Archives for January 2017

We Proudly Announce NEW Citra Pale Ale

Citra Pale Ale: New Year, New Beer

Over eight years ago, Upslope Brewing was founded and we introduced our first offering, Upslope Pale Ale, to the craft beer-loving community of Boulder, Colorado. Now, after years of growth and development and with two brewing facilities, we deliver our hand-crafted, canned beers to seven states. We proudly maintain a spirit of innovation and experimentation at our original location, Lee Hill, which has transformed into the essence of a brewer’s playground. This commitment to celebrating creativity and exploring new styles has led to the evolution of Upslope’s first and flagship brew. Officially beginning on February 1, 2017, Upslope Citra Pale Ale will replace our original Pale Ale in the year-round lineup and will be available in 12-ounce six-packs, twelve-packs, Mix Boxes, and permanently on draft in both of our tap rooms.

For several years, our brewers have worked on perfecting the Citra Pale Ale recipe. It has previously been released as an installment in our Upslope Tap Room Series, and quickly became a customer and staff favorite in our tap rooms. The proven popularity of this beer with its distinct juicy hop character delivered by the Citra hops has led to this evolution and the beer ultimately finding its way into a year-round can. We are proud to now be canning and selling our Citra Pale Ale anywhere you can find Upslope beers, including CO, NM, UT, AZ, TX, WY and MT.

“The decision to retire the one that started it all and introduce a new style to our lineup in its place comes from our dedication to experimentation and creativity. This beer represents our best foot forward and the spirit of what happens when we continue to hone our craft, keep our sights on the future and listen to what our fans want.”

                                                        – Matt Cutter, Upslope Founder

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About Citra Pale Ale

The Citra Pale Ale is an American style pale ale which prominently features Citra hops, delivering pungent grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas with a semi-dry finish. Juicy, floral notes imparted by the hops pair with the light malt character to balance out. Like its predecessor, the Citra Pale Ale comes in at an easy 5.8% ABV and will soon be the new “go-to” beer for your next adventure.

Get Some!

Fans looking to be the first to try the Citra Pale Ale in the new cans should join us for our upcoming release events – check out the schedule below and find an event near you!

Wednesday, January 25

  • DENVER, CO:    Sneak Preview Party at Hops and Pie (5:00 pm) for their $2 Craft Can Night!

Thursday, January 26

  • DENVER, CO:    Upslope Citra Pale Ale SIA After Party at the Hyatt Regency (6:00 pm-2:00 am)
    • After the SIA Snow Show, meet us across the street at the Hyatt Regency’s Strata Bar for Citra Pale Ale cans all night long (Craft Lager & Oatmeal Stout will also be available)

Friday, January 27

  • BRECKENRIDGE, CO:
    • Rocky Mountain Underground (on tap)
    • Downstairs at Eric’s (on tap)
    • Empire Burger (on tap)
    • Flipside (on tap)
    • Apres (cans)
    • Gold Pan Saloon (cans; lookout for Citra Pale Ale to be their February “Can of the Month”)
  • COLORADO SPRINGS, CO:    Citra Pale Ale Pint Night at SuperNova
  • CRESTED BUTTE, CO:
    • The Brick Oven (cans)
  • STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO:
    • The Barley (on tap)
    • Four Points Lodge (at Steamboat Ski Resort) (on tap)
  • VAIL, CO:
    • Ale House (on tap)

Saturday, January 28

  • NEDERLAND,CO:    Citra Pale Ale tasting at Eldora Mountain Resort – Try it before you buy it! Cans available for sale

Thursday, February 2

  • ALBUQUERQUE, NM:    Upslope Citra Pale Ale’s New Mexico Release at Rock & Brews ABQ

Lee Hill Series Vol. 11 – Tequila Barrel Aged Barleywine

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Lee Hill Series Vol. 11 – Tequila Barrel Aged Barleywine

For months now, Upslope’s brewers have patiently awaited this Añejo Tequila Barrel Aged Barleywine to reach its full potential. After 11 months, it’s finally ready for its debut as the first installment of the Lee Hill Series for 2017.

Not only is this the 11th volume of the Lee Hill Series, this Barleywine also marks our 500th batch of beer brewed at our main production facility. This beer was then aged in Dulce Vida Añejo tequila barrels at our Lee Hill barrel room to allow the flavors to properly mingle and develop into something truly special.

Dulce Vida Añejo Tequila Barrels

Our brewers monitor all of our aging beers while they’re in barrels to find when they hit their peak. It was a happy coincidence that the brew team found the 11th installment in the Lee Hill Series to be in its prime after 11 months. We’ve aged a few beers in Dulce Vida tequila barrels before, most notably our “El Presidente” Belgian Strong Ale formulated by the founder of the company, but these are no ordinary tequila barrels. Tequila Añejo is aged longer than typical tequila and is made in smaller batches. The extra time in barrels darkens the color of the spirit to a honey gold, and gives it a smoother and more complex flavor that features accents of vanilla and cinnamon with an aroma reminiscent of American Bourbon whiskey.

Dulce Vida Spirits ages their Añejo for up to 24 for months, until it perfectly reflects their image of a great sipping tequila. These barrels lend those same characteristics to our deep and robust American style Barleywine. The decadent caramel-rich malt in this beer fuse with the floral, rose-like accents of the tequila to create a remarkably unique combination of flavors. The oak and subtle American Bourbon flavors ensure that this beer will appeal to almost any fan of barrel aged beers, while the unique Añejo characteristics treat them to something unfamiliar. Generous alcohol warmth from this 14.6% ABV beer make it the perfect Colorado winter pick-me-up.

Release Party this Thursday, January 19th!

The release party for the Lee Hill Series Volume 11 Tequila Barrel Aged Barleywine is this Thursday, January 19th from 5:00-9:00 pm at our Lee Hill tap room. The Barleywine will be available on tap as well as in 19.2 oz cans to-go for $10 each (limit 6 per person) – the price will rise to $13 the following day provided they are still in stock.

Cheers! We’ll see you there!