Upland Fountain Square rendering

Rendering of Upland Fountain Square coming Spring 2019

Upland Brewing Company is celebrating its 20th anniversary and everyone’s invited to the free party July 27 at The White Rabbit Cabaret from 8–11 p.m. The event includes music, beer, trivia, and details about Upland’s upcoming new multifaceted site in Fountain Square. On tap will be Dragonfly IPA, Wheat Ale, Champagne Velvet, Little Wheat Lies, and Campside Pale Ale.

Expanding into Fountain Square with a projected spring 2019 opening of onsite brewing and barrel aging, a full-service restaurant, and a “unique partnership with Gray Goat Bicycle Company” in the refurbished former Value World discount retail store at 1201 E. Prospect St., is a natural for Bloomington-based Upland.

For the past year, they’ve been partnering with The White Rabbit for a monthly FREE TIME Movie Series, but the Fountain Square connection goes back to Upland’s quirky First Friday Propaganda Studio in the Murphy Arts Center, featuring a visual artist, music, and a philanthropy receiving proceeds from pint sales.  

Also this month, Flat 12 has rolled out barrel beers, including B.A. Wing Team aged in Jim Beam barrels, The Oats-Oatmeal Stout aged in Wild Turkey barrels; 12.05 Reporter porter aged in local distillery 12.05 whiskey barrels; Ministry of Rye Bourbon Barrel Olde Ale collaboration with Broad Ripple Brewpub.

As part of  Flat 12’s “Guest Beers Offerings” Cleveland-based Platform Beer Co. is donating $1 to the Indianapolis Art Center from each 6-pack cans of Divine Geometry, “an explorative American take on a Vienna-style Lager.”  Platform is partnering with Craftroads Beverage Distributing to sell in markets throughout Indiana on tap and in cans. (See NUVO's recent story on Platform here).

And don’t miss these events as well:

July 28: Indiana Microbrewers Festival, Historic Military Park, 2–6 p.m. It’s the 23rd year for the Microbrewers Festival, and this year features eight beers brewed especially for the event from brewers around the state. Find them exclusively at the HopCat tent. IN Beer Brigade members will have a special area with access to an additional four exclusive beers, along with private restrooms. An IN Beer Brigade ticket packet at $85 includes a Brigade membership and a general admission ticket to IMF; tickets are on sale online until midnight Friday, July 27 and will not be sold at the gate. Tickets and more info at www.indianabeerfest.com.

Aug. 1: Triton Brewing Co. at Fort Harrison has a Mango Pale Splitter American Pale Ale tapping and can release from 3–10 p.m.

Aug. 1: Gen Con 2018 kicks off with Sun King Brewing’s official beer, Everlasting Gamer, at a tapping party and free concert on Georgia Street located outside of the Indiana Convention Center. A Gen Con badge is not required to attend Block Party events, the concert, or tapping. You can also find the specialty Sun King brew Aug. 3 at a Gen Con dinner taking place at Chef JJ’s Downtown, 6–10 p.m.

Aug. 11: Dorman Street Block Party, 12–6 p.m. The invite reads, “Don't miss this celebration in the fast-growing Holy Cross Neighborhood at the first Dorman Street Block Party presented by Flat12 Bierwerks and Smoking Goose Meatery for a fun-filled, all-ages summer block party with 35+ Indiana Grown vendors, local food, beer, wine and whiskey, a BBQ competition, live music, and family friendly activities.”

Aug. 18: Hops & Flip Flops at Daredevil in Speedway, 1–5 p.m. features IPAs from 25 nationwide craft breweries to showcase the wide diversity of IPA styles. Includes live music, local foods, and an all-ages 5K fun run and walk. Benefits Brackets for Good, Speedway Lions Club, and Speedway Trails.

Aug. 19: Lafayette Beer League is hosting "Bike to the Breweries" starting at 3 p.m. at Brokerage Brewing Company. Bike to People's, LBC, and finish at Teays River Brewery for dinner. “In an effort to promote craft beer and bike safety, the group will enjoy brewery tours, samples, and promotions at each stop,” reads the promo. 

Aug. 25: Triton Brewing’s seventh anniversary event is from 4–9 p.m. Specialty beer tappings, music, food trucks, bomber release, games, and fun.