Peanut Butter Porter – First Tap Room Series Beer of 2017

 

Tap Room Series-Peanut Butter Porter can

Peanut Butter Porter

The Newest Tap Room Series Installment

It’s been an exciting new year, with the introduction of our Citra Pale Ale as a new year round canned beer and the return of our Belgian Style Pale Ale. But, we like to keep our fans on their toes, so we’re going to keep the releases coming this year. We’re happy to announce our first Tap Room Series beer of 2017, a Peanut Butter Porter!

 What is the Tap Room Series

For anyone unfamiliar with our Tap Room Series of beers, they run parallel to our Lee Hill Series and are released eight times a year. Rather than focusing on complex, barrel aged beers like our Lee Hill Series, the Tap Room Series highlights some of the favorites that we serve on draft at our Boulder tap rooms. These limited releases are brought back to both of our tap rooms, as well as canned in our signature topographic 19.2 oz bomber cans. We also brew them in larger batches, so these popular beers are available for a bit longer to give our fans a chance to try some crowd favorites.

 Upslope Peanut Butter Porter

Our new Peanut Butter Porter started out by slightly tweaking a tried and true Porter recipe that the staff loves for a new twist. The bold and dark malts used offer a rich sweetness and a touch of roastiness. The slight amount of hops accent the roasted flavors to balance the beer out. For the peanut butter flavor, we focused on a distinct roasted peanut taste to mingle with the sweetness of the Porter. The result is a robust peanut butter beer that is primarily a great porter, but with a sweet, nutty flavor, creamy texture and slightly salty finish. This reinvention of our Peanut Butter Porter is sure to be a hit with beer nerds… and anyone with sweet tooth!

 

While this beer has plenty going on, it clocks in at a sessionable 5.3% ABV and 30 IBUs. That way, it won’t slow you down on your winter adventures while its robust flavors will pair perfectly with the slopes or the lodge after!

 

Peanut Butter Porter Release

Join us at either tap room on Tuesday, February 14th for the release of our first Tap Room Series beer of 2017. Peanut Butter Porter will be available all day on tap or in 19.2 oz cans to go. We’ll see you there!

Upslope Belgian Style Pale Ale Returns

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Upslope Belgian Style Pale Ale Limited Release Cans Are Back!

It’s that time of the year again, Upslope Limited Release fan favorite Belgian Style Pale Ale is on the horizon!

Our Belgian Style Pale Ale, formerly a Great American Beer Festival Gold medal winner known as “Time of the Season” in the Pro-Am Category in 2009, is back again for another year – this time arriving a bit earlier on the scene to bridge the gap between winter and spring.

About Upslope Belgian Style Pale Ale

This bold Belgian Style Pale Ale features a honey-gold color with a perfectly clear body and aromas of cloves, banana and apricot. The malt character and yeast esters drive the flavors of this Belgian style ale, with coriander adding a unique flare. The spice and clove accents meld perfectly with the fruity esters and malt sweetness to make this brew perfectly appealing either in the midst of a Colorado snow storm or in the warm Spring sunshine.

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Upslope Belgian Style Pale Ale weighs in at 7.5% ABV to warm you up on your winter adventures and only 30 IBUs as the hops take a back seat in this beer.

 

We’ve already had plenty of enthusiasts in our tap rooms asking about our Belgian Style Pale Ale, and longtime fans be surprised by our earlier release date than in previous years. We are making some adjustments to our seasonal canned beer schedule this year for a few reasons, the largest being the addition of another canned seasonal beer to the rotation. More news on that release coming soon! Additionally, we get so many requests for the Belgian Style Pale Ale every winter that it only made sense to release it a little earlier this year.

Available on Tap and in Cans February 7th!

Upslope Belgian Style Pale Ale will be available on tap and in cans in both of our tap rooms on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. It’ll also be hitting store shelves anywhere where Upslope is sold in the coming weeks, too.

 

If you’ve never tried it, Upslope Belgian Style Pale Ale makes a mean beer-mosa for breakfast beer drinking. Be on the lookout for experimental fruited versions of this beer in both tap rooms coming soon.

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!

Upslope Tap Room Series: Yirgacheffe Coffee Dubbel

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A New Take on Coffee Beer

The next volume of our Upslope Tap Room Series is a different take on a classic craft beer style,  as well as a tribute to a relationship that’s been brewing since we were first established. The Yirgacheffe Coffee Dubbel is a departure from a typical coffee beer, most of which are dark stouts or similar styles commonly known for roasted character. While our Coffee Dubbel does put the characteristics of the Dragonfly Coffee Roasters’ beans front and center, it is focused on the uncommon and truly exquisite aspects of this beans. Let’s get into it.

