Out.Haus Ales, Northwood, NH

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Out.Haus Ales is a small 1 barrel nano brewery located in Northwood, NH. Right now it is just one man, the owner, who works there. He was brewing in his garage and started distributing bottles in January 2014.

 

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He just opened the new tasting room in April 2015.  The tasting room had only been open for a few weeks when we first visited.

 

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India Pale Ale – 6%
Not very flavor forward in regards to hops, a definite focus on the malts. A hoppy touch with stronger malt taste, no extra pine or fruit like a lot of other IPA’s right now. Mark would prefer the hoppier IPA.

American Brown Ale – 5.7%
Bold and rich brown ale. More similar in flavor to a porter than a brown in Megan’s opinion. By that she means it’s better than most brown ales she has had for awhile, more flavorful, very good.

American Stout – 5.6%
Fairly typical stout. Less flavor than the Brown Ale.

 

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Coffee-Oatmeal Stout – 5%
Really good. Smelled like coffee with a good hearty flavor. Not as dull as we have found many oatmeal stouts to be. Coffee flavor with secondary sweet taste.

Farm.Haus Ale – 4.6%
Slightly sweet, a little tart Saison.

Scottish 80 – 5.4%
Mark liked this, Megan did not. Malty and somewhat hoppy. Low carbonation with a malty taste, with a little hint of sweetness.

 

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Red Ale – 5.1%
Red taste, a little sweet with toasty aftertaste. He used roasted malts.

Robust Wheat Porter – 5.6%
Flavors of wheat, but with the creaminess of a Porter. A tart start lightened up the porter. We asked why a wheat porter? He had wheat leftover after the summer and wanted to use it up.

Chocolate Chili Stout – 7.5%
Creamy and well balanced. Chili adds a spice, but not a Spicy flavor ….. until the end. It gets a little spicy in the back of the throat.

 

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We are always happy to see small places that bottle. We know its a lot of work, but growlers aren’t worth it unless you live close to the brewery. This way they are able to distribute to the stores as well.

He is definitely a bigger fan of working with different malts than  just adding a bunch of hops to a beer. He said this, but you can tell in the flavors of the beers as well. Not bad, just a little bit different. It helps make some styles better.

 

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He has swag.

 

The name Out.Haus Ale definetely stands out. Especially with a tagline like ‘it doesn’t taste like it came from an Out.Haus’.

 

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Want to visit?
Hours

Thursday and Friday – 4:00 – 7:00

Saturday – 12:00 – 4:00

As always, check their Facebook page or
website for updated hours.

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Banded Horn Brewing Company, Biddeford, ME

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We visited Banded Horn Brewing Company on a recent Sunday afternoon. They are located in Biddeford, ME in the 150 year old Pepperrell Mill complex.

From their website: No matter the style, no matter the strength or the flair, the best beers share one common virtue: balance. At Banded Horn Brewing Co. we strive for a harmony of flavors with each brew, from traditional styles to cutting-edge beers that defy classification.

 

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Pepperell Pilsner – 4.6%
German style pilsner. A light pilsner, ok taste, did have some flavor, neither of us are fans of this style of beer.

 

Veridian American IPA – 6%
Light in body, hop flavor but no bite, more of a citrusy hops aftertaste, with a touch of piney taste.

 

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Norweald American Stout – 6.5%
Good stout, robust flavor, not overly dry, good balance of flavors, nothing overpowering.

 

Jolly Woodsman – 7.5%
Coffee taste, decently heavy stout, good overall flavor. Strong coffee taste, not bitter, made with cold brewed espresso. A special blend of Norweald Stou and Mountain Stout.

 

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Eldir – 5%
A rauchbier, smoked lager. Light in body, smoky flavor. After just several sips from the taster glass, smoky flavor dissipates, leaving just a dryish taste.

 

Banded Souls DIPA – collaboration with Barrelled Souls
A slightly heavier IPA, a touch piney, not as much as the Viridian. It was dry hopped with lime zest, which we think cuts the hoppy flavor.

 

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Barchen – 2.9%
A berliner weiss, sour up front, really really light in body, sour and citrusy. Megan was hoping for a little bit  more sour, but overall a pretty good sour beer.

 

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They had The Jolly Woodsman in a 4 pack of bottles, which we bought, and Veridian in 6 pack of bottles.

 

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They have some extra open space, and fooseball table, corn hole, and a ping pong table set up for visitors to use.

 

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Want to visit? Hours are ….

Wednesday and Thursday 4 – 8pm

Friday 4 – 10pm

Saturday 1 – 9pm

Sunday 2 – 6pm