Upland Brewing Company

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3.81/5
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8,111 Ratings
Place Score: 90
Ratings: 111
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

350 West 11th Street
Bloomington, Indiana, 47404
United States
phone: (812) 336-2337

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Food was good, beer was good, and restaurant layout was pretty cool. The waiter we had was very accommodating, considering we had our infant with us. I definitely recommend this place.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Knock, knock!

Who's there?

The 21st century.

The 21st century who?

Exactly.

Formulaic design and decor. Screams corporate 90's schtick. The place is so clean as if all personality and flair has been sterilized into submission.

The crew working here probably could not be less interested in being around. Every single one of them I came across acted as if they hadn't been laid in at least a year. No ownership or concern or care about anything, it seemed. They are all here to have a job, make some money, and get the heck on out. I carried out 4 cases of beer, 1 at a time, on my own. Classy. Real classy.

Available beer was all standard offerings. Nothing interesting or weird that I didn't find in bottle shops.

Food was "eh." My steak came out raw in sections (not rare). I was never asked how I wanted it cooked or how I wanted my eggs done. Maybe I missed something. Ate it anyways.

Totally lame and boring spot. You come and spend $1,000 to buy a bunch of sour beers and it doesn't seem to mean anything to anyone. Very much that they are doing you a favor. Who needs it.

Kiss my ass, Upland. You're lame.

Photo of IMFletcher
4.25/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Rolled in on an insanely busy Saturday afternoon, just as the town was thawing out from a previous snowstorm, and bracing for another. Was told the wait for a table was 30 minutes (not bad), but found a place at the bar instead (luckily). The flight is seven half-pints for a ridiculously cheap price -- under $10.

Food was excellent, though service was a bit slow (see above). We also needed special assistance purchasing bottles as a proxy, and another person behind the bar was extremely competent and helpful.

Bottles are available of most of the beers on tap, and growler fills are also available.

We also signed up in advance for a sour brewery tour, which was very enjoyable, despite the small setup.

Photo of Jwesley
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Good food ok beer

Photo of LeeEvolved
4.45/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Visited 10/26/14 to pick up sour lottery beers and have a few samples and some lunch. Place was crowded 30 minutes after opening, but it was a beautiful Sunday. A simple pick up of 20 sour bottles turned into a 45-minute adventure as no one was sure who was supposed to handle that job.

Had a sample flight of all the yearly on-tap brews and an order of spicy chicken nachos. The waitress brought glasses of water that had flakes of cleaning chemical floating in them which had to be replaced and the nachos weren't overly impressive.
The beers, however, were another matter. They were all sensational. Not a bad one in the bunch.

Overall, the staff definitely needs improvement but the most important thing- the beer was fantastic.

SECOND VISIT 2/24/15. What a difference this time. Once again, I was out to pick up sour lottery beers and everything couldn't have gone any smoother. The service was excellent and our bottle pick-up was handled so fast I couldn't finish my second pint. Since our bottle order was so large the brewery staff helped load it and the GM hooked us up with some really cool Upland swag. Thanks again, Angela!

I'm sure I'll be back at some point for some more sour beers. Love this place.

Photo of indianabeerman
4/5  rDev -0.2%

a handful of good beers with a very good menu. service was very good and nice atmosphere

Photo of BTodd
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

A-I grew up in the area and have always loved this place. Inside is nice but can get a bit noisy during busy times. The outdoor seating is a great option and has been expanded in recent years.

Q-The beer is good but not as aggressive as many craft brewers are going. I find that the bigger and more limited they go, the more I like the beer. Their year rounds are well made, enjoyable beers but the craft scene has skewed my palate so far to the hops that I generally look for more. I understand that they have some new releases coming out that I look forward to as well.

S-This is tough. It varies so much by the server. I've batted 50/50 here. Sometimes service is top-notch but others I've had some of the worst service ever. I hope they work this glitch out in their hiring process because it really makes them look bad.

S-There are generally 5-8 beers on tap. I find it alternates between my wanting EVERY beer on the list and my wanting only one of them. I think more taps and rotating specialty beers would be appreciated.

