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One week of exploration from Portland
Beer Travels July 22, 2004      
Written by BŁckDich

McCall, IDAHO -

Around twice a year, the company I work for sends me to Portland, Oregon on a business trip. Iím occasionally there for 1-2 weeks and it usually involves a weekend off to do what I please. I pay for my beer, everything else is covered. This affords me some great opportunities to explore the pacific northwest (PNW) brewing scene and this story is one example of what a typical week is like up here.

I woke up at 4:45 AM in Boise to make my 6:00AM flight to Portland. I slept on the flight over, picked up my rental car once I arrived and headed to work. During the slow day at work I formulated a good plan of action for the weekend that would involve a good amount of sight seeing (breweries of course) along with some family related activities.

After work on Friday, I promptly began the 3-hour journey up I-5 to Seattle from Portland. My first stop was only several miles off of the interstate; <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=889 target=_blank>Dickís Brewing & Sausage Deli</A>. I made a note to stop here since Iíd only had several of their beers and knew that they make a wide variety of styles and bottle them all! The little shop they run reminds you more of a convenience store than a brewery but behind the counter, sure enough, 9 taps there dripping with fresh Dickís beer. I was in a hurry so I decided not to sample any on-tap, but proceeded to their coolers. I picked up many different kinds including their <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=13512 target=_blank>Bottleworks IPA</A> and <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=15000 target=_blank>Smoked Porter</A>, both of which showed that this brewery has some big possibilities.

I was staying the night with my sister Jessica (<A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=8511 target=_blank>JagerQueen</A>), so I drove there first and dropped off my bags. We drew up a mental plan for the evening: <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp?PlaceID=59 target=_blank>Bottleworks</A>, <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=362 target=_blank>Hales</A>, <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=888 target=_blank>Maritime</A> and <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=193 target=_blank>Pike</A>. This was my first visit to <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp?PlaceID=59 target=_blank>Bottleworks</A>. It was smaller than I was expecting but this will teach you not to judge things based on size! Amazing selection with many specialty brews from regional micros, vintage beers, and rare imports. I picked up the obligatory 6-pack of <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=14944 target=_blank>Dry-Hopped LaConner Bottleworks IPA</A> along with a <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=8082 target=_blank>Deschutes Jubel 2000</A>, <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=12479 target=_blank>2002 Bear Creek Twin Creeks Bourbon Ale</A> and some various other imports and micros. Their vintage beers were, hands down, the best feature Iíve seen of any bottle shop. For example: <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=565 target=_blank>1999 Old Boardhead</A>, <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=594 target=_blank>1998 Rogue Old Crustacean</A>, <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=6862 target=_blank>1996 Stille Nacht</A>! From here we went to <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp?PlaceID=60 target=_blank>Hales Ales Pub</A>. They had some hard to find Hales beers along with my favorite of the visit, the <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=36317 target=_blank>Hales London Ale</A>, an English style cask bitter with potent dry hops and light crystal malt accented by some light cask acidity to balance.

We managed our way out to <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=888 target=_blank>Maritime Pacific Brewing</A> and the <A hrefhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp?PlaceID=1683 target=_blank>Jolly Roger Taproom</A>. This is one of the best themed bars Iíve ever seen. Pirate and nautical themed items everywhere (save for the privy). The floor has a hand painted giant nautical map and the ceiling is draped with authentic looking pirate flags. Even the taster glasses had a small pirate flag on each with a ďYo-ho-hoĒ etched into the glass. Itís a small place but has enough character to fill a stadium. The beers were all clean and well crafted. The strong and complex <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=11327 target=_blank>Christmas Ale</A> and the sweet roasted <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=7082 target=_blank>Nightwatch Dark Amber</A> stood out as the most rewarding part of the journey here (aside from the dťcor).

After pirating out for a while it was time to head to <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=193 target=_blank>Pike</A> downtown for some food and more beers. I ended up trying 3 of the seasonal offerings and wasnít impressed with any of them. The bowl of fresh crab chowder was the most memorable part of the visit (or maybe it was the nearest parking spot 6 blocks away). Attractive nice old building with a great view of the tiered brewery. I noticed that all their guest taps happen to be Merchant du Vin products. Not that I donít like them, but thereís some very good regional beers that are beckoning to be put on tap everywhere in the PNW and MdV stuff is fairly everyday in our hobby.

