Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting Upslope Brewing Company on the way home from a day trip to Estes Park. Upslope, a relatively new brewery in Boulder, has some great beers and is quickly growing to be a top beer producer in Colorado. While I was there, I enjoyed the full micro-brew experience. Here are some tips for how to make the most out of your next visit to a startup brewery.
My first rule of visiting a new brewery is to sample everything. I had the sampler at Upslope and was able to try eight new beers for $11. Cool deal, right?
I tried the IPA, Rye IPA, Thai IPA, Brown Ale, Pumpkin Ale, Pale Ale, Belgian Wit, and Craft Lager. I checked them in on Untappd as I went to keep track of what I had and how I liked them.
I had tried a few of the beers before, but most of them were new to me. I was pleasantly surprised by the Brown Ale. I rarely order a brown, as I am not a huge fan of malty flavors, but really enjoyed the nutty, chocolaty taste.
Get to Know the Staff
One great thing about visiting a small tap house is getting to know the staff. I had a great chat with the bartender as I was ordering and got to meet a few of the brewers.
As I was chatting with one brewer, I asked if I could come back for a small tour of the brew house. He happily let me come back. I watched them drain out one of the brewery sized carboys, which is not actually a carboy. Once they emptied 60 barrels of fermented beer (that is 120 kegs), I saw them clean out the tank and got a few questions in about their process.
I learned about their industrial filtration system and in-house bottling line. I also asked about startup costs and expansion. Great stuff to learn from the people behind the beer!
Get a Feel for the Community
Every brewery I have ever visited has a distinct community. I enjoyed chatting with other patrons, mostly Boulder locals, and learning about their beer tastes and stories. Never miss an opportunity to meet another beer fan, you never know what you will learn or the stories you may hear.
All in all, it was a great day. Thanks Upslope for having us visit!