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Upright Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Upright Brewing CompanyUpright Brewing Company
Based on:
66 Beers
3,942 Hads
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 26
Visits: 80
Avg: 3.94
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

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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Reviews: 26 | Visits: 80
Reviews by RedDiamond:
Photo of RedDiamond
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of kristinc
4.86/5  rDev +23.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of schroeder1200
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

This is a bit of an odd place, tucked away in the basement of what seemed to be an office building. It almost felt like a speakeasy. A little disorganized too. That being said, this was still an interesting place that I was happy I visited. The selection was a little thin, but the beer was all great.

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Photo of Samboyer2
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

This brewery is truly special. It's hard to find, bunker like location makes arriving at their tasting room a real treat. With a saison heavy list of offerings the selection is a little lop sided, but their beers are exceptionally made. We thought their sour was just as good as their saisons.

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Photo of SFCraft
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of beerserk
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of CTJman
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of markgugs
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of SadMachine
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of nickfl
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

This place is located in the basement of a seemingly mostly empty, mixed use building. There is one small sign on the sidewalk outside and a sign inside telling you to head to the basement. There is also a sign saying they don't take plastic, but they don't have an atm either so you will have to go to a gas station two blocks away if you don't carry cash... get a fucking square reader guys. Anyway, their actual taproom is in a dank basement and seems like calling it an afterthought would be giving them too much credit. I'm sure a lot of visitors think it's cool to get to sit in the actual brewery, but it isn't a very actractive brewery and it just reminded me of the storage closet they moved Milton's desk to in Office Space.

So, the beer is decent enough. Mostly saisons, which were hit or miss, and a Pilsner and red ale I didn't really care for. The service was fine, just one dude operating the register and pouring, but it worked well enough. The selection was a bit disappointing, they had maybe 8 beers on tap when we were there, and honestly that's pretty weak compared to every other brewery I visited in Portland.

Overall, it was worth visiting once, but I'd never bother going back. My least favorite Portland brewery visit, with the odd distinction of having the crappiest atmosphere and location of any brewery I've ever visited.

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Photo of Malefactor
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Drift
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Japsican23
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
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....

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Photo of cptbenjamin
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of highTempo
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Eternal218
3.86/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Lucnifter
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Fogindex
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of almostjay
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Photo of TreeBear
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of ScottJWing
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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Upright Brewing Company in Portland, OR
89 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.