This Belgian is a departure from a typical coffee beer. For example, our Ozo Coffee Brown Ale at the Flatiron Park location showcases the more common aspects of the style beer with a sweet and roasty iced coffee flavor. This Tap Room Series beer is a collaboration with our original coffee roaster neighbor, Dragonfly Coffee Roasters on Lee Hill in North Boulder.

The Coffee Beans

While usually coffee beers focus on the roasted and earthy flavors of the beans, these Ethiopian Yirgacheffe beans just have so much more to offer. We had to take a new approach. Yirgacheffe beans are known for their complex, fruit forward flavors. Processed at the well-known Idido Cooperative, the Yirgachefffe region of Ethiopia is famous for producing uniquely floral and fruity varieties of  Arabica coffee strains. This particular bean features a distinctly musky and floral blueberry flavor, subtle citrus-like acidity, and a dry, cacao flavored finish. The earthiness and roasted flavors are still there, but there’s so much more to appreciate with these beans.

Upslope Yirgacheffe Coffee Dubbel

The Coffee Beer

Our newest Tap Room Series entry is a collaboration with our Lee Hill neighbors, the Dragonfly Coffee Roasters, to produce a uniquely Upslope coffee beer. We started by choosing these incredibly characterful beans as a base for innovation. The style we landed on to best set off the multitude of aspects of these Yirgacheffe beans is a rich Belgian Dubbel.

The sweet, bubblegum flavors resulting from the Belgian yeast used mesh synergistically with the blueberry flavors of the beans to produce a distinct, but not overwhelming, fruity flavor not typical of either style. The flavors include hints of blueberries, plums, and cotton candy, while the earthiness of the beans bring it back down to a worldly level. The dry, cacao finish mingles with the big, Belgian Dubbel‘s body to produce a deep and satisfying conclusion to the experience.

This beer is sure to challenge any preconceived notions you have about what a typical coffee beer is like.

The Release Party

Upslope’s Tap Room Series Yirgacheffe Coffee Dubbel will be released on Thursday, November 17th at 5pm at our North Boulder location on Lee Hill Rd. This beer weighs in at 7.4% abv and 28 IBUs. We’ll see you there!

Upslope’s 8th Anniversary Party!

Upslope Brewing 8th Anniversary Party

Come Celebrate 8 Years of Beer

Upslope Brewing Company is poised for our 8th Anniversary Party, celebrating 8 years of sharing our passion for great beer with friends, family, enthusiasts and the community surrounding craft beer. We’ll be going all out for our 8th Anniversary Party, as is expected, and we’ll have over 50 of our beers on tap to share with our fans, along with a variety of food trucks and live music.

This Saturday, November 5th!

The party will be this coming Saturday, November 5th, at our Flatiron Park location, from 2:00-8:00pm. Admission is free and beer tickets will be for sale on premise. We’ll also be hosting a weekend kickoff party at our Lee Hill location on Friday the 4th from 5:00-9:00pm with a selection a rare beers to share.

“Another year down and another reason to celebrate our awesome fans who have helped us get this far” said Matt Cutter, Upslope Brewing Co.’s founder. “We look forward to this time of year- when we can raise a toast to our team, as well as the loyal community of craft beer drinkers, while also getting excited about new beers and innovation for the coming year.”

Needless to say, we’re ready to party on the heels of our recent Great American Beer Festival medal last month for our classic Upslope Brown Ale.

Over 50 Beers on Tap Throughout the Day

We’ll have over 50 beers on tap throughout the day, including everything from limited released, cellar aged beers, collaboration brews, specialty small batch beers, and the return of our Citra Pale Ale. We’ll also have a special 8th Anniversary beer, an Imperial Saison aged in Pinot Noir barrels.

Upslope 8th Anniversary Party Beer

Food Trucks On-Site

In addition to a huge selection of our finest brews, we’ll have some awesome food trucks on site. We’ll have Rollin’ Bones Barbeque, Sancho’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant, Rocky Mountain Slices, and Schnib’s Pretzels.

Upslope 8th Anniversary Party Food Trucks

Live Music

Nothing pairs better with great beer and food than live music, and we’ve got a great lineup to commemorate the occasion. We’ll be hosting performances by Coambient, Reckon, Guerilla Fanfare, and The Pamlico Sound.

