Upslope Brewing Company Get Down Music Festival

Here’s all the info you need to know for our the FREE Upslope Get Down music festival! Check out our FAQ, dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to have a great time! #getdown2015

Families are welcome at the Upslope Get Down (We’ll even have a free Kid’s Zone)! As this is an event at a brewery, however, all patrons 21 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

IDs will be checked at the Front Gate upon entry. No ID, no entry – no exceptions.

Event is rain or shine.

WHEN & WHERE is the event?      Saturday, May 16 from 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm at our Flatiron Park brewery. Doors open at 12:30 pm. Flatiron Park is located at 1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO 80301. The fest is taking place in the back parking lot, brewery and tap room. Parking will be available in neighboring lots and on the street. Car pooling and biking is encouraged + shuttles throughout our neighborhood thanks to Beertooth Tasting Society.

Get the lay of the land:

Get Down Site Map

How much does it cost?      The Upslope Get Down is a FREE event!

What does the VIP ticket get me?      **VIP IS NOW SOLD OUT!**

The Illegal Pete’s VIP Tent perks:

  • Admission to exclusive VIP tent (your very own shade!)
  • Premium viewing of Main Stage
  • All you can drink at the private VIP bar (General Admission beers are $5/beer with beer ticket, YOU don’t have to worry about that!)
  • Rare beers exclusive to the VIP bar
  • Souvenir Upslope pint glass
  • Catering provided by Illegal Pete’s (chips, salsa & guac all day + a taco bar from 6-8 pm)
  • Private restrooms
  • A good time and great spot to Get Down!

What bands are playing and when?      

Get Down Music Schedule Announcement

Will your tap rooms be open as usual that day?      Our Flatiron Park tap room will be open at the usual time of 11:00 am. We will only be serving our original core four styles  – no tasters. At 12:30 pm, when festival doors open, all guests in the tap room will be directed to enter at the festival’s Front Gate to get their event wristband.  Our Lee Hill tap room will open at the usual time of 2:00 pm, but will be closing early at 6:00 pm. Join us at the fest!

Where will I park?      We will have signage directing guests to a few neighboring lots to accommodate parking. There is also street parking around. We are expecting lots of guests, so carpooling and riding bikes is highly encouraged! Car pooling and biking is encouraged + shuttles throughout our neighborhood thanks to Beertooth Tasting Society.

Are dogs allowed?      Due to the nature and size of the event, dogs are not permitted. We love ‘em too, but please do not bring your four-legged friends or we will not be able to allow you to enter the festival. Service dogs will be permitted with proper paperwork only.

How will I buy beer?      There will be several beer stations throughout the event. These stations will accept BEER TICKETS ONLY. We will have multiple beer ticket stations at the fest where you can purchase these Beer Tickets by cash or credit card. 1 ticket = $5. All beers = 1 ticket.

What beers will you be serving?      We will be selling our original core four styles – Pale Ale, IPA, Brown Ale, & Craft Lager + summer Limited Release Thai Style White IPA – in 16 oz compostable cups. There will be specialty beers available exclusively in the VIP area.

Will there be seating, or can I bring my camping chair?      Yes. There will be limited seating under a few shade tents, but feel free to bring your own camping chair with you.

Will there be ATMs?      Yes. Beer Ticket stations will also accept credit cards.

Is the fest ADA accessible?      Yes. The Upslope Get Down is an ADA accessible event space for both general admission and VIP patrons.

What steps are you taking to make this a green event?      All beer cups are 100% compostable thanks to Eco-Products. All food truck vendors are also required to use all compostable or recyclable materials. Eco-cycle will be on site with waste receptacles for compost, recycling, and trash. With our efforts, we are hoping to generate as little trash as possible. Want to help out? Join our Green Team!

What’s provided?

  • Potable water
  • Portable toilets
  • Compost, Recycling & Trash stations: a chance for everyone to do their part!
  • Food trucks
  • Limited shade & seating (Camping chairs are permitted!)
  • Lost and Found
  • ATMs
  • Security services
  • Great music to help you #getdown!

What’s not allowed?

  • No DOGS (Pets) – service dogs MUST have paperwork!
  • No GLASS
  • No UNLICENSED VENDING of any kind

For more questions, please call the tap room at (303) 396-1898. See Saturday, May 16!

What’s Brewing at Lee Hill?


Specialty Barrels at Lee Hill

We may have moved up and out of the microbrewery category (we recently became a regional craft brewer based on our levels of production), but don’t think for a minute that we’ve forgotten where we came from!

