Saturday, March 9th, 2024

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Outer Range


Outer Range Brewing founders Lee and Emily Cleghorn opened the brewery in late December of 2016, but it wasn’t their first rodeo — the two met at a home brewing party in Colorado Springs where they were both serving in the Army; Lee was a 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Detachment commander. Lee had spent his youth in the beer mecca of Brussels, where he developed a palate refined beyond his years. After moving to the US to attend college, he quickly learned he’d need to brew his own beer if he wanted to enjoy those styles again. Fast forward several years, including many homebrew batches of Belgian-style beers and hazy IPAs, and Lee and Emily married, had a daughter, and after Lee’s third deployment overseas, decided to attend the American Brewers Guild Brewing Science and Engineering school in Vermont to pursue their dream of opening a brewery in the place they loved most — the Colorado Rockies, specifically, Frisco. Fast forward several years again, Outer Range is now brewing in France. Situated at the base of Mont Blanc in Sallanches, France, Outer Range France serves as a mountain brewery catering to the local community and nearby resorts such as Chamonix, Megève, and Saint-Gervais-les-Bains. Embodying the same spirit as its original Frisco location, Sallanches is surrounded by iconic mountains and communities deeply rooted in outdoor recreation. Peaks & Pints was introduced to Outer Range beers by former Colorado resident and longtime Tacoman Bryan Johnson who celebrates his birthday today. In celebration of his birthday, and Stoup Distro’s magic bringing Outer Range to Washington, Peaks & Pints presents an in-house flight of Outer Range beers — a flight we’re calling Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Outer Range.

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Outer Range

Outer Range Cosmic Sauce

6.4% ABV

This West Coast IPA is brewed with Citra, Mosaic, and Cascade hops. Outer Range uses a lot of Mosaic with their Citra because Mosaic can be tricky offering either blueberry, dark fruit, or dank and herbal notes. It can really change the perception of the beer, how it hits in the dry hop. For Cosmic Sauce, the Mosaic adds berry and dank notes to Citra’s bright citrus. Expect a bitter finish.

Outer Range Pastels

6.9% ABV

This light-bodied hazy IPA is brewed with Motueka, Citra, El Dorado, and Mosaic for light grapefruit, mild tropical fruits, kiwi, and lemon on the nose. The sweet flavor matches the nose with added cantaloupe, mango, pineapple, and a little bitterness in the aftertaste.

Outer Range Colorado Cou Cou

7.2% ABV

A hazy IPA staple for Outer Range, Colorado Cou Cou is brewed with Nelson Sauvin, Mosaic, and Kohatu hops. Dip your nose into pineapple, cut grass, ripe mango, and just enough dankness to keep it interesting. On the tongue, expect a grapefruit, lychee, pineapple, and cannabis flavors.

Outer Range Steezy DDH

7.2% ABV

Steezy DDH hazy IPA is double dry hopped with Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin for malt, grapefruit, lemon meringue pie, pungent citrus blast, and berries on the nose. The flavor is less balanced than the nose as citrus, blueberry, peach, and white grape dominate the grains.

Outer Range Way Down

8.7% ABV

Way Down hazy double IPA is brewed with premium British pale malts and — wait for it — Mosaic, plus Wakatu hops. Dip the nose for dankness with pine resin, diesel, and light citrus. Pineapple hops dominate the flavor with mango, peach, orange blossom, papaya, and soft bitterness.

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