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indie
pizza & beer

 

Phone
(619) 255-2491

Location
3416 ADAMS AVE
SAN DIEGO, CA
92115

Hours
MON-ThU 5pm–12am
kitchen til 10p
Fri-Sat 11:30am–LATE
kitchen til 11pm
SUN 11:30am–12am
kitchen til 10pM

ALL AGES
we are all ages. bring your valid drivers license.

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10 YEARS OF BEERS

WE STARTED WITH A SIMPLE GOAL OF SELLING 100 BEERS AND 50 PIZZAS ON BUSY NIGHTS, AND WE’D BE ABLE TO KEEP THE DOORS OPEN. WELL, TEN YEARS LATER WE’VE SERVED OVER 1,250,000 INDIE BEERS AND OVER 450,000 CRAFT PIZZAS. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

AUTOMATIC BREWING CO

AUTOMATIC BREWING Co is a 10bbl brewery the was founded in 2010 and is was the first small beer manufacturer in the uptown area. Automatic is located deep deep deep within Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights and headed by master brewer Lee Chase. Our beers are available almost exclusively at our home base of Blind Lady Ale Houseas well as at our other spots Tiger!Tiger! Tavern (North Park) and Panama 66 (Balboa Park at the San Diego Museum of Art).

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HOPWORKS SHOWCASE
AND MEET THE BREWER

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 5PM-CLOSE
There are some breweries we love, and Hopworks is one of them. From their green practices, to their amazing business ethics to their organics beers. We love it all. Join us friday when we tap a whole flight of goodness at 5pm. Then, Christian will be swinging by and hanging out with us. Grab a beer and join in.

Juicy Lager 5% A refreshing and effervescent lager, dry hopped with Citra, Mosaic and Galaxy for a juicy and fruitful aroma. Brewed with Gambrinus Pilsner malt and Great Western malt for easy drinking. This beer is the ultimate summer refreshment!

Robot Panda 6.2% Fruity and juicy hazy IPA that balances a soft and fluffy malt body with big hop additions of Denali, Lemondrop and Cascade. This hazy IPA is loaded with flavors of spruce, Meyer Lemon, tangerine, papaya, and bright lime zest.

Singing Bird Fresh Hop Hazy IPA 6.1% A fresh hop Hazy IPA brewed with Amarillo hops grown in Oregon. Amarillo fresh hops impart bright citrus flavors and aroma. Coveted Motueka hops are added to the recipe to amplify citrus aromas into the treetops.

Blackberry Lime Sour 5% Blackberry Lime is an American sour beer that was brewed with 3 different fruits. This light sour is crisp and refreshing with a tasty addition of Oregon marionberries, blackberries and a generous amount of limes.

Organic Pilsner 5.1% Northwest-style pilsner is all malt all the time. Spicy and herbal notes from organic Perle hops balance the delicate honey flavor from organic 2-row and light caramel malts. This golden lager is dry and refreshing with surprising depth of character.

Electric Smoothie Hazy IPA 7% This Hazy IPA is brewed with Galaxy and Citra hops and generous amounts of pineapple, mango, and passion fruit which collectively create big tropical fruit flavors and aroma.

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GARDEN VARIETY IPA
AUTO / FALL / 91X

RELEASE SATURDAY, 9/21

GARDEN VARIETY IPA

Double-Dry Hopped IPA brewed with Admiral Malts. With subtle hints of the tropics from fresh passionfruit & organic dried mangos in the whirlpool, it was hopped w/ Centennial and Cryo-Ekuanot.

THE COLLAB:

Automatic, Fall and 91x are brewing it for the kids!

For the past three years Adams Elementary has been under construction and therefore their gardening club has been on hiatus as well. But later this year brand new planters boxes will be in place and ready for gardening. We got together with some friends to figure out how we could jump-start their gardening program and get the kids back mto playing in the dirt.

Every year 91x broadcasts live from BLAH during the Street Fair and this year when planning the broadcast we decided we wanted to do something more than just the typical broadcast, we wanted give back to this great community that has been giving to us so generously for the past 10+ years. When we heard about the Gardening Club at Adams Elementary we knew this was the perfect fit for an Automatic Brewing Co fundraising brew.

After a brainstorming session with the 91x crew over lunch at Ponce's, we finalized our plan, took a short nap, and reached out to our friends at Fall who were all about the collaboration and eager to donate hops to the cause. A week later Garrett and Danielle from 91x, the brew crew from Fall, and Principal Sylvia McGrade from Adams Elementary all headed over and we got to it and fired up the kettle.

