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Virtual Happy Hour, Video Edition: Beer Cocktails, Brew Pairings, And Pimp Chairs

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(Photo courtesy of the Hungry Channel)
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According to Christina Perozzi and Halle Beaune, just because you have a penis doesn't mean you know more about beer. The two ladies, more commonly known as the Beer Chicks, have become the grande dammes of the tap room, debunking the theory that brews are a boys game. They've curated plenty of our city's best lists, and this month they'll be debuting a show on the Hungry Channel showcasing beer cocktails. (Hungry is also responsible for Steve Livigni and Daniel K. Nelson's show Drink Inc., which we've toutedbefore.)

Now, the Beer Chick's teaser doesn't exactly have a cocktail recipe that you can follow, but there are a few options out there for beer cocktails when it comes to happy hour -- the Library Bar and 1886 among them. (If you're really interested in that trend, check out Jessica Gelt's LA Times piece here.)

But if it's a new/old-fashioned beer pairing you're after, we recommend heading over to the slick-but-cozy Colonial Wine Bar, where just $12 can score you some decent eats and sips to match, picked by David Haskell. For that nominal fee, he'll pair beer, wine, or sake with your choice of three of the following small plates: crab crostini, lamb meatballs, devidled eggs, little gem salad, herbed fries, or citrus and spice marinated olives.

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After a long work week, nothing could beat settling into one of their high-backed pimp chairs and trying a sip of the Heller Aect Schlenerkla Smoked Lentbeer from Bamberg, Germany. It's super-smokey nose might lead to to believe that the beer would taste like planked salmon, but the flavor itself is actually more rustic and woodsy, with deep caramel undertones. With a profile so complex on its own, it'd almost be a shame to toss a beer like that into a cocktail.