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Boston Beer Fans Can Get a Taste of International Gruit Day Thanks to Three Local Breweries
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There are few styles of beer as underappreciated as the gruit. The unhopped and earthy ales, brewed before hops were widely introduced, are rooted in ancient brewing lore. And while they’ve long had their place in the history books, over the past several years a handful of brewers have devoted time to reviving the style. More

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Video: Boston Calling May 2015 Lineup Announced
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After months of holding our collective breath, the Boston Calling lineup for this May (hand-picked by Aaron Dessner of The National) has been announced at long last with some major headliners and a few surprises. Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket and Ben Harper will anchor the three-day festival that boasts 23 total performers on the bill that ranges from big names to local favorites. More

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Don’t Just Drink Around Your Cat, Drink With Your Cat With New Wine for Felines
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Social recluses and codependents of all stripes, rejoice! The Japanese, who famously invented the hugging pillow and the cuddle cafe, have innovated yet another product that will allow people with a crippling fear of humanity and public spaces to approximate normal life. More

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Study Shows That Drunk Birds Slur Their Birdsongs Like Drunk Humans Slur Their Words
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As any karaoke regular could tell you, or Courtney Love for that matter, singing while drunk likely doesn’t yield the same accuracy as signing purely under the influence of soul. While humans may be the only creatures who recreationally get intoxicated, it doesn’t mean that other animals can’t get a little tipsy now and then and let out some strange noises. More

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Paula Deen’s Holiday Greeting Video Is Utterly Insane
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Paula Deen and her butter-laden recipes are tragically absent from the Food Network these days, thanks to the PC police who didn’t approve of her somewhat outdated views on race relations. Lucky for us that means she can upload videos to the Paula Deen Network without some network honcho forcing her to censor herself or use basic editing skills. The result is wonderful. More

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Is Waltham Really the Drunkest City in America? (Probably Not)
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BACtrack, a portable breathalyzer company that uses smartphone integration to keep its customers safe, has released data from its almost 300,000 breathalyzer tests nationwide in 2014. Some results aren’t surprising: the drunkest days of the year are St. Patrick’s Day and New Years Eve. Much more surprising? The highest average BAC in all of America during the month of December is from Waltham, Massachusetts. More

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A Western Mass Distillery Now Bottles Gin & Tonic, and It’s Actually Quite Good
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Berkshire Mountain Distillers of Sheffield, Massachusetts, has been at the forefront of New England’s artisanal-booze boom since its 2007 inception. Their Ragged Mountain Rum is world-class by any measure, their Berkshire Bourbon has few rivals in its price range—and that’s just the base model, before you get into their beer-barrel-aging program—and in 2012 Eric Asimov of the New York Times called Berkshire’s Greylock Gin “light, subtle, and complex” in selecting it as the best value among American craft gins. More

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Seasonal Suds: 12 Holiday Beers You Should Try This Season
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“Eat, drink, and be merry” wouldn’t be a phrase if not for the drinking part. And rightfully so. The holidays are both a time for relaxation, and a time in which the constant presence of family can make the thought of nice cold beer all the more appetizing. More