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.

Punch Drunk Love

For some, weddings may mean champagne toasts and lengthy best man’s speeches, but for old-school folks, it’s all about the punch.

Very Good Goddess

A gin and tonic is lovely and a glass of Provençal rosé can be delightful. But let’s face it, when the thermometer begins to hit summer highs, there is nothing as cooling as a frosty mug of beer. Perhaps that’s why beer is one of the world’s oldest beverages. Patrick McGovern, scientific director of the Biomolecular Archeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, has traced the earliest confirmed barley beer to the central Zagros Mountains of Iran and dated it to c. 3,400–3,000 B.C.