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Apple Blossom Brewing Co.

in Fayetteville, Arkansas

4.08/5  rDev +2% | Avg: 4
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

The wife and I drove from Tulsa to Eureka Springs and stopped here for a brew and a bite. It was the first of four or five microbreweries we toured around Northwestern Arkansas, where the beer scene is truly exploding.

Apple Blossom is serious, a nice joint in a quiet corner with plenty of room to roam. A bar, high-top tables galore and a dedicated dining section (where you can bring grandma and the kids without bothering us grownups at the bar).

12 taps of house beer, with a wide selection: Autumn IPA (4.5), Everly Pale Ale (4.0), Nitro Morning Coffee Stout (4.0), Armstrong APA (3.7), Fresh Hop Wharton (3.2), Peach Sour (incredible), Upper Wharton Creek Fresh Hop English Ale 6%..

Great beers, nice Irish-style wooden bar, a pool table and a view of the brewing tanks. I completely dig it.

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Fassler Hall

in Tulsa, Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev +4.3% | Avg: 3.5
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

First time at Fassler Hall. We sat on the patio despite the chilly Autumn breeze. Limited drafts- 10 or 12 taps, mostly German (Spaten, Franziskaner, Stiegl Radler, Warsteiner, Hofbrau, Warsteiner) and some OK brews (Prairie, F5, Marshall).

Good food, particularly the lamb sausage, but pricey. Brews are served in ½ liter ($6) or liter ($12). The patio is nice, but inside it gets a little too boisterous when busy. Fun all around, but I'm not rushing to head back.

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New Belgium Brewing

in Fort Collins, Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +11.1% | Avg: 4.23
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Ok, I know this is a brewery always getting larger. We've been coming here since 1999, and we've never been underwhelmed!

They have all of the standards (14+) on tap plus a wide range of specialties including one that was only on tap today. Service at the bar was attentive. Quality of all of the special taps we tried was excellent.

First time we didn't take the tour, but still very glad we stopped.

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Main Street Tavern

in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev -12.4% | Avg: 4.26
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

We were headed to Broken Arrow and the wife said to meet at Main Street. Predictably enough, I had just looked that place up as the only beer-worthy spot in Broken Arrow.

This is a sports-oriented tavern in the main drag of B.A. Nothing remarkable about it, just a pub with a bunch of big-screen TV’s and dudes eating wings and drinking light beer. But they do have some good brews. Beware of the vague menu, though, and the servers who don’t know about beer. 27 taps overall, including 3 Marshall, 3 Boulevard, 2 Great Divide, 2 Coop, a Green Flash and Grimbergen. The rest is mostly crap. They do flights, which is cool (Oklahoma-Boulevard-American Craft).

Decent bar food. My friend had an $18 seafood mac-and-cheese that was very tasty, and the salmon entrée was fairly priced at $16. Beers are $5-$6. Nothing worth a detour, but a very decent stop in the area.

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Bricktown Brewery

in Owasso, Oklahoma

3.94/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.94
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

My wife grew up in Owasso and I've been coming here since 2004. Crazy how much growth and development has happened since my first visit!

I went to Bricktown in OK City once, surprised to find it now on my in-laws’ backyard in Owasso. 8 B-town brews on draft, all of them mediocre except stout (good) and IPA (decent). They serve their wheat with a lemon wedge and their blueberry with an actual blueberry and they are both beyond foul. True, pure abominations.

But their 5 guest taps and bottle list save the day: Prairie Bomb on tap and nitro (nine bucks but so worth it!), Coop F5 and DNR, Anthem Golden… their bottle menu is printed on growlers and I love that. Some cool bottles from Prairie, Avery, Evil Twin, Great Divide… The food is menu is big in items and portions. The wife ordered a pimento cheese dip in a bread bowl that was delicious and massive but looked and tasted more like a Mexican-style queso dip (it was warm).
I won’t say you must make it a mission to drive here, but it is worth a visit if you’re in the Tulsa area.

