BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA — As we enter the hot and humid summer months, thirst-quenching brews to stock the cooler and enjoy outside are a must, and Upland Brewing Co. is responding to the call with the release of several refreshing beers. Fans can look forward to the return of Oktoberfest and two new releases, Juiced in Time and Free Time.
Oktoberfest, Upland’s summer seasonal, will be available on draught and in 6-pack bottles mid-July. This Marzen lager is rich and malty, with a crisp character that defines true German lagers. A blend of three German hop varieties provide a balance and clean finish, with notes of caramel and toffee. Oktoberfest is the perfect beer to take you into the autumn months.
For the summer installment of Side Trail beers, the brewers produced Juiced in Time, a New England IPA. This beer is a nod to the innovative East Coast style of “Juicy” IPA. Juiced in Time will be released in July on draught at Upland locations and select bars and restaurants in their midwest distribution area.
“With the trending popularity of hazy beers, it’s easy to assume the haze is a gimmick, so we were initially skeptical about this style. After research and a couple test batches, we came to realize that the haze is just a byproduct of processes that lead to unique fruity flavors and rich mouthfeel. The pronounced tropical and citrus flavors combine with an appearance similar to a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice, making this beer a multi-sensory experience. The visual aspect plus the flavor and aroma enhance each other in a delicious way that is unique to this style,” said Brewer Matt Wisley.
Upland’s Side Trail Series is an opportunity for the brewers to experiment with new styles and flavors, and although most are one-time brews, some end up becoming part of the full line-up, such as Latitude Adjustment and Petal to the Kettle.
The final summer release is Free Time, Upland’s new Vienna-style lager, delivering a smooth, crisp, perfectly balanced malt and hop profile with a clean finish. This brew is ultimately enjoyable for a shift beer or any other time that comes well-deserved. Free Time will be available in late-July, but fans can try it first on draught at Upland locations and select stores and bars before making room in their fridges for this new format—15-packs of 12 ounce cans.
Upland releases Cherry and Darken, wood-aged sour ales from their Wood Shop Brewery this summer as well. From hazy, ripe juiciness, to fruit and spices, to malty and clean lagers, there is a refreshing beer to beat the heat for everyone this summer.
About Upland Brewing Co.
Located in Bloomington, Indiana, Upland Brewing Co. has an intriguing brewing story that dates back to 1998. Our mission is to brew remarkable beers in remarkable ways, staying true to the artisan, progressive spirit found in our part of the Midwest. Upland is currently the third largest brewery in Indiana and brews more than 50 different styles of beer annually.