31 Oct

Upcoming Boston Events!

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Let’s be honest, life has been crazy and I’ve had zero time to sit down and plan something amazing for all of our friends in Boston. The good news is that moment is over and we’re filled with events for the rest of the fall including our THIRD birthday! How crazy is that? We’re still planning some exciting stuff, so please keep an eye here, on twitter, and on facebook for updates. We’re planning on partying BEFORE Thanksgiving, so clear the calendars.

First up is Thirst Boston. Taking place November 10-11th at the Hotel Commonwealth, “Thirst Boston is a gathering of bartenders, industry icons and beverage connoisseurs from Boston and beyond.  Our goal is to educate attendees on the science, craft, and taste of all things related to the art of drink. We want to celebrate our local talent (your favorite bartenders and baristas) and have a pretty kick-ass time hanging out together.” Sounds pretty great, right? Well, you haven’t even heard about my favorite parts! There are two beer seminars. The first, Beer Back: Beer’s Integration in Cocktailsfeaturing the power duo of Kevin Mabry from jm Curley and Kevin Martin from Eastern Standard (tickets and info here). The second, New World of Beer: Brewing in New England from the Pilgrims to the Present, featuring Mark Hellendrung of Narragansett Beer, Chris Lohring of Notch Brewing and Dann Paquette of Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project and moderated by Lauren Clark, author of the forthcoming Crafty Bastards: Beer in New England from the Mayflower to the Modern Day (tickets and info here).

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Head on over to their website for more information on events, seminars, and so much more. Each seminar ticket gives you entry to the Hall of Liquids which features some craft brewers, both local and national: BoulevardRising TideBantam CiderIthaca BeerNewburyport BrewingPeak OrganicNotch, and Long Trail. So for the ticket to a seminar ($20) you get to drink all of these incredible beers and ciders. Kind of a great deal, right? Plus we’re pretty sure you all might like things that aren’t beer (Japanese whisky maybe? Or tequila?)

 

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Next up, Team GPO. We’ve been running with Night Shift Brewing and will be again for Cambridge 5K’s Yulefest. This year, on December 1, over in Harvard Square. Sign up for Team GPO/Night Shift Brewing on their website and be sure to let us know on Twitter so we can rally the troops before the race! After the 5K there are plenty of beers to drink from the incredible sponsors (ahem, like Night Shift).

 

 

 

Also in December is Eat Boutique’s Holiday Market. Taking place on December 7th at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in the Seaport, it is the spot to do ALL of your holiday shopping. Take a look at their artisan and sponsor list on the website to get your shopping list started. Also, for some CRAZY reason, they asked me to do a special tasting! I haven’t chosen all of the breweries and cider makers as of yet, but trust me, there will be some special items in this tasting. Plus, I’ll be there! So, all the fun. (I hope!) :) Tickets are available on the site as well – note, the tasting is an additional ticket price.

 

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I think this might keep us busy for the next couple of weeks. See you soon!

 

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11 Sep

Cooking With Beer, Featuring Brooklyn Brewery

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Little known fact: a few years ago I had a part time (seasonal) job at the Gap in Harvard Square. I had been a Gap Inc employee on and off since I was a teenager and to this day, my denim is folded perfectly. I was on a break in the back room when someone came over the walkie and said “Jody Adams is in the building.” VIP alert, people! You may know Jody Adams from my other true love, Bravo TV/Top Chef Masters, but as a Boston girl, I know her from Trade and Rialto, two incredible restaurants. Do I have to tell you how excited I was to hear about this upcoming cooking class with Jody featuring Brooklyn Brewery? Probably not.

 

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The class is coming up on October 27th and held at Rialto. It begins with coffee and scones (thank you from the caffeine addict) and then the cooking demo begins. Brooklyn brews will both be paired with and used as an ingredient in the dishes. When we asked Jody about pairing with beers, she said “this time of year the cooler temperatures and hearty food stand up really well to beer. Hops are bitter, which help to cut the richness in fattier foods. They’re also great for a fruit & beer pairing.” Agreed. Yes, we can pair wine until the cows come home, but beer pairings can be really wonderful and complimentary. Trust me, we’ve done some research.

