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Upslope has been brewing lager since long before it was “cool” among craft breweries, and the brewery in Boulder, Colorado, has built a methodology for producing lagers that optimizes both quality and efficiency.
In this episode, head brewer Alex Meyer discusses how they make their signature lager—known simply as Craft Lager—with a litany of unconventional ingredients and processes. Meyer also shares how they employ similarly iconoclastic approaches with their Japanese-style rice lager as well as their Grand Reserve, aged four years in bourbon barrels.
Along the way, Meyer discusses:
- brewing lager with standard two-row malt and white wheat
- lager fermentation under pressure
- managing sulfur production in pressure fermentation
- cropping and repitching yeast
- using exogenous enzymes to facilitate fermentation with 55 percent flaked rice
- American hop varieties ideal for hops, such as Sterling and Contessa
- feeding healthy high-gravity fermentations
- managing long-term oxidation in extended barrel-aging
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