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Beer-cured bacon, BBQ and bagels: the food of the Great American Beer Festival

Such a charming shirt. We spotted it beneath a sad pretzel necklace which, if anything, is the culinary equivalent of whiskey dick: You want to get excited, but you just can't.

The Great American Beer Festival isn't exactly a food orgy -- and rightfully so, because that would take away precious room in your stomach that belongs to beer -- but we managed to scrounge up a few options, in varying degrees of deliciousness. Behold, our pictorial summary.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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