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For those of you who are not already aware, Massachusetts is AWESOME. Some might even say it's the greatest commonwealth and/or state in the union (not that KY, VA, or PA could ever hope to compete:) Don't believe me. Just look at the facts. The Bay State is awesome.  Here are some facts:

Massachusetts was the first state to abolish slavery (Take that Mississippi).

Massachusetts was also the first state to recognize marriage equality - not civil unions, or domestic partnerships, but full-on marriage equality.  (Nice try, Hawaii & Vermont).

Massachusetts is also home to the World Champion Boston Red Sox.  (I dare you to say anything New York).

Hell, even our Republicans are fairly liberal (at least until they decide to run for president).

And now...

Massachusetts is home to the first Trappist Brewery outside of Europe.  As discussed in the in the Jan. 10 edition of the Boston Globe:

SPENCER — The monks live in a fieldstone abbey nestled in rolling farmland, supporting their modest lifestyle by selling religious vestments and jam preserves.

But in recent years, the simple monks of Saint Joseph’s Abbey have quietly set about building one of the biggest breweries in the state and the first Trappist brewery on American soil. Their sleek 36,000-square-foot brewery — modeled after multimillion-dollar facilities in Europe— has already made its first commercial batches of Belgian-style ale, which will go on sale next week.

 

And it turns out, the beer is pretty damn good too.  The reviewers at beeradvocate.com (beer drinkers like you and I) gave the ale an impressive score of 91.

Here's to you, Massachusetts!!  

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  •  I feel a Road Trip coming on...... (1+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest

    ...I live in Longmeadow, Massachusetts!

  •  Thanks for not writing this in Latin. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    RiveroftheWest

    Roger Williams and Ann Hutchinson would disagree with you. But over the last 300 years on average you would be correct, e.g. Boston integrated its schools in 1855, over a century before Little Rock.

  •  Oh, yeah? (2+ / 0-)
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    anon004, RiveroftheWest

    "Massachusetts is also home to the World Champion Boston Red Sox.  (I dare you to say anything New York)."

    Well, as someone with a father-in-law who PLAYED in the Yankees system..........I can say it TWENTY SEVEN times!

    There...that was easy, wasn't it!!!!

    •  Welcome to the 21st Century (0+ / 0-)

      Meh. I got a friend who's got a neighbor who's got a boyfriend who's gotta brother who can spell system, and PLAY's nintendo.

      While you and Pops are singing Glory Days and remembering the Clinton days, we'll be passing out rings and raising a banner. And drinking like monks.

      :-p

      Peace on Earth was all it said.

      by BobBlueMass on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 03:24:24 PM PDT

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    •  How Are You, Old Bean? (0+ / 0-)

      As in Boston baked.  Whaddya mean, you Red Sox fan, stiffin' my (hapless) Marlins in spring training?  Well, we got out revenge!

      On a (what passes for) serious note. . .

      If you would be so kind, please PM me via KosMail.

      Thanks!

      Readers & Book Lovers Pull up a chair! You're never too old to be a Meta Groupie

      by Limelite on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 11:53:35 AM PDT

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  •  If ya gotta be celibate, might as well (1+ / 0-)
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    slakn1

    Make some beer. Idle hands, devil's workshop, and all that.

    Look forward to scoring a bottle or two. Good reviews for the first batch.

    Peace on Earth was all it said.

    by BobBlueMass on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 03:27:52 PM PDT

  •  Senator Warren! Ginger Libation! Gusto Spice! (1+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest

    We have so many beautiful spaces and places and people, oh, my! How I love Massachusetts!

    - A fellow Masshole :)

    Strange but not a stranger.

    by jnww on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 06:51:24 PM PDT

  •  Well, um... (0+ / 0-)

    ...you left out the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  Perhaps the educational system of my Commonwealth is the more substantial. </snark>

    There's little doubt that you have the upper hand in matters political, but I will offer a few comparisons in defense of my Commonwealth:

    Trappist beer? Kentucky bourbon.

    Red Sox baseball? Kentucky basketball, at all levels. (Kentucky high school basketball is the definition of March Madness - every high school in the state competing for ONE state title.)

    Suffolk Downs? Churchill Downs, Keeneland and The Red Mile.

    Science Museum? Corvette Museum.

    Boston Marathon? The Bourbon Chase.

    Kennedy? Lincoln.

    Federal Reserve Bank? Fort Knox.

    ...but y'all do okay anyway, for Northerners...

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 06:52:50 PM PDT

    •  Late to the party, but (0+ / 0-)

      Kentucky Bourbon? Most folks I know here drink real whiskey. From Ireland. The Bourbon stuff's good for getting out stains, though.

      Kentucky basketball? We INVENTED basketball. Come on up and see the Hall of Fame and a team called the Boston Celtics, with 17 NBA banners. Nobody here cares about college sports, let alone high school. I guess when you've got no major pro teams you take what you can get. ;-)

      Churchill Downs? Could use a paint job. We don't really care about horsies either. There's gotta be a good off-color joke about a whole lot of buildup and it's over in two minutes.

      Corvette Museum? We've got the Larz Anderson Auto Museum. Oldest car museum in the nation. Lots of classic cars in a gorgeous mansion, no sinkholes.

      Bourbon Chase? Looks nice. We've got the Marathon (which all the serious runners consider THE big one) and the Falmouth Road Race (short on distance, long on scenery). For distance, we've got the Ultra Around the Lake (24 hours of pure running) and the Pan-Mass-Challenge (on bikes, but it raises $40 million a year for juvenile cancer research, so I'll take it).

      Lincoln? You might have given birth to him, but he didn't stay long. Don't blame him. You didn't vote for him either time you had the chance. JFK, on the other hand, never lost an election here.

      Fort Knox? Not surprising they'd put the gold someplace nobody'd ever bother to go.

      Seriously, I haven't spent a ton of time in Kentucky but the little time I did spend stuck with me. We have great beauty all over this nation but Kentucky, to me, is without a doubt among our most beautiful states. I'd love it if you could clean up the politics some, starting with retiring ol' Mitch.

      “Republicans...think American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people... And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.” Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 05:56:01 PM PDT

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  •  They've been making Belgian-style beer (0+ / 0-)

    in Cooperstown, New York for at least fifteen years.  Oh, and we didn't have to rely on the courts for marriage equality.  Our legislature, in an example of true republican democracy, voted in favor of it and our governor signed it into law.  We ooze legitimacy.  Eat that, Massachusetts.

    (Just kidding; I'm a New Yorker all my life, but I do love me some Bay State, too.  Very much.)

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