Upland Wins State Fair’s Brewery Of The Year

Bloomington-based Upland Brewing Company won the Indiana State Fair's Brewer of the Year award this week.

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Upland won several Brewers Cup awards at the Indiana State Fair as well as the Craft Brewer Of the Year award.

The Upland Brewing Company took home several big awards at the Indiana State Fair Brewers‘ Cup Competition over the weekend and was named Indiana Brewery of the Year and Grand Champion Brewery of the Year.

Upland Brewery Vice President Pete Batule says they won the title of best brewery because they are doing things a little different from others.

“Certainly, our sours are something that is little bit different,” he says. “We age them anywhere from twelve months to two to three years. We also will blend, and they are all barrel aged in oak.”

Upland swept the big awards with another win as Best of Show for VinoSynth Red, a blend of Sour Reserve and Malefactor Flanders-style Red Ale aged on Catawba grapes.

Upland received medals for five of its other beers including Champagne Velvet and Malefactor, which is aged in bourbon barrels.

Upland’s beers have been recognized at the State Fair in past years but this is the first year Upland won the best brewery title.

Here’s a list of the individual beers and the medals they won:

Oktoberfest – Bavarian Style Lager (Bronze)

Champagne Velvet – Pre-Prohibition Style Pilsner (Silver)

Vinyl Tap – Rye Pale Ale (Silver)

Sour Reserve – Sour Ale (Silver)

Malefactor – Sour Ale (Gold)

Vinosynth Red – Belgian Ale (Gold; Best-in-Show)

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