Upland Brewing to Release UpCup Winner, Bottled Blonde


Bloomington, IN — Upland Brewing Co. announced today that Side Trail Series #5, Bottled Blonde, will be released August 15 on draught at select craft beer bars in our distribution territory and on tap at all Upland retail locations August 21. Celebrate with us and winning brewer Chris Hoover, that night at our production facility for the inaugural tapping!

Bottled Blonde is the winning beer from our 2015 UpCup Homebrewing Competition. Chris Hoover’s recipe was selected as best in show out of 67 total entries, earning him the chance to brew a scaled up version of his beer the Upland brew crew.

Beer Description: Clean, balanced, and refreshing, Bottled Blonde is an easy drinking beer perfect for a hot summer day. It is very approachable with subtle malt flavors and light citrus character from additions of Centennial and Cascade hops.

ABV: 4.9% IBU: 22

About the Brewery

Located in Bloomington, Indiana, Upland’s rich history dates all the way back to 1998. Taking traditional recipes and making them a bit more awesome, Upland Brewing Co. came up with their own recipes rooted with inspiration from good beer and good friends, providing a fresh local option to their communities. The name Upland comes from the term geologists gave to this area of Southern Indiana land which was never overrun by the glaciers that flattened much of Indiana’s landscape. The adversity of the land bred independent thinkers who had strong wills, a connection to the land, and a wry sense of humor about life. Upland’s approach to brewing beer honors the spirit of these people and this place.

About UpCup

Every Spring, Upland Brewing Company hosts the UpCup, a homebrewing competition where brewers can have their beer judged by BCJP judges, professional brewers, and other brewing industry professionals. The winner receives the UpCup trophy, and their recipe will be brewed by Upland brewers. This beer will be entered in the 2015 Pro-Am competition at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. The winning beer will also be featured on tap at all Upland locations. Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2016 competition.

About AHA

Over 1.2 million people brew their own beer at home in the United States. The American Homebrewers Association® (AHA) is a not-for-profit organization based in Boulder, Colo., dedicated to promoting the community of homebrewers and empowering homebrewers to make the best beer in the world. Since 1978, the AHA has worked to educate people worldwide about the coolest hobby there is—homebrewing. Click here to learn more about AHA.