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R Bar & Grill

in Tulsa, Oklahoma

4.01/5  rDev -7.2% | Avg: 4.32
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5

How come I didn’t know about this place? Thank you BeerAdvocate for the listing! I’ve been coming to Tulsa for over a decade and this place is one of the best beer destinations down there.

Although you wouldn’t know it from the outside and the area, the upscale fru-fru Brookside district. R is an upscale sports bar full of white people drinking light beer and catching the game. But behold the stunning draft list!

When I visited, they had 8 imperial stouts on tap, including Tallgrass Big Ricc (3.7), Avery Tweak, Black Mesa, Evil Twin Imp Biscotti, Green Flash Silva… plus a bunch of other good, non-stout beers, including sours from Prairie.

A smart bottle selection as well. Service is decent but not great and the atmosphere is what it is. But man, this place rocks. McNellie’s has competition!

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2SP Brewing Company

in Aston, Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -2.4% | Avg: 4.21
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Literally in the middle of nowhere, in an industrial park. Seriously desolate. But the taproom is cool and spacious, and for a new brewery, 2SP is very serious.

We sat at one of the many high-top tables surrounding the bar and ordered from the bartender. They have 6 regular taps here (“All Weather Beers”) and 8 “Seasonals, Occasionals & One-Time Releases”. Among the regulars are their Lager, DIPA, IPA, Wit and Stout, and their seasonals include a Tripel, Imperial Pumpkin, Bitter, Farmhouse, Belgian Blonde and more.

They have a very limited food menu of two sandwiches and bagged chips, but the ham-and-cheese sammie we got was delicious. Relaxed atmosphere, good service and a nice time here.

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BeerLOVE

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 3.97
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Finally stopped by this new place, pretty much the only bottle shop in Queen Village PHL. The place looks nice, clean, new. A bar right as you go in, and then the bottle shop with a bunch of coolers and beers all over.

They have some cool stuff here, like Old Stock, Aun Mas Chili Jesus, Scaldis, Oro de Calabaza, Almanac, Hof Ten and plenty of Belgian brews (more than any other Philly shop I’ve visited before). Also Boris the Crusher, Avery Rumpkin and a myriad Pennsylvania brews.

The problem is, everything is expensive as hell, and then some. I mean, I know that bottle shops in Philly-PA are expensive, and Queen Village rents are high.. but boy. It is pretty discouraging. The bar has 8 taps, including stuff from Founders, Hebrew and Southern Tier (Choklat and Mokah!). Friendly folks ready to help. Strangely empty on a Saturday night, though…

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The Richmond Bottle Shop

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -2.3% | Avg: 4.39
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

My former boss used to live around the corner from this jawn and kept telling me about it, so I just had to go. Boy was he right! This is an awesome shop. It is attached to a Thriftway Supermarket but it’s got a separate, semi-unmarked entrance that reminds me of a porn shop. “Shame on you for crossing the gates of beerdom”.

The place is pretty small but it is super-packed with goodies. Most of the bombers are room-temp, but they have a big wall of coolers with singles and stuff. I bought an Arrogant Bastard variety 4-pack I’ve never seen anywhere else, and a small growler of Free Will Chasing the Dragon. Also Almanac, Lost Abbey, lots of Evil Twin and tons of PA beers. Not bad prices, helpful folks… definitely a place to check out and consider in Philly.

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Of Love & Regret Pub & Provisions

in Baltimore, Maryland

4.48/5  rDev -1.3% | Avg: 4.54
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

I lived in Baltimore for a bit and loved it, and it is always amazing to go back and witness all the new bars and restaurants and general beautification of the city. Of Love and Regret is one of them.

Super cool place, tight and smart. Packed on a Saturday night but they have a second floor that is a lot emptier and nicer. Plus they have a little bottle shop up there too!

Let me tell you about the food- small and pricey plates but so incredibly good. Not your average bacon-wrapped dates, perfect Icelandic cod fritters (with the fluffiest batter ever), cheese balls… bar food, elevated. So good.

I had a Freigest Gose Atlantis (with seaweed) ) and a Stillwater/O.L.A.R. Cuvee 1 (golden ale aged in red wine barrel with wild yeast and pineapple).

