Upslope Brewing | Champagne Saison with Nelson Sauvin
Sometimes tap rooms can act as testing grounds that can bring unassuming beers to the forefront, allowing for crowd pleasing favorites that otherwise wouldn’t be canned and distributed to share in some of the spotlight. Upslope Brewing’s Tap Room series is just that, offering a rotating series in which larger batches of popular tap room beer is brewed — split between kegs and cans, and then once it’s gone; that’s it for the year. Previous releases in 2017 have included Strawberry Mint IPA, Peanut Butter Porter and Hefeweizen. I was able to get my hands on its Champagne Saison with Nelson Sauvin, a beer that I like to call “fancy beer for outdoorsy folk.”
Let’s be honest, not every momentous occasion warrants a champagne toast. And, truthfully, there are some of us out there that prefer beer over champagne, weird I know. Whether it’s crushing an epic 14er, dominating trivia night or getting a stellar mid-year review, there are times where we just need something special to commemorate a job well done. For such moments, look no further than Upslope’s Champagne Saison.
ABV: 7% | IBU: 18
Brewed with Nelson Saivin hops, the fruity, grape aroma is reminiscent of white wine and seamlessly blends with the champagne character of the beer, which is equivalent to a sparkling beer that you’ll want to drink pinky up. I get a lot of banana, clove and peppery notes from the saison yeast which is balanced by grape, grapefruit, and tropical fruit flavors. The mouthfeel is effervescent, a little dry, and fizzy, much like your standard bubbly. Be sure to be on the lookout for this special, limited release beer that’s available in 19.2 oz cans. Drink it on a special occasion or, if you’re like me, drink it because you’re feeling a little snazzy and looking for something different.