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Beer Geeks Rejoice at Somerville's Olde Magoun's Saloon

By Kelly Church

Somerville, MA's Olde Magoun's Saloon is a one-stop shop for anyone looking for a big pub menu, craft beer and weekly events. The restaurant has 28 taps for craft beer and three rotating lines for cask ale, which owner Greg Coughlin describes as beer in its natural state, sans carbonation and pasteurization. They also have a long list of small-batch bourbon and whiskey.

"We specialize in craft beer and small-batch bourbon, so customers can enjoy 28 taps of local, national and imported craft beer, each one served in its own distinctive glass," Coughlin says. We also have three rotating cask lines featuring some of the best cask ales in New England."

On tap, beers range from large craft beer brands like Guinness to smaller breweries like Wicked Weed Brewing out of Asheville, NC. The saloon represents craft breweries from all over the country (California to New York) and a couple from Germany. The three lines for cask brews are changed out frequently, always keeping these selections fresh for the drinker.

Olde Magoun's Saloon caters to the true beer fan by hosting Beer Geek Monday, every Monday night. The restaurant rounds up a selection of unique brews that are hard to find in the area. Breweries featured on Beer Geek Monday in the past have been Green Flash Brewing Co., Maine Beer Company, Hidden Cove Brewing Co. and Harpoon Brewing Co. and a wide range of beers are selected so everyone can try something.

The saloon hosts more than just Monday night beer events, though. Coughlin says every night of the week has something special to offer, enticing guests to come in on more than just the weekends. Every Sunday is a traditional Sunday roast. On Monday, in addition to Beer Geek Monday, it's Meatloaf Monday and 25 cent wings during Monday night football. Tuesdays feature trivia. Every Wednesday there's a themed menu starting for dinner at 5 p.m. Thursdays are BBQ nights. Fish & Chips Friday kick off the start of every weekend. Saturday is 2-for-1 fajitas. Sunday tops off the weekend with brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

As far as the menu goes at Olde Magoun's Saloon, there's an extensive list of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, flatbread pizzas and brunch items. Among their 19 burger options, Coughlin says his favorite is the Death Wish Burger that comes with a "Buyer Beware" note on the menu. The hand-packed patty is topped with four types of peppers (chipotle, ghost, habanero and jalapeno), pepperjack cheese, sriracha sauce and sour cream.

"We've got some great innovative bar food options," Coughlin says. "Our restaurant has a very laid-back, relaxed atmosphere with a great bar area, a bunch of TVs to watch the game and really, it's the perfect local neighborhood bar."

For more information, feel free to check out their website at www.magounssaloon.com.

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