Fuck! So I just ripped up my hand as I tried to screw off the top of a fine British Beer (Old Speckled Hen). This never, ever happened in England … Let me explain. In England all beer bottle tops, to the best of my knowledge at least, require an opener. None of them can be opened by a simple twist of the hand. But here in the the USA this is not the case. Many of the American beers can be opened by hand. Great idea, but not so good when you forget and try doing it by hand. The problem is those cap tops really gouge your skin if you try to open them with your hand and they are not ready for hand jobs. (Hello, google here we come!) I’ve lived here for 22 years, but still find things that vex me!