On Saturday, September 21st 91x will be at BLAH broadcasting live all day and at 11:30 we'll open the doors and start the FUNdraising. Swing by, say hi, and help us help the kids. Garden Variety IPA will be on tap all weekend long and $1 from every draft beer and can sold will be donated directly to the Adams Elementary Garden Club to help them grow. ALL TOGETHER WE SHOULD RAISE $1,500 FOR THE GARDEN CLUB.

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PASTA NIGHTS

YES, WE SAID WE’D NEVER DO IT…

We are gonna try something new: PASTA NIGHT!

Chef Tommy makes delicious pasta from scratch and we decided it is high time you all get to taste it on the regular. So every Thursday we will feature a different house-made pasta.

SEPTEMBER SCHEDULE

9/5 - Gamberetto fra Diavolo.
house made linguine. shrimp. spicy marinara. butter. basil. olive oil. $17

9/12 - Pappardelle Genovese
house made pappardelle. braised brisket. stewed onion. oregano. pecorino. $16

9/19 - Fettuccine d Putanesca
house made fettuccine. marinara. olive. caper. onion. basil. V+ $15

9/26 - Spaghetti alla Vongole
house made spaghetti.steamed clams. garlic. cream. basil. white wine. $17

VISIT OUR OTHER LOCATIONS….

UPCOMING EVENTS

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“MEATLESS” MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 5PM-CLOSE
BAJA BEERS & FOOD SPECIALS

BAJA BEERS

INSURGENTE
COLIMA
LOBA

FOOD SPECIALS

APPS
•Fried Shishito app
•Tomato Salad
•Roasted al Pastor Cauliflower
•Smashed Cucumber app

PIZZA
•Braised Jackfruit Pizza

•Soyrizo and Avocado Pizza
•Roasted Jalapeno Pizza

DESSERT
•Ancho Chile-Chocolate Sugar Cake

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blahktoberfest

SEPTEMBER 27-29TH

Keeper Steins full of Craft Fest Biers from Home, Eppig, North Park, Bells, Ninkasi, Left Hand, Enegren, AleSmith, Great Divide, pFrieme, and more…


Live Music
The Beer Mugs - https://thebeermugs.band/
Friday, 6-8pm / Saturday, 3-5pm
Besos Trio - https://www.facebook.com/besosmusic/
Friday 9-11pm

Food Specials including the legendary Brat Pizza



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BLAH JAZZ
EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT 8-11PM
HOSTED by ROBERT DOVE
1ST & 3RD THURSDAY = POCKET/GROOVE
2ND & 4TH THURSDAY = STRAIGHT AHEAD

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LIVE IN THE HAMM’S ROOM….

SEPTEMBER

Thu 9/5 BLAH JAZZ: Straight Ahead

Fri 9/6 SONGS FOR PEOPLE, 9pm

Sat 9/7

Thu 9/12 BLAH JAZZ: Pocket, 8-11pm

Fri 9/13

Sat 9/14 MOCHILERO ALLSTARS 9pm
w/ ROBIN HENKEL 7-8:30,

Thu 9/19 BLAH JAZZ: Straight Ahead, 8-11pm

Fri 9/20 TRIO GADJO “GYPSY JAZZ ON TAP” 9-11PM

Sat 9/21 STREET FAIR DAY 1:
•91X LIVE BROADCAST 1-7PM
•DAVE GLEASON TRIO
7PM
SONGS FOR PEOPE 9PM

Sun 9/22 STREET FAIR DAY 2:
LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY
•ROBERT DOVE BLAHJAZZ
1-3pm,
JULIANNA ZACHARIOU 3-3:45
TBD 4-4:45
THE GARNERS 5-6:30
MOCHILERO ALLSTARS 7-8:30

Thu 9/26 BLAH JAZZ: Pocket, 8-11pm

Fri 9/27 BESOS TRIO, 9pm
w/ THE BEER MUGS 6pm

Fri 9/27 BLAHKTOBERFEST
THE BEER MUGS 2-5pm
TBD, 9pm


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#MEATLESSMONDAY

Every Monday we celebrate Meatless Monday by highlighting our meatless pizzas and ramping up our meatless specials.

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BIANCO DINAPOLI
ORGANIC TOMATOES

Chris Bianco is maybe the most respected Pizzaola in America— a James Beard award-winner, he created Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, Arizona in 1987 in a grocery store. In 1996 he moved it to its current location, a really cute (and tiny, it has 42 seats!) brick building in downtown’s Heritage Square.

