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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.

Indiana Brewers' Cup awards beer from across the region

The competition – one of the nation’s largest featuring homebrewers and professional brewers – vied 1,300 beers against one another. Breweries from around the region, including Upland Brewing Company, came out on top. 

(Image courtesy of Upland Brewing Company) (Eric Strader)

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 11:53 a.m.

The Indiana Brewers’ Cup is one of the nation’s largest beer competitions featuring both homebrewers and professional brewers. In this year’s 16th annual event, entries came in from as far away as California, and 120 judges tasted and scored nearly 1,300 entries. The Brewers of Indiana Guild partners with the Indiana State Fair to host the event, and sponsors included the following:

Upland Brewing Company won medals in several categories, including Best in Show for VinoSynth Red, a unique sour ale made in collaboration with Bloomington's Oliver Winery; Indiana Brewery of the Year; and Grand Champion Brewery of the Year.

Here are the individual medals won by Upland in beer categories:

Professional Brewers Category: Gold medals

To view all medals won by homebrewers and professional brewers, click here.

Upland has also announced the release of a new imperial IPA, Coast Buster (8.5 percent ABV, IBUs 65). It’s already available on draft, and four-packs of bottles will hit shelves in August. Coast Buster was first brewed as part of the Side Trail Series, but it has now been adopted into the year-round lineup. This West Coast-style imperial IPA is promised to deliver tropical, fruity and floral aromas and flavors.

From Coast Buster’s label:

“In Greek Mythology, sirens were beautiful women who lured sailors to shipwreck on the rocky coast. We don’t have anything that sinister in mind with our Coast Buster Imperial IPA, though it does pack a punch. This hop-forward brew is a classic example of its style, with tropical, fruity and floral notes, along with a bitter (but not too bitter) finish that won’t wreck your palate. We humbly believe that it can go toe to toe with the finest IPAs that the West Coast has to offer – and will lure you back, time and again.”

Michiana generally gets most of Upland’s offerings in distribution, so I would plan on seeing this in bottle shops sometime after August 1st.

About the Brewery:

Located in Bloomington, Ind., 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 its own recipes rooted with inspiration from good beer and good friends, providing a fresh local option to its 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.


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