QotD: Watering down booze?

8/26/2009:

We’ve all heard “stories” about how bars have “watered down” their hard alcohol to make more money. One anonymous reader claims he witnessed some fishy business at a local bar / restaurant. Please file in the “FWIW” category.

Do bars really water hard alcohol down?

watered-down-drinks“I had to e-mail about something that happened to me at the Gaslight last night. I wasn’t sure if there was a post board or something where I could voice my frustration.

I was out with a friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in months. We were having a couple of drinks at the bar, and elected to try a shot of Tequila (Silver Patron) we had one and it was fine. After about another 30 minutes my friend went to the bathroom, and i went outside for a smoke. As my friend walked past the bar to the bathroom he witnessed the bartender add water to the bottle. We ordered another shot just to be certain and it was totally different.

Even someone who doesn’t drink Tequila could taste the difference. I was abhorred by this… totally embarrassing for me as I talked about this place being my local bar. We did pay for all our drinks including the watered down ones, and left.

When we asked to speak to a manager, and asked him to try it. He said he was the owner and not to insult his business. In turn he was insulting me. I didn’t want to get into a pissing match about it, that’s why we paid our bill left an appropriate tip and kindly left.

I know plenty of places that do this type stuff, all of which I avoid… but just wanted to tell someone of my experience there. Unfortunately I will never go back.

Just so you don’t think I’m full of it… I’ve been in the wine/liquor business for over 10 years, and currently run a wine storage facility in NJ. Please don’t use my name if you decide to run with this, but I stand behind it 100%.”

Now the problem with stories like this – is they could very well be true – or just a disgruntled customer or ex-employee – so you’d have to use your own judgment. Frankly, if it were my bar – and I wanted to water the alcohol down – I would never want to risk performing such an activity in plain sight. I mean, do it in the back room where no one can see you.

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38 Comments on "QotD: Watering down booze?"

Furey
Member

I agree with the General Manager when he writes: “Gaslight can honestly say we do not cut our spirits and hope 411 does some more investigation or does not post certain letters by disgruntle patrons because of a bad experience that the person or persons have had that are not backed up by fact or truth.”

Gaslight, or any restaurant for that matter, shouldn’t be dragged through the mud in a spotlight over an unfounded accusation. If the reader had real proof, like video or the actual bottle, or multiple witnesses…then i’m all for it.

strand tramp
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strand tramp

unfortunately when brewers increase prices say .29 per six pack the retailers pass it along and hike it more, like .50 per six pack….bars may see a hike from .83 per bottle to .88 per bottle and hike their prices .50 per bottle! add to that the fact that NJ just increased the stat taxes on wine and hard liquor and i see more reasons every day to entertain at home.

gaslight restaurant
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gaslight restaurant
Gaslight just got word of this article that was posted to your site. What this man is claiming is totally false and untrue. Gaslight does not cut our spirits with water or any other liquids. This is a very serious ABC offense in the city of Hoboken and state of New Jersey. Gaslight is proposing to bring in a chemist to test all of our spirits we have and this can be done on a surprise inspection so your readers do not think gaslight pulled our so called “watered down” spirits and placed non tampered spirits in its place.. Gaslight is prepared to donate $1000.00 per contaminated bottle to “Autism Speaks”. The writer of the article can choose a charity of his choice and should also donate $1000.00 per non contaminated bottle. Gaslight knows we do not cut our spirits and each time you order a drink in our establishment you are getting 100% real spirits. In regards to the writer of the article he and his friend were sitting at the end of our bar near our entrance and were drinking 16oz draught beers and chasing them with double shots of silver patron. The men proceeded to have 2 or 3 rounds and asked for double shots of the premium tequilla, and we believe that is the point the men began not to enjoy the cocktails any more. The bartender asked the General Manager Michael what the price of a double shot of silver patron was and he responded… Read more »
plywood
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plywood
Thank you Mr Correa for a cogent and dignified response against anonymous accusations. Your decorum speaks volumes. In response to gaslight restaurant who said: Gaslight just got word of this article that was posted to your site. What this man is claiming is totally false and untrue. Gaslight does not cut our spirits with water or any other liquids. This is a very serious ABC offense in the city of Hoboken and state of New Jersey. Gaslight is proposing to bring in a chemist to test all of our spirits we have and this can be done on a surprise inspection so your readers do not think gaslight pulled our so called “watered down” spirits and placed non tampered spirits in its place.. Gaslight is prepared to donate $1000.00 per contaminated bottle to “Autism Speaks”. The writer of the article can choose a charity of his choice and should also donate $1000.00 per non contaminated bottle. Gaslight knows we do not cut our spirits and each time you order a drink in our establishment you are getting 100% real spirits. In regards to the writer of the article he and his friend were sitting at the end of our bar near our entrance and were drinking 16oz draught beers and chasing them with double shots of silver patron. The men proceeded to have 2 or 3 rounds and asked for double shots of the premium tequilla, and we believe that is the point the men began not to enjoy the… Read more »
hobolocal
Member

