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    The best part about a beer battle? Everyone wins.

    On Saturday, Jan. 14, a Philly bar will host a Battle Royal (we know, we think it should be Battle Royale, too), featuring the issue of New York State breweries.

    While the tap list is TBD, the beverages will come from Southern Tier, Ommegang, Ithaca, Sixpoint and He'Brew. Bartenders at The Institute (549 N. 12th St., Philadelphia, Penn.), will distribute score cards for your imbibing experience, and at the end of the evening, one fine, proud winner will emerge from the fray.

    You'll also find special plates New York is known for (c'monnn, buffalo wings), flight specials and giveaways. The first five people who arrive -- and the next five people who buy tickets to March's Craft Beer Express -- will score a 22-ounce bomber bottle from one of the breweries.

    The happiest battle you'll ever see runs 2-8 p.m. Just remember to bribe one of your dearest buddies (a.k.a., the one you have dirt on) to serve as D.D. if you plan on seriously, um, "competing" in this battle.