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…”

 

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!

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

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.

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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!

The Upslope Get Down Music Fest – FAQ

The Upslope Get Down Music FestThe Upslope Get Down is only days away, so if you’re lookin’ to #getdown with us, here’s all the info you need to know for this Saturday’s FREE music festival! Check out our FAQ, dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to have a great time!

Families are welcome at the Upslope Get Down! As this is an event at a brewery, however, all patrons 21 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

IDs will be checked at the Front Gate upon entry.

Event is rain or shine.

 

 

WHEN & WHERE is the event?      Saturday, May 17 from 2:00 pm to midnight at our Flatiron Park brewery. Doors open at 1:30 pm. Flatiron Park is located at 1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO 80301. The fest is taking place in the back parking lot, brewery and tap room.

How much does it cost?      The Upslope Get Down is a FREE event! VIP tickets are available for an early bird price of $65. Buy ’em NOW here. Day-of upgrades will be available for $90.

What does the VIP ticket get me?      The Illegal Pete’s VIP Tent perks:

  • Admission to exclusive VIP tent (your very own shade!)
  • Premium viewing of Main Stage
  • All you can drink at the private VIP bar
  • Rare beers exclusive to the VIP bar
  • Souvenir Upslope pint glass
  • Catering provided by Illegal Pete’s (chips, salsa & guac all day + a taco bar from 6-8 pm)
  • Private restrooms
  • A good time and great spot to Get Down!

What bands are playing and when?      Check out our music schedule below! Plus, there will be two tap room sets by The Good Kind (4:00-5:00 pm & 6:00-7:30 pm).

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Will your tap rooms be open as usual that day?      Our Flatiron Park tap room will be open at the usual time of 11:00 am. We will only be serving our original core four styles + Thai IPA cans – no tasters. At 1:30 pm, when festival doors open, all guests in the tap room will be directed to enter at the festival’s Front Gate to get their event wristband.  Our Lee Hill tap room will open at the usual time of 2:00 pm, but will be closing early at 6:00 pm. Join us at the fest!

Where will I park?      We will have signage directing guests to a few neighboring lots to accommodate parking. There is also street parking around. We are expecting lots of guests, so carpooling and riding bikes is highly encouraged!

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

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

What beers will you be serving?      We will be selling our original core four styles – Pale Ale, IPA, Brown Ale, & Craft Lager – in 16 oz compostable cups. Our NEW Limited Release Thai Style White IPA cans will also be available. There will be exclusive beers in the VIP area – our award-winning Pumpkin Ale, a newly brewed Saison, Thai IPA with Galaxy hops & mango, and our Rye IPA hopped with Simcoe hops.

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

Will there be ATMs?      Yes. There will be three ATMs on site. Both Beer Ticket stations will also accept credit cards.

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

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

What’s provided?

  • Potable water
  • Portable toilets
  • Compost, Recycling & Trash stations: a chance for everyone to do their part
  • Food trucks (Heirloom, Blackbelly Catering, Tacos del Norte, & The Rolling Tomato)
  • Limited shade & seating
  • Lost and Found
  • ATMs
  • Security services
  • Great music to help you #getdown!

What’s not allowed?

  • No LARGE BAGS/BACKPACKS
  • No DOGS (Pets)
  • No GLASS
  • No COOLERS
  • No OUTSIDE ALCOHOL
  • No OUTSIDE FOOD AND DRINK
  • No ILLEGAL DRUGS
  • No FIREWORKS
  • No UNLICENSED VENDING of any kind
  • No WEAPONS

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