booze

Turns out that the Hobbits all live in Kiwi-land (i.e. New Zealand). This actually makes perfect sense. Why didn’t I think about that before?

Hobbiton has been a thing since 2002; it’s a tourist village in New Zealand that’s been modeled after Middle Earth. It’s also where The Hobbit was filmed, so tourism is expected to increase substantially once the movie is released.  The Lord of the Rings trilogy was also filmed not far from there, in the town of Matamata.

Just in time for Hobbiton’s 10th anniversary this coming weekend, they’ve opened up a Hobbit pub called the Green Dragon.  The Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, cut the ribbon (in this case, cut the chain with bolt cutters) at the opening ceremony.

As part of the tourist attraction, guests can stop by for some boozin’ at the end of their tour on the way out.  Because, well, why the hell would they want to deal with the drunks?  Just leave ‘em off to the side.  They’ll be fine.

Jump as far as you can for more pictures of the pub and see for yourself how it would feel to drink in Middle Earth, yourself.

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While the flux-capacitor hasn’t been perfected, and we can’t help you fix any past holiday humbuggery, maybe we can help you get this holiday season off to a good start.

For the next 12 days (Dec 1st-12th), the staff of Nerd Bastards will be listing a few of their favorite nerdy things. Gadgets, doohickeys, thingamabobs and more – all sorts of  items that have been Nerd tested and Bastard approved. Basically, stuff you want, things you need, and everything you can’t have.

We hope you’ll  find some unique and nerdtastic gifts among our selections, and that they make their way under your tree, Menorah or Kwanzaa bush.

Hit the jump for Matthew Jackson’s list of Nerdful things. Check back tomorrow for Chris D‘s list. To see archive of this feature, click HERE.

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OK, I’m not as big of an Anime fan as I used to be. Many of these newer series suck righteous balls, but Neon Genesis Evangelion has held a special place in my nerdy little heart. Packed with action, drama and more teen angst then an episode of Gossip Girl, it’s been able to hold it’s own as a timeless series in Japanese animation. The products associated with it however are another story. With over 6000 different products with the series stamped on it, some can get pretty pricey. But, that’s nothing to those willing to spend a bit more for their collection.

Limited to only 333 bottles, these  750ml bottles will set you back a more then a pretty penny. Labeled as “Evangelion Sparkling” each bottle of wine will set you back only a mere $600 but hey it’s only booze right? Wrong.
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