Winter can make you a little crazy up here in the Midwest when the sun doesn’t peek out for a few days in a row. We have a few remedies to help pass the time and kick the winter time blues…


Beers to drink now

Barrel Chested Barleywine

Teddy Bear Kisses

Schwarz Black Lager

Badder Elmer’s Baltic Porter


Coming in February: Komodo Dragonfly IPA




To cook: Beer Cheese Soup featuring Dragonfly IPA


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January is National Soup Month and to celebrate we are sharing our Beer Cheese Soup recipe with you!

Upland Brew Co. Beer Cheese Soup

Makes 10-12 servings



  1. Dice all vegetables
  2. Sautee vegetables in butter and garlic until soft, but not browned.
  3. Blend in flour, stock, mustard and cook for five minutes.
  4. Add cheddar, parmesan, and Dragonfly IPA
  5. Simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally
  6. Taste to see if more S&P is needed then stir.

Serve warm with crusty bread and another beer of course.

Photo: Eric Turner

Chef Paddy will be serving up this soup February 22 at the Soup Bowl benefitting the Hoosier Hills Food Bank at the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center. This event Details and tickets here.



To Eat: Upland Meatloaf  at the Bloomington Brewpub

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House made meatloaf served with garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans and bacon gravy. This is a new winter menu item at the Bloomington Brewpub so get it while you can!


To Bake: Bacon Stout brownies featuring Teddy Bear Kisses

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We ran across this recipe on Pinterest and decided they were just begging to be baked. Our Russian Imperial Stout, Teddy Bear Kisses, is aged on Fair Trade Cocoa Nibs and makes the perfect addition in this sweet and savory dessert. Be prepared… you’ll want to eat the whole skillet worth.

Chocolate Stout Bacon Skillet Brownies

recipe adapted from The Beeroness




For more beery goodness and recipes check us out on Pinterest. Stay warm. Cheers!


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