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Best food and beer pairing excuse for daytime drinking: Steuben's Strange beer brunch pairing, 523 East 17th Avenue, September 12, 10 a.m.

Normally, we limit our daytime alcohol intake to a mimosa, or maybe a lunchtime pint. But sometimes, when there's good occasion, we embrace the chance to get good and toasted in the middle of the day. On Sunday, September 12, Brandon Biederman and his team will cook up a five-course brunch for the sole purpose of pairing each dish with a concoction from Strange Brewing. Drinking five beers at 10 a.m. guarantees we'll be useless for the rest of the day. We can't wait.

Best dinner to blow a chunk of change in the name of good food and good beer: Mizuna Brewer's Dinner, 225 East 7th Avenue, September 14, 6:30 p.m.

Most beer dinners next week are featuring selections from one brewery, paired across several courses. Mizuna, on the other hand, decided to pull in four great beer-makers, pairing selections from each across a multi-course feast. And representatives from Stone, Great Divide, the Bruery and Moylan's will be on hand to geek out about their pours.

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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.
Contact: Laura Shunk