Upland Brewing to expand in Indy area with taproom near Castleton

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This 2021 photo shows beer taps at the Fountain Square location of Upland Brewing Co. (IBJ photo/Eric Learned)

The fourth Indianapolis-area location for Upland Brewing Co. is expected to open in November, at the former MacKenzie River Pizza Grill & Pub site in Clearwater Springs Shopping Center.

The 6,270-square-foot Upland taproom plans to serve a rotating beer and seasonal-food menu at 4939 E. 82nd St., part of a retail center that includes Aldi and PetSmart locations just west of Allisonville Road. Castleton Square Mall is to the east on 82nd Street.

Founded in 1998, Bloomington-based Upland operates a brewpub in Fountain Square and taprooms at 4842 N. College Ave. and 820 E. 116th St., Carmel.

“With locations in Carmel and Broad Ripple, we have had success on the north side of the city for some time, but our new 82nd Street location allows us to serve a new audience,” said Padraig Cullen, Upland’s vice president of hospitality, in a prepared statement.

The MacKenzie River Pizza Grill & Pub opened in 2011 and closed this year.

In other Upland news, the company’s craft beers will be available this season during Indiana University basketball games played at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. On Sept. 19, the school announced that beer will be sold to game attendees 21 and older for the first time. Upland announced a three-year partnership with the university’s athletics department in August.

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6 thoughts on “Upland Brewing to expand in Indy area with taproom near Castleton

  1. That MacKenzie River Pizza place went from having two locations near each other (here and 116th/Westfield) just a few years ago to not even being in the state anymore. Was it any good? (Obviously Upland is doing well, congrats to them.)

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