In recent years several pets have disappeared from boats anchored overnight on Lake Monroe. The number of hikers reporting unusual noises and finding partial deer carcasses in remote coves and valleys has also increased, including one man who was institutionalized after claiming to have been attacked by a "flying dinosaur." During our annual "Camp Upland" outing on the lake, several of our own staff and distributor sales people saw the beast at about 2am by the light of the moon - roughly six feet long, with large, leathery wings, gliding silently back and forth above the southeastern shoreline. It did not threaten us, but everyone felt a cold chill when it winged nearby. Like the lone hiker who was attacked, our reports were dismissed by the Department of Natural Resources staff. The area manager remarked, "You take 100 gallons of beer to a campsite and expect us to believe you saw a flying lizard later that night?"
We know what we saw. So as part of our ongoing effort to brew beer of the highest quality and provide consumers with new, interesting, and innovative beer experiences, Upland Brewing Co. will be releasing a new brew, Komodo Dragonfly Black IPA, in early January to lead off our 2010 seasonal lineup.
Komodo Dragonfly Black IPA is a well-balanced, dark, bitter, and totally unique beer experience. We brewed this IPA with a base of fresh Pilsner Malts and darkened the color with pure Black Malts, creating a clean malt character that allows the liberal hop additions to shine through. Komodo is dry hopped and aged with a pinch of lavender to add to the overall aromatic experience. Komodo has an ABV of 6.5%, 65.5 IBUs, and a Starting Gravity of 15.5.
We're unleashing the Komodo Dragonfly in our Bloomington Tap Room on January 13th. Look for it in six-pack bottles and on draught wherever Upland is sold shortly thereafter!
Join us at the Canyon Inn, McCormick's Creek State Park, on January 16th for some excellent food, good company, and great beer.
Our Head Brewer, Caleb, Staton, will lead a tasting of four Upland beers, discuss the brewing of beer, and answer any questions you've ever had about brewing but have been too afraid to ask.
Dinner will feature a range of excellent dishes cooked with Upland beer.
The package includes an overnight stay at the Inn, so you can make the most of your Brewmaster's experience.
Call (812) 829-4881 for details.
You'll have another chance to have dinner with Upland at Chef Mike's Charcoal Grill in Indianapolis on January 28th.
Dinner features a 4-course meal prepared with Upland beer. A different beer will be served to complement each course. Tickets are $30 before January 15th, $35 before January 28th, and $40 at the door,
Call (317) 295-9490 for tickets and information. See you there!
For those of you in Louisville, we'll be pouring samples of our Wheat Ale, Bad Elmer's Porter, Dragonfly IPA, and Winter Warmer on Friday, January 29th.
We'll be at the Outer Loop Valu Market (7519 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY) from 4:00 to 7:30 pm.
Whether you want to try one of our beers you've never had before or learn about an old favorite, this is a great opportunity.
We're finishing January off with a bang! Come find us at the 2nd Annual Indiana Microbrewers Winterfest, presented by the Brewers of Indiana Guild, on January 30th at the Indianapolis State Fair Grounds.
31 Indiana breweries will be there, and more than 200 beers, and tickets are only $30!
Tickets are available at Barley Island (Noblesville), Broadripple Brewpub (Indianapolis), Brugge Brasserie (Indianapolis), Lafayette Brewing (Lafayette), and Upland (Bloomington/Indianapolis).
For more information, visit http://www.brewersofindianaguild.com/festival.html