The Wood Shop: Upland’s place to tinker and experiment


Peter Batule, VP Brewery Operations at Upland Brewing Company.

Recently, I visited Upland Brewing’s newest location, The Wood Shop, which is dedicated to sour beers. Upland began brewing sour beers in March of 2006 and since that time they have grown an entire sour ale program dedicated to developing new, innovative beers that “help define the American sour beer movement.” The expansion of Upland’s sour ale program will aid in meeting their high demands, but more importantly, it gives them endless possibilities to experiment with new beers.

In the past, Upland primarily only offered their sour beers in 750ml bottles to their Secret Barrel Society or through an online lottery. This expansion now gives Upland more ways to sell and distributor their sour ales across the country. They will offer new bottle sizes, including 330ml and 500ml options, as well has certain ales will become available on draft.


The facility is named “The Wood Shop” a nod to the barrels used in aging Upland’s sour ales, as well as a term for the place where craftsmen tinker and experiment.


About Penny Pickart

Penny PickartPenny is a trusted and highly-sought advisor to the brewing industry. Her passion for the brew industry and continued education through Siebel Institute of Technology as well as MBAA courses have helped her develop expertise in malt and beer sensory over her 20 years of experience. Penny is always willing to jump in with both feet with brewers to troubleshoot brewhouse performance issues and her customers seek her out due to her malt characteristic expertise to assist in recipe formulation. Further, that expertise has led her to be a judge at competitions nationwide including GABF and World Beer Cup.

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