Upslope Brewing will answer the prayers of some its loyal drinkers this week when it releases a limited quantity of its Foreign Style Stout in a can. The dark beer, at 6.9 percent ABV, had previously only been available on tap in Boulder and Denver.
It is the first limited release Upslope has made for the general public -- the brewery also cans a Mexican-style lager called Top Rope for the Big Red F restaurant group -- but if all goes well, Upslope could can some other limited releases this year as well.
"Time will tell," says company founder Matt Cutter. "We don't have any firm plans, but if we have the capacity to do so, there are several other candidates we could try." Those include a Belgian-style pale ale, a Belgian-style wit, a dunkel and Upslope's Great American Beer Festival gold medal award-winning pumpkin ale.
That last one would be a logistical nightmare, though, Cutter says, since Upslope makes it by sending pumpkins home with all of its staff so they can bake them in their own ovens. If the brewery cans the beer, it might have to find a professional kitchen to do the work.
The Foreign Style Stout was first brewed in 2009 to celebrate Upslope's first anniversary, but it quickly became a tap-room favorite. "People come into the tap room all the time and ask us when we will put the Foreign Stout in a can," says Cutter. "We had to say, 'I don't know, I don't know.' Now it's nice to able to say 'January.'"
Upslope bought a new sixty-barrel fermenter last year as it expanded its tap room and plans to buy another sixty-barrel tank this April. The brewery currently cans four other mainstays -- an IPA, a pale ale, a lager and a brown ale.
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Foreign Style Stout will be available throughout Colorado in January and February.