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If you’re still making plans for this weekend, check out this whistle-wetting article from The New York Times about craft-brewed beers that pack a big punch.

The article focuses on “big beers,” those that carry a percentage of alcohol by volume over 7 percent, which one producer said “can stand with many wines and spirits in terms of their complexity and depth.”

The article is a good primer for the 10th Annual Strong Ale Festival, which will bring brewers from across the nation together this weekend in Carlsbad, where they will share more than 65 of their most potent brews.

If you’re going, organizers warn, bring a designated driver.

DANIEL STRUMPF

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