Post-Thanksgiving Event Calendar May Upset Your Liver

November 28th, 2014 · Beer Releases, Events

Is there something about the week after Thanksgiving that makes people want to drink? There are quite a few stellar events following turkey day, highlighted by two of my favorite festivals of the year: Bigwood and the WA Winter Beer Fest. It all starts today, “Black Friday”, which many breweries across the country have adapted as a day to release big, dark beers.

Here is a list of some upcoming noteworthy events, of which I’m surely missing some from multiple establishments. Feel free to leave a comment with additional events/info.

B-Bomb Release at Fremont Brewing – 11/28 – Fremont releases their popular Bourbon Barrel-Aged Abominable Ale (B-Bomb) with an event from 5pm to 9pm in their Urban Beer Garden. “In addition to having Bourbon Abominable on tap and available for purchase in 22 ounce bottles, there will be five infusions flowing! Be sure to join the party by 7pm when a Fremont brewer will discuss the history of B-Bomb, key ingredients and statistics, the barrel aging and blending process, and how the beer changes with age. ” The party starts at 5pm, but the beer will be on tap and available in 22oz bottles when they open at 11am.

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Release – 11/28 to ? – It sounds like various retailers and establishments across town are expecting their allocation of the coveted Goose Island Bourbon County Stout on Black Friday. The Facebook page for Chuck’s Hop Shop in the CD says, “Our bottles will not be delivered until Friday afternoon so you will have to bear with us. We will make an announcement on Facebook and Instagram as soon as bottles become available. (PLEASE DON’T CALL US!).” That’s very good advice to not call them. If you are looking for BCS, just stop by some bottles shops and see if they have it. Maybe buy something else (Abyss?) even if they don’t, yet. Beer Junction will be having a release event on Monday, 12/1 from 5pm to 8pm. Check our their events page

Old World vs. New World Sours at The Sixgill – 11/29 – Like sours? Yep, I thought so. Here is what will be pouring:
Old World: Rodenbach Grand Cru, Struise Weltmerz Blonde Sour Ale, Mikkeller SpontanRedGrape, Cuvee des Jacobins, Zure van Tildonk Sour Blonde, Trois Dames Saison Houblon, Brouwerij van Honsenbrouck St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition
New World: North Sound Sour Puss, Double Mountain Devil’s Kriek, Cascade Kriek, The Lost Abbey Red Poppy, 10 Barrel Black Currant Crush, Anacortes Flanders Imperial Red, The Bruery Oud Tart

Chicago Night at The Noble Fir – 12/2 – Ellen at The Noble Fir has a soft spot for Chicago (Go Cubs!) and what better way to celebrate than with the release of this year’s Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island. It’s a fantastic beer, even if it is made by a brewery owned by AB InBev (get over it). They will also be pouring a few other gems from Goose Island, including The Ogden (Belgian-style Tripel) and Sofie (Barrel-Aged saison).

Bigwood Festival at Brouwer’s Cafe – 12/4 – 12/7 – Brouwer’s does festivals better than anyone in town, and this is my favorite of their annual events. The tap list will be full of drool-worthy barrel-aged offerings from the likes of Surly Brewing, Boneyard, Deschutes, Bear Republic, Reuben’s Brews and many more. The fun starts when they open at 11am on 12/4, but there will be plenty of great beer on tap throughout the weekend.

Winter Beer Fest – If you tire of WA beer festivals being full of mostly IPAs, then you should check out this festival full of winter seasonals, barrel-aged beers and more. The festival takes place at Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park and will feature over 130 different beers from at least 50 Washington breweries. There are 3 sessions for the festival: Friday from 5pm to 9pm, Saturday from Noon to 4pm and then again from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Tickets available online.

Elevation Beer Company Debut at The Pine Box – 12/5 – Elevation Beer Company, from Poncha Springs, CO, is bringing their creative beers to the Seattle market and will be having a big of a preview of what’s to come at this event (official launch isn’t until early 2015). The brewery strives to make “the highest quality barrel aged and specialty beers we could imagine.” Click the event link for a beer list of what will be pouring. I’ve had a chance to try several of their beers, and they are worth getting excited for. At least a couple of the people behind Elevation lived in Seattle for a time, so this is an exciting launch for them.

