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Upland Lambic Lottery Goes Live

Upland Brewing opened a new sour lottery this afternoon. Time to get your requests in for their newest batches of Lambic. This time around, you’ll have chances to buy Peach, Persimmon and Pawpaw.

Click HERE to get entered. The lottery will close on Thursday, April 30th.

More details on the lottery and the beers can be found in the official announcement below.

Good Luck!

On April 23rd, Upland Brewing Company will open an online lottery for the release of three of its sour ales: Peach, Persimmon, and Pawpaw. Bottles will be limited to 2 Peach, 1 Persimmon and 1 Pawpaw per winner. The lottery will open at noon EDT on Thursday, April 23rd and close at noon EDT on Thursday April 30th.

To enter visit  www.uplandsours.eventbrite.com

You must specify your preferred pick-up location (Bloomington Brewpub or Indianapolis Tasting Room in Broad Ripple) at the time of entry, and pickup locations cannot be changed after a reservation request has been made. 

Lottery winners will be randomly drawn and notified via email on May 4th, and can purchase the sour ale(s) they selected at their preferred pickup location from May 13th through May 27th. Sour Ale Program director, Caleb Staton, will be leading tours Saturday, May 23rd at 3 and 4 pm. Tours will also be offered Sunday May 24th at 3, 4, and 5pm. Reservations will be required for tours and can be made by emailing sours@uplandbeer.com.

Bottles may be picked up at the Bloomington Brewpub 11am-midnight Monday through Thursday, 11am-1am Friday and Saturday, and noon to midnight Sunday, or at the Indianapolis Tasting Room 4pm-10pm Monday through Thursday and noon to midnight Friday and Saturday. Please note the Indianapolis Tasting Room cannot sell carryout on Sunday, in accordance with Indiana state law. Each bottle will cost $25 plus applicable sales tax.   Read more »

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Weekend Beer Buzz 04/23/2015

It’s a beautiful weekend for Denver’s Craft Beer Scene. We’ve got an awesome pair of Anniversary Parties, the return of BrüFrou, a new barrel-aged release from Avery, oysters on the half shell, a giant Beer Hunter’s Report and more.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

  • 4 Year Anniversary, Copper Kettle Brewing Company, Denver, CO, Thu – Sun

Copper Kettle will celebrate 4 years, with 4 days of special tappings:

Thursday is Fan Favorite Firkins with Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Watermelon Helles, and 12 Hops IPA.

Friday is Staff Showdown, featuring 9 different beers from the CKBC Staff, including a Barrel-Aged Key Lime Saison, Blood Orange Gose, and Black Berlinerweisse.

Saturday is the tapping of Macallan 18 Russian Imperial Stout, which was aged in a Macallan Scotch Barrel.

Sunday is the tapping of Framboise Sour Ale, which has been aging in wine barrels for 22 months!

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In all, 14 beers are set to be tapped over the 4-days of celebrating and imbibing. Check the links above for more details, including tapping times, food truck schedules and live music. Copper Kettle Brewing Co. is located at: 1338 S Valentia St #101, Denver, CO 80247.

  • Upslope Tap Takeover, Colorado Plus, Wheat Ridge, CO, 6 PM

Colorado Plus will host Upslope Brewing for a mini-Tap Takeover on Thursday evening. Come on out for 5 beers on tap, plus the opportunity to win some great Upslope Gear. Colorado Plus is located at: 6995 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO.

Ratio Beerworks will take over the taps at Local 46 on Thursday evening. Come out and sample the lineup from one of Denver’s best young breweries. Local 46 is located at: 4586 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212.

Head to the Denver Bicycle Cafe on Thursday for Meet the Brewer night with Station 26. Come out and say hi. Bring your questions and come thirsty to try some samples from these GABF medal winners. The Denver Bicycle Cafe is located at: 1308 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218.

