To help you forget Game 5 and look as confidently nonchalant about everything as Ray Allen does, we've assembled a self-guided Saturday tour of shops handing out gratis beer, wine, and spirits for your tasting pleasure. Just try to resist dialing Ray's mom afterwards.
Cidahh!: Formaggio Kitchen South End (1-4p) 268 Shawmut Ave, btw Hanson and Milford; South End; 617.350.6996 Lightly nosh on fine meats & cheeses as you indulge in three styles of Lebanon, NH's Farnum Hill Cider, including an extra dry Farmhouse and the traditional, high-ABV, English-styled Kingston Black Reserve that's lauded as "very expressive"...emphatically, by people who've just drank a ton of high-ABV cider.
Mystery Wine: Bauer Wines (430-630p) 330 Newbury St, btw Massachusetts and Hereford; Back Bay; 617.262.0363 Like Doc Rivers' status for 2012, the lineup for this weekend's event has yet to be determined, but there will be wine, and it will be sooo free.
Sudsy: Wine Emporium (4-6p) 474 Columbus Ave, at W Newton; South End; 617.536.5545 Delivering what the C's couldn't (in case you hadn't picked up on that yet!), WE's got Victory favorites like Hop Wallop, Headwaters Pale Ale, and Golden Monkey.
Grilling Wine: BRIX Wine Shop (6-8p) 1284 Washington St, at Savoy; South End; 617.542.2749 This popular SE wine boutique wants to hook up your next cook-up with this selection of vinos (Argentine/Cali reds, French Rose, and Italian Verdicchio) designed to pair with grilled meats and "sassy, saucy barbecues" -- though just because you invite Bethenny, doesn't mean she's going to show up.
Hard Booze, For When You're Bored of Wine: Charles Street Liquors (5-8p) 143 Charles St, btwn Cambridge and Revere; Beacon Hill; 617.523.5051 Impress fellow tasters with random fun facts about the new-to-the-market Banks Rum, which is
named after explorer botanist Sir Joseph Banks, bottled at 43 percent ABV, and is actually a blend of rums from distilleries located on five different islands free rum.
Head-start: Boston Wine Exchange (Friday, 5-7p) 181 Devonshire St, btwn Milk & Franklin; Financial District; 617.422.0100 Because you're gonna start drinking tonight anyway, kickstart the weekend free-for-all with a brief apres-work gulp of Karlsson's: a smooth potato-flavored Swedish vodka topped with cracked pepper and served neat, also what that cocksure LeBron is probably saying about their tidy handling of the C's.