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Lucky Labrador Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Lucky Labrador Brewing CompanyLucky Labrador Brewing Company
Based on:
11 Beers
132 Hads
Place Score: 88
Reviews: 39
Visits: 66
Avg: 3.91
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

915 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, Oregon, 97214
United States
phone: (503) 236-3555

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @luckylabpdx

Notes:  Master Beer Listing
Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am
Sunday: 12:00am - 10:00pm

Minors: Allowed until 9:00pm
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Reviews: 39 | Visits: 66
Photo of Weisenbeer
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A Sunday afternoon probably not the best day to review this place. Kinda dead, but slow service. Bought a t-shirt, only to realize when I got home (2000 miles away) it was not the one I had asked for. Great beer selection, nice food. Portland has lots of great choices. Glad I stopped in.

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Photo of Mothergoose03
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

This was stop #25 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy their beers and to have dinner. The pub is located in a storefront building along a busy, one-way street, and there is parking in the rear as well at the curb. The interior is a large open area that eliminated any cozy feel that we like in a brewpub setting, but it wasn’t industrial feeling either.

We ordered a sampler flight of 6 of the 12 beers (two of the 12 were also available on nitro/cask plus a guest beer and a cider were listed) plus our food at the counter, and chose to sit on the rear porch (actually, it’s like a big loading dock). We sipped the beer until the food arrived. The beers were all above average to their respective style, and the Superdog IPA was notable as the best of the group. (The Black Lab Stout was not roasty enough for us, but it was still a good beer.) The food menu was typical pub food items, and what we ordered was tasty but nothing exceptional.

This brewpub is worthy of a visit (and a re-visit by us), but there are many others that we would try first before returning here.

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Photo of Cheesehead1957
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Reviewing the Lab in NW. This place rocks! Beer quality and selection is overall very good. Food is great, provided you understand you're limited to cold sandwiches and pizza. But you a task for much more than good pizza and beer. Atmosphere is very casual. A place you won't have problems coming to if you haven't showed in a while. Music is great. Not so loud that you have to shout. Just loud enough to enjoy. X was rocking when I walked in. Great dog environment. Patio is great when the weather permits. I passed up several brew pubs on my long walk here. BTW, this review would Sl apply to the SW Lab, sans the comments on the pizza. I LOVE THE LAB!!!!

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Photo of KDawg
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I really dug the atmosphere here. It was a nice day and there was a decent crowd in the afternoon on the back patio. There were people inside as well, but sitting outside was the way to go.

I liked the beers, but nothing was too amazing either. It was all pretty consistent.

They had a decent range as well with offering up two different size pours. The bartenders were pretty friendly too and it wasn't too hard to get one of them. Granted, it was the middle of the afternoon, so that may have helped.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A - Cool atmosphere, we had a few rounds out in the patio area surrounded by dogs! I really liked the interior, it was very large, I couldn't even tell where the pub ended. Nice bar top and great well-worn picnic table outside.

Q - Both pints I had were very good, and my friends had no complaints. Consistent and tasty!

S - Not sure if there was service outside, we bypassed it and ordered inside and walked back out. Can't speak too much to this point, but I certainly wasn't neglected.

S - Big list of beers and foods to try, I switched from a doppelbock to a bitter and enjoyed each. Cider and craft sodas are available as well.

V - The tab for a round for three was ~$13 which is a fantastic value where I am from, and probably average or better for Portland.

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Photo of suncrust
1.98/5  rDev -49.4%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

A big giant, barnyard square room with ugly red walls coated with pictures of dogs. Pretty dilapidated space. Fairly large bar area with a few cash registers off to the left hand side. Freaking awesome metal tap handles. This was by far the coolest part of the Lucky Lab experience.

This spot felt and operated excatly like a fast food joint. There was a chalkboard behind the "servers" with brews and food. You waited in one of three cash register lines, ordered what you wanted, your cashier turned and grabbed it for you, you paid, and then found a place in the barnyard to sit. The employees also seemed really depressed. Monotone speech... no emotion, no passion for their beer. This did not feel like a brewery. Weird.

There was a very large, covered outdoor patio where a few dogs were out with their owners having some beer. Massive amounts of bike parking and a decent sized parking lot rested just past the patio. Other decor inside included an old, likely very out of tune piano and a worn down shelf stacked full of board games. Kids are allowed here, which was annoying. I dug the dogs... but the kids were loud. Might just be a personal preference on my end but I don't think kids belong in a brewery.

Random, rickety tables and chairs spread throughout the open barn space. Our taster trays and glasses teetered with every reach for a drink. Could have used a sugar packet or two!