He is a PIzza Master. And for seven years he’s been working with a third generation produce canner named Rob DiNapoli to produce his very own San Marzano style tomatoes. They are called Bianco DiNapoli Tomatoes and they are organically grown and harvested on Cliff Fong's family farm in Yolo County, California. In California!!! This is big. Long summer days and fertile soil produce these very unique & delicious tomatoes. Within hours of harvest, the plum- shaped tomatoes are washed, steam-peeled and hand selected at the Olam tomato cannery in Williams, CA. Each can is packed with a touch of sea salt, organic basil (exactly 4 leaves!) then topped in its own juices.

They are slightly sweet and ultra-fresh tasting with a deep, ripe tomato aroma accented by a hint of basil. We did a side by side and they were stunningly better. Stunning!

Unlike many canned tomatoes, these guys contain no calcium chloride. That is a firming agent used to keep tomatoes structurally intact even after pasteurization and storage, but can also make tomatoes too firm, preventing them from breaking down properly during cooking.

The artwork was done by Chris Bianco’s father, Leonard. And Chris’ brother Marco designed the packaging. Look how cool they look— And by the way, we had to buy a LOT to ensure we can have them consistently and at a reasonable price. So they are going to be lining our walls and tucked in every corner!

Nancy Silverton uses these tomatoes at Mozza. Paul Kahan of Publican Quality Meats in Chicago uses them in all his spots. Alice-freaking-Waters is using them at Chez Panisse! And of course, Chris Bianco uses them at all of his restaurants. And now Blind Lady uses them, too.

CORRECTION: It's Blink-182 ;)

CORRECTION: It's Blink-182 ;)

In this video documentary we find Lee Chase brewing his first batch of Chocolate Rain at his new venture, the Blind Lady Ale House in San Diego. Lee has been knee deep in the glorious Southern California craft beer scene since its inception. Join us on the ride as we follow Mr. Chase walk away from a dream job to follow his own path to happiness.

DRAFT BEER & PIZZA

IN THE HEART OF NORMAL HEIGHTS

"Like everything else in this mortal sphere, Blind Lady is imperfect...But for craft-beer lovers, this is almost heaven on Earth." Read Story
Peter Rowe - SD Union Tribune

AUTOMATIC BREWING Co is a 10bbl brewery the was founded in 2010 and was the first small beer manufacturer in the uptown area. Automatic is located in the back of Blind Lady Ale House and headed by master brewer Lee Chase. www.automaticbrewingco.com

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LATE NIGHT KITCHEN

STARTING FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19TH
kitchen until 11pm every friday & saturday night

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AGENTS OF CHANGE

Agents of Change 2019 is a little different. 

Our idea is still to HIGHLIGHT a number of LOCAL organizations that are making change, doing good and getting it done in our own backyard. And we still hope that you, our people, might feel kinship with one (or more) of these groups.

But there were so MANY local groups we loved that we decided to feature one, once a month at Blind Lady and one, once a month at Tiger.

That's over 20 non-profit, awesome makin'-change organizations when the year is all over.

July 7/7 - NHU Community Hub (Asylum Seekers)

August 8/4 - Challenged Sailors

September - Mama's Kitchen

October - SD Refugee Tutoring

November - Mission Trails

December - Young Lions Jazz Conservatory

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CHEF TOMMY WAS FEATURED IN WEST COASTER...

In case you didn't know, Tommy was our original Sous Chef when we opened 9 years ago, and we're so happy to have him back as Executive Chef 9 long years later. He's helped to bring the kitchen back to it's roots and we couldn't be happier.
DOWNLOAD A PDF OF THE ARTICLE HERE
or PICK UP A COPY AT BLAH, TIGER!TIGER! or all over SD.


INSTAGRAM...

WE LOVE BEER

Over the past 9 years we've been working hard to be the best beer bar we can be.
It's nice to see people appreciate all the hard work!

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FOOD NETWORK

San Diego: Blind Lady Ale House
San Diego is an oasis for beer lovers, and nothing goes better with a pint than a slice. Blind Lady excels at both. One of their founders has a degree in brewing science, another is certified by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, and the third, well, he's an artist who did an album cover for Blink-182 and Jack Johnson. Since they are a brew-pub, there must be bar snacks (Belgian frites, spicy beer nuts), but the pizza is king, from the classic margherita to more experimental options like the house chorizo with poblano chiles, fontina, epazote, and cotija (soyrizo swaps available upon request).

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100 BEST BEER BARS IN AMERICA

We're honored to have been named to the Draft Magazine "100 Best Beer Bars" list every year we've been open. We'd like to think this is due to our strict line cleaning program and our true love for all things beer.