Midnight Sun Brewing Night at The Pine Box – 12/6 – What do Berserker, Barfly, Arctic Devil and Termination Dust have in common? These Midnight Sun beers are all over 11.5% ABV and will be on tap for this event. Don’t drive here.

Again, I’m sure I’ve missed plenty of worthy events. Feel free to leave a comment.


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Elysian Brewing Pumpkin Roadshow Rolls Into Brouwer’s Cafe on Wednesday

November 25th, 2014 · Events

While most people are getting ready for some pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving this week, Brouwer’s Cafe is celebrating the holiday in a very fitting way. The pumpkin beer savants from Elysian Brewing will be on hand this Wednesday when Brouwer’s will be tapping a total of 16 pumpkin beers. 8 of the offerings will be from Elysian, while the other 8 are from the likes of Reuben’s Brews, Midnight Sun Brewing and Gigantic Brewing. Pumpkin beers will soon start disappearing from taps and shelves as we progress into the new year, so get them while you still can.

The fun starts at 6pm. The full beer list follows.

From Elysian Brewing:
Great Pumpkin
Night Owl
Dark O the Moon
Mr. Yuck
BBL Dark O the Moon

Other Pumpkin Beers:
Almanac Beer Co Dark Pumpkin Sour
Reuben’s Brews Pumpkin
Port Brewing / The Lost abbey Avant Gorde Pumpkin Brett beer
Gigantic Brewing Company/ Commons Pumpkin Dinner not Dessert
New Belgium Brewing Pumpkick
Midnight Sun Brewing Company Treat
Schooner Exact Brewing Co. Whiskey Dick Cantwell
Southern Tier Brewing Company Pumpking

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Meet Aspall Cyder’s 8th Generation Cydermaker at Capitol Cider Tomorrow

November 24th, 2014 · Cider

Aspall Cyder has been producing cider since Clement Chevallier planted orchards and started the business in the town of Aspall, “A tiny hamlet north of the small market town of Debenham in mid-Suffolk,” back in 1728. The Chevallier family still lives and works among the same orchards today, and Henry Chevallier Guild is now the 8th generation member of the family to run the cidery.

We are lucky enough to have access to Aspall Cyder here in Seattle, and tomorrow (11/25) at 6pm Mr. Chevallier Guild will be in town for an event at Capitol Cider. They will have 5 of their ciders pouring, and they will also have special food pairings. Stop on by to say hello and sample the offerings.

More about Henry Chevallier Guild:

Henry cut his teeth at Aspall running the factory; for him, the excitement that comes from the creation of a food or drink is only matched by the attainment of the knowledge of how to make it. This combination reflects the aspiration and philosophy of the generations of Chevalliers that preceded him. Henry now spends much of his time at Aspall working with the development team to not only create new products but to communicate the joys of Aspall and all things associated to the apple. He travels the world extensively recounting the long history of the Chevalliers’ cyder and vinegar making to Aspall’s export markets. On his travels Henry tries to meet fellow producers sharing with them his knowledge and ideas. All of this he brings home and feeds in to the collective consciousness and knowledge base of the Aspall team.

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130+ Beers to Pour at Washington Winter Beer Fest on December 5

November 21st, 2014 · Events, Washington Breweries

wwbfOne of the most popular festivals of the year, the Washington Winter Beer Festival, returns December 5 with more than 130 beers pouring.

More info from the Washington Brewers Guild:

Friday, December 5, 5-9PM and Saturday, December 6, 12-4PM& 5:30-9:30PM

Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park in Seattle

(Seattle, WA) November 20, 2014- Washington Brewers Guild will present the annual Winter Beer Fest. Now in the second year at the historic Hangar 30 the festival features 50 Washington Brewers and over 130 different beers and for the first time a couple of local ciders. This festival is for the BIG beer lover with additions of sugar and spice and everything nice!