The 27 taps are all rare and beautiful, including meads like the Mankana Coffee mead I had (from South Africa). 12 Stillwater handles, 5 Freigeist, 3 Monarchy and some ciders.

Knowlegeable service, cozy atmosphere, world-class joint.

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Specific Gravity Pizzeria & Bottle Shop

in Salisbury, Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.1% | Avg: 4.13
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

First time here, despite multiple visits to Salisbury. I like the idea of bottle shop + pizza! But sadly, when we visited in early autumn 2015 they had closed the bottle shop part and are now a pizza-only joint.

The bar is comfy but short, and there are several high-top tables and booths to chill and munch on pies.
24 taps of mostly local/regional stuff, including Evolution (d’oh), Dogfish. 3rd Wave, RAR, Yards, Victory… not too exciting, nothing of note. I like that they offer half pours of their beer, and prices are reasonable at $5-$6 per pint.

Also growlers to go, and the pizza is of pretty epic proportions and remarkable yumminess. Their hot sauce is nasty good, pour it all over your pie!

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Blue Earl Brewing Company

in Smyrna, Delaware

4.24/5  rDev +5% | Avg: 4.04
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

One of the chefs I work with lives in Delaware and he told me about this brand-new brewery opening up in Smyrna. So when I had three days off in a row, there we went. Down to Rehoboth and Maryland, with a stop at Blue Earl.

The location is out of the way, in an industrial park seemingly in the middle of nowhere. But the taproom is nice and spacious, with a long-ass bar, plenty of tables, cornhole and the works. A good size crowd on a Friday evening, including young families with babies, old folks and what not.

I didn’t expect to see so many beers on tap. For a new brewery, they are doing well. 12 taps, most all based in music, jazz and blues from down south. Neat idea. And a bit of everything, from a pale ale to a quad and a Russian imperial stout. Some are very good, others are mediocre, but I appreciate their brewing different styles.

Beers are $5, flight of 4 is $10, flight of 8 is $18 and a flight of all $12 is $27! I dare you. The menu is detailed and full of descriptions, the brewery dudes are nice. Must revisit!

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Tribes Alehouse & Grill

in Tinley Park, Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +0.5% | Avg: 4.3
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Larger than the original Tribes, they have a vast selection of their beer and guest beers. Staff is knowledgeable, place is clean and beer consistent. The have a courtyard/beer garden and plenty of parking.

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Coeur

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.08
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The new jawn from the guys who brought us Local 44, Memphis Taproom and so on. Legit location on 8th and Christian, Bella Vista. Spacious; it almost feels as if they have too much room, or they are never busy. The wife and I sit at the bar- two visits and you’re a regular. Nice folks, it’s their trademark.

They won’t wow you with beer awesomeness, despite their 10 taps. They are more about wine here, and that they do mighty well. But you’ll find a Tired Hands, 2SP, Rodenbach, La Fin du Monde, one of those exclusive collaborations between the Memphis-Local-Coeur guys and a PA brewery, Yards, Victory… fine, not great. My only complaint is that their taps don’t seem to change enough. But I don’t mind drinking wine at Coeur.

Good food, although the new chef is not as skilled as the opening one, Andy Tessier. Pretty fine brunch as well. Not cheap. Beers $6-$7, tab for two with some food around $45. But not bad. I like this spot, even though it is not very beery.

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Race Street Cafe

in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -11.5% | Avg: 4.19
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

My friend and I were sitting at La Peg restaurant on the shadow of the mighty Ben Franklin bridge, debating whether we wanted to go to an experimental opera somewhere in Fishtown-Kensington. We were feeling more like beer than performance art so we walked up Race Street and ended up at Race Street Café. I had read about this place and seen it on PhillyTapFinder but didn’t know exactly where it was. Let me tell you, I was happily surprised by the quality of this little place slightly off the main nightlife drags of Old City.

