JT Schmid's Restaurant & Brewery

JT Schmid's Restaurant & BreweryJT Schmid's Restaurant & Brewery

Type: Brewery, Eatery

2610 E. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, California, 92806
United States

(714) 634-9200 | map

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Photo of sheenisgod
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%

I've only visited this place once before a UFC fight at the Honda Center located right across the street. Good beer, good service and ok food. Considering the other bars and restaurants in the area I'm not sure if I'll go back.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Went here before a Eagles concert it sits right across the street from the Honda center.Sports bar with a very fun atmosphere.Good happy hour 5 house beers on tap.Had a stout and it was good.Good selection of food and lots of T.Vs.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 4


This is right next to the Ayres hotel in Anaheim so I went there twice last over the weekend. The restaurant itself is nice with a clean look about it. It was pretty empty both times I went here.

I had the sliders the first time, and these were overly greasy. The second time I went I had the pizza and this was surprisingly good.

The beer is mediocre, which is better than I expected. They don't have a single guest tap, so you have no choice but to drink their beer.

The prices were reasonable.

The service here is terrible. The bartenders had horrible attitudes and seemed like incredibly miserable people. Servers would come up to the bar and talk shit about patrons at tables, not caring who overheard. Bartenders wouldn't make eye contact with patrons and would just walk away when people were ordering. It took forever to place orders and get the check both times. The day shift was bad and the night shift was bad, so apparently the theme of negativity is pervasive with the staff.

Definitely not a place to seek out.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.26/5  rDev -34.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5

Visited in 2009 to tick their beers and again in 2010 to try the Roggenbier. Both times I stopped in were during the day.

The place is pretty and clean. Really nice counter tops, and tables. Parking is a bitch. There are all of about 3 parking spots out front and everyone else gets to park in the dirt parking lot out back.

Servers are sparse and they dont know much about the beer, which isn't all that bad so long as the info is on the menu. But even when the servers do talk they dont say much, just "what can I get you?" and "that'll be $6."

Haven't tried the food yet, maybe some day I will. I'm imagine that this place fills up on game days as it's across from the Pond and down the street from the Angel's stadium.

Reviewed on: 01-30-2011 06:53:33

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This is usually my stop before an Angels game so I don't have to pay $12 for a corona at the game.

The place has a chain feel to it. From the waiters to the menu to pretty much everything about it. It is a chain. But I was just pointing out that it feels like one for sure. Food is pretty good but a little pricey but not too bad. The beer is just OK. Nothin to really say about it. Typical brew pub beers. Hefe, oat stout, ipa, pale, kolsh. Nothing interesting. I really wish there was something better to go to before the game. Maybe I will have to open something ; )

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Photo of moreyeel
3.83/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

JT's is the best place for beers in Anaheim. If that means anything.

They were the only brewery in the are where all the beers were drinkable, even order-able.

Atmosphere is sports bar meets brewery meets restaurant. With a good mix. Fun for an Angels (and I am sure Ducks) game, but subdued for an afternoon happy hour. There are a dozen or so TVs, so you can see one in every seat, but also few enough to ignore them. They turn on a 80s90s mix of music when there are not local games on.

Great patio, not too much sun or shade. Small bar in courtyard when they are busy.

The main bar in the center seats about 35, so it is fun. There is power at the end closest to the fermenters, so you can plug in your computer; and they have free wireless.

Food is typical pub trying to be more then a pub-fare.

I very much like this place, very comfortable at the bar. Just about perfect for the area.

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Photo of hopdog
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Another brew pub that I stopped by after spending a day at Disneyland. About a 15 minute drive. I made sure there were no sporting events going on as it is located right across from a sporting venue. 6 beers on tap. Nothing too memorable with a Honey Ale as their seasonal - at winter time too. Food was fine...I just ordered a burger. Service was good, but then again, when I was there, they were not very busy at all. I could see, maybe, coming here before a Hockey Game, but not really going out of my way to make it here.

