For those of you who haven’t already ordered your eclipse glasses, this Monday, August 21, is the first total solar eclipse visible in North America in 38 years. Partial eclipses can be interesting, but they are not as memorable or rare as the total eclipse. Across the country, millions of people will gather along the path of totality to watch this brief moment of nighttime during the day.
At Upland, we’ve crafted the perfect, otherworldly beer to enjoy in the path of totality. Luminary, currently available to lottery winners and Secret Barrel Society members, is one of our most memorable sour ales, developed in one of our favorite Rousseau foeders named Twiggy Sawdust. Move over Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” this beer is an homage to the spirit of David Bowie, and the beer reflects the variety and out-of-this-world experience of Bowie’s music. Eclipse viewers and beer lovers can expect fruity flavors, slight pink hues, and delectable hop aromas from Luminary. Not a lottery winner or SBS member? Stop in with your viewing glasses and enjoy a pint of Helios on the patio. Helios, the Greek Sun God, is an American Pale Ale made with Midwestern malts and American hops for a citrusy and slightly bitter taste.
Unfortunately, Indiana does not lie in the path of totality, but you don’t have to drive too far to experience the entire eclipse. Some of the Upland crew will be camping out in Carbondale, IL to experience the solar viewing. Here are some of the best spots to view the eclipse in totality within driving distance:
- Carbondale, Illinois
One of the best places to view the eclipse in the entire country is not too far from Indiana in Carbondale, Illinois. The point of longest eclipse for 2017 is just south of Carbondale, where totality will last for approximately 2 minutes and 41 seconds. If you’re looking to experience the very longest eclipse duration, this is the perfect spot.
- Hopkinsville, Kentucky
If you’re closer to Kentucky, Hopkinsville will also have one of the longest durations of totality. Hopkinsville has advertised itself as the “Point of Greatest Eclipse.” The town is even throwing a Little Green Men festival to celebrate a potential alien encounter.
- Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville is the largest city that it completely within the path of the solar eclipse. Nashville is just south of the path’s limit, and the eclipse will last nearly two minutes in this musical city.