A few weeks ago an ad appeared on my Facebook page that asked me to download the app for Unibroue Beer. They make some delightful beers. Their Blonde de Chambly in particular is a favorite of mine. Since I enjoy their beer I decided to go ahead and get the app. There was also a bonus for downloading it. The first 500 people to download it would receive a free Unibroue drinking glass. Free stuff from a beer I enjoy? Sold! After many years, Facebook has finally put an ad in front of my face that was actually worth something.
I quickly signed up and managed to be one of the lucky first 500 and I got the glass. That’s right, my speed in entering my personal data has awarded me a prize of great prestige. According to the contest guidelines, I would have my new glass in about 3 months. In the meantime I could count on hours of entertainment with my new app. Or at least several minutes. If you’re interested, the app is in fact content rich with mini games that share the history of Unibroue Beer, as well as other information about the company and distribution. There was some production money put into this too. It might not be the most exciting app I’ve downloaded, but I’ve certainly downloaded worse things onto my phone over the years.
Three months have passed and here it is. A lovely drinking glass with the distinctive Unibroue logo on it. Decent quality glass too. I would put it on par with collectible drinking glasses from McDonald’s or Arby’s. At least I would have until I looked at the bottom of the glass. There was a sticker at the bottom, and it turns out it’s a warning label that says the following: “WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.”
As a 40 year old male, I’m not worried about having children. Still, I am concerned about a glass with a warning label though. It certainly makes my prestigious prize feel less special. Does this glass have chemicals in it that are semi-poisonous? Is it just an advance warning label reminding pregnant women not to drink beer? The fine prize the good people at Unibroue have given me feels noticeably less special now. I’m sure it’s quite safe and no more toxic than the beer I’d be drinking from it, but just to be safe I think I’ll keep it on a shelf and continue to drink my Unibroue beers out of the bottle.