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July 28, 2010

Coaster sticking to your pint glass? Pour salt on it.

if you look closely, you'll see salt on this beer coaster.And now, another installment of Weird Drinking Tips Sam Just Learned:

Last night, I met my good friend Miguel (who happens to have his own stellar nightlife blog) in Washington for drinks. Our server set our beers down on the coasters in front of us, and we lifted our glasses for a toast.

For a moment, Miguel's coaster stuck to his beer glass, and he gingerly plucked it off. It's annoying, but I've begun to accept sticky coasters and napkins as part of going out. 

That's when Miguel showed me the secret to ending sticky beer coasters forever: Pour a little salt on them ...

He snatched a salt shaker and dumped a little bit on his coaster. At first, I thought he was going to dump salt in his IPA (like the dudes did at that Latino bar), which would have been a travesty.

Then I saw he was just sprinkling salt on his coaster. It's a trick he learned from a dude in an airport bar, who was shaking salt onto his napkin. 

Lo and behold, it worked. Miguel's coaster didn't stick anymore for the rest of the night, even though we ordered a couple more rounds. Sweet, huh? No wait -- salty, huh?

(Photo by me)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:30 AM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Drink-ology


I learned that some time ago at no other place than hooters! It really works well when they just give you a napkin because that ALWAYS sticks.

wow, that's pretty. .........

Salt?!? Real Marylanders use Old Bay.

I thought that napkin was for my gum...

Cool Poe Raven Beer coaster FTW!!!!

Yes, but if you use the salt trick, you won't be able to mention the awesome "sniglet" (anybody remember those) Bevemeter - The distance a coaster will stick to the bottom of a wet glass before falling.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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