F-Oh boy. This is the only brewery (except for Revolution in Chicago) that I've ever gone to for the food. I'm not a french fry guy, but Upland makes them the best and they're always perfect! If you can't make a crispy fry, close your kitchen (other guys). Thanks, Upland! Other than that, I tend to get burgers and assorted pub grub. Entrees cost more but they always look good. The nachos aren't to my liking (melted shredded cheese) but everything else is always phenomenal!

V-Beer is reasonably priced, especially carryout bombers (compared to store prices). Food is sometimes, in recent years only, a dollar or two more than I think it should be but is worth it.

O-I always go when I'm back home. Love this place and feel bad if my review brings down their score. Always a favorite for me even if the numbers don't show it.

Photo of dmgeng
3.61/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Went here to get some carry-out while in Bloomington.

Atmosphere- Nice atmosphere. Not a lot of parking making it more exclusive. It's got a rustic feel but still modern. The patio is great to sit out and have a tasty beer.

Quality- The beers are all pretty solid but none that are the best in my book. I didn't have any of the food but it smelled great and I look forward to trying it next time I'm down. The seasonal beers are usually better than the lineup and are enticing to keep you asking what's next.

Service- Ok service. There is only a handful of servers and they didn't seem to be the most attentive but still polite.

Selection- The usuals are always on tap with one or two seasonals/specialties that make upland a nice Indiana brewery.

I didn't have a chance to try the food but I'm not going to knock the food one way or another.

The value is good with growlers for less that $16 a fill and well priced pints for really good beer.

I recommend this brewery and I would probably satisfied if it were my town brewery.

Photo of Jho3325
4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Upland Brewing Company has a nice atmosphere and very friendly staff. You can get about 8 or so Upland beers on tap at any given time, including seasonal releases. There is a full menu and the food is pretty solid. High marks for counter-pressure growler fills and they will even give you a free 12oz beer while you wait! Definitely worth checking out if you are in Bloomington.

Photo of Beric
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere: The indoor brewpub portion is way too tiny for the kind of traffic Upland gets on a regular basis- weeknights and weekends included. Seating area is too small, leaving chairs cramped up against the table and you always feel like you're in the way of people seated around you. Due to the small size and relative overcrowding, the place is very loud. Distracting TVs in the corners on the restaurant floor detracts from the atmosphere.

Quality: Great food and great beer. Upland's beers might not be critically acclaimed, but fresh from the tap, they are outstanding.

Service: Due to the cramped quarters, it's easy to be forgotten about.

Selection: Great food and beer selection. Generally there are about 6 different Upland beers on tap, including special seasonals and the rare brewpub only special. No guest taps. Growlers, six packs, and bombers to go.

Food: Good menu ranging from standard pub fair to more gourmet options. Several menu items feature locally grown vegetables or meats. Beer battered options also available.

Value: Decent prices on pours (ranging from 12 to 36 oz, plus pitchers). Food pricing in the standard brewpub range of $10-15 per entree. Would definitely recommend visiting this place if you're in Bloomington, but the outdoor beer garden (which I never had a chance to visit due to the timing of the school year) might be a better atmosphere.

Photo of camartin27
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

An overall great experience. Just wish our waiter had come back so we could enjoy more than one beer in the over hour and a half we were there. Food was great, got in on a Friday night and sat right down. I've enjoyed some of Uplands selections so it wasn't a total loss. Didn't check to see if there were flights to try...was going to ask but well --- you know the rest. Maybe we will try again, but not sure as we went over an hour out of our way (each way) on our trip to stop there. I wouldn't chalk it up to being to busy, the college kids at the table next to ours got way better service.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

I went to the taproom in Carmel, IN not the brewery.

Atmosphere - This place looked like a dive in a strip mall, but as soon as you got in this place was gorgeous with this great patio and space between the bar and restaurant. Nicely done.

Quality - Their hoppier beers were quite tasty, but the other beers didn't really spark my fancy

Service - The bartender was great and answered lots of questions I had.

Selection - Pretty decent selection of beer and other items to drink.

Value - typically I put reasonable, but the 7 beer taster was priced very nicely!

