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narrowgaugeIt’s been a long time coming, but the boys at Cugino’s in Florissant are ready to officially launch Narrow Gauge Brewing Company this Thursday, June 16th. If you’ve been paying attention, there has been a lot of buzz developing about Head Brewer Jeff Hardesty’s beers. At the STL Hops Anniversary Party in March, Narrow Gauge nearly stole the show with their SHB (Single-Hopped Beer) Galaxy IPA and Zavtrak Imperial Stout. A few festivals later and more and more people having been asking when they’d be able to get more. Well the time is here!

The name Narrow Gauge is a tribute to the three owners’ hometown. In October 1878, the St. Louis and Suburban Railway, one of several independent rail car lines in the area at the time, started narrow gauge steam railway service from Midtown to Florissant and dubbed it West End Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Cugino’s tapped two beers earlier this month. Mordecai, a juicy American Pale Ale, and Old Town Porter, a smooth Porter with just the right amount of roast. Thursday they will also have full batches of Fallen Flag American IPA and SHB: Galaxy. You can also expect small, pilot batches of Copra (a Porter brewed with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and coconut), Pineapple Mordecai and a few other SHB variants. And they’ll be filling 32oz growlers.

So get up to Narrow Gauge tomorrow night and kick these guys off right!

cuginoYou can definitely tell it’s Goose Island Bourbon County Stout season in St. Louis (by the way, try and say that three times fast after a BCS.)  There is a genuine excitement around this time of year and I can count myself among those ranks.

To celebrate all things BCS, Cugino’s Bar & Grill in Florissant is throwing what has to be the best BCS event in the area this year.  This Saturday, December 5th, Cugino’s is putting on an epic Bourbon County Stout Tap Takeover.

Starting at 5PM, you’ll have an opportunity to taste multiple years and multiple variants of Bourbon County Stout.  Here’s the list:

They will be tapping kegs of

  • 2013 BCS
  • 2014 BCS
  • 2015 BCS
  • 2015 BCS Coffee

They will have bottles for sale of the following (in limited amounts):

  • 2015 BCS Regal Rye
  • 2015 BCS Barleywine
  • 2015 BCS Coffee
  • 2014 BCS Vanilla Rye
  • 2012 BCS

Hold onto those bottles that you’ve bought (or didn’t get a chance to buy) and head out to Cugino’s to try some of these special beers this weekend.

IMG_0388Cugino’s Italian Bar and Grill is an oasis of craft beer for those folks living and visiting north county. Pair the passion that the folks at Cugino’s have for craft beer with our friends from 2nd Shift Brewing and you’ve got yourself a party. This Thursday July 9th starting at 5:00 pm, Cugino’s will feature 11 taps from New Haven’s finest. Whether you’re looking for the hops of Brew Cocky and Art of Neurosis, or that big black LSD, this list has it all. They’ll even have three different batches of Mullineax. Check out the full lineup:

  • LSD
  • Submission
  • Art of Neurosis
  • Brew Cocky
  • El Gato Grande
  • Technical Ecstasy
  • Katy
  • Hibiscus Wit
  • Mullineaux 3
  • Mullineaux 4
  • Mullineaux 5

So head out to Cugino’s Thursday night. It’s sure be a great time!

Miss out on the Abraxas vertical that our friends at iTAP put on last week? Well, how about a second chance at 2012 and 2013 Abraxas? If that’s not enough, how about an entire Perennial Artisan Ales tap takeover to go along with it?

This Saturday, November 23rd at 2PM, Cugino’s Italian Bar and Grill in Florissant will be using a portion of their 56 taps to put on a pretty great selection of Perennial beers including 2012 and 2013 Abraxas. Be certain to check out the full list of beers below:

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cuginoIf you’re up in north county and you’re a fan of beer, you’ll want to make a stop into Cugino’s Italian Grill & Bar. They have 56 beers on tap making it the largest selection of craft beer on draught in north county.

Well, Schlafly knows a good thing when they see it and have paired up with Cugino’s to put on a beer dinner this Thursday, August 29th at 6:30pm. You’ll get five Schlafly beers paired with five different courses. You cost will be $45 per person (which includes tax and gratuity) and you can make reservations by calling (314) 831-3222. Here’s a look at the menu:

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