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
- Light Lager: Mad Anthony Brewing, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
- Pilsner: Sun King Brewing, Indianapolis, Ind.
- European Amber: Mad Anthony Brewing, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
- Dark Lager: RAM Brewery, Indianapolis, Ind.
- Bock: Latitude 42 Brewing, Portage, Mich.
- Light Hybrid: Salt Creek Brewery, Bedford, Ind.
- Amber Hybrid: Oaken Barrel Brewing, Greenwood, Ind.
- Scottish & Irish: Indiana City Brewing, Indianapolis, Ind.
- American Ale: Rhinegeist Brewing, Cincinnati, Ohio
- English Brown: Bier Brewery, Indianapolis, Ind.
- Porter: Latitude 42 Brewing, Portage, Mich.
- Stout: Tin Man Brewing, Evansville, Ind.
- IPA: Scarlet Lane Brewing, Indianapolis, Ind.
- German Wheat/Rye: Christian Moerlein Brewing, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Belgian/French Ale: Upland Brewing, Bloomington, Ind.
- Sour: Upland Brewing, Bloomington, Ind.
- Belgian Strong Ale: Bier Brewery, Indianapolis, Ind.
- Strong Ale: Bier Brewery, Indianapolis, Ind.
- Fruit beer: Destihl Brewery, Bloomington, Ill.
- Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer: Tin Man Brewing, Evansville, Ind.
- Smoke Beer: Indiana City Brewing, Indianapolis, Ind.
- Specialty: Hailstorm Brewing, Tinley Park, Ill.
- Indiana Specialty (Corn): Crown Brewing, Crown Point, Ind.
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.