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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Brewery Tour: Upslope and Breckenridge Brewing - Boulder/Dernver Co

After another day of trail running in the Indian Peaks we made the trip down to Boulder to visit Upslope Brewing, one of the newest breweries in Colorado. Upslope began brewing in the fall of 2008 with two flagship beers, the pale ale and IPA. You will always find one or two seasonal beers too.

What make upsolope unique is that they only can their beers - the old fashion way - one beer can at a time. They have been very successful in marketing their beers to local liquor stores and pub. When visiting the tasting room the friendly staff will always let you try a few beers before you enjoy a pint or two. In the two years that we have been stopping at Upslope we have never been disappointed. The make great beers and will often use Patagonia hops in their brewing.

On August 30, they joined their neighbor BookCliff Vineyard (three doors down) for a six course dinner pairing beers and wines. So if you are in town and have vine drinking guests you can compromise and visit both locations. BookCliff will give you 3 or 4 wine samples for $5.



(The brewery -note they viewing the canning volunteers)
(the taps in the tasting room)

On our way home from Boulder we made a stop at the Breckenridge Brewer in on Kalamath street in Denver. Breckenridge brewery began 1990 in Breckenridge Colorado when founder, Richard Squire, turned his home brewing hobby into a career. Today you can still visit the Breckenridge location yet if you want to see the main production line you will need to visit their location on Kalamath.
When you visit you can enjoy one of their 10 year around beers, 4 seasonals, or 4 small batch 471 beers. I always enjoy starting with their Agave Wheat which is an American-style wheat with agave nectar. Always they may have a new seasonal beer or a new experiment so I will always ask for a sample.
When you visit make sure you have room for a snack or dinner. They have great bar-b-que and the best smoked wings (not fired).
(Taps at the bar)
(Beer menu)
(Fermentation tanks)
(Brew kettle and mash tun)
(stack of Avalanche Amber cans - their flagship beer)
(this is what it looks like on Kalamath)

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