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If you love great, fresh beer, and wouldn’t mind having samples from some of the best restaurants in Brooklyn to wash it down with (well, maybe it’s the other way around depending on just how much you love beer) then run, don’t walk to the Critic’s Choice-Brooklyn event being hosted at the Brooklyn Brewery this Saturday, July 20, from 1 pm to 4 pm.

The mini block party inside and outside the Williamsburg brewery (79 North 11th St., between Wythe and Berry streets) will feature their entire line of handcrafted brews (Lager, Pilsner, Brown, Belgian White, among them) as well as cuisine from the best of Williamsburg, Park Slope, Red Hook, Smith Street, Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO.

Participating restaurants include Allioli, Alma, Bar Tabac, Cafe Steinhof, Chip Shop, Henry’s End, Lou Lou, Max & Moritz, Minnow, Oznot’s Dish, Planet Thailand, Restaurant Saul, Rose Water and Superfine.

The event is being hosted by the non-profit American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF), which was founded in 1981 by Julia Child, Robert Mondavi and the late Richard Graff to provide a forum for the study of fine food and drink. Tickets, which include all the beer and food you can pack in for the three hours, are $40 for AIWF members and $50 for non-members. Proceeds go to AIWF scholarship programs.

The afternoon will also include stickball and wiffle ball games and miniature golf out in front of the brewery. The Blue Rays will perform live jazz and swing.

Call (212) 447-0456 for reservations. The Brooklyn Brewery is also open Fridays, from 6 pm to 10 pm, in the Tasting Room for beer and live local bands and Saturdays, from noon to 5 pm, for beer and tours. For directions and further information, log on to on the Web.

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