29 July 2010

HBG4 featuring... Upland Brewing

The lineup of beers at Hoosier Beer Geek's Fourth Anniversary Party continues. The second brewery we are announcing at HBG4 is...

Upland Brewing Co.
Bloomington, Indiana

Upland Wheat
Style: Wheat Ale

Upland Wheat Ale is a classic rendition of the Witbier (white beer) style, which originated in Belgium. We brew it with organic coriander, chamomile, and orange peel to be light on the tongue and refreshingly tart. In the tradition of the Belgian Wit style, Upland Wheat Ale is unfiltered, allowing suspended yeast to create a cloudy, golden appearance and satisfying mouthfeel. Both full-bodied and easy-going, it’s no wonder that Upland Wheat Ale is the flagship beer of our brewery and the best-selling beer brewed in Indiana.

ABV: 4.5
IBUs: 12.6

Notes: Hoosier Beer Geek rated this beer, giving it 3.62 mugs

Upland Dragonfly
Style: Indian Pale Ale

India Pale Ale originated when the British Empire was at its height. British soldiers and civil servants were stationed all over the globe (including India), and regular ales could not survive the long journey by sea to reach them. The British solved this terrible dilemma by adding excessive amounts of hops to their beer–using the preservative properties of hops to increase the life of their beers.

Our Dragonfly India Pale Ale is true to this tradition, featuring seven hop additions to create a powerful hop profile. A solid malt base, however, tempers the bitter American hops, giving Dragonfly a balance not often found in this style. This is a beer with enough bite for hop fans, but is smooth enough to be a session beer. The end product is a well-balanced, malty beer with the crisp taste of hops and an exceptionally floral nose.

ABV: 6.5
IBUs: 40

Note: This will actually be our first announced firkin of HBG4. And hopefully it will be dry-hopped with Simcoe hops.

Please remember that the list is tentative and subject to availability. We promise to keep you informed of any changes.

About HBG4:
It will be held Saturday, August 28th, starting at 6pm. Sun King Brewing will again be hosting us at their brewery at 135 N. College Avenue, Indianapolis. Tickets are $30 (plus $1.99 for online fees) for regular tickets and $20 (plus $1.99 for online fees) for designated drivers. Tickets are available online only and are in limited supply. And yes, the tickets are on sale now.

If you didn't attend last year, you can see what you missed here. But if you did attend last year, you'll find it to be similar. Here is what we have so far (please note that all of this is subject to change).

Regular attendees will receive a commemorative tasting glass that can be used to sample various quality beers from our favorite Indiana breweries as well as a few other breweries. Additionally, you'll be able to select a few larger pours of your favorite beers. Designated drivers will have a selection of non-alcoholic beverages such as soda, pop, cola... whatever regional term you like. And bottled water, of course.

All attendees will get to enjoy food from The Tamale Place. Those of you who have been know how good their food is. And those of you who have not been are in for a treat. There will be a variety of tamale flavors to sample, including vegetarian friendly options.

There will also be chips and salsa and such for your enjoyment all night as well.

And what's a party without gifts? And by gifts, I mean us giving stuff to you! That's right, prizes and giveaways and all sorts of stuff.

We're still filling in all the details, but if you've been to our events, you know it is a good time. And all tickets will be sold online. Tickets are not available at Sun King nor will they be available at the door. So don't miss out.

We appreciate that you follow us for the latest and craziest in the Indiana craft beer world. And we hope you'll come out and celebrate with us our fourth year of tomfoolery.


  1. Did you guys write that information about the Dragon Fly IPA? (I would certainly hope you did not). Smoothness has nothing to do with the sessionability of a beer. ABV does. Dragon Fly could not be considered a session beer based on its ABV. It may be a fine beer, but a session beer it is not.

  2. Anon, you are completely correct, a session beer must be at least lower than 5% ABV. Don't even get me started on drinkability. HBG pulled this from our faulty website description (I assume), and it will be immediately fixed. And those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked have been sacked.

    Good eye. Looks like an awesome event on the horizon there, hope you will attend, regardless of Upland's poor supervision of its writing staff.

    Time for me to read through the rest of our beer descriptions to make sure no further artistic liberties were taken to spruce them up and resulting in creating other innaccuracies.


    Upland feller

  3. I'm glad you guys got this all sorted out. And that I didn't have to do anything.

  4. Just noticed I spelled inaccuracies inaccurately, just proves again I'm a better brewer than master of the English.

    Mike, Upland is committed to keeping your hipster lifestyle secure every step of the way and completely PBR free. Why not treat Dragonfly as a session beer one night listening to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah? Sounds like a HBG tradition in the works to me!