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The Internet history of the showerbeer. Fess up, have you ever?

on 11/12/13 at 1:49 pm


imagesI’m naked, and I’m holding a beer. This isn’t totally weird, except for the fact that I’m trying to take a shower at the same time.

To be honest, I can’t figure out if I’m enjoying this much. A showerbeer—one word—suggests drinking and showering are so harmonious they should never be separated, but in my dingy painted-steel tub in Brooklyn, the two are at odds. Drinking while showering is throwing off my beer game and my shower game. As garnishes go, warm faucet spray is far from a lime in a Corona, and the actual washing part of the shower is out of the question here. It’s hard to do anything except stand in the dribble—high-water pressure doesn’t exist in New York, mind you—and chug.

Perhaps that’s the point. The showerbeer is all about efficiency (you can save time!) and relaxation (hell, if one beer gets you buzzed, more power to you).

As far as I can tell, the showerbeer is as old as showering itself, a tradition passed on from generation to generation like a folk remedy or a secret recipe. Family legend suggests my grandma enjoyed a brew in the bath (although now I think my dad was just fucking with me—see right).