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BEST SD BREW PUB

Automatic Brewing Co is located in a postage sized space in the back of Blind Lady. Built out of equipment handed down from our friends at Craftsman Ales, we crank out small batches of #indiebeer

and again…
yep, we won again for 2018!

who we are

Lee and Jenniffer Chase
Jeff Motch and Clea Hantman

Lee Chase graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Malting and Brewing Science and soon after passed the prestigious Institute of Brewing Associate Membership Exam to become a Master Brewer. Lee went on to work with three breweries and a yeast lab before committing to what was then a start-up operation called Stone Brewing Company. Over the nine+ years that Lee was with Stone, they grew from a small time brewery to an internationally-recognized icon of craft brewing. He currently works with numerous Breweries in the USA, as well as Canada, Costa Rica, India, Australia, Africa, and Norway. Currently Lee is a staff-of-one running Automatic Brewing Co in the back of BLAH.

Jeff Motch has a degree in Art from SDSU and his work has graced the covers of bands such as Jack Johnson, blink-182, G. Love and many local bands, he has designed for the San Diego Padres, Patagonia, several local restaurants as well as created fine art posters. He ran the local music zine 360, was art director for Cargo Music/Headhunter Records, spent time in Italy working for Acerbis Italia, studied beer for over 20 years at Live Wire and co-owned his design firm, Lively and Motch, for five years.

Clea Hantman has written eleven books for major publishers. Before that she owned her own successful retail business in downtown San Diego for five years. She’s written for every major publication in San Diego and her work has appeared in dozens of national magazines.
Clea has also been certified by the VPN America, the local branch of the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, an international non-profit organization founded in the mid 1990’s by a group of Neapolitan pizzaiolis (pizza makers). At Blind Lady Ale House we don't follow all the rules laid out by the VPN, but instead use them as a guideline to base our own pizza philosophy on—we specialize in a combination of old world techniques and local sourcing to create a tasty and thoughtful product.

Jenniffer Chase has a Master’s Degree, in Communication. While putting herself through school, she managed several restaurants, bars and cafes. Jenniffer, along with husband Lee own and manage three rental properties in the area.

respect beer

We do. With a direct draw draft system, stainless steel components and an insanely strict line cleaning schedule we serve clean beer. How clean? Once a week we break down the entire system and give it a scrub. Then, we clean the lines between every keg change. Not just when the rep comes and cleans. We do it ourselves to ensure we do it right. Read more below...

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It's all about the food. And ours is, we think, notable for many reasons. 

We respect beer at the Blind Lady Ale House.
And we’re a little fanatical about quality. This obsession is certainly exemplified in our beer—from the brewery to your glass, we do everything we can to ensure the beer tastes as the brewer intended.

The Art of Organoleptic-Enhancment Engineering.
Draft beer takes center stage at the Blind Lady Ale House. We’ve designed and built a unique system that incorporates a multitude of specialized components to ensure that your drinking experience is the very best it can be.

Our Direct Draw System. 
Direct-draw is a term used to describe a draft system that places the kegs in direct contact to the faucets so they kegs are cooled by the same refrigeration source that cools the beer-line and the faucets. This means that the beer-line is not very long, and that the beer arriving in your glass has only recently left the keg. This results in a fresher, more accurate beer flavor. If you see a tap tower, and below it there is no refrigerator holding kegs, you are probably not seeing a direct-draw system. Which begs the questions: Where are the kegs on-tap stored? And how long ago did my beer leave the keg on the way to my glass? (Sadly, the answer may be a few days ago!)

Our All Stainless Steel Metal Components.
Save for the lines, everything else, from the keg to the faucet, is in fact made from stainless steel. This includes the coupler (the device that connects to the keg), the tail-pieces (the barbed pieces that connect the beer-line), the shank (the part that goes through the wall), and the faucet. In the processing of beer at a brewery, only stainless steel is used. However, most bars use nickel-plated brass—an odd choice indeed, because it reacts horribly with the beer. But the thing is, it’s cheap. A brewer would never use a brass component in the brewery, so why should we in our bar? And you know what—our beer tastes fresher.

Our Glass Rinser. 
Many of you have noticed that we rinse the glass just before we fill it with your beer. And many of you have asked, “Why?” The Health Department requires a final rinse of sanitizer before air-drying. This is great for sanitation, but not so good for beer flavor— you’re left with sanitizer residue in your beer! So we rinse your glass with water that has been carbon filtered to neutralize any foul odors or tastes.

The Art of Appropriate Glassware. 
A lot of thought has gone into the choices we’ve made regarding our glassware. Each glass is craft-beer appropriate, with it's own set of organoleptic-enhancing features.

The Honest Pint. 
All of our standard glasses have a pour-line, which ensures that you are getting what you pay for. The serving-sizes are listed on the chalkboard menu, right there next to the %ABV and the price. We were in fact the first Certified Honest Pint establishment in Southern California. No cheater-pints here.