A cozy space with personality. Dark on the right spots. Inviting. We bellied up to the bar and enjoyed a couple of brews. 13 taps plus one cask. Nothing crazy but nothing bad: Ommegang Fleur, Alla White, Brewers Art, Smutty Porter, Stone Ruination 2.0, Captain Liquid Gold, Fruh Kolsch… a bunch of bottled beers, mostly crap but La Fin du Monde and Orval. They do flights! 11 bucks for 5 4oz samples. Neat atmosphere on a quiet Sunday evening, but service can be crappy depending on the bartenders and their moods.

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Forest & Main Brewing Company

in Ambler, Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -7.5% | Avg: 4.24
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

We were heading out to Free Will, but the wife had to find a restroom real bad so we exited 276 near Ft Washington looking for a place. Google told me that Forest & Main was about a 7-minute drive away. Lucky!

Ambler is a quaint little suburban town, and Forest & Main rocks the brewpub game with a cool location off the main street in an old house. If the weather is nice, sit outside on the yard or the porch and you could spend hours there relaxing. If it is too cold, the bar and dining room are plenty cozy. This jawn reminds me of those classic country pubs in the middle of nowhere in England.

Seven beers on tap, of which 3 of them are “Of British Inspiration” and 4 are “Of Belgian Inspiration” (fermented with foraged Ambler yeast). I was a fun of the Sailboat Birth IPA, hazy and funky and reminiscent of those unique Tired Hands IPA’s. I also tried the smoked Saison Rainbow Crow and didn’t like it. The better brews appear to come in bottles but are super limited and there are lines at the door during the releases.

Overall, I don’t love the beers here but love the place and will definitely come back. I want to try the food menu. Don’t miss Sundays when they have discounted growlers!

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Binny's Beverage Depot - South Loop

in Chicago, Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -4.2% | Avg: 4.25
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

The wife and I were about to have dinner at EL Ideas, an avant-garde restaurant in Chicago. We debated whether to bring a bottle of something. We got to the restaurant, talked to the dude and he told us to drive to Binny’s, not far away. Well, between Chicago traffic, street closures and assorted bullshit, it took us forever to get there and back to the restaurant. We held back dinner service- I am surprised the chefs weren’t pissed at us.

But back to Binny’s! I am sad I didn’t have more time to peruse this truly ginormous store. Two levels and escalators, need I say more? Turn right and then another right as you exit the second-floor escalator and find a sheer amount of beer. Old Stock, Port-Lost Abbey, the Eclipse series, Bruery, Almanac, Cascade, 4 Hands, Jolly Pumpkin and many more… obscure brews from all over the US, plus all the customary packs and bombers from every big name in American craft brewing. I owe this place another visit, and then some.

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Total Wine & More

in Wilmington, Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -4.4% | Avg: 3.66
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

We went to Two Stones Pub nearby and the Oktoberfest in Newark and I mapped out this store. Smaller than the other Total Wine in Claymont on the PA Border, but they’ve got some goodies here. The beer aisles are right as you enter the jawn.

Plenty of packs, like Palo Santo and Allagash Tripel for 11.99, Fordham, Duclaw, Firestone, Elysian, Heavy Seas, Bells… wide selection of singles too, and a couple of barrel-aged bombers like Funky Jewbelation, BA Ovila, Schafly barleywine, heavy seas greater pumkin… no growlers here, unlike the other DE Total Wine, but what they do offer suffices for your daily beer needs if you live nearby.

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Heavy Riff Brewing Company

in Saint Louis, Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -10.3% | Avg: 3.99
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Dark and fairly well laid out with concert posters and other rock memorabilia. No table service, but they kindly accommodated a group of 10 guys. Decent smoked meats and sandwiches. The beer is meh at best. Sedate saisson and underwhelming IPA. There are much better options for better beer, but this is a decent food or one beer stop.

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Tucson Hop Shop

in Tucson, Arizona

5/5  rDev n/a | Avg: 4.91
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is amazing. Cold beer served by knowledgeable beertenders. Great selection, amazing patio, and family friendly... with food trucks, solid events with local breweries, and a yoga studio just across the way. Be sure to grab some top beers to go from the coolers-- they're a great place to pick up sours especially.