i agree very nice response to something so absurd..

In response to plywood who said:
Thank you Mr Correa for a cogent and dignified response against anonymous accusations. Your decorum speaks volumes.

strand tramp
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strand tramp
personally i never thought it happened. the customers may have thought they saw something, but more than likely were mistaken. Patron Silver is so smooth after 2-3 shots you barely taste it. but i drink alot of tequila. In response to gaslight restaurant who said: Gaslight just got word of this article that was posted to your site. What this man is claiming is totally false and untrue. Gaslight does not cut our spirits with water or any other liquids. This is a very serious ABC offense in the city of Hoboken and state of New Jersey. Gaslight is proposing to bring in a chemist to test all of our spirits we have and this can be done on a surprise inspection so your readers do not think gaslight pulled our so called “watered down” spirits and placed non tampered spirits in its place.. Gaslight is prepared to donate $1000.00 per contaminated bottle to “Autism Speaks”. The writer of the article can choose a charity of his choice and should also donate $1000.00 per non contaminated bottle. Gaslight knows we do not cut our spirits and each time you order a drink in our establishment you are getting 100% real spirits. In regards to the writer of the article he and his friend were sitting at the end of our bar near our entrance and were drinking 16oz draught beers and chasing them with double shots of silver patron. The men proceeded to have 2 or 3 rounds and asked… Read more »
YipYap
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Brace yourself: Beer prices are going up Brewers say rising commodity costs and lower volumes are forcing them to raise its price tags. Beer drinkers beware: The cost of a cold one is going up. Brewers across the globe are hiking prices to compensate for lower sales volumes and higher commodity costs. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer and maker of Budweiser, announced plans to raise prices Tuesday. “We plan on taking price increases on a majority of volume and in a majority of markets this fall,” Anheuser-Busch InBev said in a statement. “The increase helps cover some input costs.” The U.S.-Belgian brewer said prices will go up “across different price tiers,” including its high and low-end brands. MillerCoors – the maker of popular beers Miller Lite, Coors Lite and Blue Moon — is also raising prices in some markets. But these hikes are part of the company’s regular fall increases and are “more in line with catching up with costs and commodity prices rather than the economic environment,” said Julian Green, director of media relations for MillerCoors. The price increases by the biggest brewers is not unexpected, according to Benj Steinman, the editor of industry trade group “Beer Marketer’s Insights.” “What is going to be a little bit out of the ordinary is that they are going to be able to go up less than in a normal year because economic conditions are tighter,” said Steinman. Heineken, best known for its Heineken and Amstel brands, said Tuesday that its… Read more »
hobposer
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hobposer

I still like the idea of drinking at home, no worries about watered down drinks, your 1st 2nd 3rd 4th and 5th drink is always on the house, never a cover, your choice of music over the speakers and most importantly never a line to the toilet!

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