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Photo of bbothen
3.45/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Located right across from The Pond & right down the street from Disneyland in Anaheim. Situated in wacky strip mall like spot. Parking was kinda difficult. Lots of TVs as it seems to be a sports fan & family type restaurant destination.

6 or so of their own brewed beers. I had the stout, which I really liked as it was nice & dry, and the IPA. The IPA was nice & hoppy. Nothing to overwhelm you, but a nice example of the style.

The server was quite nice & attentive. No worries in that department.

Food was fine. Had nachos, a burger, & chicken sandwich.

Good spot to stop in at if going to a game, but there are better options in town.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +20%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

This place sat in the shadow of the Honda Center, which was right across the street. Our server, Diana Z., told us that she did $10 K in sales one night while working on the patio and for that reason, she recommended that people NOT visit after a Ducks game. The place gets jammed to the gills, the servers become frazzled, and it just is not pleasant.

It was pleasant at opening on a Saturday morning just after opening when my brother and I stopped by on our Orange County excursion. The parking lot fronted a large archway followed by a sweeping path up to the front door and beyond that, a patio area. Entering, the m.d.s. with its glass case for logo items sat at a left-oblique with the oddly angular mica and dark marble-topped bar beyond and on a right-oblique to the doorway. Against the back wall, behind glass, was a bank of six (6) FVs, followed by the brewhouse off to the right. The right wall was dominated by the kitchen, which was also behind glass. The Barley Room, a banquet facility, was in the far left rear corner and the Reagan Room, a semi-private meeting room, was directly to the left of the m.d.s.

Beers: Extra Stout (6.7); Emil's Amber Ale (5.2); Hefeweizen (5.2); JT Light (4.8); IPA (6.9); and Honey Ale (5.8). Both my brother and I stuck to the very hoppy IPA. Note: No growler sales due to their proximity to the local sports venues.

Mom: On a slow day like when we visited, sure! On a game night, even I might be headed elsewhere.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

There are some place that I have to go to a few times...to at least get a feel for the place before I make a judgement about it. This is one of those places.

Atmosphere: Descent-vibe, but a little up-scale to just go there and enjoy a beer.

Quality: Up-scale and very nice.

Selection: Okay selection with about 6 to 8 Schmid's brewed beers on-tap. Typical beers like IPA, Stout, Hefe and so on.

Food: Very tasty. A little over-priced.

Value: Pricey

Overall: Not the first place I think of going to...but they do brew descent and good quality beer. A nice change of pace is the best way to describe this place. You won't be disappointed, but you won't leave the place overly excited.

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Photo of charlzm
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited on a Friday afternoon just before 1:00pm. Note that JT Schmid's is literally across the street from Honda Stadium (aka Pond of Anaheim). Plan accordingly: avoid the area if there's a game or concert.

Parking was a moderate hassle; all paved spots were taken in the smallish strip mall, so we parked in a dirt lot around the corner.

We were seated on the breezy, shaded outdoor patio with its own bar (closed during our visit). There were a couple of other parties on the patio: one large, one small. The interior decor was the boringly familiar dark room decorated in brass and dark wood with the requisite flat screens beaming sports at everyone's eyeballs. It was, however, a good sized room that was almost full for Friday lunch.

The beers were a notch above average, as was the food. We ordered the nachos. Even though it's on the appetizer menu, there was enough on this one plate to feed two hungry men. They did get a little soggy by the end, but they were very tasty and sported what seemed like site-made chips.

Worth a visit if in the area, but not really a destination.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I visited JT Schmid's in Anaheim for the second time this week. I don't have much to say about anything other than the beer. I had a cheese and tomato pizza that was pretty good and tried their sweet potato fries. I had three pints: amber, stout, and IPA. The amber is solid, good, but not special. The IPA is better. It's quite dark and red for an IPA. The stout is the best, though. It is really, really good. The mouthfeel is really heavy and creamy. The finish is very sweet, chocolately, and roasty. A very good stout that compares well with some of the bigger name, highly sought after stouts from So Cal.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Although this establishment has been around for ten years, I never stepped inside the place until yesterday. It was my first day of school and the weather was hot, so why not try out the place for a beer?

