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Massachusetts Beer Pride

Massachusetts Beer Sign

The state of Massachusetts is a beer nerd Mecca today. Sometimes it hits me just how lucky I am to live here. I know there are cities that are far ahead of Boston when it comes to craft beer and states that have been pushing quality beer for much longer than the Commonwealth.

But Massachusetts, and Boston in particular, really stepped up its game during the past few years. And the five New England states in general are now producing genuine world-class beer. I don’t think I’d be writing this blog if that weren’t the case.

Boston Beer Co. Harpoon. Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project. Slumbrew. Backlash. Mystic. Jack’s Abby. Cambridge Brewing Co. Wormtown. Notch. Rapscallion. I could go on and. And on.

So many great local breweries. So many awesome beer bars. And so many people embracing the movement.

Each and every one of these breweries, bars and people makes me proud. I’m filled to the brim with Massachusetts beer pride. Us beer-lovin’ Massholes truly have it good right now.

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Barfly’s View: Marble Taps at the Publick House in Brookline, MA

Green marble taps in the Monk's Cell at the Publick House

The Publick House in Brookline, MA’s Washington Square sits atop my list of Boston’s best beer bars not only due to its impressive beer selection, but also thanks to its ambiance. One of my favorite aesthetic touches: The green-marble and sterling-silver taps in the Publick House’s Monk Cell’s, where they only pour Belgian brews.

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Friends Don’t Let Underage Friends Ask AIDS-Infected Madmen to Buy Beer

I never buy beer for minors, though I’ve been asked to on a number of occasions—Boston is packed with thirsty underage college students. I had to come up with creative ways to get beer when I was underage, so why should it be easy for today’s budding drinkers? (Plus, they never want good beer, only 30 packs of shitty schwill.)

MA legal drinking age billboard

I came across the sign you see above earlier today, and it got me thinking that the Patron Spirits Company, which paid for the billboard, probably shouldn’t be thanking everyone who refuses to buy beer for teenagers. Here’s why.

Last week, a couple of minors, presumably college kids, allegedly gave a Boston man $25 to buy them alcohol; $20 for the booze, $5 for the man. But the man decided he wanted more than just five dollars—can you blame him, that’s only enough for two 40-ounce Steal Reserves—so he exited the liquor store empty handed and returned just $3 of the kids’ $25.

When the minors protested, the man pulled out a syringe, jabbed himself and drew blood and then threatened them with it while screaming that he had AIDS. The kids found a nearby officer, told him the story and they soon arrested 47-year-old Jose Soler, who was found in the nearby Forest Hills subway station—just a mile from one of my old abodes. Soler reportedly had a syringe in one hand and a wrinkled up $20 bill in the other. Damning evidence, to be sure.

Jose Soler Mug Shot

Jose Soler Mug Shot

Soler has been charged with two counts of armed robbery and assault with a hypodermic needle, and he’s being held on $2,500 cash bail, according to BostonHerald.com.

Being the upstanding citizen I am, I went ahead and fixed that billboard.

MA legal drinking age billboard

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