 

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A sneak peak of the menu is below. Hope to see you there!

Steamed Clams and Beer-Batter Mussel Fritters with shallots, bay leaves, pancetta and greens

Polenta and Sausage with grapes and green tomatoes

Beer Granita with chocolate molasses stout cookies

 

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12 Aug

Foundry on Elm Beer Dinners

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Davis Square is becoming quite the hub for craft beer. Have you been there lately? I’d recommend a quick trip before the Tufts kids come back (although we love you, Tufts) to grab a seat on one of the patios. One of the spots on our To Do list is Foundry on Elm. They have a beer dinner offered every week by Chef Derek Clough. Two courses paired with two different beers, for only $25. Sign me up!
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Chef works with their beverage director Manny Gonzales to create a seasonal and delicious pairing. An examples of a past pairings include:
First Course
Atlantic Salmon Burger
Pickled Red Onions, Cucumber Tzatziki, served on a toasted poppyseed brioche bun
Paired with Dogfish Head “60 Minute” IPA
Second Course
Espresso Panna Cotta
Chocolate Sauce, Luxardo Cherries
Paired with Dogfish Head “Indian Brown” Ale
Safe to say I’m trying my hardest to move my crazy schedule around for the next couple of Wednesdays to make an appearance. Let us know if you make it!
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08 Aug

Redhook Hook Fest, August 17th

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A couple of years ago, Lindsey and I headed up to Portsmouth for an incredible weekend of beer and music. Sadly, I can’t go back this year, but 10 of our lucky followers can! We’re giving away 10 pairs of tickets to Hook Fest this year. Comment here or on our Facebook page, tell us your favorite Redhook brew, and we’ll chose 10 winners next Wednesday, August 14th.

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24 Jul

#BBC13, The Boston Guide

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This weekend is the Beer Bloggers Conference and I’m thrilled to have you all in my city for a few days. While the agenda is jam packed, I wanted to give you some other options of spots to hit while you’re in town. Whether you need late night snacks, something a stumble away from the hotel, or a cocktail to change it up a bit, we’ve got you covered. These are bars I frequent, with incredible staffs, menus, etc. I trust and love these recommendations.
Local folks may see a spot I forgot (ahem, anywhere with 50+ taps) but from my experience, it isn’t worth it. Feel free to name them in the comments though. :)

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Near the hotel, 15 minute walk, short ride on the T, etc:

Parish Cafe, @ParishCafe1: good beer list, great sandwiches.
Stoddard’s Food and Ale, @stoddardspub: casks! 5 of them.
jm Curley, @jmcurleybar: I can’t even talk about it. Go, drink the beer, have a cocktail, eat all of Sammy’s 7 specials. It is my happy place.
Silvertone, @SilvertoneBar: because sometimes I need a High Life and some Fernet. Some great locals available here (Bantam Cider, High & Mighty Beer of the Gods) as well as cocktails and the best mac and cheese in the city. Also my happy place.
Kinsale, @KinsaleBoston: Patrick, the bar manager, is a huge supporter of local brews. If you’re in town Thursday night, there’s a lil party happening - http://www.facebook.com/events/157689441081756/
Tip Tap Room, @PoesTipTapRoom: Chef Brian Poe is one of our favorites and this spot is INCREDIBLE.
Waterfront Cafe, @waterfrontcbg: I was lucky to meet Greg via twitter one day and learn about this spot. Wonderful bar food and a beer list with some brews you can’t find anywhere else. A hidden gem in the North End (if you go there, do NOT go to Mike’s for a cannoli, go to Modern. You’re welcome).
Saus, @saus_boston: While I try to steer clear of Faneuil Hall, this spot is worth the trip. Poutine AND beer? In.

