Ponies and Jiggers

Ponies and Jiggers

March has snuck in like a lamb, but there’s plenty of booze news to get us roaring like lions.

  • Tonight: Our friends at Empire State Cellars, in Riverhead, New York, are welcoming in the first batch of True Believer cider this season. Join them from 4–6 PM for complimentary tastings, cheese, cider cocktails, and half-priced glasses of True Believer and True Companion.

  • The Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiasts monthly meeting is on March 6, 7:30 PM, at the Good Life in Massapequa, New York. There will be a $20 raffle at the meeting, and the grand prize is a pair of tickets to the Great American Beer Festival!

  • The Spring Craft Beer Festival is on March 6 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, with more than 50 craft brewers from around the country, pouring samples of over 100 of their finest brews.

  • Back when we went to school, the teachers wrote on the cave walls with boar-bristled brushes dipped in clay pots. They told us that one can of beer, one glass of wine, or one ounce of hard liquor would kill 1,000 brain cells. Well, they were wrong. Turns out Columbus wasn’t the first guy to discover America either. Who knows what to believe anymore?

  • We’ve heard good news that the beer by our great friends at Long Ireland Beer will now be available in Dutchess, Columbia, Greene, and Ulster counties in New York. Congratulations to Greg, Dan, and the entire team at Long Ireland!

  • In the “who’da thunkit?” department: AB InBev is named in a lawsuit, alleging that it waters down Budwiser. Now, now, don’t laugh. The real question is: Does AB InBev beer-up the water that’s in Bud Light?

  • And speaking of outrage over some water, last time in Ponies and Jiggers, the makers of Maker’s Mark stuck their proverbial cork in their bunghole by letting the public know that they were going to water down their flagship bourbon. Then they took it all back. Maybe we consumers won, but did the whole incident teach us anything? We can’t say we agree with everything in the linked article, but it was good to read an opinion from someone who actually thought there was a difference between 84- and 90-proof.

We always listen to you, dear readers. If you have a tip or event, send it on down to Fervere, and enjoy every beverage.