Archives for January 2016

Upslope Rocked the Ouray Ice Festival!

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Ouray Ice Park // Photo credit Nate Luebbe

Every year, the Ouray Ice Park hosts a huge fundraiser to benefit the park and get climbers of every level together from all over the world. It’s no secret the Upslope staffers enjoy getting after it in the great outdoors – that’s why Upslope is the official beer sponsor of the Ouray Ice Park and loves supporting this fest! We sent a few staffers out to Ouray to climb ice, have fun, and of course, share some delicious Upslope suds.

“I always love going down to Ouray!” says tap room staffer, Anthony. “The town and its people are great, not to mention the added benefit of having a world class ice park walking distance from town.”

The Upslope crew started their days early in the canyon and climbed until the afternoon. In the evenings, they got to pour beer for some awesome folks while listening to some of the best female alpinists share their experiences.

 

“I really enjoyed meeting people from around the world and having the opportunity to share an awesome beer with them,” Anthony continues, “It was awesome seeing some of the world’s best ice climbers and new, aspiring climbers from around the world in one place climbing hard and drinking Upslope.”

 

 

Upslope crew gettin’ after it! // Photo credit Anthony Orig

 

Former Upsloper, Lauren Wilson, crushing! // Photo credit Nate Luebbe

 

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2016 Ouray Ice Festival competition winner, Ryan Vachon, celebrating with an Upslope Oatmeal Stout

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About Ouray Ice Park //  Each year a committed group of volunteers and staff unite to transform the beautiful Uncompahgre Gorge into an ice climbing mecca. Beginning in November, Ice Farmers spray water down the canyon walls of the Uncompahgre Gorge resulting in the creation of awe-inspiring walls of ice. With the utilization of overflow water from the City of Ouray and more than 150 sprinklers, the Ice Farmers diligently work to bring both adventure and tranquility to those seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Within a one mile span of the Uncompahgre Gorge the Ouray Ice Park contains over 200 manmade ice and mixed climbs, 14 distinct climbing areas, and three miles of vertical terrain. Since its inception more than two decades ago, the Ouray Ice Park has become a premier destination for climbers, travelers and outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.

Upslope Joins Blackbelly for Taste: A Benefit for There With Care

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Here at Upslope, we’ve always enjoyed collaborating with our neighbors be it a community coffee  shop or a local winery. That’s why when the idea came up to team up with Boulder-based farm-to-table restaurant, Blackbelly Market, and host a benefit for the Boulder chapter of nonprofit group, There With Care, we were super excited!

There With Care (TWC) has always been near and dear to our hearts at Upslope. They are on a mission  to provide a wide range of thoughtful and fundamental services to children and families during the critical phase of a medical crisis. Be it putting together and dropping off meals for families unable to leave the hospital, or making sure their driveway is shoveled when the family  is able to come home, TWC takes extra care  of the every day tasks  and even some of the little extras  that a family in crisis isn’t always able to do.

Upslope staffers have had the opportunity to volunteer on site with TWC, and we’ve been able to aid in fundraisers and other events benefiting this amazing organization. Now, for the first time, we’ll be hosting a benefit for TWC at our very own Flatiron Park tap room! And what better way to do it than with good eats from our friends just around the corner at Blackbelly?

We invite you to join us on Sunday, February 28th from 4:30-6:30   at our Flatiron Park tap room for smoked pork sliders paired with beers from yours truly, music from the Hop Pickers, and a raffle & silent auction! This one-of-a-kind community event is sure to be a ton of fun, so we hope to see you there.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased  HERE

About There With Care //  TWCThere With Care’s mission is to provide a wide range of thoughtful and fundamental services to children and families during the critical phase of a medical crisis. We serve families referred by medical agencies, by building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life’s day-to-day obligations with compassion and care.

 

 

About Blackbelly //   blackbellyFounded by renowned Chef Hosea Rosenberg, it’s the mission of Blackbelly to not only know where the food comes from, but to serve our customers the very best product we can find. We began by raising our own livestock – pigs and lamb – to use in our kitchen. Next came the greenhouse where we grow our own supply of organic vegetables. If we can’t produce it ourselves, we supplement with the best local products. We’ve cultivated relationships with regional artisans and suppliers to secure the best products we can possibly find.

 

New Year, New You. Shower With an Upslope Brew!

When our friends at Dr. Squatch Soap Co. had the idea of teaming up for a soap and beer pairing to find the ultimate shower beer experience, we knew they were on to something. Offering an elevated experience compared to those college beer-in-the-shower days where you drank whatever was left from the previous evening’s party, we believe our beer and soap pairings will bring your shower game to a whole new level.

It’s a tough job, but someone had to do it. Here’s what the Dr. Squatch team had to say in their blog about the experience and the pairings we came up with together:

The Dr. Squatch team had the privilege to visit another kick-ass Colorado brewery to pair one of our soap scents with a truly unique and tasty shower beer.  This time we voyaged down to Upslope Brewing Co. in Boulder.

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Let the pairing begin!

We were greeted by (marketing manager) Katie, our pairing guide for the evening, and immediately treated to a plethora of beer for our sipping pleasure.

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Marketing Manager Katie testing out some samples.

The founders of Upslope have always had a deep desire to experience the outdoors and enable their customers to do the same without having to leave behind the beer.  They are extremely loyal to the ‘beer can’ (it’s all they use) which they are happy to inform you is better for the environment and your beer.  Their love for our Colorado playground of nature insinuates a desire to preserve it so they are constantly striving to leave less of a footprint throughout the brewing process.

From Upslope’s ‘Our Story‘, “Protecting our environment is key to Colorado. That’s why we craft our beer with conscience. From recapturing the water we use in the brewing process, to installing efficient, three-phase electricity, to delivering our lightweight cans in a natural gas-powered van, we are finding ways to reduce the impact of our brewery on the planet.”

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Upslope Brewer Nate Luebbe // Photo cred: @nateluebbe

With no further adieu here is our Upslope Shower Beer Pairing

Beer:
Imperial India Pale Ale: Larger then your average beer in both size and taste the Imperial will take you on a journey with every sip.  The initial taste is woodsy and vibrant, and from there it takes you on a journey through floral and citrus notes.  The finish leads you right back to the Pine flavor, furthering your excitement to explore the next 18.2* ounces of this beer.   We were in love at first sip.

*Warning: Drink two of these suckers and you may end up with your shirt off dancing on the table, it comes in a 19.2 ounce can.

From the description on Upslope’s website, “Each barrel is brewed using six pounds of a unique blend of hops to impart subtle flavors of pineapple and melon to the central hop notes of citrus and pine.”

Soap:
Pine Tar: Any of our hard core Pine Tarites will tell you there is no alternative.  Loved for it’s vigor in exfoliation, woodsy scent and tough, black appearance it’s actually the subtlety of sweet orange oils mixed with that Pine that keeps guys coming back.

It was too perfect a fit not to make the connection between these two bold, larger then life, unapologetic favorites.

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The camaraderie and energy of the employees at Upslope was inspiring.  No matter who you talk to there it’s quickly evident they are passionate about the company they work for and the beer they are putting out there. Big thanks to the Upslope team for letting us hang, we had an absolute blast!

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Find your closest Upslope distributor here and pick yourself up an Imperial IPA for your shower today!