Archives for March 2017

Hop Slope – Our Casey Brewing and Blending Collaboration

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Casey Brewing and Upslope Team Up

We couldn’t be more excited to announce our newest collaboration brew, Hop Slope, which we teamed up with Casey Brewing and Blending to produce. This collaboration is a Farmhouse Saison brewed with local Glenwood Springs honey and hopped with Nelson Sauvin, El Dorado, Galaxy, and Mosaic hops. If that description alone didn’t get you stoked to try this limited release saison, we just don’t know what will…

From the desk of Upslope Head Brewer, Sam Scruby, here is the story and inspiration behind our newest collaboration beer release, Hop Slope.

 The Story of Hop Slope

“I’m originally from Glenwood Springs and had heard rumors of a new brewery opening in my hometown back in 2014, which made me really excited. I didn’t know anything about it, but I went to go investigate anyway. This was the first time I met Troy Casey. The brewery (or more correctly, the blending house) was not open yet, but Troy was kind enough to give me a quick peek inside. I walked inside, and my first thought was, “where in the hell is all the stainless steel?” While touring breweries, I’ve grown accustomed to following shiny piping, checking out new/stainless/etc. equipment, and looking at dubious ergonomic choices for the various pieces involved in producing wort/beer. Instead, What I saw was a room with scattered barrels and a single brite tank sitting in the middle of the relatively empty warehouse. This was definitely a different look from what I was used to, but it seemed like Troy knew what he was doing and I figured I would come back when there was beer.

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At the 2016 Big Beers and Barleywines Festival in Vail, I found myself hanging out in the lobby of the Cascade Lodge, already reminiscing about the high octane tasting I just attended but enjoying a light pilsner even more. I ran into Troy and we decided it would be fun to collaborate on a beer to celebrate being from Glenwood Springs, or liking hockey, or because it sounded like a good idea after Big Beers. I was also extremely excited, as Casey Brewing and Blending had collected quite the reputation for their beers – like 2015 RateBeer.com’s “Best New Brewery.”

 

For the brewday, we had the entire Casey Brewing and Blending Crew at the Upslope Lee Hill brewery- Jack, Eric, John, and Troy. We settled on a very light grain bill- pilsner, vienna, and wheat with a touch of honey from Glenwood Springs. The grain bill was meant to provide a light, clean backbone to let the hops shine through. We spent much of the morning determining the hops we wanted to include in the beer – “game day decision” as I like to say. After rubbing pellets, sneezing on hop dust and discussing the finer characteristics of each hop (my new favorite description for Nelson Sauvin – “smells like clear gummy bears”), we settled on Nelson Sauvin, Mosaic, and El Dorado. All of these hops exhibit a distinctive, fruit driven aroma like apricot, white wine, mango, blueberry and pear. With a robust late-hopping schedule (just under 2lbs/bbl), we knocked out the wort and the Casey crew headed back to Glenwood to transfer the beer to their open topped puncheon fermentors.

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Hop Slope is Almost Here!

Flash forward 6 months, the beer has matured in neutral oak barrels and is ready for the next step – an enormous dry hop. The Upslope brewing team assembled some of our favorite hops and a couple bottles of Casey Brewing and Blending’s East Bank Saison to discuss what elements would fit best with their mixed culture fermentation character. We loved the marriage of funk and fruit, and elected to go with two of our favorite hops from the Southern Hemisphere- Nelson Sauvin and Galaxy. Troy and his team received the hops and were able to do their own assessment in Glenwood Springs, and came to the same conclusion on the hop blend. Dry hopped at a rate of 3lbs/bbl, this beer blurs the lines of a farmhouse saison and ludicrously hopped American IPA.

We had a great time working with the Casey Brewing and Blending, and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the process involved in a completely different approach to beer production. The beer is currently available at the Casey Brewing and Blending tasting room (purchase tickets ahead of time). Rumor has it, a case or two is destined for Boulder…”

 

Colorado Craft Beer Week 2017

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Come Celebrate Colorado Craft Beer Week at Upslope Brewing Company!

Colorado Craft Beer Week will be taking place from Saturday, March 18th to Saturday, March 25th this year. If you’ve never experienced it before, this is the perfect time for craft beer lovers to experience what makes Colorado the state of craft beer! Upslope will be featuring a different theme every single day of the week. The themes, created by the Colorado Brewers Guild, highlight the most important aspects of the Colorado brewing industry.

Check out each of our events listed below to see what Colorado Craft Beer week has to offer, then swing by the brewery to join us in raising a pint of hand crafted Colorado beer!

Colorado Craft Beer Week Events at Upslope!

↠ Saturday, March 18th – Tour our Brewery and Meet One of Our Certified Cicerone!