The following day we woke up bright and early and decided to meet Andre (<A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=8017 target=_blank>HeRftYDrF</A>) at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=187 target=_blank>Big Time </A> at opening. Iíd been itching to try the <A href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=1108 target=_blank>Bhagwans</A> for a while now since Iíd heard so much about it. I wasnít disappointed either; excellent piney fresh hops with lots of balanced malt and a mild finish. Their other beers were no slouches either, the <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=1123 target=_blank>Old Rip Oatmeal Stout</A>, <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=1110 target=_blank>Trombipulator Triple</A> and <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=17572 target=_blank>Old Sol Wheatwine</A> were all creative and very well made. Andre was a great guy to meet too and I brought along a special bottle of my <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=12115 target=_blank>Stone 02.02.02</A> homebrew clone for him which he later split with the Bottleworks crew.

I tried to make time to get up to <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=174 target=_blank>Diamond Knot</A> to try their famous <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=6026 target=_blank>IPA</A>. Time was against me as I had to drive to Lincoln City, OR on the coast for the rest of the weekend with the family for Independence day.

On the way back to Portland and ultimately the Oregon coast, I stopped by the <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=870 target=_blank >Fish Bowl Brewpub</A> in Olympia as it was only a couple miles off my path. It has a fishy theme to it (no pun) and a friendly small town atmosphere feel. I had samples of the boring Leavenworth beers and also the <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=5011 target=_blank>Fish Tale Mudshark Porter</A> which turned out to be a welcomed surprise. Tons of chocolate malt, light sweetness and earthy Columbus hops add up for a refreshing chocolate milk drink with some light roast. A traditional brown porter without the almost stereotypical black patent notes in todayís pseudo porter-stouts (which I detest). Along with this they had the <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=5020 target=_blank>2001 Leviathan Oak Barleywine</A> which was better than the same batch Iíd had in bottles; much more oak and fruit nuances with less alcohol feel. I finished my business and got back on the road.

I spent the rest of the weekend in Lincoln City with my family celebrating my Grandfatherís 80th birthday and subsequently Independence Day and eating fresh seafood and drinking the bottles that Iíd procured at Dickís and Bottleworks. Several of which were <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=12079 target=_blank>KIA</A> by my aunt from New York when her <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=106 target=_blank>Bridgeport IPA</A> ran out. None of them were rare or sentimental though and she brought me a <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=90 target=_blank>Brooklyn Brewing</A> t-shirt from her neck of the woods so sheís off the hook.

Relaxing on the beach in a comfortable chair with a book and a beer with the sounds and smell of the ocean and the feel of the warm summer sun is about as peaceful as you get. Itís times like this that Iím feeling my best, when I can forget about everything and just focus on the beer in a pristine setting; no bar or pub could ever match that feeling. The nights on the beach were wonderful as well; thousands of people line the beaches up and down the coast to light off fireworks. Most all of which are illegal, but I guess thatís overlooked on the beach. From dusk until 4AM it was like a constant grand finale of festival fireworks. All shapes, sizes and colors lined the skies that night. There was hardly an instance where there werenít a dozen or so lighting up the beach. This experience was far better than any professional fireworks show Iíd attended. Combining this with a nice beer in a tulip was truly the best way I can think of celebrating my independence!

On Monday, the family dispersed and we all went our separate ways. I decided to stay with my aunt in McMinnville for the night to avoid traffic into Portland for the day. Fortunately for me, thereís 2 breweries there. <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=2817 target=_blank>Golden Valley</A>, which Iíd been before and enjoyed, and <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=4830 target=_blank>Trask</A>, which is untouched by RateBeer hands. I was very eager for the latter only to find out they were closed on Mondays. Dissapointed, but I moved on to Golden Valley where they had a new seasonal called the <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=35210 target=_blank>French Prairie Blanche</A>. I had originally believed this to be a saison by the description, but it turned out to have much more in common with a witbier. It was served on nitro, which was a little odd to me. It had the classic Belgian yeast notes with lots of wheat, minimal spice and a decent amount of hops. I wanted to try the elusive <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=17803 target=_blank>Tannen Bomb</A> and <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=33132 target=_blank>Black Panther Imperial Stout</A> but both were out of season at the time.