Aroma & Foam. 
We selected glasses that are larger than our pour, which allows room for foam on top of the beer.
The foam not only looks beautiful, it also enhances the experience by releasing the drink’s aroma—and the majority of flavor is aroma. Lasting foam is considered a positive attribute to a beer: it reflects a clean glass and beer-line, as well as the Brewers’ skill during the process, and their ability to preserve subtle flavors in the beer.

Temperature. 
Cold beer is refreshing! But even a standard 16-ounce pint glass often leaves the last sip of beer warm.
Our larger glass, the 21.5 ounce Willy, is engineered to keep beer cool until the last drop—it features a large, solid mass of glass that acts a little like a non-melting ice-cube. Our Snifter is used for stronger, more complex beers that aren’t served quite as cold. It is engineered to fit nicely in the palm of your hand, which allows you to bring the temperature of the beer up.

Design. 
The Belgians are probably the most celebrated for their beer-specific glass shapes, which are not just about function, but often express an artistic form. There is a sculptural element to the glass, and the various shapes can add to the landscape of the table. Our array of glassware is not just enjoyable to drink from, but also to view and to hold.

GIVING

When we started BLAH back in 2009 we knew we wanted to figure out how we could be a true positive on our community. So, we reached out to friends and asked how we could help. Ever since then we've had a blast helping people help people by raising funds and awareness for the true Agents of Change...

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SD AGENTS OF CHANGE

“Giving is about more than donating money. It’s about sharing your capabilities, content, and connections—and above all, giving others the chance to be heard, respected, and valued.”

Adam Grant

And honestly that’s what this is about. Sure, we can and will donate some much needed money. But  it’s also about connecting some of our guests to local community organizations they may know little or nothing about.

AGENTS OF CHANGE

Agents of Change 2019 is a little different. 

Our idea is still to HIGHLIGHT a number of LOCAL organizations that are making change, doing good and getting it done in our own backyard. And we still hope that you, our people, might feel kinship with one (or more) of these groups.

But there were so MANY local groups we loved that we decided to feature one, once a month at Blind Lady and one, once a month at Tiger.

That's over 20 non-profit, awesome makin'-change organizations when the year is all over.

February
ANIMEALS
Sunday, Feb 10th, 11am-Midnight
We are giving 10% of all sales (beer, food, merch, the whole shebang) from Sunday, February 10th, to Animeals.

March
PARTNERSHIP WITH INDUSTRY

April
SAN DIEGO AREA NOW

May
SD BIKE COALITION

June
GIRLS RISING

July 
NHU COMMUNITY HUG

August
CHALLENGED SAILORS

September
MAMA’S KITCHEN

October
SD REFUGEE TUTORING

November
MISSION TRAILS

December
YOUNG LIONS JAZZ CONSERVATORY

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CANCER FOR COLLEGE

Our relationship with C4C has been an amazing one. We've hosted beer crawls and pairings dinners with Will Ferrell, brewed Will Powered IPA, hosted their awards gala and raised thousands of dollars to help people achieve their dreams of earning a college degree.

Learn more about C4C and how you can help. https://www.cancerforcollege.org/

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BREWBIES

Every year we look forward to supporting our friends at Brewbies Fest. 

Leveraging her long-standing, sincere relationships with dozens of breweries and their brewers, Melanie was able to create one of the first beer festivals to benefit a nonprofit organization.  She called it Brewbies® - never knowing if the first one would also be the last – and decided on the beneficiary. It was here the two worlds combined: craft beer and Keep A Breast.

To date, Brewbies® is looking forward to its 9th year, is now held in two cities, and has raised over $350,000.

http://www.brewbies.org/

BLAH

3416 ADAMS AVENUE
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA 92116

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RESERVATION POLICY

TABLES: MULTIPLE LARGE TABLES AVAILABLE FOR RESERVATIONS.
TIMES: RESERVATION START TIME MUST BE BEFORE 6PM AND END BY 8PM. TABLE(S) WILL BE HELD 15 MINS PAST START. AFTER 15 MINS TABLES WILL BE BACK UP FOR GRABS.. RESERVATIONS END AT 8PM. AT THIS TIME TABLES MUST BE CLEARED IF CUSTOMERS ARE WAITING. 
NO SAME DAY RESERVATIONS: RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE 48 HOURS IN ADVANCE.. WE DO NOT TAKE SAME DAY RESERVATIONS
CONTACT US:
INFO@BLINDLADYALEHOUSE.COM.
WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO GET BACK TO YOU ASAP

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