Expansion of Boulder’s Upslope Brewing Company

Boulder seems to be a hotspot for breweries, and the expansion of new breweries is by no means slowing down. Upslope, a local Boulder brewery, serves as a great example of how breweries in Boulder are continuing to grow. This local brewery had just opened their first brewhouse in north Boulder during the winter of 2008. In a short period, Colorado’s high demand for Upslope’s canned craft beers required for their production to expand. This just goes to show that dedication and a great tasting beer can propel breweries to success in Boulder, Colorado.

Only two years after Upslope’s opening, they decided that they needed to expand their brewhouse. Upslope brewery expanded into the warehouse space nearby their existing brewhouse in order to double their space to 4,400 square feet. With this expansion, this local brewery was able to increase production to 5,600 barrels of beer from its 7-barrel brewhouse at the end of last year. Yet again, they recently hit capacity for production and Matt Cutter, an Upslope co-founder, said, “A year ago last August, we’re sitting at Lee Hill and realized that the existing space was not going to be adequate for our future plans”.

In order to solve Upslope’s fortunate dilemma, they decided to open a second brewery, which just opened last week. This new brewery is a 17,000 square-foot facility with a 30-barrel brewhouse in east Boulder. Upslope’s east Boulder brewery is currently capable of producing 12,000 barrels, which is roughly 165,000 cases of beer a year. This expansion depicts the hard work they put in, and serves as an example of the local effects from the craft beer industry’s boom.

Not only are new breweries being established, but already established brewers are also expanding their operations or opening new breweries. “Some are definitely taking advantage of the opportunity to grow right now,” said Steve Kurowski, marketing manager for the Colorado Brewers Guild. According to the Brewers Association, a Boulder-based trade association that represents small and independent breweries, craft beer brewery sales increased from $8.7 billion in 2011, to $10.2 billion in 2012. Upslope brewing company is definitely a business that is taking advantage of the opportunity to grow right now, and sets a standard for up and coming breweries.

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Boulder Breweries

Colorado proves to be one of the most productive states for smaller start-up brewery businesses due to their flexible laws. Colorado state laws allow brewers who produce less than 300,000 barrels a year to sell their product directly to liquor stores, and another law that prevents large retailers from having more than one store with a liquor license ensures that the small retailers aren’t put out of business. Laws such as these allow for local small business growth in Boulder.  Microbreweries in Boulder are plentiful and growing in numbers. Currently Boulder houses more than 40 microbreweries.

One of the more popular breweries includes The Left Hand Brewing Company located in Longmont. They are currently thriving and have been popular since 1994.  My personal favorite beer from The Left Hand includes the Nitro milk stout that has a rich, dark, and smooth taste. Another brewing company worth mentioning is The FATE Brewing Company, which is Boulder’s first craft brew-bistro. This brewery offers higher-end food alongside more than 30 rotating house brews.

Boulder’s Walnut Brewery, located right off of Pearl Street, is another popular brewpub. John Giuffo provides a critique on their Indian Peaks IPA, in which he says, “It was crisp, a little dry, hopped up but not obnoxious about it, and surprisingly smooth”. Another beer that John reviewed included their Buffalo Gold, a sweeter, lighter beer that was opaque, with honey, caramel, and lemons. Finally, their Emersum Oyster Stout was the last to be reviewed. This unique beer is a stout mixed with mashed up oysters that possesses a dark-espresso taste. These breweries are key examples of how Boulder proves to breed successful breweries.

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Local Businesses Competing Against Chain Businesses

Local businesses across America all face issues of competing against chain businesses, and Boulder is no exception to this. Although Boulder, Colorado is known for having thriving local businesses, there is still fierce competition. In order to provide these local businesses a fighting chance, the Boulder Independent Business Alliance was formed in 1998. The Boulder Independent Business Alliance, also known as BIBA, consists of numerous locally owned businesses that are concerned with defending their home-grown economy from chain businesses. A staggering amount of locally owned businesses have gone out of business since 1990 and BIBA hopes to prevent this trend. BIBA promotes locally owned businesses by providing businesses with reduced advertising rates and marketing tools to those who buy a membership. Another innovation BIBA has incorporated is the community benefit card, which allows residents to not make the difficult decision between supporting local businesses and getting the best deal. These efforts have raised awareness on the issue and set a precedent for other cities who are adopting the BIBA model.

It is clear that Boulder cares a great deal about locally owned businesses. This concern has allowed local food and beverage businesses to thrive in Boulder and has drawn in many entrepreneurs. The issue of chain businesses has been addressed by BIBA and has shown to prove effective because Boulder’s reputation is often compared to Silicon Valley in recent times. It is reassuring that the local people of Boulder care enough to give support to their local businesses. These efforts exemplify the people of Boulder and how their efforts make a difference in the community.

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