Are you willing to hike 3 miles into the wilderness for a cold beer?

For a lot of us, we 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 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. 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

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Beer + Hammock + Hike = FUN Image taken by Trek Light Gear

Only in its third 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 2017

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Image taken by Upslope Brewing

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 2017 edition, the location is Granby Ranch. Located between the famed Winter Park Ski Resort and the massive Rocky Mountain National Park, it’s an ideal venue for the three mile hike ending at the top of Granby Ranch. Attendees receive one can of Upslope’s Outside Denali India Pale Ale and up to two cans of Upslope’s year-round styles. There’s games, food for purchase, and leashed furry friends are always welcome.

2017 Exclusive Release: Outside Magazine Denali India Pale

In conjunction with partner Outside Magazine and to celebrate their 40th anniversary of inspiring adventure into the wilderness, Upslope Brewing is releasing a limited edition brew called Denali India Pale Ale. Part of the rotating Tap Room Series, it’s brewed with Denali hops and features a topographic overlay with a custom Outside Label.

Proceeds going to Leave No Trace

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The view & the brew is well worth the 3.1 mile hike up – Image taken by: James J Richardson

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 2018 “Hot Spots” in public lands that have sustained damage from overuse. Don’t want to pay the $10? Volunteer with Leave No Trace for an hour AT the event to waive the fee. To sign up go here. Either way, you’re helping a great cause!

Event Details:

Date: Saturday Sept. 16, 2017

Time: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Location: Granby Ranch, 1000 Village Rd, Granby, CO 80446

Tickets are: $10 (100 % of proceeds benefit LNT), available here

For free entry, join the service day with LNT beforehand  –

  • Aug 26, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in North Boulder, CO at the Foothills Spur Trail

Join the Backcountry Tap Room adventure at and Facebook.

Looking for more?

Thinking of staying in the area over the entire weekend? Be sure to bring your mountain bike! Over the course of the same weekend, the Colorado State Downhill Championship is also happening at the famed Granby Ranch. For those not in the know, Bike Granby Ranch (formerly Sol Vista) is notoriously known for its raw courses and huge features, with plenty of air time and wheel-smashing to be had for those who want it. So, as a spectator or a mountain bike enthusiast, there’s tons of fun to be had across the entire weekend.

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