Upslope Brewing Co.’s newest release is meant to invoke thoughts of a classic cocktail.
The Boulder, Colo.-based brewery has released Lee Hill Series: Vol. 4 Manhattan Style Rye Ale, a 10.4 percent ABV ale that has been aged in first use Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey barrels. According to the brewery, the beer was inspired by the taste of a Manhattan cocktail.
“I love a good Manhattan with rye whiskey and have always wanted to brew a beer that could replicate the great flavors of this classic cocktail,” said Sam Scruby, Upslope head brewer, in a press release. “When presented with first use Leopold Bros. Maryland Rye Whiskey barrels, the decision was easy. I threw out the recipe book and went outside the box for this cocktail-inspired Manhattan Style Rye Ale.”
Manhattan Style Rye Ale is part of Upslope’s Lee Hill Series, which commemorates the original brewery location at Lee Hill in Boulder, Colo. which is now used to produce small batch releases. To date, there have been three other releases in the Lee Hill Series: Vol. 1: Barrel Aged Brown Ale, a 7.6 percent ABV brown ale also aged for four months in Leopold Bros. rye whiskey barrels; Vol. 2: Wild Saison, a 6.8 percent ABV saison that was aged for seven months in red wine barrels and was brewed with both lactobacillus and brettanomyces and Vol: 3: Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, a 10 percent ABV imperial stout aged in Leopold Bros. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey barrels for four months.
According to the brewery, 19.2 ounce cans ($10) of Lee Hill Series: Vol. 4 will be released at an event on June 4 at the Lee Hill tap room in Boulder, Colo. with a four can per person limit.