In my endless quest to find Fernet Branca in DC, I decided to give up on the bars (for now). The liquor stores were my next target. I was told Sherry's Liquors carried everything. EVERYthing? Hmmm, I was doubtful, but I decided to check it out anyway...
me: Excuse me, do you carry Fernet?
guy behind the counter: What?
me (dejected): It's an Italian digestif. Never mind.
guy behind the counter: Wait, what does the bottle look like?
me (trying not to get my hopes up): It's in a green bottle, and people compare it to Llager, but without the sugar. It's gross, but it's SO GOOD!
guy no longer behind the counter, but in the aisles: Is it this?
THE HEAVENS SHONE DOWN ON ME, AND ANGELS SANG IN A HARMONIOUS CHORUS. HE WAS HOLDING A GLORIOUS BOTTLE OF FERNET!
Life is good, and I can survive in DC now. Praise Sherry's!