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.

Upslope Hop Slope Casey Brewing puncheon fermenter

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…”

 

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

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!

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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.

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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%)

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!