QotD: Watering down booze?
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?
“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.
QotD: Have you ever witnessed alcohol getting watered down?
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