Thirsty: Last Call

Sometimes it’s nice to go where not everybody knows your name.

Thirsty: Chug-a-lug, Chug-a-lug

The inside scoop on makin' some pretty tasty, and strong, moonshine.

Thirsty: Bye-Bye BYO?

On my mind one August day, during an idyllic sail from Block Island to Vineyard Haven, was the prospect of a great meal at The Black Dog, complete with a BYOB of good champagne stored in a hold below the water line.

Thirsty: The Booze Cruise Authority

It was with some trepidation that I approached the lunch counter of the Steamship Authority ferry Martha’s Vineyard, at lunchtime, alone, on a weekday, intent on ordering two alcoholic beverages.

Thirsty: It Was a Dark and Cranberry-Infused Night...

The venerable concoction is popular on the Island, in part because sailing is a big deal here, and most anywhere more than one sailor gathers, rum is probably going to show up.

Thirsty: Local Vodka

Ryan Shea is an optometrist by day and his business partner Nick Peters is a contractor. But on nights, weekends, and any spare minute they can manage, they make vodka.

Thirsty: Next Up, Local Lipitor

Let’s make bacon chocolate bourbon shots!

Thirsty: Oh, Mersey

So, the editor of this venerable publication asked me to write a column on drinks. Hmm. Either he thinks I am a good drinker, or a good writer.

I will leave evaluation of the sentences I manage to string together for others to judge. I confess, however, that the editor may have been motivated to enlist my expertise because of my long experience in sizing up a bar, backed up by a fine appreciation for well-crafted beer, well-distilled spirits, and well-mixed cocktails.

Cider Sippin’ Time

Cider, the old-fashioned hard kind with a fizz and a kick, is growing in popularity.

Dry-Town Drinks

Our Island tavern is located within the teetotal precincts of Chilmark, where more than one unwary newcomer has been flummoxed by the lack of spirituous beverages.

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