I write this post as I once again nearly cut my hand and warped a bottle opener trying to get a waxed cap off of a beer. In this case, The Bruery's Fuzzy BBLs. I've been in the craft scene for over a decade now and it seems like waxing bottles has only become more prevalent. I used to think it made bottles look great (which I still do to an extent), which I justified by believing that the waxing also prevented oxidation. After doing numerous verticals over the years, some of which contained heavily oxidized beers from waxed bottles right next to un-oxidized beers from regularly capped bottles, I give less credence to the belief that waxing prevents oxidation. From my experience, the bottles least affected by oxidation with age seem to be those that are bottle fermented, regardless of waxing. These are admittedly anecdotes, I admit. Now, though, I approach waxed bottles with frustration or annoyance of the extra barrier between my beer and me. Some waxes come off easily, requiring a simple slide with a knife up the bottle and then peeling away the wax. Other wax is super thick and bendy, requiring a lot of slicing through and prying away (The Bruery comes to mind here). Yet other waxes are super brittle and thick, requiring practically a chisel and sending tiny fragments all over the place (looking at you, Pohjala). So do you find waxed bottles to be advantageous? Any tips/tricks of removing those particularly tenacious waxes would also be welcome.