What’s amazing about the Colorado craft beer scene is that every few weeks a new brewery opens its doors. What’s more amazing is that this trend has been going on for years. What’s most amazing is that, through this tremendous craft brewing explosion, each brewery has found their neighborhood, their niche and, far from failing, these up-and-coming breweries have grown to a point where, to the nonchalant beer drinker, they seem like they’ve been around for decades. They haven’t, though; they’re barley older than Justin Bieber’s career yet they’re exalted as “classic” Colorado breweries. It’s a testament to the skill of these new Colorado brewers and to the devotion of local beer geeks that fledgling breweries can so quickly claim a foothold in the ostensibly crowded craft beer market and, more than just eke out a living, flourish.
One of these new classics is Boulder’s Upslope Brewing Company, a brewery that, in less than five years, has canned and distributed four flagship ales along with numerous special releases and opened an additional, $1.4 million, 17,000 square foot brewery and taproom. With that kind of presence, it’s hard not to put Upslope in the same ranks as the “true” Boulder classics such as Avery Brewing (est. 1993), Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery (est. 1993), and Twisted Pine Brewing Company (est. 1995). Upslope may be the same age as a kindergartener but their dedication to the craft gives them veteran’s status; their five years of hard work have paid off handsomely.
But just because they’ve toiled for half a decade—building a company, a brand, and a customer base—doesn’t mean they don’t know how to party! This weekend, Upslope will celebrate their five years of brewing twice—once at their original Lee Hill location and once again at their new Flatiron Park location. Regardless of when and where beer geeks choose to revel, all will be treated to special release beers (including an as-yet-announced 5th anniversary beer to be served on Saturday), food, and entertainment. See below for more information.
Friday, November 1
Where: Lee Hill (1501 Lee Hill Road N20, Boulder, CO 80304)
Food: Bumper Crop food truck
Entertainment: The Prairie Scholars (5pm)
Saturday, November 2
Where: Flatiron Park (1898 S. Flatiron Court, Boulder, CO 80301)
Entertainment: The Jeff Brinkman Band
In Colorado, age is, indeed, just a number. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been brewing for 20 years, 10 years, or if you’ve got your business up-and-running—if the beer is good, you’ll get the respect of local beer geeks and that’s something worth celebrating.