend has it that when the first cast iron bottle openers were developed in the early 1900’s, their shape reminded people of large, old fashioned church door keys. With deference to our wonderful neighbours at St. Paul's Cathedral and St. Peter's Basilica, it is more than probable that an irreverent joke was attached as well – in that drinking beer may have been considered an ‘unchurchly’ thing to do. We, of course, disagree.