Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

1501 Lee Hill Road, Unit #20
Boulder, Colorado, 80304
United States

(303) 449-2911 | map

Hours- Monday-Sunday 2pm-10pm

Added by mentor on 11-27-2008

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5/5  rDev +21.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

GREAT BREW!!! I've never heard of this place and it's a diamond in the rough for out of towners. Great service!

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4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

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4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Had the pleasure of visitation on 3 Aug 2012.

Not being from the area it's pretty easy to find. Once you arrive at the shopping center where they reside, look for the small fenced off area of imprisoned people and dogs, sitting at tables enjoying beer. It's "the" signature giveaway :-)

Let's cut to the chase. I only had time to have two of their beers, the "Whiskey Brown" and "Bourbon Aged Foreign-Style Stout". The brown was very good, but I must talk about their barrel aged jewel; it is *the best* I have ever had at a brewery. Most tend to be a little "hot" to my liking (understandable), but this one was exceptional. Near perfect balance, great taste, and just the right amount of alcohol peeking through. It stands to reason that if they can make this, they must know their stuff!

The place is small and a bit industrial, so if you are looking for classic "pub" decor, don't go. If you are like me though---there for the beer!, then it is a must go. They have glass between the tasting area and their brewery, proudly showing you what they are about. NICE.

The locals were very friendly and welcoming to this outsider (struck up good conversations with four people during my two hours). I noticed it being dog-friendly also.

Boulder is a cool town, but my short ride at this place makes me want to go back more than any other experience I had while visiting the area.

Love the Upslope!

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4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited Colorado for 10 days and love fed it so much I went day drinking 3 times. Outstanding beers! Easy going, laid back vibes. Good peoples. A must if your in the Boulder area!

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4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Nice and stylish place with minimalist modern design dominated by stainless steel. Great patio to sit on and relax with friends if the weather is good. Quite street. The bartender was very courteous and knowledgeable about beers. Most important they have many more beers on tap then available retail - many of the better ones brewed in small batches. My favourite - Mosaic IPA..

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4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

great place, helpful friendly staff and some really good IPAs. One of my first stops in CO and one of the first I'll be back to next time I go. Wish I could've taken more home!

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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of alli4051
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

A small brewery/beer bar tucked away in a strip mall on the northern end of Boulder. The tap room is small but the crowd is cool and the bartender is a great dude. They've got six taps, two of which are their flagship beers (a pale and an IPA) while the other four are seasonals and one offs, all of which are tasty. Nothing too crazy yet but I was told they are barrel aging a stout and their IPA for the GABF. Prices are pretty average but they will give you a bunch of free samples to get you started. Haven't done the tour yet but you can see pretty much the whole operation through the windows. Despite the small size this is one of my favorite breweries in the area. I'm excited to see where they go from here.

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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

The original brewery for Upslope is still up and running. In fact, this is where the most fun stuff that Upslope makes comes from. They recently added a few more draft lines (for a total of 12, I believe) and despite the fact that this is a regular hang out for me, there is almost always something on that I've never had before.

The taproom itself is cozy, warm ad welcoming, but with a garage door leading into the brewery itself, a big picture window looking in and a minimalist theme to the whole place it is also has a very open feel.

The staff is very friendly and even though the majority of patrons here are regulars from the neighborhood, they will still make you feel like you belong even if it's your first stop. Last time I was there they had the core beers on, plus a few random specialties and the highlight for me: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.

The selection is not as wide as the newer of their two breweries, but it's still strong and it provides a more intimate setting and is typically less crowded.

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4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The Upslope brewery is a very small operation. The tap room is very intimate, which is just my way saying it can only hold about 12 people. This is no problem because the place is almost always empty. They keep 5-6 beers on tap, with free tasters and cheap pints. They don't server food, but you can help yourself to the large container of pretzels they keep on the bar. The tour is nice because you only have to walk 10 feet since the brewery is so small. You can see the workers manually placing the tops on each individual can. This brewery/tap room isn't meant to charm or impress. It's just an excellent little brewery that's fun to visit...and avoid the crowds of more known (not necessarily better) breweries. Oh yeah, the beer is amazing as well.

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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Brewery Visit #4

The final stop on the Boulder/Longmont brewery tour leg.

Upslope brewing is located just outside downtown Boulder in an industrial small business park. Walking into the brewery/tap room the first thing you notice is that this is a small place. Dead ahead is the bar with some seating to the right. We ordered a sampler and grabbed a stool.

The sampler included; Pale Ale, IPA, Craft Lager, Brown Ale, Maibock, Dopplebock, Belgian style Pale Ale, and one I can’t remember. The real treats here were the IPA, Craft Lager, and the Dopplebock.

The tap room is very basic; a few tables, stools, and some games. There was nothing like having a beer and playing Connect Four. This is a good place to have a few brews, all of which were solid, and highly drinkable. This was a pleasant farewell to Boulder. Newsflash from Fermentedly Challenged blog
Upslope will be building new brewhouse in Boulder to expand production. The new location will also have a tap room while the old location will be for experimental brews and keep the tasting room.

Service was excellent. No food to speak of.

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Upslope Brewing Company - Lee Hill in Boulder, CO
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