Brewery Snapshot: Upslope Brewing Company

While I’ve had several of Upslope Brewing Company’s widely-distributed brews, heading up to their Flatiron Park taproom in Boulder offered a whole new perspective. The smallish space in an industrial park serves up a much more expansive and creative menu of beers than I would ever have expected based on what’s available in bars and liquor stores.

20181214_132257_HDR.jpgBEER LINEUP: As a well-established brewery, Upslope’s tap list covers all bases: light, hoppy, malty, sour, special & seasonal, etc. Based on my limited experience just with what’ scanned and kegged I was blown away by the variety, creativity, and range of the the tap list. Upslope definitely has something for everyone.

ATMOSPHERE: On a Friday afternoon the taproom had a relaxed atmosphere of people playing hooky from work or just chilling out before weekend fun. The smallish taproom fits the bill for brewery design: steel, concrete, wood, a view of the brewing operations. They also have a patio for warm-weather fun, and both the patio and taproom have great foothills views. Although Upslope doesn’t serve food, they frequently host food trucks.

SERVICE: The bar-only service was efficient and the servers seemed relatively knowledgeable about the beers. 20181214_132737_HDR.jpg

NEIGHBORHOOD: The Flatiron Park location resides in standard brewery territory – namely an industrial park that requires a bit of a drive. There’s little else in the neighborhood as a draw, but if you go you’ll find ample parking20181214_142309_HDR.jpg. Alternately, it’s right off the Boulder Creek Trail for bikers.

STANDOUT BEER: The 2017 Christmas Ale comes on with dark color and a thick body as one would expect, and the subtle spice with significant malt character makes for a satisfying holiday experience.

Weekend Beer Update

The post Halloween weekend serves up a few final thrills and chills, along with a whole bunch of anniversaries. In addition, Saturday is Learn to Homebrew Day and many local homebrew supply stores are offering free classes and other events if you want to take your beer love to the next level! Check out places like The Brew Hut, Broadway Brew Supply, CO-Brew, and many others for information and instruction.

Friday 2: Connect with the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos at Dos Luces Brewery with face painting, sugar skull painting, candy and other treats.

Saturday 3: In what’s probably the first event of the its kind this season, Avery Brewing Co.’s Ugly Sweater Party runs all day, and anyone wearing an ugly sweater gets a free pint of Old Jubilation.20161203_160811_HDR

Saturday 3: Head to RINO for Mockery Brewing’s fourth anniversary with block party offering up live music, special tappings, screen printing and food trucks.

Saturday 3: If downtown is more your game, Jagged Mountain Brewery makes it five years with a special anniversary beer – Belgian Quintuple aged on oak – along with six other beer tappings.

Saturday 3: The longest-tenured brewery to hold an anniversary this weekend is Upslope Brewing Company in Boulder, which makes it a nice round ten. The party will spill out into the back parking lot with over 40 beers on tap, live music, food, games and even a cheese and beer-pairing Happy Hour (ticket event).

FictionSaturday 3: Fiction Beer Company will help ease the transition from Daylight Saving Time with Descent Into Darkness, which taps nine dark beers for you to cozy up with on the long, dark nights.

Saturday 3: Estes Park gets into the time change in its own way with the Fall Back Beer Fest, offering up samples of over 100 beers, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages along with music, food trucks and vendors. Chat with brewers, learn about homebrewing or even walk away with one of the prizes being offered. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Sunday 4: Regardless of what goes on in the stadium, you can still find happiness before next Sunday’s game on the Broncos Beer Bus which starts at WestFax Brewing Company at 11 a.m. and then stops at Joyride Brewing Company,20180621_172209_HDR Oasis Brewery and Zuni Street Brewing Co. before reaching Mile High and looping back to the start. The free bus runs hourly starting three hours before the game so you can even make a couple of loops if you think the game will be particularly painful.

