Courtesy of Snake Bite Co.
By Jonas Weir
Before 2014, Dan Peskorse and his friends carried around old church-key bottle openers for one purpose: to vent their cans—allowing them to drink beer without glug, glug, glug. However, when a friend popped two holes in his can instead of one, a company was born.
“He said, ‘This looks like a snake bite,’” Dan says. “Then, it dawned on me: there’s probably a way to make a better tool to do all of these—open bottles, vent cans.”
Dan set to work making a rough prototype in his basement. He then reached out to some industrial designers to create a more refined product. They went through five more prototypes made with a 3D printer until they settled on a design, and in November 2014, Snake Bite Co. officially launched on Kickstarter to huge success.
“We reached our $5,000 funding goal in thirty hours,” Dan says.
By the end of the campaign, Snake Bite Co. raised over $21,000. Since then, the company has also launched a full clothing line that uses its classic looking logo. Aside from the refined look, the Snake Bite tool is also a sturdy, well-made product that is a 100 percent homegrown.
“Every component is sourced in the United States,” Dan says. “It’s obviously significantly less expensive to manufacture things overseas, but we wanted a really high quality product you could be proud of.”
Snake Bite does custom work of all types. Wedding parties have called on Snake Bite for groomsmen’s gifts, and Boulevard Brewing Company enlisted Snake Bite to commemorate its launch of a line of cans. It’s not just Missourians that have Snake Bite fever. The company recently did work for the Netflix series From Dusk till Dawn. Visit snakebiteco.com to learn more.