Last night I went to a restaurant I have been to on several occasions and ordered my normal side to a beer, a glass of water. I know it sounds silly to have a glass of water with a beer, but it has been my norm for a very long time. My beer came out, a massive mug of Sam Adams Summer Ale, but no water in sight so I asked again. My waitress was working on another table and I figured sooner or later the magical elixir which keeps us all alive would appear. As I continued to consume my massive mug of Sammy I became even more thirsty for some water. It is bad when you are drinking a liquid, but it just is not quenching your thirst. In truth I had been thirsty hours before and just had not had a cool bottle from which to partake. Soon another waitress passed my table and so I asked her for a glass. She returned a few minutes later and saw me and admitted she forgot to which I told her, “No problem, I asked my waitress twice and she didn’t bring me a glass of water either.” Finally as my meal arrived a glass of pure heaven was placed on my table and I quickly drained the contents to put out the fire. After that my water-glass was kept brimming and all was well with the world.
On more than one occasion I have told the waitstaff when ordering the water is just as important as the beer and I guess from now on I will make that even clearer than I did last night. Hydration is always important, but even more so when consuming alcohol!