Featuring a wide variety of winter and holiday inspired beers.

  • Big winter warmers such as Seattle local Stoup Brewing’s English inspired Winter Warmer or Kulshan Brewing’s Kitten Mittens Winter Ale from Bellingham.
  • Dark and hearty brews with Imperial Stouts from Boundary Bay, Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Georgetown Brewing, Oharov Russian Imperial Stout, 7 Seas, Chili Pepper Imperial Stout and more.
  • Wood aged beers make a showing with Frosty Frog of Issaquah, aged in Dead Guy Whiskey barrels, Sound Brewing of Poulsbo with their Whiskey Barrel Mayan CaveBear and Hilliard’s of Seattle with Fino Countdown a sherry barrel aged Industrial Porter.
  • Some lighter seasonal, sour and spiced beers are well represented including Snipes Mountain’s Winter Valley a cranberry and apple wheat saison from Sunnyside, Big Al’s Hopped Farm House Ale brewed with brettanomyces, Bing from Naked City in Greenwood, their take on an English Old Ale with cherries and spice or how about a Cinnamon Coconut Porter from Scuttlebutt in Everett.
  • A complete list of 2014 Winter Beer Fest Participating Breweries and Beers is available online at

The Winter Beer Festival will host one session on Friday, December 5 from 5:00PM to 9:00PM and two sessions on Saturday, December 6 from Noon to 4:00PM and 5:30 to 9:30PM. $25 in advance or $30 at the door, if tickets are still available. Advance purchase is recommended. Separate tickets are required for each session. Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and six 5 ounce samples. Additional tokens may be purchased for $1.50 each. Tickets are available online at and at select ticket outlets. This is a 21-and-over-only event.



Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th


Friday Session 5:00PM to 9:00PM

Saturday, Session 1: 12:00PM to 4:00PM, Session 2: 5:30PM to 9:30PM

Doors open 15 minutes before each session begins.

Taps close 30 minutes before closing each session. Separate tickets required for each session.


Hangar 30 at Warren G. Magnuson Park

7400 Sand Point Way NE

Seattle, Washington


$25 advance tickets or $30 at the door, if still available. Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and six 5 ounce samples. Additional sampling tokens available for $1.50. Must be 21 years old or older and have a valid ID to be admitted. Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only.

Tickets sales are online at and at select outlets.


Several Food Trucks will be on site to satisfy and compliment the hearty beers.

Theo Chocolates,, will be sampling chocolate. These rich winter brews pair exceptionally well with the deep and intense flavors of Theo’s hand crafted confections.

Taylor Shellfish Farms,, will be sampling oysters during the festival. Stouts and Porters with their dark roast flavors have been a traditional accompaniment to these briny delicacies.


Washington Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build a community of brewers, promote the quality of craft beer in Washington and protect the interests of brewers and beer drinkers.

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2015 Hops & Props Tickets on Sale Tomorrow

November 18th, 2014 · Events

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (11/19) to the general public for one of the most unique beer events you’ll find anywhere. Hops & Props will feature more than 50 breweries and cideries pouring samples from their booths set up throughout the Museum of Flight, one of the largest private, non-profit air and space museum in the world. The event won’t take place until February 28, 2015, but tickets always sell out well in advance. If you plan to attend, don’t wait; get your tickets when they go on sale tomorrow. Tickets are steep at $85 for the general public, but that includes unlimited tastes, an ample spread of food provided by McCormick & Schmick’s, live music and of course entrance to the museum. All proceeds of this event also go toward supporting The Museum of Flight.

It has been a few years since I attended the event, but it is a great time. It is not necessarily a “beer geek’s” festival, but there are more than enough great beers pouring, and the atmosphere can’t be beat. Ever want to get a picture of yourself in the cockpit of a fighter jet while drinking beer? You can do that here.

The list of breweries has not been announced, but it is typically focused on local breweries with regional/national breweries mixed in.