The inside is extrememly plush and looks like it was opened ten days ago instead of ten years ago. The bar sits in the middle of the restaurant with televisions dominating one side of a wall. It was very quiet inside, not surprising given it was 3pm on a Monday, with blues playing from the ceiling and contributing to the atmosphere. I stepped to the bar and peaked at their drafts. Five beers were printned on the menu (blonde ale, IPA, hefeweizen, amber, and extra stout). My got my hefeweizen and was refreshed.

But I was heartbroken over a few issues. First, I was dissapointed to learn there was NO HAPPY HOUR. Most brewpubs I've been to have a happy hour, but this was did not. Another issue I had was the price of drafts. Pints went for $5.50 while most other brewpubs take out a dollar or more. Going with the surroundings, it's going to take a little more from your wallet should you decide to come here, for both food and beer. Speaking of food, I didn't try any, but there were a few at the bar who had were eating some tasty-looking entrees.

JT's is a fresh, modern looking restaurant. The brewpub part seems to be a sideshow where steaks and wood-fired pizzas take the spotlight. Give it a try if you happen to be in the area, but it's not the end of the world if you don't.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

*** Stop in if you are going to an Angels or Ducks game across the street. Otherwise, don't bother ***
Life is full of ironies, eh? I woke up to read an article about improving the area around the baseball stadium and one mention of JT's Brewery was in the article so I considerd checking it out. Later that day I get a free ticket to the Angels game and lo and behold we hit JT Schmid's. It's a modern clean wood and metal interior restaurant first and a brewpub second. Swag and merch is hocked the minute you walk in. Go capitalists! We passed on the food and went right for the homerun flavor: IPA.

The IPA rocked! Killer IPA. We even went back for another after the game.

Selection is average. A stout, lager, IPA, red and another yawn inducer. No artisianal beers but oh, that IPA!

Staff was running ragged swinging suds for the crowd that no doubt is a result of the game. Kinda tunafied when I paid that tab so I forget exactly how much but it was pricey. They DON'T FILL GROWLERS.

Could you bring your Mother here? Yes. Mom could cop a squat with ease.

Last call: The bathrooms look like your high school principal's office. Only had the IPA 'cos the selection bah-lows! Go IPA suckah! Now growler it, bitches!

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Really spacious dining areas, private banquet room, and large outdoor patio dining area....well decorated with comfortable bar seating....13 TV's and a giant TV behind the bar that can be viewed from anywhere inside.
Typical upperclass food selections....a little pricy.
Stopped in for a beer before the Angel Baseball game and while busy, it wasn't overly crowded. Dropped in for another after the game and it was practically empty inside.
Large stainless fermentation tanks behind floor to ceiling glass wall on one side of the restaurant have the names of the beers they are holding on the outside so you don't need to see a menu to choose your beer.
Simple 5 or 6 beer selection of house brews with apparently no specials or seasonals being done.
Tried their IPA (named after the city - Anaheim IPA) and was really surprised with it's wonderful flavor, balance, and depth...so good I didn't sample any others but stuck with that beer all night. I'll have to return to try some of their others.
Service was good at the bar and the pint glasses were unusual and very comfortable. So much so, I bought one to take home with me.
No growler sales, however, which is a bummer. I would sure love to be able to take some of their IPA home with me as well.
Great place for before or after a baseball or hockey game.

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Photo of Rezzin
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Drove past it a million times and finally decided to stop by this weekend with the wife to try it out.

We stopped by early, before 5pm and before the Angel fans showed. There were a few present, but the place was pretty empty for the most part. I hear it gets quite crowded when there is a game on.

The atmosphere is nice and somewhat trendy. We were seated near the front door and the sun was somewhat of a problem. Not planning on staying exceptionally long, we dealt with it.

