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We've found the perfect gift for craft-brewed beer aficionados. Texan Paul Myhill, home-brewer and beer connoisseur, has created a beer-of-the-month club called The North American Beer Odyssey. For a mere $15.95 a month (plus tax and standard shipping), subscribers to the service will receive 12 beers from two or three different microbreweries throughout North America, delivered fresh to their home or office. The shipment will include a copy of Myhill's newsletter, Discoveries, that will provide detailed information about the month's beer selections, give insights into the region where the beer is brewed, publish customer comments, highlight beer festivals around the country, and tell subscribers where to purchase additional beers and beer merchandise. Two characters, Lewis Barley and Clark Hops will lead the exploration across the continent in search of new beer selections. Myhill assures that he has cleared his business practices with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and that his endeavor is legal in Texas. For more information, call 800/923-BEER(2337)... Invitations to the 1996-1997 Red Ribbon Dinner Series are in the mail. The Red Ribbon Dinners are held annually to raise funds for AIDS Services of Austin (ASA) and the clients they serve. This year's schedule begins July 22 at Zoot, Nov. 4 at Hudson's on the Bend, Jan. 13 at Coyote Cafe, Mar. 10 at Fonda San Miguel and ends up on May 12 at the Bitter End. Cost of each dinner is $100 per person with $75 of the proceeds going directly to ASA. For more information or to make reservations, call 406-6175... Check out the supermarket shelves at Sun Harvest and Whole Foods for bottles of Isabella Rae's Salad Dressing from chef Derek Kindschuh of Christopher House. The chef's salad dressings were such a hit among patients and staff at the local patient-care facility that the Roasted Garlic Ranch flavor is now on the market with Fat-Free Herb and Greek Peppercorn soon to follow. All proceeds from the sale of Isabella Rae's Salad Dressings will benefit Christopher House, a care facility for people living with AIDS... Expansion and renovation of the State/Live Oak Theatre lobby begins this summer, displacing the popular sidewalk coffee venue, Cafe Solaire. Live Oak director Don Toner reports that the theatre crowds quickly outgrew the small lobby space, making remodeling necessary. When the new lobby is operational, Prairie Rock Catering will handle pre- and post-performance catering duties as well as special events for the theatre. Meanwhile, Cafe Solaire owner Nina Marlowe is at her other downtown venue, the Voodoo Lounge, planning her next Congress Avenue business. If all the investment money falls into line, look for Marlowe to open Judge Roy Beans: Purveyor of Edibles, Tonics & Finery, a grocery store/cafe/espresso bar at an as yet undisclosed Congress Avenue location sometime in the fall... Currently new on the Avenue is Momma's Diner at 314 Congress. Former Pecan Street Cafe manager Joe Rivera and his friends Dale Jordan and Dwayne Adams have pooled their years of experience to open this small cafe in the space formerly occupied by Gambrinus and Milieu. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, the diner will be open 24 hours a day on weekends when the downtown area is buzzing. The menu offers Southern-style comfort food and reads like it was lifted from the Presley Family Cookbook or the immortal White Trash Cooking.

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