Friday, April 24th, 2015

  • New Tappings, Comrade Brewing, Denver, CO, Noon

Two new beers will hit the lines at Comrade at Noon on Friday. From Comrade Owner David Lin:

“Moneypenny English Summer Ale has returned. Brewed with Marris Otter and wheat, it’s hopped and dry hopped with East Kent Goldings and Cascade. Clean and crisp with a herbal, lightly spicy floral hop aroma and low bitterness. 5.2% ABV.

“Also tapping our SMaSH Melon. Single malt and single hop beer, Pilsner malt and Hull Melon Hops. Easy drinking blonde ale with a subtle and distinctive honeydew melon and strawberry aroma and flavor. 5.3% ABV.”

Scroll down for details on Comrade’s 1-Year Anniversary Party, set for Saturday, April 25th. Comrade Brewing is located at: 7667 E Iliff Ave, Suite F, Denver, CO 80231.

  • Ground Rule Tripel Tapping, Grist Brewing, Highlands Ranch, CO

Grist Brewing will release their Ground Rule Tripel on Friday. This 7.5% Belgian-style Tripel is described as a “light bodied, slightly sweet, citrusy, estery brew”. Grist Brewing is located at: 9150 Commerce Center Cir, Suite 300, Highlands Ranch, CO.

Dry Dock’s releasing bombers of their refreshing Cool Lime Lager at The Canoe Room on Friday afternoon. Brewed with two varieties of limes and kaffir lime leaves, Cool Lime Lager is the perfect Summer-time quencher.

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Bomber sales begin at Noon. The Canoe Room at North Dock is located at: 2801 Tower Rd, Aurora, CO 80011.  Read more »

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Beer Hunter’s Report 04/22/2015

Every week, Scott put his ear to the bottle, takes to the streets and seeks out all the new brews hitting the better bottle shops around town. You’ll find his Beer Hunter’s Report posted here every Wednesday. Any last-minute additions can be found in Thursday’s Weekend Beer Buzz.

Check it out and enjoy!

  • Green Bench Brewing out of St. Petersburg, FL, is entering the Denver market! Look for Saison de Banc VertSaison de Banc NoirSaison de Banc Vert Naturally Conditioned on BrettSaison de Banc Noir Naturally Conditioned on Brett, Trinity Collaboration Sauvage Blanc and The Famous Flying Zacchinis. These are starting to hit stores now. Read the Brewtally Insane article for more information.
  • Spencer Trappist Ale has also entered the Colorado market! Schwing!
  • Westbrook Shane’s DIPA is hitting.
  • Hop Concept Hop Freshener Citrus & Piney. So citrusy, so piney.
  • Trinity Magical Brett Tour #2, Brett Brux is all up in here.
  • Crooked Stave Petite Sour Boysenberry should hit this week (or soon). This week, Sin Frontera, a collaboration with Jester King and Trois Dames, releases from Crooked Stave this week (4/22).
  • Avery Tectum et Elix should be on shelves soon. Insula multos Collibus releases from Avery on Sunday. Raining beer.
  • Lagunitas High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout should hit soon? Maybe?
  • AC Golden Brewing Company Colorado Native Double IPL. Haters gonna hate, but ainter’s gonna ain’t.

Cheers!

By: Scott Steigerwald

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BrüFrou Pairing Menu Preview

With BrüFrou just a few days away, we figured it was time to start sharing some of the amazing pairings that are shaping up for the big event. There are two tasting sessions set for Saturday, April 25th and a handful of tickets still remain. Enter the promo code “wild20″ and save yourself $20! The afternoon session runs from 1 – 4 PM, followed by the evening session which goes from 5 – 8 PM.

In addition to the teaser menu below, click HERE for a few tips from a BrüFrou veteran to help make the most of your experience. Grab your tickets today, save some $ with “wild20″ and join us for a delicious day of craft beer and tasty bites.

