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Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by aasher, May 9, 2012.
They need to get a fan in here. Otherwise, this is a nice event!
Yeah, so Upland gave everyone n attendance a ticket. If yours was grey, you won the right to buy a Sour Reserve Batch 2. There might have been 200ish bottles.
I did not, I left around 4:45. I figured I would go home and open a Temptation
It is absolutely drinking well!
I liked it even a hair better than batch 2
Does anyone know if the bottles of Sour Reserve 2 sold today account for all of the Sour Reserve 2 or if Upland still plans on doing reservations?
Wait, so the one they opened at 5pm was Batch 1?
Thanks for the info. Although I am sad to miss it, that is a cool way to have sold it.
Heard the same thing from someone at the fest that was trying to buy a grey raffle ticket or Sour Reserve ticket from someone. I thanked him for the info but declined to sell him mine.
Am I the only person that found the event kind of disappointing for the $45 price tag? Felt like an Upland vanity event or maybe I just found the other stuff I tried underwhelming.
I thought the $45 was a little steep. Like Mongo said, the unlimited pours of Upland and GI were the highlight. One of those Sun King sours was hideous the other was pretty good. My biggest issue was Bells. The Oarsman, seriously? Where was The Wild One? I doubt I'd go if they had it again unless the tap list was better or the price dropped. Also, a few picnic tables would have been nice.
For a first-time event, I thought it was good. Yeah, some of the beers ranged from underwhelming to disappointing (I'm talking to you, Jim Koch, and the boys from Fort Wayne), but others were excellent (I really liked both Sun King offerings; John, which one didn't you like?) There were a few last minute lineup changes (Brugge didn't bring Super Kitty, Starlight wasn't serving the listed Against the Grain, the already-discussed absence of Upland Persimmon). The opportunity to drink all four of the Sisters together with the Upland, Barley Island, Sun King, and Brugge offerings was nice. The food was excellent, although I could have done without the signs scolding us in advance for taking too much. To top it off, my wife won the grand prize drawing from Nuvo, getting tickets to the Race, the 500 Parade, a couple of practice sessions, and VIP passes to the Snake Pit Party. So a good time was had.
I thought $45 was about right for the event. Sours are expensive to make. It was definitely worth it considering you also got the lambic reservations without playing the online reservations lottery that many were shut out of. Also I probably drank more than $45 in SR batch #1, Blackberry Lambic, Gilgamesh, and Juliet alone.
I went to school with one of the staff members at the tasting room, and she told me that they got exactly 12 cases. 144 bottles for today's lottery sale on the Sour Reserve Batch #2. I have no clue whether or not there's another 250 bottles floating around waiting for online reservations or whether they'll just do a silent release on-site, or something else. I wouldn't be surprised if there's more coming later considering Caleb initially projected 400 bottles for SR Batch #2.
Here's how I break it down: $3 for the glass, $2 for parking, $10/hr for unlimited sours and food, chance to win Sour Reserve, ability to secure reservations without having to win an online race against the rest of the country. Just about right.
I was really impressed with the new batch of Raspberry.
In that perspective, I guess it wasn't bad. Perhaps my experience was tinted a bit by going with two people who had never been to a beer festival before that found the experience underwhelming. Oh well, glad the general consensus on here didn't seem to match mine.
I thought the beers overall were underwhleming. A majority were sour just for the sake of being sour, with no focus. I didn't have the patience to try everything there just to find the couple of gems. You could be happy just going back and forth from Upland to Goose Island.
With the number of people there, the problem with rarer small batch stuff is that you'd miss out on some things - that or they'd move away from unlimited pours and switch to a ticket system. Kudos to Upland for being able to pour Blackberry and Raspberry non-stop.
Stupid Sexy Flanders
One beer I should point out that I was impressed with was Dirty Old Helen II from Barley Island. That one was a nice surprise. The lighter Sun King was Sour Princess, which I'd had before. The other was a Flanders and I can't remember it's name. Both were OK but I feel like whatever malt they use combined with the bugs gave the beers a peculiar (and similar) graininess that I didn't find super pleasant. They were still among the better beers I had. Upland's beers easily took the cake, though. I thought the Blackberry was amazingly good, I always forget about how well that beer works. Sour Reserve was obviously best in show yesterday but having had it a couple times prior, I'd already been banking on it.
For a second I was confused how you knew my name was John and then I realized it's in my handle. Haha...
I thought the Princess one was pretty decent. It was the darker one that I didn't like.
Dirty Helen II was definitely a pleasant surprise. THREE years in barrels!
I thought the selections were underwhelming. I did have a good time though. Happy I went as I got the reserves and just having tickets got me down to Indy for the weekend. That said, I don't think I will attend again unless it is changed.