The service was good and our waitress was very attentive. The selection was good as we both managed to find something to our liking. I ordered the Ahi tuna starter and my wife ordered the grilled halibut steak and a side of fresh asperagus. For $24, the halibut steak was tiny but fortunately, I wasn't very hungry so splitting the plate filled us both. We finished with the apple pizza desert which was good, just make sure to ask to have the whipping cream on the side.

I ordered the beer sampler and unfortunately they did not have the honey ale. If memory services me correct, the had a blonde ale, a hefeweizen, amber ale, ipa, a stout, and since they were out of the honey ale, she gave us an extra blonde ale sampler. The sampler was somewhat of a let down. The beer here is average at best. The stout was not bad and the IPA was ok but I really didn't care for the rest.

A bit overpriced, mediocre beer, decent food, good service and selection - I'll probably pass on this place in the future. If you're in the area, it's worth checking out but there is definitely better food, beer, and prices elsewhere.

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Photo of PuckLSHS
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

JT Schmid's is located across the street from the Anaheim Pond where the Mighty Ducks play. The place doesn't really get too crowded unless there is a game on, so I tend to hit up the joint only when I know there isn't going to be traffic. Reason being, better service if the place is empty...if it is full, you never know what kind of service you are going to get.

I have been to JT's a few times since I live in the area. I believe it to be a bit pricey and nothing special. It is one of the hipster brewpubs that does a better job hyping up the overpriced menu than making good beer. All the selections that I have had I have not really enjoyed too much. Their beer is average, so I only go there with people that drag me there because it is in the "middle" of everyone.

It is a nice set-up inside and is accomodating to all types of drinkers, but not to dedicated beer fans. My friends enjoy their Hef, but I think the only decent beers are the Stout and the IPA.

The breakdown. Not a lot of veggie stuff on the menu, the beer is average to below par and it is pricey. Go there if you have to, but don't make a special trip. Hit up TAPS or Hollingshead instead.

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Photo of schoolcb
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by for lunch this past Sunday and got caught up in ballpark traffic, but the restaurant was less than half full. As a result the service was probably a bit better than average. Our server wasn't the most personable wait-staff I've ever experienced, but she kept up with us and was always there when our pint glasses were almost empty.

We both had food that involved Ahi Tuna (one a steak sandwhich and one a tuna salad sandwhich) and they were both good. Portions were belt-busting sized.

We tried several different styles of beers and they were all good.

They had numerous TV's going with various sports events being televised. It's a large place, nicely decorated, and very clean.

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Photo of Redrover
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I was in Anaheim for work and managed to drag about 8 co-workers out for dinner here.

It is a very large brew pub but it was fairly empty the Monday evening we were there. It has a nice bar area and a couple of levels of dining areas. The brewing equipment is prominently displayed behind glass walls. Lots of televisions for sports watching. I bet this place rocks pre and post games. The evening was a bit cool, so their nice looking patio was not in use.

The service was friendly if a bit slow, but once they got started, they kept the refills coming. The food received mixed reviews. While they had a nice take on Ahi tuna appetizers & good burgers and salads, the steaks and ribs did not seem to fare as well.

I thought their beer was good, but not very adventuress. They had 7 or 8 beers on tap, so I would say the selection is adequate. I liked their Honey Ale, but I thought their IPA was a bit lacking (to be honest, I was hoping for a west coast hop monster).

I thought this place was well worth a stop and I would have no problem going back.

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Photo of rowew
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Located right across the street from the Pond in Anaheim. We were there when nothing was going on, so parking was plentiful. Very nice patio outside with fire rings. Nice large bar inside, with the brewing equipment behind glass. Beer was all good - above average compared to many brewpubs. Tried a sampler and an order of wings. The wings were decent. The rest of the menu looked tasty, but somewhat pricey. All in all a nice place to grab a drink if you're in the area for a game or concert. Cigar friendly on the patio, so that might get me back again.

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Photo of IceAce
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice open facility with a medium sized bar. The brewery sits across from the entrance behind glass...

Staff was helpful and barkeep knowledgeable about the beer drewed on-premise.

