You’ll never be able to open Champagne like Alton Brown

"Besides, you're not cool enough anyway and you'll just come off looking like a dope," he says. Challenge accepted.


Mike Fenn


Published May 8, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 8:36 am CDT

If there is anyone who would know how to open a bottle of Champagne like a boss, it would be Good Eats and Iron Chef America personality Alton Brown.

In a May 7 YouTube video, Brown explains a method of popping open a bottle of bubbly that has not been seen since the days of Napoleon: ditching the corkscrew and instead using a saber. Yes, Brown enthusiastically endorses “sabering” a bottle of Champagne.

“But since we live in the age of the litigator, I have to go ahead and tell you right now that under no condition do I advocate you attempting to undertake this desperately dangerous display of panache,” Brown cautions. “Besides, you’re not cool enough anyway and you’ll just come off looking like a dope with a fistful of glass, standing in a bubbly puddle.”

“Any sword will do the trick. Feel free to use your scimitar or your katana … but not, of course, your Hattori Hanzo. That should be reserved for other things.”

Brown has yet to demonstrate using a saber to open other items, such as cans of soda or loaves of bread, but we sure would love to watch him try.

Screengrab via Alton Brown/YouTube

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*First Published: May 8, 2014, 11:36 am CDT