Photo of mpcrump
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A: Nice, bright, open facility. Not all that large but it does have a very nice outdoor area. Given that it was December we ate indoors.

Q: Beer was excellent,

S: Service was just a tad bit slow. Took time getting a second beer while the first was gone. Same with the bill. Still our waitress was friendly, the beer came quick, and so did the food.

S: Perhaps a bit limited since it is only Upland brews. That is only reason I was there so no worries.

F: I had a buffalo burger that was excellent. So were the beer fries. My wife had the nachos and they were just ok in her opinion. I'm a huge fan of a good buffalo/bison burger so I will be back. The menu has variety so I might even try something else....

V: I thought everything was very affordable - beer and food.

Not perfect but I do believe we will be back. In Bloomington my list is Upland, Bloomington Brewing Company, Nick's, and the Irish Lion.

Photo of mdvatab
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by Upland Brewing Co. for lunch on anniversary trip to wineries/breweries in Bloomington, IN. Recommended by wine server at Oliver Winery.

Upon walking through the front door, we noticed a variety of draught choices, various "guest" offerings in 12oz bottles on a shelf behind the bar, and some carry-out bombers & 750ml bottles in a small glass-doored cooler. A bottle of Peach Lambic immediately caught my eye, and I asked our waitress to hold it for me.

After sitting down, I ordered a pint of their brown ale. Definitely tasty. Roasted brown, nutty malt with a nice hoppy bitterness. Clean, with no off-flavors. A good brew, but not a stand-out. We ordered soft pretzels as an app, which were soft and warm, and were accompanied by two dipping sauces (mustard and cheese). Definitely a great start.

For the main course, my wife ordered a "Philly Grilled Cheese" (Cheddar and Swiss grilled cheese w/ grilled mushrooms and onions). According to my wife, it was a bit on the bland side. I ordered a Blue Flame Buffalo Burger (Bleu cheese + jalapeno dressing on top), which was excellent. Both of our sandwiches came with fries on the side, which were fried to crisp perfection.

I forgot to mention that we sat on the patio, which was fantastic on a sunny day. The inside of the brewpub is nice as well, and has ample seating for the winter months.

I highly recommend dropping into Upland if you're in the Bloomington area!

Photo of robboyd
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been local to Bloomington for about 1.5 years currently and eat/drink a few a couple times a month. In a town with many great restaurants, Upland is easily above average. They always have 5+ taps going and offer carry-out beer/growler fills. I'm a big fan of Porters and Stouts (even in the summer), which is where Upland is lacking the most. With that said, the brewery/restaurant never leaves me wanting in the beer department.

The kitchen is where this establishment shines. They have some of the best burgers I've had anywhere and offer a number of great tasting healthier options as well. I typically start with a hummus plate and finish with either a burger or their Mac and Cheese, which formerly was made with their Porter and is now made with their Wheat beer.

They've recently invested in upgrading their outdoor seating area, which now feels much more private than it was previously. The indoor seating area feels cramped at times. It could probably use a table or two less but I'd rather feel cramped than have to wait an extra 15 minutes. During the school year you can expect waits of 20 or more minutes on any night.

They have a few smalls screen TV's, which influence the social atmosphere in a good way. You can typically find a good conversation with a stranger at the bar and people at the tables are busy speaking to each other rather than watching the tube.

The combo of good food and good beer make Upland one of my favorite places for dinner. It also happens to be a 2 minute walk from my office, which makes it one of my favorite places for a beer only happy hour as well.

Photo of thomcatr3t
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The best word that I can use to describe this establishment is cozy. Although they fit a lot of people into the restaurant, it never really seems overly crowded. They always have a good selection of beers on tap, with very appetizing seasonals. They also offer specials on their pints/pitchers everyday.

The food is delicious and they make an honest effort at using locally grown/raised products in their dishes. Decent price point, with most entrees found around $10.

The only thing that I find a little lacking is the variety of beer that they keep in their cooler, as it usually is heavy on the Wheat and DragonFly, but it is understandable since these are their best sellers. This is definitely a place that you cannot miss if you come through Bloomington!

