On January 29th, Upland Brewing Company will open an online lottery for the release of five of its sour ales: Blueberry, Blackberry, Dantalion, Vinosynth Red, and Vinosynth White. Bottles will be limited to 2 bottles per style per winner.
The lottery will open at noon EDT on Thursday January 29th and close at noon on February 5th.
To enter visit www.uplandsours.eventbrite.com.
You must specify your preferred pick-up location (Bloomington Brewpub or Indianapolis Tasting Room in Broad Ripple) at the time of entry, and pickup locations cannot be changed after a reservation request has been made.
Lottery winners will be randomly drawn and notified via email on February 9th, and can purchase the sour ale(s) they selected at their preferred pickup location from February 18th through March 4th. People who wish to take a sour brewery tour, head brewer Caleb Staton will be leading tours Saturday, February 28th at 3 and 4 pm. Tours will also be offered Sunday February 29th at 3, 4, and 5pm. Reservations will be required for tours and can be made by emailing [email protected].
Bottles may be picked up at the Bloomington Brew Pub 11am-midnight Monday through Thursday, 11am-1am Friday and Saturday, and noon to midnight Sunday, or at the Indianapolis Tasting Room 4pm-10pm Monday through Thursday and noon to midnight Friday and Saturday. Please note the Indianapolis Tasting Room cannot sell carryout on Sunday, in accordance with Indiana state law. Each bottle will cost $25 plus applicable sales tax.
Fruited Lambics – Lambics have been made in Belgium for over 500 years, and we’re honoring this tradition by brewing our own Indiana version. Upland lambics are fermented by wild yeast and aged in oak casks for over a year which creates a tart, complex beer. We then add whole berries, in this case blueberries or blackberries, giving the beer enticing aromas and flavors. Once the fruit has been added, the beer is bottle conditioned, which adds a zesty and refreshing carbonation. Upland lambic is the perfect drink to share with friends over a plate of good cheese and fresh fruit.
This year’s blackberries came from our friends at Heartland Farms in Spencer, Indiana, and the blueberries are from Peterson Farms in Michigan.
Dantalion – Dantalion is our demonically named sour ale based on the Oud Bruin beer style. Medium brown in color, Dantalion has hints of chocolate, Munich malts, and rye. We also incorporate a spice blend containing ginger, coriander, star anise, grains of paradise, and black pepper to create a gentle halo of spice character. The beer is fermented on the same selection of yeasts and microbes as our base lambic, and aged for up to 8 months or more in white oak barrels.
VinoSynth White – VinoSynth White is 100% Sour Reserve aged on locally grown Traminettegrapes.Traminette is considered Indiana’s signature varietal. Our Sour Reserve lends itself wonderfully to enveloping the acidity of the grape with notes of lactic acid to compliment the classic apple and tropical fruit character of the Traminette grapes.
VinoSynth Red – VinoSynth Red is a blend of 50% Sour Reserve and 50% Malefactor Flanders-style Red Ale aged on Catawba grapes. Catawba is a native North American variety, known for making jams and jellies, and distinctly juice, fruity, exotic wines. Malefactor was blended with Sour Reserve to develop more body, mild bourbon barrel character, and a layered acidity to complement the Catawba’s innate sweet, fruity notes.