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Foam Brewers

in Burlington, Vermont

4.9/5  rDev +11.1% | Avg: 4.41
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This brewery should be known as much more than the brewery with a view. Despite being the only brewery with a view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks, Foam Brewery has managed to produce a successful brewery without any help from its million dollar location. I've tasted many different styles of beer (and coffee) at Foam and I must say, you can tell the brewers have quality as their number one priority. Each style is well thought out and executed perfectly. I haven't tasted a beer I don't like! I love the selection of charcuterie and the option of ordering from a food truck outside on the patio. My only complaint is I don't live closer!

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Meadhall

in Cambridge, Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -0.5% | Avg: 4.07
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

a tremendous 100 tap selection. beers served at right unobtrusive carbonation. the culture however is pints or small samples, not ideal for beer nerds.

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Mekong Restaurant

in Richmond, Virginia

5/5  rDev +13.9% | Avg: 4.39
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of the best beer places I've ever been to, though their image and marketing don't signal anything of the sort. The website looks like it was designed in the late 90s, and their building's facade is just a storefront in a strip mall in a completely nondescript street in Richmond. This, it turns out, is a good thing.

The vibe is fantastic precisely because it avoids all the trappings associated with modern, trendy restaurants. There was a great article about this recently, detailing how the rise of uniform reviewing platforms like Yelp have led to a worldwide homogeneity in new restaurants. A new, trendy place in New York will have shockingly similar decor and menu to a new place in LA, or Akron, or even Cardiff. The best places, then, are the ones that establish firm images outside of the uniform ratings system, and Mekong is definitely such a place.

The decor is straighforward: medium strength lighting, woody walls, high tops, etc. TVs play sports at a low volume. Were it not for their very impressive collection of beer swag, this would look like any other medium-priced Asian restaurant housed in a strip mall.

This MOR vibe is accentuated perfectly, however, by the staff. They are kind and jokey and rude and profane. "What you want, motherfucker," the bartender said to a regular, and the regular could not have been happier to have been greeted in such a way.

If you're an excessive normie and profanity burns your precious ears, this is not the place for you. There are plenty of new, Safe Space restaurants that are designed to prevent you from suffering a even a secondsworth of confusion or self-awareness. I urge you to consult Yelp to find a list of them.

AndI need to stress: there was no meanness whatsoever in the bartender's tone or intention. He was just being friendly in an unguarded way. And, in an era where "progressive" scenes are rapidly losing their edge and spontaneity in sad attempt to make everything as non-threatening as possible, I found this sort of approach remarkable and refreshing.

But even if you hate that sort of candor and prefer the canned, ersatz vibe of newer beer joints ("woah! they have edison lamps and they're playing the Jack Johnson spotify station!"), you cannot deny the majesty of this place's food and beer.

As for the food: I've never been to Vietnam, but I've had pho in places ranging from Portland, Maine to Hollywood, California, and Mekong's was far and away the best I've ever sampled. Even if the beer list wasn't a tenth as extensive, I'd still recommend this place just for the food.

The beer list is also probably as varied and extensive as any I've ever seen, as their geographic placement allows them to draw from some of the best of the midwest, east coast, and west coast, along with an excellent selection of Belgian brews. They had Alesmith, Bells, and Maine BrewCo all on tap, along with Chimay and Rodenbach. They even had Maine's Lunch, which is really hard to find in freaking Boston.

Overall, I'd rank Mekong in the same class as the big boys: Lord Hobo, Map Room, Three Penny, Blue Palms, Sugar Maple etc. Only their otherworldly vibe and excellent food actually push them to the top of that vaunted class,

An absolute must-visit.

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Night Shift Brewing

in Everett, Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -12.9% | Avg: 4.43
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

if you are in the area ivrecommend you stop
many beers and styles they out on tap, lots of these small batches. ipas and sours/wilds dominated choices today. tiny bar in terms of seats. many tables insude and outside. you dont know night shift from the modest offerings in bottle shops in the northeast.

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Trillium Brewing Company

in Canton, Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -16.9% | Avg: 4.55
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

this is where you efficiently pick up their latest to go releases. the tap room does not encourage sticking around. the 6 offerings were served perfectly of course but limit if a oint or 4 beers, while you stand about.

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