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Drink your way to that MBA

Brixx (multiple locations) is cranking up its MBA program – that's Master's of Beer Appreciation – for 2008.

The “curriculum” covers 21 beers selected by Brixx and 11 “electives”: local or seasonal beers that vary by location. After each new beer, students receive a stamp on their MBA cards.

To earn the degree, students must sample 32 different beers and attend one extracurricular activity, such as a beer dinner, beer tasting or brewery tour.

Graduates get a gift and a Brixx Bash – a party in their honor that includes $50 worth of free pizza and appetizers. Locations: brixxpizza.com.

Half-price deal at McIntosh's

McIntosh's (1812 South Blvd.) halves the prices on all its appetizers served in the bar or patio from 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday this summer. Proprietor Greg McIntosh aims at getting diners to consider his place a gathering spot for small plates and drinks, as well as a special-occasion restaurant.

New entrée at Bonefish

Arctic charr (a salmon-like fish with a trout-like flavor) hits the menu at Bonefish Grill (multiple locations), coinciding with a sweepstakes involving a five-day trip for two to Iceland, including airfare, hotel, two days of excursions and $1,000 cash (the trip's valued at $4,550). Enter by June 30 at bonefishgrill.com/sweeps.

Upcoming wine dinners

Hotel Charlotte (705 S. Sharon Amity Road) hosts a Renwood Wines casual Sunday wine supper June 29, with a menu that includes 2006 Sierra Viognier with Asian spiced shrimp and apricot sauce and 2005 Amador County Barbera with grilled pork chops and brandied cherry sauce. $45; 704-364-8755

Vintage Wine Cellar (Toringdon Shopping Center, 12206 Copper Way) features Australian wines in its June 23 wine dinner. $69.95; 704-543-3977 HELEN SCHWAB

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