Photo of mulder1010
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Went there on way to Louisville and wanted to check them out.

Cool little place. Nice outdoor patio and nice indoor area to dine at. Much bigger operation than what I thought it would be. Good vibe in the place. Older crowd inside the place, really different than what I got in Munster.

Good service from the bartender as me and my GF sat at the bar. Very talkitive and one of the better places we got service in.

Beers were decent. Had their Triple and it was awful. the brown ale and Bad Elmer were quite good. Smallish tap list though

Food was good. Had the bison burger and also had the loaded chips. Oops!! Been in Australia too long and thought chips were fries. Loaded potato chips, still quite good.

Still had some of their sours available when I was there. Good to see and the bartender was honest enough to say not to bother as they were not the good ones. Big plus!!

Photo of Urbancaver
4.25/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped here a few times to pick up lambics. The most recent time I decided to have dinner and a beer while there and really take in the atmosphere. Been toured aruond a few times (AWESOME) and am really impressed with the incredible scale that these guys operate at! The beer is solid but the tap selection isn't always as varied as I would like. The food.... top notch! I had the buffalo burger and was blown away. They also have some really interesting things on the menu including chocolate bacon ice cream which was surprisingly tasty. Overall, one of my favourite brewery stops :)

Photo of flyingspatula
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I had been planning on going here for a couple months, but between weather and obligations I haven't been able to...until now. Tons of people made it hard to get around. We had alot of friends there and we ended up sitting in different places and walking around a bit. Anyway, had a Dragonfly (IPA), a wheat, and the Ard Ri, and a buffalo burger. The view of the brewery was pretty cool, and the place is put together well with good decorating. Service was good. All in all well done. Will have to go back when it's less busy!

Photo of kbutler1
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here to pick up the most recent batch of Upland Lambics.
Walked in to a nice, if a litle small, cozy bar with a long bar setup that fits probably around 20-30 people and several tables as well. We sat down and were greeted very nicely by the server and ordered 2 beers (Black Komodo). We also ended up grabbing some nachos that were preety good. I also grabbed a growler while I was there and was pleasantly surprised to find that along with the growler purchase you get a free pint, score!
All in all, a good visit to a nice brewpub. Not sure if I would make an extra drive down here again from Indianapolis, but it was cool to check out nonetheless.

Photo of phisigben
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I went there for lunch with a friend to pick up the lambic release. It was lunch hour and it wasn't packed but they were a little busy. We got seated right away and ordered a beer in fewer than 2-3 mins after entering the place (I had the Winter Warmer, Komodo Dragon, and Preservation Pilsner). I ordered their Blue Flame buffalo burger w/ fries, the food was delicious and reasonable priced. It was a good place to go grab a beer and a bite but nothing really stood out to me.

The only problem is that they double charge my debit card for the lambics because the original bill they gave me had too many lambics. I was told that the original charge would be erased but it looks like it hasn't on my debit card statement, hopefully I can get this resolved.

Photo of Thanby
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A small dining room with that small-town Indiana feel, a little haphazard with an awkward configuration, but nice big windows and a generally friendly atmosphere. Upland shows its local roots, I noticed several families who weren't even drinking, just stopping by for a sandwich. The service was spot-on and the wait staff really knew their stuff. We took a tour after lunch led by an energetic young duo, Les and Sara(h), who made for a fun and informative experience. Overall a good place, I highly recommend a visit if you're in the area. Some of their specialty brews that you can only get there are excellent, like Teddy Bear Kisses, an RIS at 10+% and over 60 IBU, which makes the name worth a chuckle.

Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere- Very laid back and earthy vibe to the taproom, which totally fit in with its college-town location. There's a moderate sized bar available, as well as plenty of outdoor seating when it's nice out. Good bit of local art on the walls. I really liked the dragonfly tiles above the bar, which were very cool. There's also a nice view of the attached brewery in the back, behind the bar. We were very comfortable here and wished that we could have stayed longer.

Service- Service was fine. We were promptly greeted and seated when we arrived and our waitress did a great job of keeping up after us. At one point I was checking out the shirts that they had on display and she came over and asked me if I was interested in seeing anything, which was appreciated. Well done.