Beer wise... very basic, straightforward brews. Minimally impressed with the maltier stuff like the scotch (a nice smokey character) and the brown ale. Mostly safe offerings. Many of the beers were chalk full of off flavors. Really discouraging and something I found to be a common element with some beer spots in Portland. Is unclean hip? Not with beer. Maybe they don't clean their tap lines or equipment well? Beers just lacked the craftsmanship at Lucky Lab.

Food was a bit below average. Menu seemed vaguely appealing at first, but it tasted like their beer... a touch off. There are multiple other Lucky Labrador locations in PDX so maybe your experience will be different at others. Do yourself a favor, skip this one and walk a few blocks to Hair of the Dog.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

This had the feeling of your neighborhood brewpub, photos of dogs in different places posted on the walls and the lighting and atmosphere you would have seen in a movie like the "Color of Money" or something to that effect. Did a flight and beers were solid, but their brown was probably my favorite out of the ones I tried in the whole Pacific Northwest. Service was good, but there probably was only a few people there that day. Selection leaned towards the safe side, and I'm unsure if they do any barrel aged stuff (might have missed it too) or something adventurous like a chile beer. I liked this place and would go here again once I got initial visits in the endless other brew pubs again. I would highly recommend a first visit as I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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Photo of loren01
4.38/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place is a true Portland brewpub...lately a lot of pubs around Portland have been trying to clean up their places and make them have like a modern squeaky clean/stuffy type of an atmosphere...thats cool but to me Portland is a very laid back almost grungy type of a town. This is as laid back and grungy as they come and I love it!! This brewpub is a very large place, lots of tables indoor and outside as well. Dogs are welcome and everytime ive been here there have been many dogs outside in the beer garden. Last time I was there the bartender looked like he was the guitar player for Slayer or Megadeth or something...I think thats a prerequesite for working here maybe. I've never eaten at this place, but their beers are top notch. For a true Portland experience go check out Lucky lab...unless you are somebody that likes to get all dressed up to go to a brewpub, then you may not like it.

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Photo of squaremile
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Lucky Lab is situated in inner SE, right across from a strip club and a few blocks down from cartopia, Portland's best food truck pod. The atmosphere is somewhat strange only because of the space. Inside is just one gigantic room with a huge ceiling, which can make for a noise time when it is crowded. Nice covered patio outside. The beers are all just OK for me with the exception of the Pavlov Imperial Stout, which I love, but unfortunately it is rarely brewed. The prices are VERY inexpensive and the bartender is always one of the best in town and very willing to pour samples and take time with the less beer-knowledgeable to make sure they get something they like.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've had a delicious curry bowl here a couple times. Definitely felt a little bit like dog food but that's not a bad thing...a very staple meal for such a diet.

The beer selections are usually on point, especially the seasonal beers. The staff is fine...consistent.

The organization of the tables and chairs can get a bit messy at times and this location tends to be a really crowded one at peak hours.

The outdoor section here is pretty big and under a covered patio, which is quite excellent.

I believe there are a couple dartboards in the front entrance area so that is good if you like to chuck metal spikes into cork for points.

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Photo of madtappers
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

One of the icons of the micro brew pubs in Portland, been around for a while now. The dining area is showing some wear but, it is waht you expect from a brewpub in the lower Hawthorne district of Portland.

All of their beers are good, don't know of one I wouldn't have again, especially like the Triple Threat IPA and Hawthorne Bitter.

Food is good if you like deli style sandwichs or bento, priced well and made to order.

Not much service other than taken orders and pouring perfect pints for their customers.

If you live in PDX or visit this is a must for all beer lovers...oh and in the summer the back deck is an awesome place to hang and have some pints with friends.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This was our second stop on a two day beer tour of Portland.

I had the Black Lab Stout on nitro and the Triple Threat IPA. My wife had the Stumptown Porter and their Winter Wonder Dog. All were good.

Service is walk-up and order, carry it back to your table. They have two separate registers, one for food and one for drinks. It seems like it's pretty well set up for crowds, but it wasn't crowded while we were there.

Lots of dog decorations, as you would expect, and the place is pretty beaten up but it has a "well worn" feel to it, rather than a "run down" feel.

Selection was pretty good -- they have a lot of taps, beers were reasonably priced. Enjoyable place.

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Photo of JimmyK77
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

The indoor space has a cool, converted industrial feel with high ceilings, brick, exposed utilities. They have an impresive selection of beers, including nitro and cask options (and hard cider). I was with a group who passed their selections around to taste and they were all high quality beers. Go out through the back doors to a large covered patio area where dogs are welcome to sit beside the tables with their owners. Outside seating (and inside I think) is mostly at picnic tables.

The food service is order at the bar - they give you a number and bring it out when ready. The food was good but not exciting.

