For a lot of us, we like to reminisce about the “good ole days.” Roads and mountain towns were less crowded. The powder lasted longer. The sports of snowboarding and skiing were purer. The list for many us just keeps going, but let’s be honest… change is painful. Instead of focusing on what doesn’t exist anymore, how about looking at what cool things are happening NOW! One of these amazing revolutions is the Upslope Brewing Backcountry Tap Room. It’s a refreshing concept of hiking three miles into the wilderness with a tap room awaiting you. I don’t know about you, but that sounds fun to us.
A Cultural Shift Of Recreational Permits
Only in its fifth year, the backcountry tap room is definitely a new exciting idea. Why? Well, it comes down to the U.S. Forest Service attempting to modernize the special-use permit.
Their goal is to attract younger visitors, groups, non-profits and schools to explore public lands. With this change in thinking, it has allowed businesses and groups like Upslope Brewing to create events such as the backcountry tap room. Though both the parking and beer distribution locations are on private land, all 2,000 people that showed up in the inaugural year had to hike through U.S. Forest Service lands to get there!
Backcountry Tap Room 2019
Adventure in the great outdoors is all about experiencing different things. In keeping with that theme, EVERY year this shindig is located somewhere different. For the Backcountry Tap Room 2019 edition, the location is Grand Park near Fraser, Colorado. Located on the edge of the famed Winter Park Ski Resort, it’s an ideal venue for the two and a half mile hike ending at the top of Grand Park.
Attendees receive one can of the 2019 exclusive release of the double dry hopped pale ale and up to three cans of Upslope’s year-round styles. There’s games, food for purchase, and leashed furry friends are always welcome.
2019 Exclusive Release: Double Dry Hopped Pale
One of the most striking sensations during the first ski tour of the season is the smell of the trees. It’s an undeniable fact that spruce trees smell better after the first few snowstorms of the year. So, what better way to celebrate the advent of the upcoming season than by cracking open a never-before-tasted beer to ignite the stoke for the upcoming winter. The exclusive Double Dry Hopped Pale Ale features Azacca, Citra, & Galaxy hops and will be a brew to remember alongside the one heckuva view.
Proceeds Going To Leave No Trace
We LOVE to see a successful event happening in the wilderness, but at the same time, we need to be very aware of the environment’s fragility. That’s why it makes us incredibly happy that Upslope Brewing will take all proceeds from this extravaganza and donate 100% to the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (LNT). This money will focus on Colorado-based 2020 “Hot Spots” in public lands that have sustained damage from overuse.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Park, 46 Market St, Fraser, CO 80442
Tickets: $15 (100 % of proceeds benefit LNT), available here
Join the Backcountry Tap Room adventure at Upslopebrewing.com and Facebook.