Our first stop on the way to Denver isn't really on the way to Denver at all. Last week we got a call from Upland in Bloomington letting us know that our previously reserved lambics were ready for picking up. So we took a slight detour and stopped in to the Upland tap room on a nice Thursday afternoon.
I have no IU ties and wasn't raised in Indiana, so my trips to Bloomington are few and far between - really the only reason I have to visit is that there's a nice bicycling route that leads from near my house to Miller-Showers Park. As a result, I'm a bit ashamed to say that this was my first trip to Upland.
We settled in at the bar on a slow Thursday afternoon. Gina ordered their Bad Penny Imperial IPA and I ordered a Preservation Pilsner for myself. The pilsner was nice and balanced, and worked well against my cup of buffalo chili (also recommended). Gina's Bad Penny was big but balanced, and would be very easy to over-indulge if it weren't for the limit (the beer is 10%, so you're only allowed two). This brew has an interesting story, being that it is a guest brew from homebrewer Ken (I didn't get his last name, hopefully one of you did).
We were informed that the lambics are not served on tap at the brewpub, but that if you'd like to purchase a bottle and drink it there, they'll gladly pour for you. For an in-depth guide to all the varieties of those lambics, I highly recommend the article at Indiana Beer.
Our palates teased, but with a drive ahead, we took our box of lambic and headed to the car. Next up, a pit stop in Illinois (with no beer) and then a trip to Hays, Kansas.