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Firestone Walker Gems On Tap for 4th Annual Ugly Sweater Party at Brouwer’s Cafe Thursday

November 17th, 2014 · Events

Brouwers Sweater Party 2014 (V2)The holidays are on the way, so it is time to think about pulling that ugly Christmas sweater out of storage or making a stop by Goodwill to snag one. The team at Brouwer’s Cafe is encouraging you to wear your ugly sweaters for their annual holiday event with Firestone Walker, which is coming up this Thursday, November 20 at 6pm. They moved the date of this event up a few weeks this year, so why not kick off the holiday season with gems like 2013 Parabola and their new Velvet Mocha Merlin?

More details from Brouwer’s:

We have moved the date of this around and thought we would try earlier this year before the Holidaze take over and everyone of us has too many social engagements to stay on top of. The formula is pretty simple. We tap some Firestone Walker beers, invite people to join us, encourage them to wear Ugly Sweaters so that they can win prizes. In the past years, pretty much everyone that wore an ugly sweater has left with some kind of prize. Tom comes up with some games to keep the party going, last year there was lots and lots of limbo going on, and everyone in attendance probably is still sick of the limbo song. That’s the idea. This year there will be the option to cross stitch your own ugly sweater ornament. Supplies will be limited.

We will be tapping:
15th Anniversary
Parabola 2013
Mocha Merlin
Agrestic Sour
Union Jack Ipa
Wookie Jack Black Rye Ipa
DBL Jack Imp Ipa
Pivo Pilsner

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Silver City Brewery Set to Release Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Scrooge This Friday

November 13th, 2014 · Beer Releases, Washington Breweries

silverSilver City Brewery’s Old Scrooge is pretty damn good in its original format; it did just win a silver medal at GABF, after all. But, take that beer and put it in bourbon barrels for a year, and the results should be pretty outstanding indeed.

They will be releasing Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Scrooge this Friday, November 14, at the brewery taproom in Bremerton. There will be a limited amount of 22oz bottles for sale, with a maximum of 6 bottles per customer. I’m also assuming they will be pouring it on draught. There will also be special variety packs on sale, which include 12-22oz bottles of various beers, including specialties like the Bourbon Barrel Old Scrooge, The Giant Made of Shadows, B-Town Sour Brown and more.


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Black Raven Brewing & Stone Brewing Collaboration Night at The Sixgill Saturday

November 11th, 2014 · Uncategorized

unnamedThis upcoming Saturday, November 15, The Sixgill will be hosting a collaboration night with Black Raven Brewing and Stone Brewing. The event will feature their Unabridged Wine Barrel Aged Saison, which was released last month. You can read more about the beer below.

In addition to the collaboration beer, The Sixgill will be filling their taps with other gems from these two breweries:

From Black Raven Brewing Co.: Great Grandfather Raven, Jacksaw Dark Pumpkin Saison, Wheat Wine, Festivus Holiday Ale, Old Birdbrain Barleywine, Session Whiskey Ginger Ale, Bourbon Barrel La Petit Mort, Splinters Bourbon Barrel Strong Scotch Ale

Fron Stone Brewing Co.: Arbalest Bourbon Barrel Belgian, Reason Be Damned Red Wine Barrel Aged Abbey Ale, Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard, Lucky Bastard, and Xocoveza Mocha Stout

More info about the Unabridged collaboration saison:

Wine Barrel Aged Saison with Sumo oranges and acacia chips
5.0% ABV

The story behind the beer:
“One of Black Raven’s brewers visited Stone Brewing a few years ago and met Steve. The idea of someday collaborating was discussed. In April of 2014, the concept came to life when Steve and Beaux brewed this beer at Black Raven Brewing in Redmond, WA.”

