Upland Brewing to Release 5 Sour Ales


Bloomington, IN — In November, Upland Brewing Company will release of five of its sour ales: Way Down Yonder, Malefactor, Strawberry, Blueberry, and Mayhaw (Secret Barrel Society Exclusive). The public lottery, including all but Mayhaw, will open at noon EST on Thursday, November 12th and close at noon EST on Thursday, November 19th.

To enter visit www.uplandsours.eventbrite.com

You must specify your preferred pick-up location (Bloomington Brewpub or Indianapolis Tasting Room in Broad Ripple) at the time of entry, and pickup locations cannot be changed after a reservation request has been made.


Lottery winners will be randomly drawn and notified via email on November 24th, and can purchase the sour ale(s) they selected at their preferred pickup location from December 2nd through December 16th. Sour Ale Program director, Caleb Staton, will be leading tours Saturday, December 5th at 3 and 4 pm. Reservations will be required for tours and can be made by emailing sours@uplandbeer.com.

If you can’t make the tours December 5th, don’t worry! Our Sour Brewery Tour Guides, will be leading tours Sunday the 6th, Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th at 3, 4, and 5pm. Reservations are not required for these tours.

Bottles may be picked up at the Bloomington Brewpub 11am-midnight Monday through Thursday, 11am-1am Friday and Saturday, and noon to midnight Sunday, or at the Indianapolis Tasting Room 4pm-10pm Monday through Thursday and noon to midnight Friday and Saturday. Please note the Indianapolis Tasting Room cannot sell carryout on Sunday, in accordance with Indiana state law. Each bottle will cost $25 plus applicable sales tax.

Upland Brewing Company, Inc. is a Bloomington, Indiana-based brewery established in 1998 that specializes in handcrafted ales and lagers.

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Fruited Lambics – Lambics have been made in Belgium for over 500 years, and we’re honoring this tradition by brewing our own Indiana version. Upland lambic-style sour ales are fermented by wild yeast and aged in oak casks for over a year which creates a tart, complex beer. We then add whole berries, in this case blueberries or blackberries, giving the beer enticing aromas and flavors. Once the fruit has been added, the beer is bottle conditioned, which adds a zesty and refreshing carbonation. Upland lambic-style sour ales are the perfect drink to share with friends over a plate of good cheese and fresh fruit. The strawberries this year come from Heartland Family Farms and the blueberries are from Canada.

Way Down Yonder: Beer is the best reason for a road trip. This past spring we traveled down south to visit our old friends at Great Raft Brewing in Shreveport, Louisiana to experience southern hospitality. We shared beer, traded war stories and together we chose this sour blend of both persimmons and pawpaws aged on our sour reserve. These two wild, forgeable fruits blend in harmony just like old friends.

Malefactor: Developed as a stronger version of a Flanders-style Red Ale, Malefactor is our only sour aged in bourbon barrels that have been previously used to age beer at least once. This creates petite notes of bourbon character, and darker, charred wood character. Malefactor also undergoes a turbid mash, with a portion of flaked maize being boiled with the rest of the malt bill, including Vienna and caramel malts. A different cocktail of microorganisms are involved in fermentation, which creates sour notes, and hints of cherry pie. Malefactor is aged for up to 8 months or more before packaging.

Mayhaw: (Secret Barrel Society Exclusive): The Mayhaw, or Crataegus aestivalis, is a fruit bearing member of the hawthorn family of plants, indigenous to the bayous of the Southern United States. These prized berries are a delicacy, and commonly used to make jellies and jams. We allowed the flavors of this fruit to be showcased by adding liberally to our Sour Reserve. Enjoy with good company over a friendly game of Bourré and Natchitoches-style crawfish pies.

Click here for more information on our Secret Barrel Society.