  • Avery Brewing Company > The Maharaja Imperial IPA
    PAIRED WITH
    Euclid Hall > Citrus scented beef hot link, butter crackers, gorgonzola pimento
  • Black Bottle Brewery > American Pale Ale (Collaboration with West End Tap House)
    PAIRED WITH
    West End Tap House > Wild Boar Joe Bite, served on a crispy wonton chip, with Diced Apple, pickle slaw Garnish! (pickles are horseradish/habanero pickles made locally by the “Real Dill” pickle company)
  • Coda Brewing Co. > Sleepyhead – Passionfruit Imperial Kolsch, along with a debut – The BruFrou Breakfast Cream Stout, made with Oatmeal, Milk, Chocolate, and Coffee.
    PAIRED WITH
    Sugarmill > Caramelized Passion Fruit Chiffon Cake
  • Crazy Mountain Brewing Company > Neomexicanus- native pale ale; and Roland Junior, India Brown
    PAIRED WITH
    Denver Biscuit Company > The Franklin Slider: Chicken Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Tender Belly Bacon, and cheddar cheese smothered in sausage
  • Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project > Vieille Artisanal Saison – Dry Hopped Saison PAIRED WITH
    Cart-Driver Denver > Smoked shrimp salad with paprika, asparagus, garlic aioli and campfire lemongrass espuma
  • Denver Beer Co > Princess Yum Yum Raspberry Kolsch
    PAIRED WITH
    Jax Fish House LoDo > Seared Duck Andouille and DBC “Employee of the Month” mustard, Brioche Toast or BBQ shrimp, baked beans, watermelon
  • Elevation Beer Company > Apis IV Belgian Quad
    PAIRED WITH
    Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe > Liver Forward Bahn Mi sitting on a cucumber slice
  • Epic Brewing Company > Sour Apple Saison
    PAIRED WITH
    Los Chingones > Brainless Raspberry BBQ Short Rib Taco: Epic Escape IPA braised short rib, sour apple saison-ginger slaw, micro wasabi.

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Green Bench Brewing Arrives in Colorado

Crooked Stave Artisans just announced they’ll be partnering with Florida’s Green Bench Brewing Co., to bring a selection of bottles into Colorado for distribution. Green Bench is making waves in the beer world for their well-crafted and very tasty Saisons, which were recently seen pouring at TRiNiTY’s Saison & Farmhouse Invitational.

You’ll find additional details, including a listing of the beers arriving, in the press release below.

Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing (CSA) Introduces Green Bench Brewing Co. Bottles to Denver 

Denver, Colo. – April 21st, 2015 – Starting this week, Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing (CSA) will introduce a selection of bottles from Green Bench Brewing Co. to independent liquor stores, bars, and restaurants throughout the state. This will be the first time the St. Petersburg, Florida based brewery will be regularly available in the Denver metro area and beyond.

Green Bench, which opened its doors in September 2013, is St. Petersburg’s first microbrewery and was named in honor of St. Petersburg’s old nickname, “City of the Green Benches” – the downtown sidewalks were lined with thousands of green benches in the early 1900’s. Since opening, Green Bench has garnered multiple awards for its beer at the 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship and was also named one of the Top 10 breweries of the year. 

With a 15-barrel brewhouse, five 15-barrel fermenters, and one custom-built oak foeder, Green Bench head brewer Khris Johnson produces a variety of American styles including several IPAs in addition to a 100% oak-fermented line of Franco-Belgian styles.

“Sharing a sense of excitement for the complexities that emerge when wild fermentations are allowed to linger in oak, the thoughtful minds at Green Bench have created a complex and delicate range of beers. Their use of a foeder that uniquely combines French and American oak allows for a highly intricate foundation of flavor for the wild characteristics to build upon,” says CSA Buyer André DiMattia. “Emerging within America’s somewhat boisterous beer scene of Brett-forward and bacteria-laced beverages, Green Bench’s offerings are certain to grab the attention of many given the precision and clarity of flavor found within each of their new bottled offerings. This is a great beginning to something that we feel will be a beneficial contribution to the world of wild beers.” Read more »

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The Numbers Behind Craft Beer

We survived the 2015 Craft Brewers Conference (CBC). This time around, the annual event took us to the self-proclaimed “Beervana” of Portland, Oregon, for a week of craft beer seminars with industry leaders, the opportunity to check out new products at BrewExpo, plus the opportunity to share ideas and plenty of beers with people working in every imaginable facet of the craft beer world.