The beer:
“I’m not sure it really nails a style. The base is pretty much a saison, fermented with a spicy, phenolic Belgian yeast and then aged in wine barrels (red and white). Sumo Mandarin oranges and acacia chips were added during maturation. I think it really is a celebration of both brewers affinity for barrel flavor contributions and some non-typical brewing ingredients.” – Beaux Bowman

Tasting notes (Beaux Bowman – Head Brewer/Black Raven Brewing):
“Light pale in color with a balanced malt and hop profile. Swirl your glass for bold aromatics of perfume, citrus fruit and essence of wine barrel. Drinks lightly dry with a touch of soft mouth-feel providing the foundation to carry these bold flavors without becoming overpowering.”

Tasting notes (Steve Gonzalez – Research Brewer/Stone Brewing):
“Some pleasing native funk from the wine barrels and tons of citrus up front on the nose. Specialty malt provides some mouth-feel and silkiness, and there is some mid-palate wine and stone fruit coming through. The finish is huge citrus, along with some spicy phenolic flavors from the Belgian yeast.”

Technical data:
Malts: Pilsner, wheat, rye and oats.
Hops: Styrian Golding, GR Opal, CZ Saaz
Yeast: Wyeast 3522 Ardennes
ABV: 5.0%
IBU: 27
Process: Matured in red and white wine barrels with Sumo Mandarin oranges. Acacia chips added post barrel along with additional fruit peel.

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Reuben’s Brews Set to Release Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout on Saturday, November 15

November 10th, 2014 · Beer Releases, Washington Breweries

Image from Reuben’s Brews on Twitter.

Heads up, stout drinkers. Reuben’s Brews is set to release their 2014 batch of Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout this upcoming Saturday, November 15, at their taproom in Ballard. They will have a limited amount of bottles available, and they will have both the 2014 and 2013 vintages pouring on draught. They will also have the base, non-barrel-aged imperial stout pouring, as well as a beer brewed from the second runnings of the stout.

More info from Adam at Reuben’s Brews:

In October 2013 we released our first batch of our Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout (BBIS). We brewed an Imperial Stout specifically for barrel aging back in 2012, just a few months after we opened. We sourced the barrels, gave the beer time, and just over a year from when the beer was brewed it was released.  That was an amazing day – we reduced the bottle limit halfway through and all the bottles were still gone in an hour.  But we had the beer on tap too, so everyone could try it. Thank you again to everyone who came!

The beer was well received that day, and it also picked up some nice accolades in the following months – winning Best Barrel Aged Beer in the Pacific Northwest in the US Beer Tasting Championships, and a Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships.

But we always want to get better! We managed to source 30 year old barrels for this year’s batch so the barrel character of this beer is really rounded, chocolatey and deep. We also changed the recipe just slightly to give the brew a little more roast backbone. This batch was a blend of four barrels, and is pouring nice and full with rich chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. We have all the elements of the barrel, bourbon and base beer in this blend – exactly what we’re looking for.

We’re releasing bottles of our 2014 Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout (BBIS) on Saturday, Nov. 15 at noon in the taproom. The wax-dipped 22oz bottles will be available on a first-come/first-served basis. We have a few more cases available than last year – but not a lot – so we’re anticipating a limit of three bottles per person. The price will continue to be the same as last year at $15 a bottle. Because it is a limited release it will be just taproom availability.

To celebrate the release on the 15th we’ll have some additional special beers on tap and Burgerphenia will be with us serving food – including some breakfast sandwiches for the early starters! On tap we’ll have the 2014 BBIS, it’s base beer – the 2014 non-barrel aged Imperial Stout, and we’ll bring out one 1/6BBL of the 2013 BBIS. After this, we only have one more 1/6 BBL of the 2013 BBIS. We’ll also pour the parti-gyle beer “Emperor’s Son” – the beer we brewed from the second runnings from the Imperial Stout.  That alone made a 5% beer!

Thank you for your continued support, and we hope you enjoy the 2014 Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout.

Cheers, Adam

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Drizly Brings Beer, Wine & Liquor Delivery Service to Seattle

November 6th, 2014 · General Beer News

I really can’t imagine needing a liquor delivery service (you should see how stocked our fridge is), but for those who have always wanted the convenience of having someone bring you a six-pack to your doorstep, Drizly has you covered. They promise 20 to 40 minute delivery service with “the same prices as in-store”.

