The Denver Post - - TRAVEL - Whisker Dam is $20; $25 with a light or dark brown leather pouch; $32 pack­aged as a gift set; in­di­vid­ual pouches are $7; at www.whisker­dam.com.

No mat­ter how suave a man may look with a mus­tache, all it takes is a sip of beer or cap­puc­cino to ef­face the ef­fect. Foam, froth and drips have peren­ni­ally plagued up­per-lip pelts, no mat­ter how well groomed. What’s a man to do but re­peat­edly blot with a nap­kin or — feh — swipe with the back of his hand? Well, he might con­sider us­ing some pro­tec­tion -- say, the new Whisker Dam, in­vented by two broth­ers after a mus­tache-grow­ing com­pe­ti­tion. After dis­cov­er­ing that beer mugs with in­cor­po­rated mus­tache guards were de rigueur in fa­cial-hair-fa­vor­ing days of yore, the broth­ers de­vised a more por­ta­ble and ver­sa­tile al­ter­na­tive. They fash­ioned a curved strip of cop­per with flex­i­ble dou­ble tabs on each end that could bend to fit dif­fer­ent­sized rims, while leav­ing suf­fi­cient sip­ping space be­tween the bar­rier and the brim. They branded their baby with em­bossed let­ter­ing and a weath­ered patina. A trans­par­ent non-toxic coat­ing shields mouth from metal taste. The Whisker Dam comes in an old-timey-look­ing lit­tle box; for an ex­tra fiver you get a leather pouch to house your dam off duty. A Whisker Dam Gift Set adds — what the heck — a branded cork coaster. Imag­ine the im­pres­sion you will make on hosts and bar­tenders near and far; if noth­ing else, the Whisker Dam should be an in­stant ice­breaker wher­ever you wield it.

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