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Cue that feeling of visiting a foreign place, running into an old friend and then being handed a local craft beer to sip.
You may find just that on your next trip abroad: This week, the Colorado couple behind Outer Range Brewing in Frisco announced they’ll be opening a second brewery and taproom in Sallanches, France.
Outer Range French Alps is scheduled to open next winter in the mountains of Eastern France, not far from the Swiss border. With views of Mont Blanc massif right from the taproom, the second Outer Range will be positioned for alpine stopovers on the way to the region’s popular ski resorts.
“The similarities between Sallanches and Frisco are remarkable,” Outer Range co-founder Emily Cleghorn said in a release. “We were absolutely blown away by the incredible mountainscapes and down-to-earth local community. It felt like home away from home.”
The Cleghorns are combining their love of craft beer and the mountain lifestyle even more with this second brewhouse, by adding in a floor-to-ceiling climbing wall. They’ll also bring a taste of American food culture with a Nashville-style hot chicken restaurant. Rounding out the beverage options will be an onsite coffee roaster.
“When thinking about our next location, we knew we had to find a location as aspirational and awe-inspiring as our original location in Frisco,” co-founder and brewer Lee Cleghorn said. “Our motto is ‘leave the life below,’ so we had to stay true to our values and go big with our next move. So why not go to the place where apres(-ski) was invented?”
At the French brewery, drinkers will find ORB’s flagship beers (brewed on the same equipment as the U.S. brewhouse) alongside new styles and collaborations with local brewers.
Outer Range Brewing launched in Frisco in 2016 and has since been recognized nationally as a rising craft brewery with award-winning IPAs. The Frisco brewhouse is located at 182 Lusher Ct. and shares a space with Bird Craft Thai-style fried chicken.
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