MENDON — Todd Ruggere clasped his bottle in his left hand. Maxwell the Mule latched onto his with his teeth. Each took a swig. The camera shutters snapped, and the deed was done; 71 down, 280 to go.
Ruggere has set himself the task of drinking a beer in each of the 351 towns and cities in Massachusetts by the end of 2013. What started as a quixotic whim has taken on the overtones of a noble quest: At each stop he tries to nail down a donation for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Along the way, Ruggere has a enjoyed a brew in a tavern in West Brookfield visited by George Washington in 1789 and a saloon in Warren owned by daredevil motorcyclist Doug Danger. Ruggere began chronicling his tour on the Internet, and got a little coverage from TV and radio stations. People started suggesting spots for him to have that beer.
Would he, could he, in a bog?, wondered the owners of a cranberry farm in Carver. (He’ll do it once it thaws a bit.)
Would he, could he, in the raw?, inquired members of a nudist colony in Hancock. (“I’m ready to take it all off,” Ruggere said, but closer to summer.)
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