 

A longer trip on the T, a quick cab ride, and totally worth it:

Deep Ellum, Lone Star Taco Bar, @ellumbarboston, @lonestartacobar: Conveniently located next to each other to make all your dreams come true. DE’s beer list is what dreams are made of, LSTB has the guacamole we dream of. Trust me, you’ll want to go to both spots hungry.
Bukowski Tavern, @bukscambridge, @bukowskiboston: Cambridge and Back Bay locations – both incredible, both with a book of beer options. Yup. A book.
Russell House Tavern and Park, @russellhousetav, @parkcambridge: Harvard Square is not far and if you’re there, these are the two stops you need to make. Both with incredible food and a changing beer list, featuring lots of locals. Cocktails (and beer cocktails!) are also really well done here.
Cambridge Common, @cambcommon: If you’re in Cambridge, you may as well hit this spot as well. Holy beer list.
*BONUS POINTS IN CAMBRIDGE: Trina Starlite Lounge (@trinastarlite) & Parlor Sports (@parlorsports). Maybe because I think of these two spots as my own living room but incredible drinks, beer, food, bartenders. You can’t go wrong if you make the trip over here – also, close to Bukowski’s! If you’re still in town Monday, Industry Brunch at Starlite is, well, the best time you’ll ever have on a Monday.*
Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar, @citizenpub: You’re in Boston, why aren’t you eating oysters? Go here immediately. I mean, I’ll probably be there. We did our Valentine’s Party here and the beer cocktails, well, I’m still asking for them 5 months later. Yum.
Eastern Standard, @eskdboston: I have to stop myself before I talk about ES for 3 paragraphs. This spot, this service, these people. They’re some of the best in the city. This is the mothership. You need to go. Ask for the reserve beer list. Late night menu goes up on the mirror behind the bar and sometimes include lobster mac and cheese. You’re welcome.

If you’re hungry at 2am, go to Chinatown. Dumpling House, Shojo, etc. I don’t think there is a spot to avoid, so choose your own adventure here. Also, stumbling distance to the hotel.

I’m sure I forgot something here. Again, these are my personal favorites. If I was giving you a personal tour, we’d hit all of these, plus a drug store to stock up on Advil for the next day. If you have any questions, give me a shout at @MAGirlsPintOut or find me at registration during #BBC13. Enjoy Boston!

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Okay, a couple more things. Want to buy beer near the hotel? Urban Grape is close by. Also, wake your behind up early and go on a tour at Fenway Park. You’ll thank me later.

 

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02 Jul

Team GPO, Running for Freedom…and Beer!

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Team GPO, informal running club of GPO, made its debut in the Boston running scene, this past May.  GPO ladies from MA and RI (and their gentleman supporters) tore up the asphalt at the Harpoon 5 Miler (May 19) and at ECBA Freedom 5K (May 26)  races.  For their job well done, GPO runners were rewarded with frosty post race pints from some of the areas best breweries, a post race dance off,  delectable treats and swag from race sponsors.
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Team GPO’s quests for good beer, good runs, and good times are never ending.
The team is lacing up again and joining forces with Night Shift Brewing for the upcoming VERT Series SASQUATCH Trail race on July 14, 2013. The Sasquatch race is a 2.35mi trail race through the Middlesex Fells Reservation, ending in a glorious post race celebration at Stone Zoo, sponsored by Night Shift Brewing, Pretty Things, Notch Brewing, and Slumbrew and of course, the legendary dance off.
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(we may bring our own cheerleaders, too.)
If you love good beer and are willing to run for it or  if you have fancy feet for the post race dance off, run with us on July 14! For details about the race and about how to sign up: http://www.vertraceseries.com/sasquatch/  When signing up on Racemenu, sign up under the team name:    Night Shift Brewing/GPO
We’ll have info up on our MA Girls’ Pint Out Facebook page for some weekly runs and other fun stuff, keep an eye out!
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(Non-running note, we’re doing a beer and cheese tasting at American Provisions on July 10th. Your ticket includes beers, cheese, and happiness. There will be a band in house, and an after-party where our friends at Local 149 and Privateer Rum will be mixing up an incredible beer cocktail. Cocktails on your own tab, high fives on us. Tickets and info here.) 

