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Congratulations to our friends at Upland Brewing Company. The Bloomington-based micro-brewery has been selected as the Sycamore Land Trust 2008 Conservation Business of the Year.

The award will be given during Bloomington's inaugural Green Drinks event on Wednesday, February 18 from 5:30 until 8 p.m. at the brewery (350 11th St, Bloomington). Everyone is welcome to join in honoring Upland for helping to preserve natural and agricultural land all over Indiana.

According to Sycamore Land Trust, Upland Brewing Company wins the award for its many investments in the vitality of Indiana's communities, forests, wetlands, and family farms. The company donates 10% of the profits from the sales of its special Preservation Pilsner to Sycamore Land Trust and other groups working to preserve open spaces and agricultural land, such as the Central Indiana Land Trust and Acres Land Trust. Upland has also supported various environmental causes with in-kind contributions and event sponsorships, including September 2008's Hillbilly Haiku Americana Music Festival.

Upland "particularly supports pragmatic organizations which accomplish goals through hard work, volunteering, and private donations," said owner Doug Dayhoff. "Basically, we like to work with groups that go get dirty on the weekends making Earth a better place for us all.

"Upland takes its name from the geologic formations of southern Indiana," Dayhoff continues. "Our business was founded on a sense of place. Land conservation is our principal philanthropic focus, and SLT's vision for 'changing the natural history of Indiana' is deep and meaningful. Christian (Freitag, executive director of SLT) and the staff are some of the best social entrepreneurs in the country. We're lucky to have them working on preserving the character of southern Indiana."

For more on Upland Brewing go to www.uplandbeer.com

For more on Sycamore Land Trust go to www.sycamorelandtrust.org

For information about Bloomington Green Drinks check out www.greendrinks.org

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