Come out and celebrate our 8th Anniversary and the culture of craft beer with Upslope Brewing Co. on Saturday November 5th. We wouldn’t be anywhere without the incredible craft beer community that surrounds us, and breaking out some amazing beer is the best way we could think of to thank all of you!

Check out the Facebook event for more details. Our Flatiron Park Tap Room is located at 1898 S. Flatiron Ct in Boulder, CO. This is a 21 years of age plus event, though kids are welcome with their parent or legal guardian.

The Full Beer List

For anyone that’s curious enough to look, here’s a full list of the beers we’ll be tapping at our 8th Anniversary Party:

  •                   – 2011 Barleywine (14.9%) << TAPPING @ 5 PM
  •                   – 2013 Barleywine (14.5%)
  •                   – 2012 Barleywine (14.2%)
  •                   – Lee Hill Series Volume 5: Belgian Style Quadrupel Ale (12.8%)
  •                   – Whiskey Barrel Aged Pumpkin Barleywine (11.6%)
  •                   – Belgian Dark Strong Aged in Dulce Vida Tequila Barrels (11.3%) << TAPPING @ 5 PM
  •                   – 2015 Barleywine (10.6%)
  •                   – Lee Hill Series Volume 4: Barrel Aged Manhattan Rye Ale (10.4%)
  •                   – Whisky Barrel Aged Scotch Ale (Spirit Hound Collaboration) (10%) << TAPPING @ 5 PM
  •                   – Lee Hill Series Volume 3: Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (10%)
  •                   – Imperial IPA (10%)
  •                   – Lee Hill Series Volume 6: Wild Christmas Ale (9.2%)
  •                   – Belgian Tripel (GABF Pro-Am) (9.1%)
  •                   – Lee Hill Series Volume 7: Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout (9.1%)
  •                   – Lee Hill Series Volume 9: Barrel Aged Doppelbock (9%)
  •                   – Imperial Coffee Brown Ale (8.9%)
  •                   – 8th Anniversary Ale: Imperial Saison Aged in Pinot Noir Barrels (8.6%)
  •                   – Barrel Aged Old Ale (8.5%)
  •                   – 2015 Old Ale (8.5%)
  •                   – 2016 Old Ale (8.5%)
  •                   – Belgian Tripel w/ Coffee (8.3%)
  •                   – Lee Hill Series Volume 8: Dry-Hopped Wild Ale (8%)
  •                   – 2014 Sour Belgian Style Pale Ale (8%) << TAPPING @ 5 PM
  •                   – Pumpkin Ale (7.7%)
  •                   – Oud Bruin (7.6%)
  •                   – Belgian Style Pale Ale (7.5%)
  •                   – India Pale Ale (7.2%)
  •                   – India Pale Ale w/ French Oak & French Vanilla (7.2%)
  •                   – Fresh Hop IPA (7%)
  •                   – Lee Hill Series Volume 2: Wild Saison (6.8%)
  •                   – Brown Ale (6.7%)
  •                   – Brown Ale w/ Dulce de Leche (6.7%)
  •                   – Brown Ale w/ Eggnog Spices (6.7%)
  •                   – Altbier (6.7%)
  •                   – Black IPA w/ Long Pepper (Freshcraft Collaboration) (6.3%)
  •                   – Blood Orange Saison (6%)
  •                   – Pale Ale (5.8%)
  •                   – Citra Pale Ale (5.8%)
  •                   – Experimental IPA #5 (5.7%)
  •                   – Dry-Hopped Saison w/ Honey (5.5%)
  •                   – Cherrywood Saison (5.4%)
  •                   – Craft Lager (4.8%)
  •                   – Craft Lager Dry-Hopped w/ Saaz (4.8%)
  •                   – Craft Lager Dry-Hopped w/ Nelson Sauvin (4.8%)
  •                   – Craft Lager w/ Carrot, Ginger, Citrus, & Spices (4.8%)
  •                   – Mexican Chocolate Milk Stout (4.8%)
  •                   – Zwickel Pilsner (4.7%)
  •                   – Southern Hemisphere Pale Ale (Falling Rock Collaboration) (4.6%)
  •                   – Belgian Wit (4.4%)
  •                   – Dry-Hopped Red Ale (4.2%)
  •                   – Belgian Blonde Ale w/ Guava (4%)
  •                   – Dry-Hopped Belgian Blonde Ale w/ Guava (4%)
  •                   – Gose (3.9%)
  •                   – Table Beer (Hops & Pie Collaboration) (3.6%)
  •                   – S.M.A.S.H. 100% Rye malt & Centennial hops (2.8%)

The 2nd Annual Backcountry Tap Room

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Join us for another Upslope Backcountry Tap Room!

