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.

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!

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.

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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!

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.

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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!