LOL! The same way you know mine is Michael!
I liked the Flanders. There was a lot going on in that glass. One of the most complex beers I tasted, I thought.
Hey all, Cari here from Upland.
Sorry to everyone that I've just caught up. Some of the folks in here know that Sour Fest was my first event back from a month long medical hiatus. I'm trying to be more present on the forums.
A couple of things:
Thank you to EVERYONE who attended. This is our first stab and what we hope to be a fun event in the future. I'm glad that you all came out, hope you had fun time despite some of our trip ups.
We tried our hardest to make the $45 ticket price worth it to attendees. I know some of you thought it was steep, some of it just right. It was expensive, but part of the issue is that, by law, we HAVE to reimburse breweries for 'travel expenses,' so essentially making it worth their while. Although we planned this event and set the date back in January, that just isn't long enough to brew, ferment, and age sour beers. Uplands sours, at only 6%ish, take easily 14-16 months to be ready for sale. We're hoping that, because this event was such a success, other breweries around here will want to take part next year. I had a few IN breweries tell me they had sours in the works, they just wouldn't be ready in time. Top that off, it is extremely difficult to get out-of-state breweries who aren't already distributed in Indiana, which has been made more difficult in recent years. Really, we have to start planning a good year out to get them, if not longer. As for the breweries represented, if any of you know I'm a huge sour fan, and I had my favorites for sure. Would we have liked a better representation of breweries? Sure, but it happens. Now that we've set the precedent, though, I think next year will have a far better reception to anyone who was hesitant in participating. I encourage you, if you have a favorite brewery or beer you would have liked to see at Sour Fest, let the breweries know!
We also have a huge parking lot and nearby restaurants, bars, and stores. Next year, I encourage people to come by early and enjoy the area safely. It's one of my favorite areas in town, partially because I live very close by.
Persimmon: We're still keeping an eye on Persimmon. Under the 'scope, the yeast is alive, there is sugar in there, but it's being sluggish. We, in all good faith, couldn't sell you a product that we did not feel was ready and at it's best representation. Caleb and the crew are keeping a close eye on Persimmon, hoping for recovery, all while brewing our regular beers AND setting up our new westside Bloomington brewery. When we feel Persimmon is ready, we will make an announcement.
Sour Reserve Batch 2: Actually I didn't know until I looked at the case/bottle: What you drank at Sour Fest was Sour Reserve Batch 2. Great news, too! We will be announcing soon a limited release to the public of more Sour Reserve Batch 2 bottles using the same reservation format we have in the past. And like the first batch, these will not be sold to stores or bars/restaurants. If you aren't on our mailing list already, I encourage you to go to http://www.uplandbeer.com and register for our newsletter. This will give you updated info on the brewery, beers, events, and yes, special sour releases.
Since I don't get on here near as much as I should (and I will try, I swear!), please feel free to send me an email at cari (at) uplandbeer (dot) com with any questions, comments, unabashed praise. Yanno, whatever you like.
Thanks again for a wonderful reception for our First Annual Sour Funk Fest. We hope to make next year even better!
Business Development Manager
Upland Brewing Company
I'm saying prayers for persimmons safe and timely success. Also what is the deadline bottles reserved in the last batch can be picked up by?
Saturday I hope...
Yes, Saturday is the last pickup day, sours will be released for public sale on Monday.
Will you guys be open Monday since it's a holiday?
Yes, Upland Tasting Room will be open regular hours, 4-10 pm. People need to drink on Memorial Day, am I right?
I am ISO someone close to the tasting room to pickup my sours and ship. I can ship you free beer as a thank you.
I'm hoping Persimmon will finish, as that's my wife's favorite sour. She's begging me to get another bottle
Are you going to be there? I just got some Double Sunshine in the mail
Sunday the free for all begins when you can buy them without reservations. I am trying to convince the wife to head up there to grab some.
Only in Bloomington. Monday for Indy.
1 bottle of Juliet and 2 bottles of big John to the first person who can pickup my upland lambic bottles tonight or tomorrow from the tasting room in indy! Please BM me
Make it 1 bottle of Juliet and you've got a deal.
(Can't help, sorry)
From Evansville, So Bloomington is my choice.
Unclaimed Upland raspberry & blackberry are now available at the Upland tasting room in Broad Ripple. Limit 4 of each.
I was in there last night right before closing and was given the impression that there is plenty to be had. I left with 2 Raspberry and 3 Blackberry, no problems.
I agree. Picked up 2 Blackberry and 1 Raspberry myself. She looked at me like it was strange I didn't want more.
I can swing by there after work Thursday. convo sent.