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Photo of Sharpie30
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Lucky Lab has that great warehouse feel. Its not fancy, hell its not even close. But the Lab does have a great Portland vibe. Big open ceiling, minimal decorations, long bar (but not stools) and brewery in the back. Outside seating is nice, especially if you like dogs. Their beers range from ok to damn good (as with most brewpubs IMO). The Super Dog is fantastic, amazing hops, juicy mouth feel...The Super Pup on the other hand is ok. They serve great sandwiches vegetarian items and snacks. Perfect for soaking up a few pints of brew. Worth a trip at least once a month, if not more.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

If you love dogs and beer go here. The combination of dog stuff everywhere with the big open feel of this place is pretty cool. There was an event of some sort going outside in the back where you are allowed to have dogs so there were a ton of dogs barking away and playing while people drank beer. It was quite a site.

I liked this place more for what it is than for the beer. The beer was decent but nothing spectacular, that is totally based on having been to a bunch of other Portland breweries in a matter of days.

I liked the pics of dogs everywhere and the board where you can look at dogs that are up for adoption, that was quite cool for them to put up.

This place is worth checking out if you find yourself in the area. Also Roots is not more than 4 blocks away as well.

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Photo of dfitch81
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Up front: I do not like Lucky Lab, and sometimes I get irritated when others don't dislike it as much as I do. The first time I went there I wanted to like it, but nothing about the place really satisfied me. Worse, certain things really annoyed me, like some of the servers who are obnoxiously hipster-ish. But what really turned me off was the beers (at least those that I tried), which were underwhelming at best. If the beer isn't good, then the rest doesn't really matter as far as I'm concerned. They DO make decent pizza. Hurray, big f***ing deal; lots of places make decent pizza. Nothing to write home about.

I never choose to go to the Lucky Lab. Rather, I end up there sometimes when visiting with my fiancee's friends. To be fair, I recommend you try Lucky Lab at some point if you're new to Portland: some people like the place alot - especially, it seems, those with young children. But I do not recommend you go there if you're looking for some of the best beer in town, 'cause it ain't at the Lucky Lab.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

This one of my favorite spots in town. Whenever I have company and want to take them to a very "Portland" kind of place, the Lab is definitely on the agenda.

The interior has a cozier exterior than what you might expect from an old sheetmetal warehouse. Very open and airy, but exposed wood beams and well-worn wood flooring keep things warm and inviting. Big chalkboards have the food and tap menu, which usually a guest tap or 2, a nitro tap, a cask selection and a bunch of house ales. The variety of house ales will typically include stouts, pale ales, IPAs, alts and others, including the delicious Super Dog IPA. Overall, they have a really nice beer selection. An open window in a corner gives you a peek at the small brewing operation. There are a few corkboards where people tack up photos of themselves from around the globe sporting Lucky Lab tees (including a couple from yours truly).

The exterior seating area is the old loading dock, and is the place to hang if you're a dog owner or lover. It's covered and 1/2 is heated with overhead heaters, so any time of year is a good time to take your pooch for a beer. The well-behaved pups run around leash-free, and it's a very social atmosphere for man and canine out there. Homegrown hops on growing on trellises outside are a nice touch. There's a small parking lot out back, and free street parking all around.

If hanging with the pups isn't your thing, head back inside where the extracurricular activities include darts, board games, and a piano I've seen played a few times.

The food menu is mostly cold sandwiches, with a couple of reliably tasty soups and a curry chicken skewer bowl. The sandwiches are pretty pedestrian, but not bad at all. For the most part, the food is decent, but nothing to get excited about. Not a big deal to me, though, as I come for a couple of cold ones, hang out with the dog and my wife or friends.

Service at the bar is quick and friendly. If you order food, you'll be given a little stand with a number and someone will bring your food to you when it's ready.

Prices are more than reasonable by my standards: 4 bucks and change for an imperial pint of great local ale and 7-8 bucks for a sandwich and chips.

If you're in the area, I'd definitely recommend checking this place out.

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Photo of byaeger
4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I'd say that I've been to over 50 brewpubs in over 25 states and this Lucky Lab ranks as one of my favorites. There's just something about it.

Beer: Plum great beer. Nothing wildly creative or mind-blowing, but entirely solid selection that runs the gamut from dark and malty to bright and hoppy. And a cask! I've only been a few times on my rare trips to P-town, but it's become a must and I've never had a bad pint.

Food: Above par pub grub. Solid burgers and they even offer relatively lighter fare like rice bowls (don't know why they call 'em "bento" when it's not.) And way fair prices.

Atmosphere: Here's where they rack up the most pints. Spacious and relaxed inside with room for small and large groups, and always a great vibe outside where dogs are allowed to run free to play, sniff, drink from bowls. If you're a dog lover , this is THE place to go. They also have lots of games to play from Battleship to Scrabble, so it's easy to kill several hours here with a bite and some pints. And the clientele are friendly as hell.

