From the most recent edition of Mr. Wright’s Weekly Pub News.
"Where’d the Bubbles Go?
If you have a Gordon’s gin and tonic at Dan Ryan’s, you get a decent pour of gin, with cold, fresh, bubbly tonic water. Next door at The Shannon, they’ll still give you a generous pour of gin, but there’s not one bubble to be seen. Similarly, over at The Brass Monkey, order a Gordon’s G&T or vodka and tonic and you’ll be hard pressed to see any bubbles at all. The regular G&T drinkers based at Dan Ryan’s established an investigatory committee to find out what happened to the bubbles. ‘Nuke Fizz’ Ed proposed the idea that the G&T’s at The Shannon were bubble-less because Dan’s serves tonic water from cans stored in a fridge, while our Irish friends poured room temperature tonic water into the gin. This theory was subsequently proven incorrect. Billy the Kid thought it could either be the shape of the glass (a somewhat medieval line of thought, IMHO) or the amount of soap used to wash the glass. A lot of froth about nothing, I was beginning to think. But in fact, the soap theory turned out to be bang on. One night, Billy the Kid button-holed Lothar, GM from the Far Eastern at ‘The Monkey’ and Lothar showed Billy and Max how fresh, bubbly tonic water when poured into an over-soaped glass at ‘The Monkey’ instantly lost all its bubbles. Billy also proposed this theory to Roger Marten, former GM at the Formosa Regent, who also gave Billy the thumbs-up for the over-soaped glass theory. When Bad Boy Billy proposed this theory to a manager at The Shannon, however, the person concerned told the staff nearby in Chinese that Billy was speaking a load of hogwash when Billy had actually hit the nail upon the head. In So there you have it - at establishments that are using a too soapy washing solution for their glasses, tonic water bubbles are virtually all killed off, barring perhaps a few brave ones left clinging to the straw or the underside of an ice block. The bottom line is if you like bubbly G&T’s, go to Dan’s, or perhaps The Brass Monkey, if Max has adjusted the soap quantity. Meanwhile, the G&T’s at The Shannon remain as flat as _________ (you fill in the blank)."