Bloomington-based Upland Brewing Co. is expanding its footprint into one of the East Coast’s biggest beer markets. Indiana’s third-largest brewery will sell Hopsynth and Revive in Boston. The two signature ales are produced as part of its $4 million dollar expansion dedicated to wood-aged sours.
The Wood Shop facility opened in May. Upland’s emphasis on sours could eventually lead to 20 different kinds of the sometimes tricky-to-brew beer.
Upland is one of the longest-running operations in Indiana, launching in 1998. It began brewing sours since 2006. President Doug Dayhoff says "we started our sour program ten years ago, trying to emulate the great Belgian sours that we loved. The success of our online lottery and Secret Barrel Society proves that craft beer devotees are interested in new experiences, but not in a faddish way. With the Wood Shop expansion, we’re still giving our longtime fans access to exclusive small batches while introducing some of our sour beers to those who have not previously had access."
Upland says the selection of Boston was sparked by a "strong partnership" with the Massachusetts Beer Alliance. The company says Boston is the beginning of its sour ale expansion into new markets. Including sours, Upland crafts over 50 styles annually.