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Upright Brewing Company

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Upright Brewing CompanyUpright Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.87/5
Based on:
62 Beers
3,630 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 66
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: n/a
Taps: 9
Bottles: 5
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

240 N Broadway St, Suite 002
Portland, Oregon, 97227
United States
phone: (503) 735-5337

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @uprightbrewing

Notes:
Place added by: msubulldog25 on 04-22-2009

The Brewery is located in the basement of the Hazelwood/'Leftbank' Building (its history includes a well-known early jazz club, Dude Ranch - an inspiration for the name 'Upright' - read more here:  http://leftbankproject.com/the-history/  ) and is Production-Only during normal weekday business hours.

A Tasting Room is open Thu 5 - 9 pm, Fri 4:30 - 9 pm, Sat 1 - 8 pm, Sun 1 - 6 pm, and prior to basketball games at the adjacent Rose Garden arena (Trailblazers only - check their home schedule). Food, when available, is basic: bread, an occasional charcuterie tray or sandwiches (provided by Grain & Gristle).
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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by RedDiamond:
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

In its first year of operation, Upright secured a welcome niche as brewers of traditional "farmhouse-style" beers. These Franco-Belgian-derived ales - saisons and bieres de garde - form the mainstay of their enterprise but otherwise make infrequent appearances on Northwest beer lists. Beers are treated to organic ingredients, open fermentation, saison yeast, and a frequent use of wheat. Most are available in 750 ml capped champagne magnums. Many are aged in oak wine barrels.

Guests may visit the tasting room on weekends and on game nights during basketball season when Upright's proximity across from the Rose Garden provides an ideal spot for a pre-game ale. The tasting room is a no-frills enclave adjoining the brewery in the basement of the Leftbank Building. The gray cinderblock environment dotted with small wooden tables amid racks of oak barrels may evoke a certain casual charm. Others might find it raw and confining. But the cellar atmosphere seems suited to the purpose of aging beers and the plates of sliced rye bread waiting for you on the tables complement the flattering simplicity of the saison style. Beer prices at the tasting room are charitable. Nine beers are offered, food is not served.

Though I enjoy most Upright beers I can't say as I'm enthralled with them. Saison yeast, bottle conditioning, and barrel aging are great ideas. But implementing these ideas into a product line evoking the measure of sophistication they imply is not easily done, and I'm inclined to say that while Upright beers have their merits, their best moments are perhaps yet to come. Meanwhile, best bets may be had in the form of their hoppier beers such as their seasonal saison/IPA hybrid Congo Pale or their regular hoppy saison "Five".

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Photo of Japsican23
4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located in a fairly cramped basement space that gets pretty stuffy especially if there are a lot of people in there. If you are claustrophobic it is probably not the best place for you. Taplist was just eh so we stayed just to check it out and left shortly after.

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.58/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

One of the coolest breweries I have ever been to. Obviously would have loved more taps but the quality was amazing....

Photo of cptbenjamin
3.26/5  rDev -22.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

The location in the basement in a dimly lit brewery was a little unappealing. The beers were just "ok" to me. We tried everything they had on draft and it was just kind like "meh". We stayed maybe 30 minutes.

Photo of highTempo
4.24/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Odd basement location without much seating. Part of the seating space is in a florescent-lit space over by the brewery equipment.

2oz samplers are available and I've liked everything I've tried from here and have been pretty crazy about a few of their beers. This is a great place to load up on samplers and run the list of what they have on tap. When I was there I had to wait for a while to find anyone who worked there even though the place was crowded with customers. When I did find someone, though, they knew what they were talking about and were helpful.

Photo of Eternal218
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Fogindex
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of almostjay
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Definitely a departure from the typical Portland brewery experience. Upright is tucked into a basement room in a mixed commercial building. It's a cool building, one that I wouldn't mind working in, but definitely different than your typical brewery space and on kind of an island in Portland, albeit and island well connected to public transit.

The place was somewhere between slow and kinda busy on a mild afternoon in January. The quiet, intimate space was livened up by a man playing a hollow body guitar. Thank goodness for him, because otherwise the silence (or maybe the quite, polite separate conversation) would have been deafening.

In the end, this place is worth visiting if only for the fact that it is unique in the busy Portland brewing scene. The fantastic beer is the icing on the cake.

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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

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Upright Brewing Company in Portland, OR
93 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.