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Don't Spill the Beer


With summer around the corner, I’ve noticed the dog population (and the human population) slowly increasing. It’s always exciting and a little overwhelming to see the seasonal folks return. Before we know it this island will be downright crowded and I think it’s important that we brush up on our manners in order to maintain civility.  And I’d like to start with one of my favorite hang outs: Cisco Brewery.

It’s common knowledge that Cisco Brewery is “dog friendly.” It’s a great place to socialize with other dogs, meet new people or just chill with your mom or dad. That being said, there are unwritten rules to be followed, and I don’t want to sound like a snob, but frankly, not all dogs are brewery material.

My mom and I were there last weekend with a group of friends. We had brought some food and settled in at a picnic table. I had gone for a long run that morning, so I decided to lie down under the table and eavesdrop. Much to my chagrin, one of my mom’s friends had brought her dog too, we’ll call her Trixie. Well, Trixie was not interested in lying down and taking a nap. When her mom went to get a beer, she barked over and over again until she came back. Then when my mom was returning with a round of drinks for the table, Trixie jumped on her and spilt the beer. I just rolled my eyes and laid back down.

Eventually, Trixie was put in the car until her mom was ready to go home. Trixie isn’t a bad dog, she just doesn’t have the temperament to fit in at the brewery.

And believe me I wasn’t always welcome at there either. When I first moved to Nantucket, my mom brought me to the brewery to meet some new friends. I ended up getting in a growling match with another dog and then five minutes later I knocked over a little kid. It didn’t go well. But we worked on it and now I’m one of the regulars. Maybe Trixie will get there too.

For the newbies who are sure how to behave, here are some general guide-lines to follow:

#1 Don’t spill the beer.

#2 Don’t jump on people, especially kids.

#3 Don’t spill the beer.

#4 Don’t pester non-dog people. I can’t really give a description, but you’ll know one when you see one.

#5 Socialize with other dogs, but know which ones don’t want to talk

#6 Don’t spill the beer.

#7 Welcome new dogs kindly and help them feel welcome, but not overwhelmed.

And finally, I can’t stress this enough:


If you don’t think you’re cut out for the brewery atmosphere, don’t worry about it. There are plenty of other dog friendly places, such as the beach and Tupancy Links where you can be yourself.

Any other suggestions for proper dog etiquette at Cisco Brewery?