Just in case you did, how about the world’s quickest rundown! Just over six years ago, Upslope Brewing Company got our start on a little brewhouse in North Boulder up on Lee Hill Road. When we outgrew that 7 bbl system, instead of moving to a new location altogether, we opened a second, much larger facility across town at Flatiron Park to serve as our main production facility. So what happened to our Lee Hill brewery? Well, it’s pumping out more specialty brews than you can drink! Upslope’s, now small batch, North Boulder brewery and tap room, celebrates experimentation and creativity.

“Upon building a second Boulder brewery, our plan was to retain our original location at Lee Hill to continue the legacy of innovation, collaboration and experimentation that has brought us to where we are today,” says Founder Matt Cutter.

Among all of the small batch beers we brew at Lee Hill, most will hit our tap rooms, but our favorites get canned as part of our experimental, Lee Hill Series. Each quarter we select a beer to put into 19.2 oz cans to showcase the best of what has emerged from this brewer’s playground. As Upslope’s tribute and continued commitment to experimenting and crafting small batches of beer, the Lee Hill Series offers new and innovative styles that are sure to be cellar keepsakes.

Tiffany removing spent grains from the mash tun

Tiffany removing spent grains from the mash tun


So what’s brewing right now?


When we stopped into the brewery last Thursday, Charlie was brewing up a batch of our Wild Christmas Ale with Cranberries added, so Tiffany jumped in to lend a hand.

Wait. A Christmas Ale? Why are we brewing a Christmas Ale in January?

Known around the brewery as, The Grinch, this beer begins with our Christmas Ale that we will age in red wine barrels with our house sour culture until it’s re-release next December.

The addition of 200 lbs of fresh cranberries accentuates the complex malt body and sour notes from the Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces. Finishing with just a hint of spice and a warming alcohol note, this version of the Christmas Ale gives a whole new meaning to holiday spirit.

Peruvian Ginger, Coriander, Blade Mace & Orange Peel

Peruvian Ginger, Coriander, Blade Mace, & Orange Peel all go into our Christmas Ale

So have patience, ya’ll! We all know that good things come to those who wait, right? We plan on putting this bad boy into 19.2 oz cans as part of our Lee Hill Series set to be released December 2015. For the eager beer lover, you can stop by our Flatiron Park tap room for a glass of our 2014 version of the Wild Christmas Ale while supplies last.

It’s Stout Season, Baby!

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Our friends from Cured Boulder enjoying a Foreign Style Stout at the Eiseman Hut (Photo Credit:  Will Frischkorn)

It’s cold outside. Warm up with our Limited Release Upslope Foreign Style Stout!

“Originally brewed in 2009, Foreign Style Stout debuted as our first anniversary beer and has been one of my favorites ever since,” says our Co-founder and Director of Brewery Operations, Dany Pages. “It embodies the roots of a foreign export stout, but is brewed to have a rich head and smooth roast character.”


So what is a Foreign Stout?

This traditional Irish style, also known as an Export Stout, was historically brewed bigger than usual to withstand the long journey to tropical markets. While there are many variations of this style, our version highlights roasted coffee notes, an opaque black color and a delicately warming mouthfeel.


Eric and Foreign Stout

Brewer Eric gettin’ after it!


Our Foreign Style Stout sits at 6.9% abv with an easy finish. Roasted barley, chocolate malts, our signature Patagonian hops, and Irish Ale Yeast come together to create the perfect beer for stout aficionados and newbies alike. It’s the perfect beer to drink after a day on the slopes.

You can find our 12 oz. six-packs of Foreign Style Stout in Colorado, Texas, Arizona and Wyoming. 

Beer and Donuts: Women’s Night at Upslope

Barley’s Angels and Bronuts have teamed up with Upslope to host a donut and beer pairing Women’s Night!


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Ladies, join us at our Flatiron Park tap room as we kick off our first event in a series of Women’s Nights with Barley’s Angels.

Barley’s Angels Colorado chapter is a social and educational women’s beer drinking club exploring the best of what Colorado craft beer has to offer + all of their events involve food. They are on a mission to give more women access to delicious craft beer.

Bronuts are two brothers who are crazy about donuts, asking others to, “Have Some Balls,” and try their donut holes – ranging in flavors from delicious classics like chocolate and maple to modern creations like bleu cheese and blueberry.

Come meet the women of Upslope and Barley’s Angels, and join us in a pairing of craft donuts and beer, and find out what’s to come at our future Women’s Night events.

