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Longtime Upland Brewing Co. president hopping away

September 8, 2017
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Doug Dayhoff (Image courtesy Upland Brewing Co.)

One of the state’s largest breweries is losing its leader.

Doug Dayhoff, who is credited with transforming Upland Brewing Co. from a small brewpub into a regional brewery that produces more than 50 different brands of beer, is stepping down as president and part-owner, the company said this week.

Dayhoff joined the Bloomington-based company 11 years ago and oversaw the opening of another brewpub and tasting room locations in Broad Ripple, Carmel and Columbus.

Under his leadership, Upland built the Wood Shop Sour Ale Brewery, a facility in Bloomington that has allowed for wholesale distribution nationwide as well as continued experimentation with small-batch sour beers.

Employment has grown from fewer than 20 to more than 200 during his tenure.

Dayhoff will remain with the company through the end of the year on a part-time basis to oversee some key initiatives, the company said. Upland will launch a search for a new president.

In a letter posted on the company’s web site, Dayhoff said he was going to explore new entrepreneurial opportunities. “I have a couple ideas for my next adventure, but for now, I’m focusing on a smooth transition,” he said.

Upland, the state’s third-largest brewery, was founded in 1997 and is known for its sour and barrel-aged beers. Its brands include Wheat Ale, Dragonfly IPA and Champagne Velvet.

 

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