Tuesday morning I returned to Portland, checked into my corporate hotel and went back to work. Throughout the day I arranged a meeting with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=7787 target=_blank >batkins</A> and his wife at the <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp?PlaceID=334 target=_blank>Horse Brass Pub</A> in the evening for some beers and palaver. They are both great people and we had an enthusiastic talk about beer all evening. From the Brassí weekly hot list I selected a <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=29986 target=_blank >Raccoon Lodge Baltic Porter</A>, <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=34700 target=_blank >Full Sail Double Wrecked the Halls</A> and the <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=33129 target=_blank >Walking Man Cherry Stout</A>. All excellent examples of the brewing styles currently being developed here in the region. I am still just as taken back by the Cherry Stout as I was the first time I had it. It is one of the most unique fruit beers Iíve ever had and rivals even the <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=7688 target=_blank>New Glarus Belgian Red</A> for ďking of fruit beersĒ. A true dessert beer in the sense that youíll probably only want one slice, itís no session beer. I hope many more RateBeerians find this gem soon and marvel at its uniqueness. After the <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp?PlaceID=334 target=_blank>Horse Brass Pub</A> we made a brief stop off at <A HREFhttp://www.belmont-station.com target=_blank>Belmont Station</A> for some nice goodies before we called it a night. I managed to pick up a <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=35742 target=_blank>Full Sail Sunspot IPA 2004 Reserve</A>, <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=14675 target=_blank>Hawks Super Natural Oatmeal Stout</A> and an <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=34081 target=_blank>Anderson Valley Brother Davids Tripel</A> among other things.

Wednesday was a long, hard day so I decided to go down to the <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp?PlaceID=1302 target=_blank>Full Sail Pilsner Room</A> after work hoping to find some of the <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=31003 target=_blank>Bourbon Imperial Porter</A>. Unfortunately they didnít have it, they even claimed that it was <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/BeerImages/31003.jpg target=_blank>never bottled</A>! I had the <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=15024 target=_blank>Hopocity</A> instead which proved to be a true PNW pale ale with lots of dry hopping and a balanced malt finish. I had arranged a meeting with Derek (<A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=10823 target=_blank>derekarent</A>) at the <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp?PlaceID=477 target=_blank>Rogue Publichouse</A> downtown at 8:00PM to hang out and also to get to try <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=35711 target=_blank>Glen</A>, the latest in the Rogue Anniversary series. Glen turned out to be one of the best in the series, rivaling even <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=29405 target=_blank>Brewer</A>! Hoppy perfume and carob with a thick body and smooth alcohol finish. After the whole Rogue experience we decided to walk down to Tugboat being that it was only several block away and it was a nice cool summer evening in downtown Portland.

<A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=2074 target=_blank>Tugboat Brewing</A> is a unique place. Not only is it a very small establishment, but they offer a 13% ABV Imperial Stout called <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=16520 target=_blank>Chernobyl</A>. This enough was a good reason to visit! Upon walking in we noticed the darkness, the smoke, the smooth jazz band in the corner and the curious absence of the usual downtown yuppies. We tried all the beers there including the Chernobyl, which we both agreed was curiously thin for 13%. Either itís hidden very well, or someone is stretching the truth a bit. The <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=16524 target=_blank>ESB</A> was also quite tasty with a PNW spin of, what else, cascade hops. We finished our beers and left feeling still a bit thirsty. We decided that since <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=4285 target=_blank>Rock Bottom Portland</A> is just another little stroll downtown, weíd go there too!

<A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=4285 target=_blank>Rock Bottom</A> was not very impressive. Franchise appeal with a boring beer list. Their American Dream IPA which was brewed to celebrate July, American beer month, was the best of the bunch with hopping that was only par with the standards in the region. If youíre going to brew within walking distance of <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=21 target=_blank>Bridgeport</A> and their widely successful <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=106 target=_blank>IPA</A>, then at least be competitive! Thus concluded Wednesday night so I went back to the hotel and sipped some <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=12141 target=_blank>LaConner IPA</A> while I did laundry.