  • Who: Craft beer loving, sweet tooth having ladies
  • What: 4 Bronuts donut holes paired with 4 Upslope 4 oz tasters
  • When: Tuesday, September 16 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
  • Where: Upslope Brewing Company’s Flatiron Park tap room

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased here or at the door!

Summer Herbal Ale – Hops Free Craft Beer

Reishi Mushroom | Elder Berry | Rosehips | Scullcap

Reishi Mushroom | Elder Berry | Rosehips | Skullcap

Last week was all about hops with the celebration of International #IPADay. This week, we’re switching it up and going hop-less with the debut and special tapping of a gruit we’re calling our Summer Herbal Ale. Brewed with local herbalist, Elizabeth Willis, Certified Clinical Nutritionist and Certified Medical Herbalist, this 5.7% gruit was brewed using the following herbs instead of hops: Oregon grape root, skullcap, chamomile, linden, tulsi basil, elderberry, cinnamon, black pepper, coriander, yarrow flower, & hawthorn berry.

Tapping Party this Thursday, August 14

Join us for a special tapping this Thursday, August 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at our Lee Hill tap room! Rebecca’s Herbal Apothecary & Supply will be on site sampling and educating guests on a variety of herbs, while Bumper Crop food truck will be serving up farm fresh eats to pair with our brews.


Guest Blog Post

By local Herbalist Elizabeth Willis, CCH., CCN.

Summer Herbal Ale - A collaboration by Upslope & local Herbalist Elizabeth Willis, CCH., CCN.

Summer Herbal Ale – A collaboration by Upslope & local Herbalist Elizabeth Willis, CCH., CCN.

The tradition of brewing beer was discovered and used independently across the globe between 10 and 30,000 years ago. The beer of our ancestors included the use of 20 different kinds of wild yeasts, 15 different sugar sources and over 200 different medicinal plants. Beer was often considered sacred and was used not only to nourish and relax those who drank it, but as apart of ceremony and religion.

This extensive use of grain fermentation and plants in fermented beverages has a colorful history. With the use of their original Lee Hill brewery, Upslope continues the tradition of crafting small batch brews.

What is a Hops Free Beer?

Referred to as “gruit,” hops free beer was the common drink and name for beer in Europe for nearly a thousand years before the common use of hops in beer. Gruit was brewed with, primarily, a combination of three herbs: Sweet Gale (Myrica gale), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and Wild Rosemary (Ledum palustre) which were used to temper the sweetness of the grains, add medicinal properties and preserve the drink from spoiling. Gruit was notorious for its ability to alter consciousness, promote well-being and increase sex drive.

Limited Edition – Summer Herbal Ale

Going back to ancient brewing roots, Upslope brewers worked with Elizabeth Willis, Certified Clinical Herbalist and Certified Clinical Nutritionist to create a one of a kind beer – a gruit, Summer Herbal Ale, that not only meets the Upslope standard for great flavor, but delivers a summer beer with plants from the Rocky Mountains.

An Herbalist’s Perspective

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Elder flower is a traditional European herb known as the ‘medicine chest of the country people.’ High in potassium, Elderflower offers nourishment to the body with a light musky, floral scent. Elderflower makes an excellent infusion for cordials, infused wines and champagnes. Elderberry is a cherished immune tonic that is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and has a delicious fruity flavor.

Inline image 1Holy Basil, Ocimum sanctum
A traditional Ayurvedic herb, Holy basil is also called, the “Incomparable One,” and is known for being one of the most sacred plants in India. Holy basil is a powerful antioxidant and used to focus the mind, soothe the body and assist the seeking of higher consciousness.


Chamomile, Matricaria recutita Inline image 1
Chamomile is probably the most widely used relaxing herbs used in the western world. Slightly bitter, Chamomile is used to calm upset babies, soothe teething pains and assist healthy digestion for all ages.

Skullcap, Scutellaria laterfolia
A lesser known mint family plant, skullcap is slightly bitter in flavor and is used in herbalism to calm and relax the body and mind, and promote and sense of wellbeing. This valuable plant grows wild in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains!

Inline image 1Linden, Tilia euopaea
Rich in bioflavonoid’s, this traditional European remedy is relaxing and opening. Linden has a light, delicate and intoxicating aroma and improves a sense of comfort and relaxation.

Oregon Grape Root, Mahonia spp.
Oregon grape is bitter, cooling and cleansing. In 1870, Eclectic doctor John Scudder, MD. describes Oregon
Grape to “right the wrongs” and “and give new tone and new blood to the body.”