Sunday 4: As usual, the first weekend of the month brings a number of cultural events and Alpine Dog Brewery will host Sunday Night Culture Club with beverages and the photography of Zachary Wilson.

Weekend Beer Update

As one might expect, it’s a weekend full of Halloween parties and other spooky happenings at a multitude of breweries. Most involve prizes of some sort so if you’re rockin’ that absolutely killer costume this year get out there and cash in!

Friday 26: Put on your Halloween best and head to Strange Craft Beer for $1 off pints on Costume Night. Strange sweetens the deal for hopheads with a release of their Super FI IPA as well.

Friday 26 – Wednesday 31: Demons take over Avery Brewing Co., Image result for free demon clip artwith the return of the Demons of Ale – The Beast Grand Cru, Samael’s Oak-Aged Ale, & Mephistopheles’ Stout – along with a costume contest on Friday the 26th. Naturally the best costume takes home a case full of demons!

Saturday 27: Tear yourself away from Halloween-themed events and join Little Machine Beer for a brunch to celebrate their third anniversary. Starting at 11:00 a.m. the brewery will serve up brunch food accompanied by live music and a special beer release.Living the Dream

Saturday 27: If brunch is too early for you head to  Living the Dream Brewing Company in the afternoon for their annual BBQ Fest, which as you might imagine will include plenty of pig and beer!

Saturday 27: If you’ve had your fill of BBQ and want to jump back into the Halloween spirit, throw on a costume and head to Westfax Brewing Company for their Night of Crafty Delights with a costume contest, beer & candy bar pairing and apple-bobbing contest starting at 6:00 p.m. The best apple-bobber will receive a prize as well as best costumes in three separate categories.

Saturday 27: Make your happiest nightmares come true with River North Brewery’s Nightmare Fuel Halloween Party featuring the release of regular and barrel-aged Nightmare Fuel coffee stout combined with a doggy costume party, plus trick-or-treat beer & cookie pairings with Good Sugar Baking from 4:00-6:00 p.m.20181024_170427_hdr.jpg

Saturday 27: Do double-duty with your dog’s costume and drop by 4 Noses Brewing Co. before or after downing a few River North beers for their 3:00 p.m. costume contest offering up prizes for winning dogs and their owners.

Saturday 27: Get your pumpkin on at Hops & Pie’s Pumpkin Beer Fest. They will pour pumpkin beers from about a dozen – mostly local – breweries all day for your drinking pleasure.

Saturday 27: Get to Call To Arms Brewing Company early for the20160907_191850_hdr 7:30 p.m. costume contest at their Halloween Rumpus to score some sweet prizes, not to mention specially-printed t-shirts, beer releases and an 80’s DJ.

Saturday 27: If your costume involves a onesie (yeah, that’s kinda random) or you need an excuse to get one, Ursula Brewery hosts a Hallow-Onesie party to coincide with the release of Scary Stories s’mores porter.

Saturday 27: Enjoy a delightful pairing of chocolate and peanut butter as Alpine Dog Brewing Company hosts their Halloween Peanut Butter Cup Stout Party featuring the release of the aforementioned beer plus a costume contest at 9:00 p.m.

Saturday 27: Boulder’s Upslope Brewing Company hosts Swills & Chills with a DJ for some dancing and a costume contest at 11 p.m.

Saturday 27: Further afield, darkness comes to New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins as Darkness Pours 2018 ushers in drinking, dancing, and a costume contest. Note: This is a ticketed event.

Saturday 27:  Take a trip back to the 1990’s at Ratio Beerworks‘ Halloween Party with a Green Day tribute band. They’ll feature costume contests throughout the night along with special beer releases. The party starts at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday 28: If the 80’s is more your style then head to Seedstock Brewery’s Beers For Fears 1980’s-themed Halloween Party. Watch classic Halloween movies while sucking down $4 pints.

Monday 29: Strange Craft Beer bookends the weekend with a Beer ‘o Lantern carving at 6:00 p.m.