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03 Jun

Brewer’s Dinner at John Harvard’s

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There’s something really wonderful about friends who join you for beer dinners, especially when you ask them to write a sentence or two on it and they give you 98% of your post. Nicole, you are wonderful.

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A couple of weeks ago I felt like I had discovered the best kept secret in Harvard Square.  Well maybe it’s not really a secret and now it definitely isn’t one, but wow, what a deal. 

I was lucky enough to join Rebecca of GPO at John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House for their Brewer’s Prix Fixe meal.  It’s available every Wednesday from 5pm-10pm and is just $22.99 for four courses and $29.99 for the four courses and beer pairings which each.  I’m still in shock from the good deal.

 But what’s more, is the food and beer you get for that.  Each month is a different theme and May’s featured scallops, one of my favorite foods of all time.  While each course was delicious in its own way, I have to say my favorite was the Nantucket Bay Scallops in the Shell.  Besides the excitement of getting a dish served in an enormous shell, it came with Yukon gold potato confit and creamy leeks and truffle oil.  I firmly believe that truffle oil will bring us world peace.  Or something like that.  Everything just kind of melted together in a sweet harmony.  I love brown ales so I was even more excited about this course as it was paired with the brewery’s Village Green Mild, an American Brown Ale.  I was a happy, and increasingly full, lady.

After taking a look at June’s menu (lobster caprese? striped bass!?!), I have a feeling Nicole and I may be going back soon. Thanks to the entire JH crew for having us!

 

 

 

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15 May

Urban Hops at Urban Grape

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Lately I’ve been out and about with friends and someone always asks, “How did you meet X?” and the inevitable answer is “the internet!” especially in the beer community.

A couple of months before I even step foot in Urban Grape, I connected with Hadley, one of the owners on Twitter. Partially for my work with High & Mighty, mostly for our obsession with the Real Housewives. We hit it off and I over the moon excited for their announcement of a store opening in the South End. Granted, I don’t live far from Chestnut Hill but a girl can never have too many options. I attended their anniversary party last summer, saw plans for the new store, and I met Ben Bouton, their beer manager. (Gentlemen take note, Ben proposed to his fiance at the Samuel Adams Brewery!) Ben’s excitement for beer is contagious, which makes the launch of Urban Hops that much more exciting. We connected with him on the 5 beers he’s most excited to have in the shop and at the tasting this Sunday, 2pm – 5pm at BOTH locations.

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Brasserie St. Feuillien Saison- It’s true, the famous St. Feuillien is now in cans!! Absolutely perfect for your trip to the beach or the lake this summer. Established in 1873, St. Feuillien has become one of Belgium’s most well known and respected breweries. This slightly tangy, earthy saison is considered a ‘terroir driven beer’, its spicy notes evoking the beautiful farmland of Belgium from which it was inspired. Crisp and refreshing, St. Feuillien’s Saison (in cans!) is sure to be a summer favorite for all!Brauerei Plank Pilserl- Currently under the direction of the 16th generation Michael Plank (brewery was established in 1617!), this German pilsner is an absolute benchmark of the style. This beer captures the essence of German noble hops with a balanced spiciness to go along with the traditional pilsner malt. This beer doesn’t need to be showy, it is absolute perfection in a bottle!

Stillwater Artisanal ‘Cellar Door’- Coming from Baltimore, MD, this elegant American Farmhouse Ale is perfect for sipping outside on the porch. The hops lend herbal and citrus notes to the nose and palate. The ale is finished with white sage, which brings an earthy spice to the beer. Featuring Stillwater Artisanal’s house saison yeast, this beer is dry and refreshing on the hottest of days.

