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Outlander's Sexy Furniture and Peanut Butter Beer

The century-old former house that Outlander Brewery and Pub inhabits in Fremont is charmingly Victorian, as is its decor—though the chairs lack the skirts Victorians dressed their furniture in to prevent ornate-wooden-leg ogling. I'd never understood the urge to ogle a chair until I set foot in Outlander. This may have been partly because of the beer I had, a NW Peaks Redoubt Red, which was dark, crisp, floral, and strong enough to make even a squat ottoman sexy. Other highlights of the decor include an antique church door and an elegant, functional phonograph. The pub's website defines an outlander as "the innovator; he is the one who drives change."

Innovation at Outlander, a one- barrel nanobrewery, is aided by a monthly online poll that determines which beer will be brewed next. In August, voters favored vanilla jasmine porter served with a scoop of ice cream. "We didn't want to call the bar 'Foreigner' because of the band," co-owner Nigel Lassiter told me. "But, of course, now everyone gets us confused with Highlander." Like the painting of a dramatically lit Spanish galleon in Outlander's dining area, the pub's atmosphere brims with potential adventure. I wouldn't be surprised to encounter members of Foreigner or Sean Connery there.

I'd hoped for my adventure to involve Outlander's peanut butter porter or strawberry wheat, but all the house-made beer was consumed within two days of the pub's opening (don't worry, they're brewing more). Their Bier Dip—a cheddar, ranch, cream cheese, and IPA concoction—is delicious, but shouldn't be served with such salty pretzels. Unless they switch to a different carbohydrate for dipping, bring a secret baguette. Their menu features beer-infused sausage and, soon, a pâté. When asked if anything else in the pub is infused with beer, Nigel motioned to his beer-soaked pants. "This has happened three times," he said. recommended

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Tovirus 1
"But, of course, now everyone gets us confused with Highlander."

I'm sure Jim Caviezel feels the same way re-garding his time/space travelling Viking movie "Outlander" as well.
Posted by Tovirus on September 11, 2012 at 4:42 PM · Report this
kitschnsync 2
They have a great local beer selection (when I was there, they also had a cherry cider that was killer), and prices are reasonable. Unfortunately, their food needs a lot of work.

For beer people that don't care about food, it's an excellent place. But if you want something tasty to nosh while you quaff your brew, well... Maybe you'd be better off at Brouwer's.
Posted by kitschnsync on September 11, 2012 at 4:43 PM · Report this
Tovirus 3
@me, regarding. D'oh.
Posted by Tovirus on September 11, 2012 at 4:43 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 4
So long as you're in Fremont, you're good.

Hey, are you guys going to cover Cider Week, or the Wine Chocolate and Cider event at Theo's on Friday? Or the new place in the new building just north of the Red Door that serves Chocolate Tea and Wine?

Hard cider sales are up 400 percent, you know.
Posted by Will in Seattle on September 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM · Report this
They ran out in 2 days, but they're making more? So, every 3 weeks minimum they'll have some of their own beer on tap for 2 days.

That's the problem with nano-breweries. A one barrel system means you brew 2 kegs at a time. If you have any kind of steady business you will be constantly running out, and also constantly brewing. I would bet that storage is a problem in an old Victorian house, so you can forget about doing lagers. They tie up the tanks and the storage space for way too long.

Constant brewing leaves little time to run a business, especially if there is a kitchen involved. We've seen tons of these pop up in Colorado, and people are quickly discovering the problem and either folding or selling to some other sucker.

If you are going to open a brewery, do yourself a favor. 3 bbl system minimum, 7-10 bbl and you'll be golden. Have 4 or so beers you always have on tap, and a 1 bbl "experimental" system when you want to do your Peanut Butter Chocolate Chipotle Robust Imperial American Black Cascadian Light Dark Lager IPA.
Posted by Bohica on September 12, 2012 at 8:02 AM · Report this

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