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Upper Pass Beer launched last fall as a one-barrel brewery in Tunbridge. In April 2016, owners Chris Perry, Andrew Puchalik and Ivan Tomek partnered with von Trapp Brewing in Stowe to brew 100 barrels of a hop-forward American pale ale dubbed First Drop.
Until now, Upper Pass brews were available on draft in just a few locations, but come August, the brewery will start selling several beers in cans and bottles. Larger runs will be brewed at von Trapp, while the brewers will produce limited-release and experimental beers at Perry's farmhouse in Tunbridge.
Upcoming releases will start with a yet-to-be-named, intensely hopped IPA — "bitter but floral," with piney, citrusy flavors, Perry says. Early fall will bring a smooth, roasty milk stout called Moove on Up. "I'm also pretty psyched for our barrel-aged imperial citrus rye," says Perry, adding that he expects to bottle that in early fall.
On-site coffee roasting is also in store — the Upper Pass trio is working on a cold-brew draft — as is a tasting room in South Royalton. Meantime, you can sample Upper Pass' upcoming taps at the Stowe Brewers Festival on July 29 and 30.