One of the highlights of CBC week was the State of the Industry address, led by Brewers Association Director Paul Gatza, and Chief Economist Bart Watson. The presentation highlighted some facts that we felt needed to be shared as we try to spread the gospel of craft beer through what we do here every day at Brewtally Insane.

Admittedly, some of these numbers were expected, while others were pretty eye-opening.

  • 3,418 craft breweries operating in the U.S.
  • 615 craft breweries opened and only 46 closed in 2014. In comparison, 502 craft breweries opened in 2013 and 68 closed in 2013.
  • 2,051 craft breweries in planning stages. *As of 12/31/14.
  • 22.2 Million Bbls of craft beer sold in 2014!
  • IPA’s are the top craft beer style, accounting for 46.9% of volume growth.
  • Colorado ranked #4 for craft brewery openings in 2014 with 55. Only Washington (83!), New York (67) and California (59) had more brewery openings last year.
  • Colorado ranked #3 for state breweries per capita, with 6.1 breweries per 100,000 21+ adults. Vermont ranked #1 with 8.6, followed by #2 Oregon with 6.7.
  • Small Brewers have created 115,469 jobs in the U.S.

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Breckenridge Reveals Comic Con Brew

Brecekenridge Brewery has announced this year’s Comic Con Beer. Hulk’s Mash Pale Ale offers a superhero-sized punch of Mosaic hops and pureed Mangos. The beer has notes of “mango, lemon, citrus, and earthy pine scents”.

Hulk’s Mash will launch on Friday, May 1st at The 1up. More details on this special Comic Con brew and where to find it around town, can be found in the Press Release below.

Breckenridge Brewery Announces 2015 Denver Comic Con Beer: Hulk’s Mash

Denver, CO – April 14, 2015 – Since Comic Con graced Denver with its first conference in 2012, Breckenridge Brewery has been a loyal and active sponsor.  Each year the brewery creates a special beer for the conference, and with friends from Denver Comic Con, it hosts a popular name-the-beer contest through social media.  This year’s knock-out Comic Con beer, “Hulk’s Mash,” will debut Friday, May 1st at The 1up – Colfax at 717 East Colfax Avenue in Denver.  The 1up – Colfax and The 1up – Lodo will have the beer on tap leading up to the conference May 23-25.

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The beer is delightful pale ale made with mango puree and Mosaic hops.  It sounds mild-mannered, but don’t be fooled.  Mosaic hops produce an aromatic punch of mango, lemon, citrus, and earthy pine scents.  Loads of pulverized mangos heroically balance the hoppy aroma and flavor.

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Dry Dock Brewing Bottles Cool Lime Lager

Dry Dock has announced their plans to release their refreshing Cool Lime Lager in 22oz. bombers. Just in time for warmer temperatures, the 5.2% ABV beer is made with two varieties of limes and kaffir lime leaves, giving the beer its complex citrus flavors.

Cool Lime Lager will launch at Dry Dock’s Cane Room on Friday, April 24th, beginning at Noon. More details can be found in the press release below.

Dry Dock Brewing Company Releases Cool Lime Lager In Bombers

AURORA, CO— The Cool Lime Lager is back! Originally brewed for Old Chicago’s 2014 Cinco De Mayo Tour, the refreshing Cool Lime Lager was such a hit that Dry Dock decided to start packaging it for the 2015 summer season. This April the beer will be available in 22-ounce bombers for the first time.