Selection- I think that they had about 8 on tap total with 7 of those being beers that they also had for sale to go in bottles. The exception was their Double Dragonfly IPA, which was only on draft. We were fortunate to visit on a day that they were doing a "First Friday Firkin" and it was a good one, their Nut Hugger Brown Ale, which was dry-hopped with Nugget and being dispensed via a gravity-fed pin on the corner of the bar. Just wanted to also mention the to-go cooler as well, which was stocked with plenty of bottled offerings, including the "Local Twelver", which includes 2 of six different bottled offerings from them.

Food- The food selection and quality here was also very good. There were some nice twists on your typical pub eats present and I was happy to see that the menu tried it's best to stay on the healthier side. We split a bowl of chips and their homemade chipotle salsa to start (which lit my ass up!) and then I went for a spicy chipotle Rueben for my main. It was very tasty and went well with the hoppier offerings that I was imbibing.

Quality- We only had 2 beers here but the quality and selection were very good. Our meals were above average as well, the service was great, and the overall atmosphere left a good impression on us. We will be back on future trips through the area.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.13/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Rather than hit Dark Lord Day for the third consecutive year in a row (we attended 08 & 09), I reached out to Upland Brewing Co. to find out what events were lined up for May.

See, I've had their lambics and their pale ale at beer festivals in the past and really enjoyed them. Add to the fact that only a handful of American brewers make Belgian-inspired sours - I figured it was time to pay tribute to a relatively "local" brewer.

In the planning of this road trip, I came to learn that May 1st is their annual Maifest celebration, so the date was picked! In addition, I made some arrangements with the staff at Upland to hold and reserve some of their lambics for me.

So, my friends Dave, newtonty and I left the Queen City yesterday and drove 3 hours west to visit the Upland Brewery located in the fine city of Bloomington, Indiana. Without doing any research on Bloomington prior to leaving, we were quite surprised when pulling in. I was expecting your typical, run-of-the-mill midwest-style town (you know, the boring, but pleasant type). Instead, we came upon a beautiful college town (IU) with rolling hills, gorgeous old homes with bright green lawns, and a beautifully forested campus.

Here's what the had on tap when we arrived: Wheat, Pale Ale, IPA, Mai Bock, Ari Di, Tripel

We started out with their "Ard Ri", a beer that explained by the bar tender as an Imperial Red Ale. It was quite tasty, indeed! By the end of the afternoon, we tried every beer on draft,( including tastings in sample-sized pours) and really enjoyed them all. Their flagship beer is their wheat beer and it was very light, session-able and enjoyable.

Their menu was special for the event, including a great assortment of traditional German fares, including "Hasenpfeffer", or roasted rabbit with a red wine sauce, accompanied with red cabbage and boiled potatoes. Dave was bold enough to order it and he really enjoyed it. Newtonty had their sausage sampled severed on a bed of sauerkraut and two slices of toasted, multi-grain bread - delicious!

After eating, we were lucky enough to get introduced to one of the co-owners of the Brewery, Doug Dayhoff. We talked with him for a bit and he offered to give the three of us a personalized tour of the brewery! Our favorite part of the tour was seeing the barreled lambics (a couple still in the barrel from 2008!) and their bourbon barreled porter, aging away gracefully in a "Buffalo Trace" Bourbon barrel. YUM! I need to keep an eye on their website event's page, to be certain I don't miss that!

All in all, it was a great day. I definitely plan to make a trip back again before the year's out.

Photo of alleykatking
4.05/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Was down here the other night. Very impressed with Upland as a whole. It took my buddy and I about 4 hours to make it there. Upon getting there I wanted a beer. Sadly there was only one thing on tap that was not at my store to buy. Oh well I can get over that....beer tastes better on tap anyway. Bartender on duty was very friendly and made sure we were always taken care of. Ordered a burger there and well it was great tasting. Upland cares about the food I think just as much as the beer so it is worth the price and very pleasing. The brewpub as a whole seemed a little small for me but it works out very well. I will be going here again and i would recommend it to almost everyone.

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Upland Brewing Company in Bloomington, IN
90 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.