Dress is casual with folks enjoying the full menu...standard Pub Grub and California Cuisine. The food and service were both above average with portions bordering on Claim Jumper size.

Outside patio has a firepit and propane warmers and is an excellent place to simply sit with a beer and visit with company.

Since the Arrowhead Pond is across the street and Angels Stadium is across the freeway, this place becomes (over)crowded on game nights. My recommendation is to look at a local schedule before making the trek.

Overall, this is a nice place to stop for a beer or two and a nice destination if you're only traveling an hour or less.

Draught Menu (12.1.2004):

JT's Light 4.8% ABV
California Hefeweizen 5.2% ABV
Emil's Amber 5.2% ABV
Anaheim India Pale Ale 6.9% ABV
Extra Stout 6.7% ABV

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.83/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A group of us stopped in here for drinks and food before seeing the Jimmy Buffett concert this past weekend. Excellent show!!

JT Schmid's is located across the street from the Anaheim Pond. This is where the Mighty Ducks hockey team plays and they have plenty of concerts and other shows throughout the year. If you do not mind paying extra for parking you can leave your car there and walk to the pond. This was convienent for us after the show as we were able to turn on to the street away from the mess of traffic and find an alternate route to the freeway. JT Schmid's is also close to Edison field where the Angel's play.

A very large open main room flanked by two other dining rooms. The main room has a large bar in the middle. Booths and tables surround the bar. Plenty of tv's as this place has a very sporty bar atmosphere to it. The brewery equipment is behind large glass windows in the back of the main room. Nothing overly special or interesting about the decor. Very clean and well attended. The outdoor patio area is very nice and decent size. It has a fire pit and heat lamps for chilly nights. A great place for a pint when the weather is warm.

Our server was very attentive. She did her rounds in a timely fashion and was prompt with the drink orders. A cheery lass which always makes a visit more enjoyable.

The food was very good. The menu is a good mix of pub grub and American cuisine. Prices range from cheap to fair. Nothing too expensive. Everyone in the group liked their food. There is a full bar for the non beer drinker.

The beers. Hmmm... Where to start? The IPA is serviceable. It is good but nothing too creative comes to mind. I wish they would give it a push. My girlfriend thought the Honey Ale was too metallic and not a very good beer at all. The amber was pretty good. None of the beers we had were spectacular. They were all in all 'okay.' Macros were in bottles.

Overall a good place to have a couple of drinks before a game or a show. I would not make a special trip out here just for the beers.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We usually stop here when going to or from an Angels game, or an event in Anaheim such as The Pond. If you have a large party, you can make reservations for a private eating room, which is what we did for the Paul McCartney concert at the Pond. J.T. Schmid's is an upscale brewpub with very good food and somewhat of an elegant eating experience for a brewpub. The beers are normally poured in 20 oz glasses. The IPA is very good, and I also like their pale ale. The place is always packed when the Angels are in town, so it's hard finding a place at the bar. There are several tables on the periphery of the bar. The brewing system is encased in glass and visable from anywhere in the bar. There's generally a young and lively crowd each time we visit this place.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

A fairly cavernous interior is hidden from the street. Lots of wood is used to give a warmer sense to the glass and metal superstructure, along with some really great looking leaded crystal glass in use in some of the doors. Limited off-street paking and some unappealing outdoor seating. This is in the epicenter of the Anaheim experience.

The servers here seemed much more interested in the big screen football display than they were in the patrons. Nonetheless I didn't really wait long for anything. Short selection of beer with average to above average quality. Food looked appealing but I wasn't ready to try it.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

This is a fairly nondescript spot at a nondescript location near Anaheim Stadium and the Arrowhead Pond. It's got that modern look that could form the backdrop for a macrobrew commercial. I went with some friends before a hockey game, and the place was fairly lively. The beers is passable but not worth going out of the way to find. The food selection is varied but by no means inspired. The service is friendly and prompt. It's better than most of the spots that are walking distance to the stadium and arena, but that's about it.

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JT Schmid's Restaurant & Brewery in Anaheim, CA
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