Thursday turned out to be a slow night. After work I drove down to <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=4834 target=_blank>Fearless Brewing Company</A> in Estacada, OR. No one had visited this place from RateBeer yet so it was a good opportunity to scout some new beers. The 20 mile drive from Portland via Redland Road was very beautiful, like driving through a tunnel of trees with racing inspired (55 MPH) twists and turns. The place was nice and clean, the brewer Ken Johnson was very nice, friendly and well versed in beer. Heíd been homebrewing for over 10 years before opening this place. And for their beers, the <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=35395 target=_blank>Porter</A> was solid with lots of sweet caramel and chocolate. The <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=35394 target=_blank>American Brown</A> was full of hops (65 IBUs!) but well balanced and the <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=36392 target=_blank>Bavarian Weizen</A> had all the esters and yeast youíd expect from the style. I was fairly impressed here but I wasnít quite done for the night. I went to <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp?PlaceID=1299 target=_blank>BJís @ Lloyd Center</A> and tried their new <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=36393&FanOfID=6337 target=_blank>ďThe BurnsideĒ Malt Liquor</A> which wasnít that impressive but unique nonetheless. Afterwards I traveled to the <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp?PlaceID=1394 target=_blank>Rose & Raindrop</A> to see what the scene was like and have a few tasting off their cask selections. On the way back to the hotel I was reminded that I donít know the Portland streets that well and after backtracking several times and driving around the city, I made it back to the hotel and to the safety of my makeshift cellar in the fridge. Slow night overall but well rewarding in new experiences.

Friday I had to say farewell to the corporate hotel and seek a place of refuge on my own. I found a decent place out in Troutdale for half the price that had twice the fridge capacity! For dinner I went to the nearby <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=3868 target=_blank>Liberator</A> and had some food and some of their <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=35154 target-_blank>Oatmeal Stout</A>. I didnít feel like really going out to a place like the <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp?PlaceID=334 target=_blank>Horse Brass</A> but more like a low key McMenamins or some sort. So, in short, I decided to go five McMenamin breweries! The problem with these places is that they all have the same stuff but itís tweaked only slightly. For example their IPAs all have similar malt bills but different hop recipes, their porters have one or two of the malts upped by a small percentage. Their wheat beer has some different kind of fruit in-between locations. Nothing too exceptional except for a Simcoe based <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=36440 target=_blank>IPA</A> and thatís only because Iíve always been a big fan of Simcoe. After twenty or so of these beers I needed something better. No night was complete without a stop at <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp?PlaceID=475 target=_blank>Johnís Marketplace</A> too, so I stopped there and picked up more assorted goodies to take home: <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=16 target=_blank>2002 Alaskan Smoked Porter</A>, <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=30254 target=_blank>Allagash Four</A>, <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=15366 target=_blank>Vermeer</A>, and <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=8048 target=_blank>Hop Rod Rye</A>.

Saturday I had completely to myself, so I took it upon my self to take a little journey out of town as I was getting bored with Portland breweries (donít hurt me for saying that). The perfect change of pace was right in front of my eyes, I decided to drive to Forest Grove and visit the <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBrewer.asp?BrewerID=4153 target=_blank>SakeOne</A> tasting room! It was about an hour drive from where I was staying but definitely worth the trip. Forest Grove is a quaint small suburb outside of Portland that still has a small town feel without that usual stale suburbs look. SakeOne had a small tasting room / gift shop. They had most of their sakes available in bottles to taste with proper glasses and palate cleansers. The gift shop carried a wide range of imported Japanese items of culinary origins and sake drinking tools. SakeOne along with Takara are leading the way for American Sakeries by using premium sake-grade rice and a focus on quality, not just ďwho can make the cheapest cubieĒ. Their products stand strong in the American market but when compared to Japanese super-premium counterparts they fall a little flat. I was able to taste a yet to be released full strength <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=36480 target=_blank>namasakť</A> that was simply amazing with complexity and balance, almost like drinking spring water. I canít wait for this one to be released, I just hope that retailers will follow proper storing procedures for the delicate Namasakť.

I had all my bags packed and ready to go. I dropped off the rental and went to the airport. Who should I meet there at the departure drop-off? Ed Carfora, the Northwest Regional Sales Manager of <A HREFhttp://www.mbibeer.com target=_blank>Manneken-Brussel Imports</A> who drives the awe inspiring Chimay themed Mini-Cooper and Ken Hickmont, the art director of <A HREFhttp://www.celebrator.com target=_blank>Celebrator Beer News</A>! A brief chat about my trip and about whatís new and it was time to board the airplane. Had a new beer, <A HREFhttp://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=3829 target=_blank>Scuttlebutt Amber</A> on the plane even! A good end to a good trip, my palate is going to take a nap now.



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