  • We’ll be hosting a guided tour at 3 pm at our Flatiron Park location with Upslope tap room staffer and Certified Cicerone, Joey Vella. (Our Lee Hill facility’s regularly scheduled tour will be at 4 pm)

↠ Sunday, March 19th – Tour Our Brewery

  • Join in on a tour at 3 pm at our Flatiron Park location

↠ Monday, March 20th – Craft Beer Education

  • Get your learn on with a FREE cellar tasting followed by a Q&A with Upslope’s Head Brewer, Sam Scruby, and Special Projects Brewer, Charlie Condon, from 5-6 pm at our Flatiron Park brewery

↠ Tuesday, March 21st – Food and Beer Pairings

  • Go sweet or savory (or both!) — Enjoy a Girl Scout Cookie + Beer Taster Pairing OR Cured Cheese + Beer Taster Pairing (available at both tap rooms)
    • 4 Cookie/Beer Pairings: $12
    • 4 Cheese/Beer Pairings: $15

↠ Wednesday, Mach 22nd – Colorado Pint Day

  • Buy a pint, take a sweet Colorado Pint Day glass from the Colorado Brewers Guild home with you! $1 from the beer purchase will go towards supporting the Colorado Brewers Guild and their mission.

  • Plus, get a very special sneak peak of our brand new Limited Release beer hitting shelves in April – our 2017 Experimetnal India Pale Ale ft. Mosaic, Idaho 7 and Lemondrop hops!

↠ Thursday, March 23rd – Tasting Thursday (We’re goin’ #TBT on this one!)

  • Back by popular demand, we’ll be busting out some cans from our Brewers’ Cellar to be consumed on site or to take home for a little Throwback Thursday action! Special release can include multiple entries from our signature Lee Hill Series, featuring some of the biggest and most robust beers we’ve ever produced.

↠ Friday, March 24th – Statewide Collab Fest Tailgate

  • Join in on this Statewide Tailgate that celebrates Collaboration Fest — Get a sneak peek of Upslope and Resolute Brewing Company‘s Collaboration Fest Beers, an Oaked Rye Dunkelweizen & Oaked Weizenbock!

↠ Saturday, March 25th – Collaboration Fest

  • Check us out at the Collaboration Fest!
  • Not able to make it? Join us at our Flatiron Park tap room for a unique taster flight featuring 5 of our past and present collaboration brews!

Keep up with us on Facebook page for more detail on each day’s festivities as we get closer to the event!

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About the Colorado Brewers Guild

The Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) is a non-profit trade association representing Colorado craft breweries and brewpubs. CBG is dedicated to the improvement of business conditions and is an advocate for its members. CBG sponsors a variety of beer events each year designed to increase the awareness and appreciation of Colorado-brewed beer. Board members include: Brad Lincoln (Funkwerks Brewing Company), Brian O’Connell (Renegade Brewing Company), Chris Wright (Pikes Peak Brewing Company), Eric Wallace (Left Hand Brewing Company), Kim Jordan (New Belgium Brewing Company), Kristen Muraro (Ska Brewing Company), Matt Cutter (Upslope Brewing Company), Tim Myers (Strange Brewing Company), Tony Simmons (Pagosa Springs Brewing and Grill), Wynne Odell (Odell Brewing Company).

↠ For more information about the Guild, visit www.coloradobeer.org.

Strawberry Mint IPA- Our Newest Tap Room Series Beer

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Strawberry Mint IPA

Upslope’s Newest Tap Room Series Beer

We’re excited to announce the newest installment in our Tap Room Series, the Strawberry Mint IPA! Inspired by strawberry gazpacho, a chilled European summer soup, this IPA offers crisp bitterness with a refreshing peppermint kick and some juicy, strawberry flavor. This unique fruited IPA is a great complement to the warmer spring season that’s almost upon us.

Upslope Tap Room Series

Upslope’s Tap Room Series is part of a rotating lineup of limited release 19.2-ounce cans that we package to give our fans a way to enjoy some of our most popular Tap Room exclusives outside of our brewery.

This signature beer features a subtle blend of peppermint and hops to offer a unique blend of floral and crisp herbal bitterness. That bitterness is balanced with the sweetness derived from the strawberries and the malt, giving this beer a refreshing character that doesn’t fit with the 7.5% ABV.

“We’re fortunate to present new brews to our fans nearly every month of the year. Whether through our seasonal Limited Release series, our Lee Hill Series or our Tap Room Series, there’s constantly a new, creative offering. This month, Upslope drinkers can enjoy a brewery favorite, the Imperial IPA, in a more approachable 12-ounce can as well as venture outside the box with our newest Tap Room Series Strawberry Mint IPA.”

                                                                                       – Henry Wood, Upslope’s Director of Sales and Marketing

Releasing at Both Locations on March 14th!

 

We’ll be releasing our  newest Tap Room Series, the Strawberry Mint IPA, this coming Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 in both of our tap rooms. This new IPA will be available both on draft and in 19.2-ounce bomber cans to go so it can join you on your spring-time adventures!