Prairie Artisan Ales ‘Prairie Ale’ Saison- Out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, relative newcomer to the craft beer scene, Prairie Artisan Ales, got their break through Kickstart! This saison features a blend of both ale and wine yeasts, with some brettanomyces added in for its drying qualities. Both spicy and fruity, this beautifully crafted (and labeled) farmhouse style ale will keep you hydrated and happy!

Binding-Brauerei Schofferhofer- Total guilty pleasure beer! Weighing in at a modest 2.5% ABV, Schofferhofer is a blend of German hefeweizen and grapefruit juice! An homage to traditional German ‘Radler’ (a mix of hefeweizen and lemonade), this beer lends the bitterness of the grapefruit, and refreshing quality of a hefeweizen. I know I’ll be throwing these back all summer!

Wait, grapefruit juice? I kind of love this idea. Since the weather has warmed up I’ve been dreaming of summer brews, a shandy or two, and saisons by the 6 pack on patios. Okay fine, maybe I’ve been drinking some on my roof. But summer might be the best season for beer (and yes, I will say that again about fall beers. Every season is the best, really).
I honestly could talk forever about how great Ben, Hadley, TJ and the entire staff are, how much I love Urban Grape, how you need to stop by one of their stores just because of how gorgeous they are. Thankfully, you can see it all for yourself on Sunday. Stop by the South End store (where I’ll be!) or Chestnut Hill for the Summer Beer Fest, 2pm – 5pm.
Some more info from their press release on Urban Hops:
The Urban Grape, a modern boutique wine store in Boston’s South End and Chestnut Hill, will launch Urban Hops, an expanded, dedicated and curated craft beer program in both locations this spring. Because of the increased interest from customers in the craft beer movement, the Urban Grape is meeting demands with an amplified commitment to the beer program. With over 50 new brands in-house tallying to 300 varieties, Urban Hops will offer both large format and smaller format local and regional nano and micro-brew beer choices. Beer Manager, Ben Bouton, will spearhead the program, and aims to follow the Urban Grape philosophy: offer an exclusive selection of diverse and progressive bottles, while still remaining accessible, approachable and affordable.

Unlike wine at the Urban Grape, beers will be organized by region. From a beer that is aged with raspberries in
Sauterne barrels, to the latest release by well-known local craft brewers, Urban Hops hopes to strike a balance
between the more extreme and everyday beer offerings. Education is always at the forefront within the store, and
Urban Hops will be no different by hosting monthly tastings with brewers and events.
“People have realized that beer is not what it was twenty years ago, and their idea of what makes a great beer is
expanding,” explains Beer Manager Ben Bouton. “And like a lot of great wine that we feature at the Urban Grape,
much of this beer is not prohibitively expensive. One of the most sought after craft beers in the world is only $6 a
bottle.” Ben has completed the first level of the Cicerone Certification Program, which provides credentials to
people who work with beer, providing proven expertise in the selection, acquisition, and serving.

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13 Mar

Brew and Chew at BCAE

Important lesson: when you fail at blogging, find guest posters. One of our GPO gals Nicole came to the BCAE Brew and Chew with me last week and somehow I got her to write about it. Maybe it was because she won a free ticket? ;) Thanks to BCAE for having us, High & Mighty for the beers, and Sam and Chris for the INCREDIBLE food. Boston friends, get over to jm Curley and Bogie’s Place immediately, eat all the food (drinks! beer!) and enjoy the food coma. We’ll have some exciting news about an upcoming event with them soon. We’ll keep you updated!

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Last Monday I had the honor of attending a class at the Boston Center of Adult Education entitled, “Brew and Chew”. The evening would be a night of recipes created by jm Curley’s chef Sam Monsour and paired with beers from High & Mighty. I knew when I walked into the Center and immediately smelled meat smoking that it was going to be a very good time. The menu was as follows:

· Veal Schnitzel w/Brat Spice – H&M Purity of Essence.

