Upslope Craft Lager
In the south, summertime is already here. The days are longer and warmer and that calls for the refreshment that can only be quenched by a solid lager.
Lately, I’ve been diving into what I’ve coined “heritage lagers.” For my definition, I’m referring to the beers I remember being prevalent when I was a kid in the ’80s like Hofmeister and Lowenbrau. I’m sure you remember those German-inspired lagers that were big on carbonation and pale lager’s signature thin mouthfeel and whisp of malts; but lacking in hops and originality. Maybe it’s because I’m now the age of my father in those memories. Maybe I’m doing more yard work and handyman tasks that scream for that flavor profile. Maybe that’s the taste that I remember as my first beer. Regardless of the reason, I’m starting to search out the remaining variants of those old school brews (like Hudy 14-k) and thrilled when I find a new brewery carrying on the tradition.
Upslope Brewing Company’s Craft Lager is a welcome addition to the hallowed halls of the heritage lager. However, this is not your father’s beer. While all of the necessary ingredients are there, Upslope brings some fresh, new elements to the recipe as well. They’ve created a highly drinkable session beer with the hallmarks of a good pale lager. The color and carbonation are spot on to style; but there’s a brightness that belies a more complex flavor profile. Past the fleeting bready malt, I found a slight taste of grassy hops along with a nice slice of sweet apple. Consider it an artesanal version of a heritage lager. Skipping the hyperbole, this beer simply tastes good. It’s the perfect reprieve from the summertime heat.