The selection available to you depends on your location and which retailer they partner with in that area. Their press release has a quote from the owner of Downtown Spirits, which has been providing limited delivery service themselves for at least a year. It looks like they are the main retailer for a chunk of their delivery area. They have a solid beer selection, so that’s a pleasant choice. I believe that Ballard Liquor is their retailer for orders in the Ballard area, and their beer selection is much more limited.

Drizly uses a nifty app so that you can easily order from your phone. I set up an account this morning and tested it out, and it is quite simple to use. They don’t deliver to my home address (just outside their delivery area), but using a downtown address I could have 4 bottles of Firestone Walker Wookey Jack delivered at a very fair price of $5.99 per 22oz bottle, plus tax and a $2.50 tip. There is typically a $5 delivery fee, which Drizly is waiving through November 30.

For anyone under 21 thinking that this might be an easy way to get your hands on some booze, this is what their website says about their process for ensuring that customers are 21+:

Drizly has proprietary ID verification technology that it provides to its retail partners that allows drivers to scan IDs for more than a barcode. Drizly is also the only company that has sought and received blessing for our business model from state alcohol regulators.

You can read more info about Drizly’s business model here.

Press Release:

SEATTLE – November 6, 2014 Drizly, the technology company powering fast, convenient beer, wine and liquor delivery for consumers and businesses across the U.S., today continues its rapid North American expansion with the unveiling of service throughout Seattle, Wash.

Areas in Seattle where Drizly is now available to consumers and businesses include Downtown, Belltown, South Lake Union, Madrona, Capitol Hill, Madison Park, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Ballard, Fremont, Green Lake, Wedgewood, Northgate, Broadview, and the University District. Additional areas will be added and announced as they become available.

Seattle is the ninth major metropolitan market serviced by Drizly, joining Boston, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, Washington D.C., Austin, and Indianapolis.

Drizly is the fastest, most convenient way for consumers of legal drinking age to get beer, wine and liquor delivered. Users simply download the free app to their smartphone (iPhone and Android), or log on to, and are instantly shopping from thousands of products through Drizly’s retail partner network, all at the same price as in the store. With a few taps of the finger, the consumer’s beverages of choice are delivered in 20-40 minutes.

“Seattle gave us the jet age, desktop computing and free two-day shipping on almost anything. It deserves an innovation like alcohol delivery,” said Nick Rellas, co-founder and CEO of Drizly. “Seattleites are sophisticated, tech-savvy consumers who love wine and craft beer, and value convenience. It’s a perfect fit for Drizly.”

“As a family-owned retailer competing with national chain stores, we differentiate through great service and exceptional selection,” saidMarques Warren, owner of Downtown Spirits. “Seattleites value conveniences like delivery, and when it comes to alcohol delivery, Drizly’s technology, experience and dedication make it the gold standard.”

As a special welcome to new users in Seattle, Drizly is offering free delivery on all orders through November 30. The free delivery, a $5 value, will be automatically applied at checkout. For these types of promotions and more, residents of Seattle are encouraged to follow@DrizlySEATTLE on Twitter.


Drizly is a technology company powering fast, convenient delivery of beer, wine and liquor to consumers across the United States. With a free mobile lifestyle app for iOS and Android, and an e-commerce website, consumers of legal drinking age simply log in, and with a few clicks, their favorite beer, wine or liquor is on its way. Delivery drivers authenticate and validate IDs upon arrival using proprietary Drizly technology. Backed by a world-class group of angel and institutional investors, the company has raised $4.8 million to become the premier alcohol delivery service in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, Washington D.C., and other cities across the United States. For more info, please visit


•    iPhone:
•    Android:


  1. Download Drizly to your iPhone or Android phone, or log on to

  2. Sign up and add your favorite beer, wine and liquor to your cart.

  3. Check out, enter discount codes, pay and tip your driver, all right from Drizly.

  4. In less than one hour, your alcohol will be delivered.

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