Mark your calendars – we’re excited to announce the return of our Backcountry Tap Room! Upslope’s 2nd Backcountry Tap Room will be held on October 1st, 2016 at Vance’s Cabin.

The Upslope team is on its way to the trailhead once again to host a pop-up tap room in the backcountry, because good beer in the great outdoors just tastes better.  Vance’s Cabin is located in the Red Cliff area Leadville, CO just up the Ski Cooper trail. We’ll have more details in regards to directions available shortly, so stay tuned on our Facebook event page.

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Our Exclusive Release of the Fresh Hop IPA

As part of our Backcountry Tap Room festivities, we’re excited to announce the release of our limited edition Fresh Hop IPA, perfect for sippin’ while you take in the fall views. This IPA is the newest member of our exclusive Tap Room Series and will be available to the public for the first time at our Backcountry Tap Room, so get excited for a release party at just under 11,000 ft!

This IPA was brewed in the spirit of the event with a recipe that includes 400 pounds of fresh Cascade and Nugget hops grown right here in Colorado. The cone hops went straight from the farm to our brewhouse and were in the boil mere hours later. It doesn’t get much fresher than that!

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Join the Party at the 2016 Backcountry Tap Room

Vance’s Cabin is accessible by way of a 3.1 mile hike up the Ski Cooper trail. This is a family friendly event, but a valid ID will be required to partake in enjoying the free beer. All attendees who bring a valid ID will get a complementary 19.2 oz can of our limited edition Fresh Hop IPA as well as up to two more 12 oz cans of any of our year round styles, because free beer tastes better if you worked a little for it. Get ready to enjoy some good beer that pairs perfectly with the great views of a fall day on the front range at 10,980 ft!

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Photo courtesy of Lauren Bond

Not only that, we’ll have games and grills going, so bring up some more of your favorite games to add to the party and some grub to cook up. Feel free to bring along your four-legged friends as well, but please keep them on leash.

Get excited to join the Upslope crew on the trail on 10.1.16! The event will be going from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm.

For more information and the most up to date info, check out our Facebook event page.

See ya on the trail!

Lee Hill Series Vol. 9 – Barrel Aged Doppelbock Release Party

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Lee Hill Series Vol. 9 Release Party

Upslope Brewing Co. is proud to share the 9th volume of our Lee Hill Series of beers with the world, our Barrel Aged Doppelbock! Of course, we’ll be releasing it right with a party at our original Lee Hill location in North Boulder on Thursday, September 8th from 5-9 pm! 19.2 ounce “bomber” cans will be available for $10 with the price increasing to $13 the next day, so get ’em while they’re fresh!

Inspired by the roots of the style, our Barrel Aged Doppelbock is a classic example of a traditional European beer with an American twist. We honored the style’s tradition by using only premium German malts and Bock yeast, but then we aged the lager for 5 months in 3 different barrel types and blended it back together. The result is a deep and complex lager that we cannot wait to share with you!

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A Little History on Bock Beers

Bock beers originated in German monasteries during medieval times. Bocks were brewed so that they would have a stronger beer for sustenance during times of fasting. Beyond that, the history of the style is relatively unknown, although it is widely speculated that the name was derived from shortening the name of Einbeck in Germany into simply bock.

“Doppel” being added to it simply takes the same meaning as a double. The doppelbock accentuates everything about the style to a new level to best showcase what makes it unique. The style also may have been the beginning of the phrase “liquid bread,” as it was breads for sustenance and is known for a crisp, toasty and bready malt character.

Our Upslope Barrel Aged Doppelbockupslope lee hill series barrel aged doppelbock can

Our new Lee Hill Series beer showcases the style’s history with a hearty dose of American ingenuity. The Barrel Aged Doppelbock features a rich toasted bread flavor and a reserved malty sweetness to not overpower the delicate balance.

The barrels used were half Maryland Style Rye Whiskey, with the remainder almost evenly split between Anejo Tequila and American Whiskey barrels, slightly favoring the tequila. The dark malts used in this brew give it a rich, copper color. The flavor accents imparted by the barrel aging and extended lagering process smooth out the flavor of this 9.0% abv lager.

The resulting beer is a cellar worthy classic with notes of vanilla, agave, and spiced pecans with a big malty body featuring dark fruit, raisin, and nutty flavors. Join us at the Lee Hill Upslope in North Boulder on Thursday, September 8th from 5-9 pm where we’ll have it on tap as well as in cans to go. See you then!