Since making their first batch in 1998, The Upland Brewing Company's crew has gone on to engineer more than 30 craft beers. Besides seasonal beers and fruit-infused sours, such as the Kiwi Lambic, Upland's crew crafts seven year-round varieties, including Preservation Pilsner, brewed in a 19th-century style and aged, like the oldest Lilliputian, one whole month.
Those seven are always on tap at Upland's Bloomington brewpub, where Executive Chef Seth Elgar complements pours with local entrees such as farm-to-table steak. For further forays into the brew-chemists' imaginations, folks can sample more drafts at Upland's Bloomington tasting room, which neighbors its 37,000-square-foot production facility.
Though rooted in Indiana, Upland shares its tasty libations with bars and distributors in Ohio, southern Wisconsin, and Louisville, where people not named Louis just won the right to drink. In turn, the brewery lures outsiders to Indiana with frequent events like the annual Hillbilly Haiku Americana Concert, whose local and national touring musicians help raise money for the Sycamore Land Trust.
Moe and Johnny's triumvirate of sports bar, coffee shop, and casual dining eateries reign over a multi-faceted menu of elegant pub noshes awash in the glow of 25 TVs and four behemoth projection screens. Circumvent culinary uprisings with a peacekeeping sun-dried tomato tapenade that harmoniously mediates disputes between the Red Greek pizza's artichoke hearts, red onion, red pepper, black olives ($11.29 for 10", $15.29 for 14"), and merciless mozzarella goddess. Roasted Atlantic salmon plunges into a sizzling sea of lemony white wine broth ($14.99) while a brick oven bubbles over with torrents of broccoli-flecked baked macaroni and cheese ($7.99). Tongues equipped with deep-dish sonar safely explore the Cajun burger's spicy strata of fresh ground beef and pepper jack cheese trapped beneath a tectonic plate of sautéed onions ($7.89).
The bartenders at Brewstone Beer Company have trouble picking their favorite types of beer, so they don’t bother. Instead, they serve domestic and imported pours from all over the atlas, grabbing brews from as close as Sun King Brewing and as far away as the great ale houses of Europe. Each flavorful beer harmonizes with hearty steaks such as ribeyes, new york strips, and sirloins. They also play well with the menu’s half-pound Angus burgers topped with avocado mayo, seared ahi tuna spiced with wasabi mousse, and pasta tossed with spicy chicken and grape tomatoes. Feasts unfold inside a spacious dining room, where a mural of electric guitars presides over roomy leather booths and flat-screen televisions tuned to the day’s sports.
Moon Dog Tavern pacifies barking bellies with a menu overflowing with appealing apps, paninis, burgers, and pizzas. Begin food conquests with an appetizer such as the portabella fries, hand-breaded and served with chipotle-cream sauce ($5.25). Swaddle tongues in the savory house-smoked pork-barbecue sandwich, piled atop a sesame-seed bun and enhanced with creamy coleslaw ($7.95), or the monterey mushroom melt, a half-pound patty cooked to order and covered in sautéed portabellas and monterey jack cheese ($7.95). Savor a hearty stromboli ($8.50) or the mexican rose specialty pizza—a tortilla-thin crust mounded with a mélange of cheeses, spicy beef or chicken, nacho sauce, and fiesta must-haves including lettuce, tomato, black olives, and sour-cream-filled pinatàs ($8.95).
An all-ages destination for live entertainment, Daddy Real’s The Place doesn’t just host rollicking regional and national acts in its intimate setting, it also boasts a full kitchen and bar. There, concertgoers can peruse the menu for upscale pub dishes such as orange-ginger-glazed duck wings, Indian flatbread pizzas, and the Big Daddy burger complete with pastrami, provolone, onion strings, and a penchant for dominating the remote control. After sating their appetites, diners can groove along to live tunes on Jazz/Blues Night, workout laughing muscles at a comedy show, or try their hands at performing on open mic night.