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Upland celebrates 20th anniversary with new citrus beer


Upland Brewery beer bottles are lined up in a row on a machine. The brewery will be releasing new beers for their 20th anniversary.  IDS file photo Buy Photos

New beer releases will hit Upland Brewing Company shelves this March for its 20th anniversary. The beer line, titled Life Exotic, includes a new citrus blend.

The line was inspired by summers in the Midwest, according to a press release. Customers will be able to buy the beer at Upland breweries in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans.

The beer will be available at Upland bars and restaurants later on, according to the release.

Head of Brewing Operations Pete Batule said in a press release that he wanted to emphasize refreshment for the new summer beer.

“Few ingredients are more undeniably refreshing than citrus fruit, so after a few trials we landed on a tangerine and lemon zest combination that had us all ready to get the boats out,” Batule said in a press release.

The citrus beer blends tangerine flavors with lemon zest, fruity esters and peppery spice for a brighter version of a classic Belgian Saison beer, according to the release.

Batule said the complex citrus notes of the beer complements the pronounced yeast character, giving it a crisp, refreshing taste with a slight bitterness, according to the release.

Batule said Upland’s packaging lead, Breanne Siniard, inspired the label art for the beer, according to the release.

“We wanted to capture her laissez-faire attitude and badass tattoos, the perfect match for chilling with zest,” he said in the release. “But we're worried our artwork is already out of date from matching her tattoos ink for ink.”

Christine Fernando

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