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Beerathon bummer: Drinking marathon canceled due to legal issues

By Hayley Fox
Published: Friday, March 30, 2012, at 11:08AM
Flickr via Cambridge Brewing Company

This weekend's Beerathon is canceled due to legal issues with the state alcohol board.

The 26-stop beer-drinking marathon planned for Saturday in Downtown is now canceled due to a legal issue with the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC).

The main dispute with the ABC revolved around the idea that the beer consumed at the event was "free" -- and although Beerathon organizers offered a multitude of explanations and alternatives, "a particular inspector at the ABC was already 100 percent committed to shutting down the event," according to the event's Facebook page.

For the reported 4,000 brew-lovers who already bought $55 tickets for the event, full refunds will be provided from the event's organizers.

The course map for the Beerathon is already published and organizers are encouraging people to still go, drink and be merry.

"Have fun out there," organizers wrote. "We will be with you all in spirit. Please don't let us down."

Participating venues will still have specials on beer and food as well as offering entertainment, and organizers reiterate that the day's not "canceled" but they are merely "removed from the equation."

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