I am not the sort to flog someone else's product just because it is beer related. I really am not. OK, Lew's books...but that is it. And people who send me stuff. That is my rule...or maybe a guideline...
So I was a little concerned when I received a nice email offering me the chance to try the Bottle Buddy from Zing Canada. I thought "should I?" Ahhh, what the hell. And I suggested a few others try, too, and here is what Gary wrote me from New Hampshire:
I have been married for almost 13 years, a happy fact which my wedding ring reminds me of daily. It is an heirloom from my wife's family. Her grandmother from the old country, actually, who must have had huge fingers, because this simple gold band is loose, even on my right hand. So, a beat up and battered packet arrives from a foreign country yesterday, well examined by Homeland Security, ATF, FBI, the Mounties and I don’t know who else, but it is a credit to the strong and durable construction of the enclosed product that even the Feds of 2 countries couldn’t scratch or dent this little gem. I said "honey, I won’t be needing this wedding ring anymore, my bottle buddy is here". I grabbed my bottle buddy, a little stainless steel ring which is also an opener, and my wife grabbed the instructions. Fortunately, the instructions are multilingual, as is my wife, so she gave the instructions to me in French. Neither the dog nor I understand French, but still I grabbed a cold beer and some chips and as it was at least 5 pm in Newfoundland, got ready to cocktail. Beer number one proved two things. The bottle buddy does work well, it easily opened my beer. It also proved that instructions should be followed, in a language you actually understand. It was not the most comfortable moment, popping open that ale. The instructions suggest that the ring should be snug, and for beer number 2 I moved the ring over to my index finger, and we had a smooth landing. I am accustomed to opening my beers with my teeth, so my dentist will be happy that I have a bottle buddy, and it is big enough that if any hockey dads challenge me in a parking lot, I will have a secret weapon on my fist. I would guess this item would be a pretty slick little item at a party, with gorgeous young chicks lining up to have their tops opened, as it were, but as I say, I am happily married.My experience was a little tougher but I have odd fingers. They are not chubby so much as...HEY! They are not chubby and we are leaving it at that. But rings do fly off my fingers and, so, it may be that I guessed at a size that was not quite my right size - they do come from sizes 9 to 14 without half sizes. When I tried to use it as directed in the write up by placing the cat's head opening so that I opened the beer with my paw over the top of it...well...it was painful in the way that scraping your knee as a kid is painful. But once I took it off and use it as an opener off the finger it is quite handy. It is also well made, hefty polished steel with a nice design.
So I think Gary gives it a big two ring fingers and I am giving it a ring finger and a pinkie. It's is handy, likely durable and fairly snazzy if Gary's vivid fantasy life is anything to go by.