Final: On my way out last time, I asked about to-go sales. I was pleased to discover that they'll fill a 22-oz bottle of anything on tap (except the organic ales and the cask conditioned), for just a quarter more than the price of a pint!

Great beer. Good food. Great dogs. Great staff. Great vibe. Wish this was my local brewpub.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

If you don't own a dog you may feel out of place. Dogs rule here. The owners have invested maybe $5 on renovation of what was once some industrial place. The outdoor seating, which is vast, appears to be in the remains of some kind of loading dock which has a lovely view over a carpark. The walls are ghastly dirty concrete blocks and the roof is all old wood beams. You could say it has atmosphere. The location is in the more down-at-heel SE Portland on Hawthorne, which means you can park right outside for free.

Beer selection is quite wide and you get to choose among cask, regular tap and nitro. We tried an IPA a mild (I think), which were okay if not outstanding.

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Photo of blackkristos
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is fantastic. It's a nice, wide open space with a large counter/bar for serving. I never had to wait for a beer, even when it was busy. The tables are spread out well on the inside and the huge picnic tables on the patio are great for when you bring your co-workers around for happy hour pints.

The food is made fresh in the back and while sometimes it takes a little long to get fed (once they informed me that they had run out of their peanut curry and had to make a new batch!) the food was always worth the wait.

The beer at Lucky Labrador is always good and they rotate the flavors often enough to keep you coming back. The weekday specials are really very nice as well. The Luck Labrador is a great place to hang and drink some nice brews.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is damn near perfect. Granted, they have more space than most, but they use it well- large open inside seating area with a huge windowed wall where you can observe the goings-on in the dog-run. Beer selection and quality is great- who needs guest taps when the house beer is so good and offers so many choices?? Most of the Lucky Lab beers I sampled were well above average; some of the best in Portland I could find. Standouts were the Pavlovs Imperial Stout, SuperDog IPA and a cask stout that was really nice. The food here was decent brewpub fare and priced reasonably, no complaints. Service was fast (both food and bar) and bartenders seemed knowledgeable of the products and only slightly apathetic. Would highly recommend+Great value!

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Cool atmosphere at the Lucky Lab. I hadn't been there in 7 years. It is still the same. I like the large beer hall feel to it. The quality of the beer was solid. I tried four different beers while I was there and they were definitely ones to write home about. Didn't have any issues with the service and they were friendly. They had a great selection of beers as well as food choices even all I had was the peanuts which is always a nice addition to any establishment. Prices seemed to be in line with other joints I have visited. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone visiting Portland.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Walked in for a lunch with our Portland hosts, and my first thought was "Oktoberfest". It has this high-ceilinged, wood-decor beer-hall feel, which makes you feel comfortable, welcomed and relaxed right away. Ordered up some sandwiches, and mine was damn good. Even the bread was quality. The beers were great, I tasted some others, and had a full pint of their alt, which was on nitro. Didn't review it, but I'd give the appearance a 5 and and the flavor a 4.5. Great stuff.

I was drawn to the many bulletin boards hanging around the place, all packed with nothing but pictures of various types of labs. Even cooler was their information board for the local human society. These people have their hearts in the right place, and their beer is killer too. Go!

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

It's a tough call to make, but this is probably my favorite brewpub in Portland. The pub has a very comfortable, informal vibe to it, with rickety chairs and tables in a large spacious hall. The beers here at the Lucky Lab are uniformly excellent and solid, with my favorite the ultra hoppy "Got hops?" Superdog is also pretty good, as is pretty much everything else. Pints are fairly inexpensive to begin with, but if you drop by on Monday's (miser Monday's) I believe the price drops by a dollar off the price of a pint. The food here is nothing fancy, but the salads, soups and sandwiches are all solid and reasonably priced. Service is fine for what it is. You order your food (and beer) at the bar, they give you a number and a waitress brings by your food soon after.

The brewpub has a nice spacious outside beer garden in the back near the parking lot, which allows the pub to accommodate customers who have brought along "mans best friend" for an outing. There is water available for the bowser, and in theory I think this a very nice idea. However, there are frequently quite a few dogs outside, and altercations among canine companions are not infrequent (mostly just consisting of loud barking, but also an occasional fight). Consequently, no matter how nice the weather, I generally stay inside with my beer.

This is a very nice brewpub with very good beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dedrinker
4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was walking around this town, wondering if it could any more white, middle class, and suburban, when I came across this place. Nice open spacious barn/ garage feel - lots of wood, and cement floor. Many tables and benches - like how I would imagine a rural Czech beer hall in West Virginia. Very nice staff, good to great beer - they serve little serving for 1.25 when I was there, which enabled me to try it all. Almost. The sandwiches are good too. I really felt relaxed and enjoyed myself. I was there in the early afternoon on a monday, so the crowd scene was nil - just me and a couple others

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Lucky Labrador Brewing Company in Portland, OR
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