Western Drinking Customs


For The Price Of A Drink

Ballast Point, Grapefruit Sculpin.
Ballast Point, Grapefruit Sculpin.

“Shortly after incorporation, the State of Nevada reluctantly became the last western state to outlaw gaming. This occurred at midnight, October 1, 1910, when a strict anti-gambling law became effective in Nevada. It even forbade the western custom of flipping a coin for the price of a drink.”

~ from the History Of Las Vegas page on Wikipedia.

by Reviewer Rob

A few months ago in 2014 in San Diego there was this cute little darkhaired bartender at Harbor Town Pub in Point Loma that challenged me to a quick game of Rock, Paper, Scissors for the price of my first beer when I met her one night after sitting at her bar. She won. Not sure if that nominal game of skill and chance was strictly legal from a technical standpoint – if it’s something that would never be enforced isn’t it de facto not illegal? – but it was something that made me like her immediately.

This, above, is a picture of a cold glass of Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin 7%. Tonight’s bartender warned me about it. He said it was “really grapefruity”, but I’d asked him for about a half a dozen shot tasters before this, looking for something like the usual IPA that I prefer, before settling on it. So I said what the hell. It’s not that bad.

Life is sometimes about compromises.

Leave a Reply