Upland Brewing Company

Upland Brewing CompanyUpland Brewing Company
Upland Brewing CompanyUpland Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

350 West 11th Street
Bloomington, Indiana, 47404
United States

(812) 336-2337 | map
uplandbeer.com

Notes: Our Beer
We’ve produced quality beers over the years by challenging and refining our craft, not by appeasing trends. Discerning taste, rolled up sleeves, and upholding our uniquely progressive ideals ensures our drinkers will appreciate Upland beers as much as we do. Many of our brews are unique twists on traditional recipes, while others are creations of our own imaginations. In 2006, we traded a few cases of beer for barrels from our friends at Oliver Winery, and we haven’t stopped innovating with sour beers yet.

Our Food
Our brewpub fare brings the best that the land has to offer, crafted and served by the people who are downright close to the salt of the earth. Chef-created, seasonal menus filled with locally sourced ingredients and just-from-scratch recipes reflect the same artisan approach we bring to our beers.

Our Locations
At our brewpubs and tasting rooms in Bloomington, Columbus, Carmel and Indianapolis, flavor, discourse, debate, laughter, and conversation flow as freely as our beer.

Our Community
We believe in treating each other like family, so we treat our customers like family. We’re committed to making our beer, community, environment, and Upland community better. We take care of the land because it takes care of us, adhering to sustainable practices from energy and water efficiencies to strict recycling practices.
BEER STATS
Average:
3.95
Beers:
122
Reviews:
2,691
Ratings:
10,339
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.03
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
141
pDev:
10.17%
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JRybacki from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

I visited the Columbus, IN location with my family and brother while traveling in IN to see my sister. This location is a cool restored building with clean, industrial feel inside. It was an old pump house along the river on the edge of Columbus- very picturesque and the food and beer did not disappoint! I think there were 7 beers in my flight so I got a good sampling of their offerings and liked all of them. What a cool location for a brewery. Well done!

Sep 16, 2020
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Great location, very good atmosphere. I enjoyed it much more than the taprooms in the Indy area. Great sour beers on tap, even for someone who usually doesn’t enjoy the style. Food was pretty good too.

May 30, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Upland isn’t an IPA, Pale Ale or dark beer establishment, although those beers are passable or better. It is, however, the place to go, perhaps in the entire Great Lakes region, for sour ales, with a strong selection of innovative and nearly always very successful sours on tap, and available in growlers as well as (very expensive) bottles for takeaway. Can- and bottle-packs of many other beers are also for sale.

Food is of the quality and variety expected from a gastro pub.

Which brings me to the last point. Upland is not a spot for drinking, really, as there is only a tiny bar in what is primarily a restaurant. So go, have a meal and a couple of beers, and purchase many more beers for later enjoyment.

Sep 06, 2018
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

I enjoy sour beer, but I just can't seem to make this place work. I enjoyed the taproom, and Bloomington is a lovely college town, but I just can't. If you enjoy their beer, this place can't be missed.

Oct 24, 2015
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Warren2621 from Indiana

4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed Upland

Outside biergarten set up is awesome for the college town. Nice flowers and seating outside. Quick service for the outside seating

Inside is a modern somewhat industrial look with clean wood and metal. Bar is a decent size and plenty of seating.

Staff is super relaxed, friendly, and helpful.

I've only gotten to eat once since I normally am rushed to grab my lambic allotment and leave. Had the fish and chips in my stop today. Solid pub food.. loved the beer battered breading and fries were nice. Good tartar sauce too. Service is quick and efficient.

Overall just a clean beautiful place to have a beer. Enjoy the outside of you can. It's tough to beat this place if you're having a couple afternoon drinks and lunch.

Probably about 8 taps. If you're lucky you will catch them at a time when a sour is on tap. I got to have the Cauldron sour.

Great job Upland

Oct 17, 2015
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mlockman from Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Very casual atmosphere, with casual staff and good food. However, I was disappointed with the tap selection: eight lines is nothing to scoff at, but there were few offerings that one couldn't pick up at the store in individuals and try in the comfort of your own home.

Aug 26, 2015
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ajgood04 from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Very nice, clean, large, open brewpub. Light years nicer than the Indy tasting room.
Food was great. Good selection and quality stuff.
Service was just ok. Waited a bit to place an order and to have the waitress come by again. They delivered our food to the table behind us at first. Those folks (for some reason) didn't immediately send it back and rather had the waitress come back to take it away a minute later. We watched the waitress carry the plates back to the kitchen and then immediately pop out again with them and carried them to our table.

Jul 19, 2015
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MicroBeerMan1980 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

May 29, 2015
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Mar 01, 2015
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IMFletcher from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Mar 01, 2015
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LeeEvolved from Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Nov 04, 2014
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BTodd from Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Jul 25, 2014
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dmgeng from Indiana

3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Jun 30, 2014
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Jho3325 from Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Jun 27, 2014
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Beric from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -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.

Jun 16, 2014
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camartin27 from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Apr 19, 2014
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beatenbyjacks from Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -2%
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!

Sep 17, 2013
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mpcrump from Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Dec 23, 2011
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mdvatab from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Oct 13, 2011
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robboyd from Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -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.

Sep 18, 2011
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thomcatr3t from Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +3%
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!

Sep 16, 2011
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mulder1010 from Australia

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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!!

Jul 10, 2011
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Urbancaver from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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 :)

Jun 07, 2011
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flyingspatula from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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!

Mar 13, 2011
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kbutler1 from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Dec 29, 2010
Upland Brewing Company in Bloomington, IN
Brewery rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 10339 ratings