The 4th Annual Upslope Get Down

4th annual upslope get down music beer festival 2017The 2017 Upslope Get Down is Almost Here!

It’s that time of the year again, join us this Saturday for the 4th annual Upslope Get Down. The Get Down is a FREE music festival we host with Upslope beer, food trucks, games, art, vendors and more on Saturday, May 20th from 1:00-10:00 pm at our Flatiron Park brewery.

We’re taking over the parking lot behind our Flatiron Park brewery to bring you a day full of live music spread over 3 stages. We’ll open up the brewery and be slinging beer all over, including our tap room and 4 bars spread throughout the festival grounds, including a VIP bar.

VIP Tickets Still Available!

VIP tickets are still available for $65 and get you in the VIP area where you can enjoy unlimited beers, including 5 exclusive specialty brews, a meal from Moe’s Original BBQ, a front row seat for the main stage and side stage, souvenir pint glass, private rest rooms, phone charging stations from Goal Zero, and a custom deal on ZEAL Optics gear!

Live Music Lineup!

Everyone will have access to a variety of food trucks, games and activities, and vendors we love while they’re enjoying live music and fresh Upslope beer. Check out our live music lineup listed below! Artist profiles are linked below.

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After the sun sets, be ready to enjoy a spectacular fire dancing performance by Denver’s own Elemental Enchanters! The Enchanters will be bringing the heat and setting the night ablaze in all shapes and forms. Be prepared to see a multitude of prop manipulation and be amazed by the shapes created in the sky and the amount of fire you will see these fiery performers consume!

2017 Beneficiary: Protect Our Winters

Upslope is honored to partner with Protect Our Winters as this year’s event beneficiary with a portion of profits being donated to their cause! Protect Our Winters is a passionate crew of diehards, professional athletes and industry brands mobilizing the outdoor sports community to lead the charge towards positive climate action. They focus on educational initiatives, political advocacy and community-based activism. Learn more on their site at http://protectourwinters.org/

This is an event  geared toward those 21 and over, but we’re family friendly as well! Anyone under 21 is welcome to attend, but they must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. Also, well we love animals as much as the rest of you, please leave your four-legged friends at home!

Mark your calendars, and come Get Down with Upslope!

 

Music Lineup:

Roosevelt Collier‘s Colorado Get Down featuring Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident), Jeffrey Ervine (Genetics), Joel Searls (Genetics), & Eric Luba (Analog Son) | Freekbass | Caribou Mountain Collective | The Pamlico Sound | Sixty Minute Men | Envy Alo | Guerrilla Fanfare | Voodoo Visionary | Arthur Lee Land Trio | Coambient | BluePrint Metro

 

Thanks to our Sponsors!

*Presented By: Flatirons Subaru* | Moe’s Original BBQ-Boulder | Holiday Inn Express Boulder | Eldorado Natural Spring Water | Eco-Cycle | The Marquee | Elevation Outdoors Magazine | Boulder Weekly | Denver Westword | The ShutterBus VW Photo Booth Bus | Omni Promotional | Minuteman Press Boulder | Zeal Optics | Trek Light Gear | Goal Zero | Weston Snowboards | Bobo’s Oat Bars | Duke’s Smoked Meats | Boulder Facial Hair Club | Black Magic Hydroponics | AIRLOUNJ | Tepui Tents | PepPod | Hazel’s Beverage World

 

Vendors:

Atomicchild Illustration & Design | I GET DOWN Clothing & Apparel | ZEAL Optics | Mountainsmith | Trek Light Gear | Airlounj | Meltdown Studio | Nowhere Land | Nature’s Gifts | Denver Fashion Truck | Shinesty | koda black | Rocky Mountain Outback Hats | Maroon Bell Outdoor

 

Cheers!

Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Coffee – Lee Hill Series Vol. 12

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Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Coffee

The next member of our barrel-aged, small-batch Lee Hill Series of beers is almost ready for release, and its an exciting spin on an Imperial Stout. Volume 12 of our Lee Hill Series will be a Barrel Aged Imperial Stout conditioned with fresh Dragonfly Coffee Roasters coffee beans. Like our previous Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, the brewers chose to age this beer in Maryland Style Rye Whiskey barrels for four months, in cooperation with Leopold Bros. Distilling.

A Dragonfly Coffee Roasters Collaboration

A panel of brewers tasted a variety of coffee brewed with some of Dragonfly Coffee Roasters most unique beans, while also testing the aroma of the beans themselves, and settled on Dragonfly’s Dark Horse coffee beans. We aged the beer with 100 pounds of Dark Horse beans for several days, until we had just the right amount of the beans’ flavors. These stand out beans imparted robust smoke and pepper accents on an already deep beer.

Rich chocolate, toffee malt flavors and floral rye whiskey spice complement the peppery and smoky notes from the Dark Horse Coffee to deliver a buzzworthy, barrel aged experience.

This Imperial Stout weighs in at 10.8% abv and 70 IBUs. The malt character comes from English Maris Otter Malt and the subtle bitterness comes from a blend of American and English hops.

Releases Thursday, April 27th!

Join us on Thursday, April 27th from 5-9 pm for the release party at our Lee Hill tap room. Be the first to try this one on tap or snag a can for your cellar! Miller’s BBQ will also be on site serving up delicious food truck eats. 19.2 ounce cans will be available for $10 (limit 6 per person). Price goes up the next day, so be sure to pick some up while they last!

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!

Peanut Butter Porter – First Tap Room Series Beer of 2017

 

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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.

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.

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.

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

Upslope Backcountry tap room is back

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.

Upslope backcountry taproom event free beer

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!

upslope backcountry tap room 2016

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!

upslope backcountry tap room 2016 colorado

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

Barrel aged doppelbock lee hill series upslope brewing

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!

upslope barel aged doppelbock release party

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!