It’s New Year’s Day in America, and I’m thinking it’s probably New Year’s Day where you are, too, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve already found something to gripe about.
I happen to be drinking a very fine bottle of beer, even as I write this article. I’ll go on record as saying that Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale just might be one of the finest beers in the world, which should be making me really happy, but there’s a problem.
There, do you see it? No? Okay, let me zoom in:
There, do you see it now?
It’s the foil, dammit! It’s not uncommon for brewers — especially some of the higher-end brands — to gussy up their bottles with a wrapping of decorative foil around the neck. I guess their expectation is that if you’re going to the expense of drinking one of these better brews, that you’ll do the right thing by pouring it into a glass. And eventually, I did just that, but not before taking a swig. It’s only natural! Sometimes a guy on the go doesn’t have time for a glass and will take a quick pull on the bottle instead. What might happen then?
Oh my god, how I hate getting foil in my mouth! It could come from a baked potato, or more likely, one of these high-end beers that I’m not opposed to drinking on special occasions like New Year’s Day, and there’s nothing like a dose of Foil Lip to get the year off to bad start!
It’s enough to drive me batshit crazy!