Plus, a new initiative increase access to banned books
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☕ The buzz on Dunkin’ Spiked
There are four flavors including original, vanilla, caramel, and mocha. | Photo by BOStoday team
Boston’s favorite coffee chain has brewed up a ready-to-drink alcoholic beverage with the new Dunkin’ Spiked products. In case you missed it, these canned coffee and teas are hitting shelves near you.

Ready for an honest review of these new boozy Dunkin’ drinks? We teamed up with Key (aka @wannabestayathomedad) to sample the spiked beverages.


City Editors Jess and Vicki trying Dunkin’ Iced Coffees with foodie influencer Key.


Photo by BOStoday team

There are four Iced Coffee flavors. Here’s a breakdown of where we would rank each one.
  • Mocha — Strong chocolate flavor on the first sip, like a Tootsie Roll.
  • Caramel — Tastes the most like fall, roasted and nutty flavor profile.
  • Original — Tastes like a coffee cocktail, with a slight (but not overpowering) boozy kick.
  • Vanilla — Sweeter version of the original flavor, with just a hint of vanilla.
We also sampled the four tea flavors. Here’s what we thought.
  • Slightly Sweet — This version of sweetened tea offers a squeeze of lemon, with similar vibes to Twisted Tea.
  • Half and Half — A blend of tea and lemonade, this was most refreshing sip of the experience.
  • Strawberry Dragonfruit Refresher — This pink sip is made with green tea and has a strong fruit flavor.
  • Mango Pineapple Refresher — As a beach-ready combination of mango and pineapple, this flavor offers a tropical + fruity escape.
Dunkin’ Spiked drinks are available in grocery stores and packies in 12 states. Find your closest store here.
Would you try Dunkin’ Spiked?

A. Yes — I love all things Dunkin’
B. No — Canned cocktails aren’t for me
C. I might try them now
D. I don’t drink alcohol
Friday, Sept. 29
  • Spice Blend Class: Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice | Friday, Sept. 29 | 6-8 p.m. | More Than Words Bookstore, 242 E Berkeley St., Boston | $60 | Join Curio Spice Co. at the South End bookstore to create your own pumpkin spice blend.
  • The Wombats | Friday, Sept. 29, Wednesday, Oct. 4 | 7 p.m. | Big Night Live, 110 Causeway St., Boston | $40 | “Let’s dance to...” this English indie rock trio on their North American tour.
Saturday, Sept. 30
  • Robo Boston: Robot Block Party | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | District Hall, 75 Northern Ave., Boston | Free | Immerse yourself in various STEM activities and interactive demonstrations at the annual block party.
  • Calling all Curious: Open House | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 12-3 p.m. | Boston Athenaeum, 10 ½ Beacon St., Boston | Free | This annual open house includes a bookmaking workshop, a paste-paper demonstration by the Athenaeum’s conservation team, exhibition spotlights led by curators, a treasure hunt, and more.
  • The BreakBomb Project | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 10 p.m. | Memoire, 1 Broadway, Everett | $20 | Sweat away the stress of the week with tunes from this budding local DJ.
Sunday, Oct. 1
  • Dogtoberfest | Sunday, Oct. 1 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston | $0-$25 | Have a doggone good time and support the MSPCA with a community road race and celebrate at the finish line at the Seaport brewery.
  • Scowl | Sunday, Oct. 1 | 7 p.m. | Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston | $20 | The raucous hardcore from these Santa Cruz punks will give you something to smile about.
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👀 Here’s what new at Gillette Stadium
New England Revolution
Kicking it at Gillette Stadium just got even better. | Photo by David Sarnevitz
The newly-renovated stadium and home to the playoff-bound New England Revolution has several new additions, like:
  • The largest outdoor curved-radius video board at a sports venue in the US
  • The new G-P Atrium, a 50,000-sqft space overlooking the field
  • A newly reimagined Enel Plaza, location of the Fan Zone (which now includes a DJ, subsoccer, soccer pong, and more)
  • The Gillette Stadium Lighthouse, a new signature 22-story lighthouse open to guests year-round starting Oct. 1
  • And more
News Notes
  • Don’t call it a comeback — The iconic John Hancock sign could return to Boston’s skyline. If approved by the BPDA, the 60-ft long and 20-ft high sign that was removed from Fenway Park last year could move to the company’s US headquarters at 200 Berkeley St. (Boston Business Journal)
  • Mayor Wu and the Public Works Department are moving forward on the Long Island Bridge replacement and will hire a firm to manage the progress and completion of the project. Applications are due on Friday, Oct. 20.
  • 22,019. That’s the field size for the 128th Boston Marathon after the Boston Athletic Association adjusted the qualifying race times. The qualifiers who submitted times that were 5 minutes, 29 seconds faster than the standard for the runner’s age and gender group were accepted, which is the strictest cutoff time in a decade.
  • Massachusetts General Hospital has received the largest gift for cancer research in its history. The center will be renamed to the Krantz Family Center for Cancer Research after receiving a donation of an undisclosed amount that will cover funding for research and new technologies, plus an endowment. (Boston Globe)
  • A travel website featured the Festival of the Dead as one of the best Halloween events in the US. The list highlighted 16 seasonal events (including the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival) and said that Salem is one of the best places to visit in October. We agree — plan your next visit with our guide. (
  • Longtime Boston bartender Seth Freidus is hosting a pop-up on Monday, Oct. 2 at Offsuit. This is ahead of his debut solo project called Good Company, which is expected to open in October in Charlestown. RSVP by email to try drinks from the opening menu.
  • Newbury Street will have two new Swiss luxury watch brands moving into the former Burberry location. IWC Schaffhausen + Panerai are planning to open the ~5,000-sqft space this fall. (Boston Business Journal)
  • Borrow from your home — not the bank. Your home value could go down anytime; borrow now while it’s high. Calculate your payment.*
📚 More banned books access
Interior view of the Copley Square Boston Public Library branch
Become a literacy volunteer through the BPL. | Photo by @wirangrongg
The Boston Public Library is the third public library in the US to join the Books Unbanned initiative to help fight censorship + book banning, following in the footsteps of the Brooklyn Public Library and the Seattle Public Library (hey, SEAtoday). The program will offer US teens and young adults ages 13-26 free access to resources in the library’s digital collection.

Books Unbanned was created to help counter the ~20% increase in attempts to remove books from public and school libraries around the country.

The Boston Public Library’s Books Unbanned card is valid for one year and will allow cardholders to check out a maximum of 10 titles at a time + place 10 holds.

Save the date for this weekend’s Books Unbanned event Let Freedom Read: Statewide Read-In to Fight Censorship, on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Central Library in Copley Square.
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The Wrap
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From the editor
As I was scrolling Instagram this week, I came across a sad update from the Everett brewery Bone Up Brewing.

Long story short, they aren’t closing but they are facing challenges outside of their control that might result in them shutting down or moving. Help support the local brewery by paying them a visit this weekend and enjoying a brew or two.
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