Upland brewers Chris Stearly and Patrick Lynch packed their boots in early November and crossed "The Pond" to team brew with mates at Fuller's in London. The amazing journey started with Fuller's inviting Upland and Epic Brewing Company in Salt Lake City to join them in a summer-long international/interstate exploration of the differences and similarities between American craft beers and the traditional British styles that inspired them.
"Fuller's and other British breweries pioneered styles like pale ales, porters, and IPAs," said Fuller's U.S. brand Manager, Charles Stanley, "and when U.S. craft brewers looked for inspiration in their quest to improve the state of American beer, these are the styles they looked to. We're thrilled to be partnering with the talented brewers at Upland and Epic to explore how they've adapted these styles and created something unique."
Fuller's Bengal Lancer IPA was served alongside Upland's Dragonfly IPA in bars and restaurants in Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio throughout July and August.
See the photos of the London trip at uplandbeer.com/upland-takes-london/
New Seasonals Around Indiana
Oaken Barrel, Greenwood: Owner Kwang Casey reports their newest "is a hoppy wheat beer, also known as an American Wheat ... that was invented by American brewers to emphasize great citrus hop taste with light wheat beer." OB's other seasonal, Apple Buzz sold out eight batches in 18 days.
Half Moon, Kokomo: Roughshod Red IPA is a malty red ale with a hoppy IPA flavor and finish, says brewer John Templet. "It goes great with hearty, spicy foods and seafood alike. Roughshod RIPA is big and bold, loaded with Warrior and Zythos hops and can run roughshod right over you if you aren't paying attention."
Mad Anthony, Fort Wayne: Hop Loco Double IPA clocks in at a hefty 100 IBU's, 8% ABV and features "five different American grown hops (Crystal, Amarillo, Chinook, HBC 342 and Zytos), six kettle hop additions, and a large dose of all five hops in the fermenter for dry hopping for a bitter punch," says founder Blaine Stuckey. The strong malt backbone includes Pale, Munich and Cara Pils.
Upland's Dubbel Up Belgian Dubbel will be released on draught Nov. 22 at Upland retail locations. ABV: 6.5, IBU: 20
• Nov. 19: Bistro Beer Dinner (5615 N. Illinois St.), 7-9 p.m. pairs with Triton brews. ohyummbistro.com.
• Nov. 20: Binkley's Kitchen and Bar (5902 N. College Ave.) is hosting a Triton beer sampling and tap takeover. binkleyskitchenandbar.com.