Canoe Room at North Dock, Dry Dock’s production facility tasting room, will host a Cool Lime Lager bomber release party on Friday, April 24 from 12pm to 7pm. The beer will be available on draft and in bombers to go. Cool Lime Lager will be available on draft and in bombers at South Dock, Dry Dock’s original location, the first week of May.

ABOUT THE COOL LIME LAGER

Nothing says patio beer like crisp, refreshing lager. Add limes and you’ve got yourself a party. Dry Dock’s Cool Lime Lager is brewed with two different varieties of lime and kaffir lime leaves for a complex citrus flavor that’s as easy drinking as the summer days are long.

5.2% ABV, 12 IBU

Food Pairing Suggestions: spicy Mexican food, chips & salsa, fish tacos, chicken mole, and coconut flan for dessert.

ABOUT DRY DOCK BREWING CO.

Dry Dock Brewing Company was the first brewery in Aurora, Colorado that opened next door to its sister business, The Brew Hut, at 15120 E. Hampden Avenue. To-date, it’s one of Colorado’s top producing breweries made possible by its second production facility North Dock, the closest Colorado craft brewery to the airport. Dry Dock will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2015.

Follow the company on Facebook at facebook.com/DryDockBrewing and on Instagram and Twitter @DryDockBrewing.

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Avery Brewing Announces ‘Sour Spring’ Releases

There’s some truly amazing beers in the works over at Avery Brewing Company. Get ready for a Spring full of Barrel-Aged Sour releases. Here’s the scoop on these new brews, which includes a Raspberry Sour, from a new year-round series called Botanicals & Barrels.

Enjoy.

Avery Brewing Releases Four New Sour Beers for a ‘Sour Spring’
Aged in wine, Bourbon, and tequila barrels, plus the year-round Raspberry Sour

Boulder, CO – Avery Brewing has one of the oldest craft beer barrel-aging programs in the country. Over the past decade, they have created a wide variety of innovative projects including beers aged in rum barrels, beers aged in Madeira barrels, and what they call “beer-grape hybrids” in which a portion of the fermentables are wine grapes. Since moving into their new brewery earlier this year, Avery’s brewers now have the capacity to experiment with these projects at the level they’ve always dreamed of, and they’re thrilled to be creating enough barrel-aged beers that sour beer fans across the country can finally get a taste.

In the next two months, Avery is releasing four sour beers, all of which are radically diverse. Avery has always lived the mantra of “go big or go home,” and the impending onslaught of their barrel-aged beers is yet another embodiment of that philosophy.

Tectum et Elix, a sour ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, kicks off what Avery is calling “Sour Spring”. Founder and CEO Adam Avery says Tectum et Elix is hugely different than any sour Avery has made before. “Rather than using our house strain of Brettanomyces, we used multiple Brett and Saccharomyces strains, which created a much funkier beer. It’s earthy, it’s rustic, and it’s delicious.”

Avery is known for their mysterious Latin beer names, and this time the etymology is a nod to their new brewery. “The Avery Alley helped us build character for 22 years, but at some point you have enough character,” says Avery Chief Barrel Herder Andy Parker. “At some point, you just need a brewery that gives you a roof over your head and drains under your feet.”

Avery will release Tectum et Elix this Sunday at their new brewing facility in Gunbarrel. They will be offering a 4-course menu paired with barrel-aged beers; the third course features short ribs that have been smoked with Uncle Jacob’s Stout barrel staves paired with Tectum et Elix as well as Bourbon barrel-aged Reverend Belgian Quadrupel.

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The very next weekend Avery will release Insula multos Collibus, a sour ale aged in Bourbon barrels with cherries. “Our goal was to make a strong sour—almost the strength of a Manhattan—in fresh Bourbon barrels.” The 9.7% ABV works to balance the charred oak flavors and lets the barrels shine, adding big vanilla notes and a hint of coconut. Avery will release Insula on April 26, again featuring a prix fixe menu paired with this sour and other barrel-aged offerings.

