Outlaw

Outlaw Brewing  |  Southampton, ON  |  Reviewed April 2017 by ben johnson

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“Today, under the partnership of publicans Deborah Leon and Andrew Woodley, the site has forgone Labatt’s 50 and OV in favour of small-batch beer made in-house and some of the best live country music acts in Canada for entertainment in lieu of fist fights.”

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On the corner of Highway 21 and High Street on the main drag of Southampton, Ontario, Outlaw Brew Co. has all the charm of a no-frills small-town bar – but with better beer.

Inhabiting an historic building once known as the Southampton Hotel, the location was for years in a state of disrepute, and even enjoyed a period where it was known as The Blood Bucket, given the frequency with which patrons liked to spill things other than each other’s beer.

Today, under the partnership of publicans Deborah Leon and Andrew Woodley, the site has forgone Labatt’s 50 and OV in favour of small-batch beer made in-house and some of the best live country music acts in Canada for entertainment in lieu of fist fights. 

The result is a classic watering hole, replete with decent food, no-nonsense picnic table seating, and beer flights served on a slab of wood. Cottagers and locals alike are wont to stop by for a pint of Bronco Copper Ale (5.6%), 21 Lagered Ale (4.8%), 2 Moon Junction berry-infused wheat ale (5%), or a small but respectable selection of rotating one offs. 

It’s a perfect spot for an afternoon pint or a rowdy, boot-stomping evening, depending on what you’re looking for. And the addition of an espresso machine last summer means it’s also your go-to spot in town for fighting off a hangover, if you’re game for returning to the scene of the crime the next morning, that is. 

Ben Johnson

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