· Cocoa Nib-Jerk Rubbed Pork Tenderloin w/Pineapple-Mint Salsa – H&M Divine Brown

 Harissa Rubbed Lamb Riblets – H&M Fumata Bianca

· Five Spice-Duck Breast Buns w/Kimchi – H&M XPA

· Cumin & Coriander Crusted Sea Scallops w/Gremolata – H&M Beer of the Gods

 

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While I don’t cook a great deal of meat at home, I have to say, this class definitely inspired me to try to change that. The duck breast buns alone were enough to have me running out to buy a steamer and to finally make kimchi ASAP. I have a special place in my heart for all things buns so those were definitely my favorite. However, there was not a single dish that disappointed. From the perfectly seared scallops to the contrasting spicy and coolness of the pork and salsa, it was one stand-out dish after another. But what really completed each dish was the perfect pairing of the High & Mighty beers. I’ve been to plenty of wine pairing dinners, but it was such a treat to have some of my favorite beers paired with these awesome dishes. And while I am not always a fan of smoky beers, I have to say that the lamb and Fumata Bianca was the best pairing of the night. There was something about the smoke in the beer that just brought out the flavor of the lamb perfectly. But despite all of these amazing dishes and delicious beers, I think one of my favorite lessons of the night was how easily I can not only make mustard, but make it with beer! I’ll be trying out that recipe, immediately for my very own brew and chew at home!

One more fun fact – we’ve got a team going for the upcoming Cambridge 5K and some weekly runs. Head on over to our Facebook page for info or send an email to us. 

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22 Aug

Olde Magoun’s Saloon is Transformed into the Paulaner Biergarten

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After our last post on Olde Magoun’s Saloon, I was able to get over there and spend some time with Greg, the bar manager. That was a couple of months ago now, but he gave me some info about the Oktoberfest celebration they have at the bar. Below is the press release. Get over there and celebrate!

Outdoor Beer Festival is Part of a Two-Month Oktoberfest Celebration 

SOMERVILLE, MA—Locals who can’t make it to the beer tent in Munich this fall can get a taste of a true Oktoberfest with the traveling Paulaner Biergarten, which will make a stop at Olde Magoun’s Saloon in Somerville on Saturday, September 15 from noon until 6 p.m. Patrons can enjoy Paulaner’s portable biergarten and enjoy the crisp fall air with six kinds of Paulaner beer on tap, including their Oktoberfest Marzen and Weisen and their Lager ‘Pils Hefeweisen and Salvador Beers. Olde Magoun’s will be grilling traditional Oktoberfest food to add to the ambience.

The Paulaner Biergarten is part of a two-month Oktoberfest celebration hosted by Olde Magoun’s Saloon. Oktoberfest kicks off on Wednesday, September 5 with the Paulaner Keg Tapping, where Olde Magoun’s will be tapping the Paulaner Tent Beer of the 2012 Oktoberfest Celebration in Munich.

Throughout September and October, the restaurant will have at least eight different German Oktoberfest beers on tap, served by the half and full liter in authentic German beer steins. On Wednesday nights, Olde Magoun’s will feature beer promotions and a traditional Oktoberfest menu, with dishes like Ruben Knockwurst, Jagerschnitzel, Bavarian Stew, and more.

The saloon will be taking its Sunday Roast Night German as well, with a variety of German “Sunday Dinners” like Schweinschaxen (crispy pork shank) with potato dumplings, cider-glazed cabbage, and mushroom pan sauce.

The Paulaner Biergarten Tour stop at Olde Magoun’s is sponsored by the Weekly Dig and Drink Craft Beer.

Event Information

Paulaner Keg Tapping

What: Paulaner will be tapping its Tent Beer for the Munich Oktoberfest Celebration
When: Wednesday, September 5
Where: Olde Magoun’s Saloon, 518 Medford St., Somerville

Paulaner Outdoor Biergarten Tour at Olde Magoun’s

What: Enjoy Paulaner German beers on tap and the outdoor biergarten ambiance that the brewer is famous for.
When: Saturday, September 15 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Olde Magoun’s Saloon, 518 Medford St., Somerville

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