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Raspberry Sour, a sour with red raspberries aged in neutral oak barrels, is the next Sour Spring release on May 1. It is also the beginning of a new series for Avery called Botanicals & Barrels, which will feature barrel-aged beers in 22-ounce green-foil-capped bottles that are available year-round.

“We love making small batches of sour beers to release just once,” says Parker, “but we also wanted to brew a barrel-aged sour that we could recreate and make available to folks around the country who may never see those smaller releases.”  Read more »

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Weekend Beer Buzz 04/16/2015

We’re out in Portland, OR this week, attending the Craft Brewers Conference. Don’t worry Colorado, we didn’t forget about you. Here’s a look at the weekend back home.

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

  • Wasatch Nitro Polygamy Porter Tapping, World of Beer – LoDo, Denver, CO, 6 – 8 PM

Wasatch is bringing their new Polygamy Nitro Porter to Colorado. There’s a special tapping set for Thursday at World of Beer – LoDo. Come on out and enjoy free tastings, meet brewer Jon Lee and hang out for some great giveaways and good times. World of Beer – LoDo is located at; 1555 Blake St, Denver, CO.

Station 26 will takeover the taps at the Denver Bicycle Cafe on Thursday evening. The fun starts at 7 PM and flights will be available for just $6. The Denver Bicycle Cafe is located at: 1308 E 17th St, Denver, CO.

Parry’s Pizza – Northglenn is officially open. Come on out and check out 120 taps on 120th. Stick around for the awesome NY style pizza. Parry’s Pizza – Northglenn is located at: 100 E 120th Ave, Northglenn, CO.

Friday, April 17th, 2015

This week, Dry Dock took their Swordfish Extra Pale Ale and added coriander and lime for a new, refreshing firkin. Tapping set for Friday at 3 PM. Dry Dock Brewing is located at: 15120 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014. 303-400-5606.

The Denver Flea is back and they’re having a Kick Off Party on Friday that’ll include early access to more than 100 vendors, bottomless New Belgium Beer and craft cocktails, live music, giveaways, a photo booth and more. Tickets are available in advance for $25. The Bindery on Blake is located at: 2901 Blake St, Denver, CO.

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Factotum Brewhouse will kick off a series of history lessons this weekend, with an in-depth look at the classic Pilsner. Learn all about the style, enjoy samples and palate cleansers. Tickets are $25. Factotum Brewhouse is located at: 3845 Lipan St, Denver, CO 80211.

The Denver Flea returns on Saturday. More than 100 vendors will be on hand for this fun afternoon of shopping of imbibing.

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RSVP HERE for a free beer from New Belgium Brewing. The Bindery on Blake is located at: 2901 Blake St, Denver, CO.

Head to Dry Dock’s Canoe Room on Saturday to try their Hopricot. This is a blend of Double IPA and Apricot Blonde and it’s glorious. Tapping set for Noon. While you’re there, be sure to pick up a fill from the new Crowler machine. The Canoe Room at North Dock is located at: 2801 Tower Rd, Aurora, CO 80011.

  • Cheeky Sour Fest, The Cheeky Monk, Denver, CO, 2 – 5 PM

Cheeky Monk will host a Sour Fest on Saturday afternoon. They’ll have more than 20 sours for you to pucker up with. The Cheeky Monk is located at: 534 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203.

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

On Sunday, Avery Brewing will release No. 26 in their delicious Barrel-Aged Series. Tectum et Elix uses multiple Brett & Sacch strains during primary fermentation, resulting in a funky, earthy, rustic brew. The beer was then soured with Pedio and aged for 9 months in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels.

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The release party begins at 11 AM. Avery Brewing is located at: 4910 Nautilus Ct, Boulder, CO 80301.

Please visit the homepage for this week’s Beer Hunter’s Report.

Cheers!

By: Mark Robinson and Scott Steigerwald

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