Upland Brewing Starts Sour Collaboration Series with Yazoo Brewing and Great Raft Brewing
(Bloomington,IN) – Upland Brewing Co. announced today that they will be creating several new collaboration beers in 2015. The first collaboration will be with Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company. Upland Brewing Company’s Sour Program Director Caleb Staton and Brandon Jones, lead brewer for Yazoo’s Embrace The Funk, met March 10th and are working together to create two unique blends of wild beer. The first will debut this summer at Washington D.C.’s craft beer and food event SAVOR.
The second collaboration will be with Great Raft Brewing in Shreveport Louisiana. Upland’s Sour Program Director, Caleb Staton and Harvey Kenney, head brewer for Great Raft, go way back to brewing school and are excited to work together again. Caleb brewed alongside Harvey and the Great Raft crew in early March and look forward to sharing some new funky beers with the craft beer community. More details to come!
In addition to our brew day at Great Raft, Upland ventured to nearby El Dorado, Arkansas to visit a mayhaw orchard. Caleb Staton has long been intrigued by this indigenous southern fruit so we met with Paul McLaughlin, a local mayhaw orchard owner and expert to learn more. After touring McLaughlin’s orchard, we sampled some of his mayhaw jelly and wine to determine what flavors the fruit would have on the beer. To our delight, mayhaws are delicious and they will be involved a future Upland brew.
About the Brewery: Located in Bloomington, Indiana, Upland’s rich history dates all the way back to 1998. Taking traditional recipes and making them a bit more awesome, Upland Brewing Co. came up with their own recipes rooted with inspiration from good beer and good friends, providing a fresh local option to their communities. The name Upland comes from the term geologists gave to this area of Southern Indiana land which was never overrun by the glaciers that flattened much of Indiana’s landscape. The adversity of the land bred independent thinkers who had strong wills, a connection to the land, and a wry sense of humor about life. Upland’s approach to brewing beer honors the spirit of these people and this place.
Other Upland Beers: VinoSynth Red (Gold and Best in Show 2014 Indiana State Fair, Malefactor (Gold Indiana State Fair), Sour Reserve (Silver Indiana State Fair 2014), Vinyl Tap (Silver Indiana State Fair 2014), Champagne Velvet (Silver Indiana State Fair 2014), Oktoberfest (Bronze Indiana State Fair 2014), Helios Pale Ale (Gold and Professional Best of Show 2013 Indiana State Fair, Gold 2011 BTI World Beer Championships), Upland Wheat (Gold 2011, 2010 Bronze 2006 Indiana State Fair, Bronze 2009 BTI World Beer Championships, Gold 2002 Great American Beer Fest), Schwarz (Gold 2013, 2012 Indiana State Fair, 2012 Best of the Midwest Dark Lager United States Beer Tasting Championship, Silver 2010 Indiana State Fair), Teddy Bear Kisses (Gold 2011, 2010 BTI World Beer Championships).