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Eric Strader
Eric Strader
Eric Strader writes about the craft beer scene in Indiana and Michigan. He's a dad, husband, potter, soccer coach, special education paraprofessional, who likes to read, bike, hike, and canoe.



Upland Brewing releases beer in honor of Record Store Day

Vinyl Tap Rye Pale Ale will be ready for draft release in mid-April.


Posted on April 4, 2014 at 6:11 p.m.

I have always loved music, both live and recorded.  My stereo includes a turntable and, in fact, vinyl recordings have made a remarkable comeback. New vinyl recordings can be purchased right here in Goshen, at Ignition Music. I can remember my first vinyl purchase -- The Clash, Combat Rock -- purchased at my local record store, The Rock Cafe, in Marshall, Mich. I believe I paid $7.99. So times have changed, but many of us still listen to vinyl, and there is a day designated to celebrate this -- Record Store Day

Upland Brewing Co. will be releasing a beer, Vinyl Tap Rye Pale Ale, in honor of Record Store Day. The brewery partnered with Landlocked Music to donate 10 percent of sales from Vinyl Tap in Bloomington to Lotus Blossoms Education and Arts Foundation and with LUNA Music to donate 10 percent of sales from Vinyl Tap in Indianapolis to Second Helpings, a local food rescue organization. 

This draft-only beer will be tapped at all Upland locations on Friday, April 11, and at select bars and restaurants across Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Chicago in the following weeks. It will also be available at Landlocked and LUNA on Record Store Day, April 19, for customers to enjoy while browsing the vinyl and CD releases that are made exclusively for independent record stores to offer on this day.

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 as a way to pay tribute to the thousands of independent record stores in the U.S. and abroad and the beautiful and unique culture that surrounds them. Vinyl Tap Rye Pale Ale is a celebration of that culture. It is a clean, drinkable beer that anyone can enjoy and the citrusy hops and biscuity malt characters will delight your taste buds while your favorite record delights your soul.

About the Brewery: Upland Brewing Company has been brewing ales and lagers in Bloomington since 1998, making beer in a time-honored fashion that puts their care and dedication to the craft on full display. Above all, they make beer that's true to its heritage, to its ingredients and to itself. 
The name Upland refers to the landscape of Southern Indiana, where the brewery is located. The Norman and Crawford Uplands are the heavily wooded hills and hollows that were never overrun by the glaciers that flattened much of Indiana's landscape. The Uplands are beautiful and they bred independent thinkers and artisans with strong connections to their land and their communities. Indiana University adds a progressive, tolerant, intellectual aspect to the town. The result is a heady mix of cultures and contradictions: a place where everyone can feel at home. A place that is equally respectful of tradition and open to change


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