Upright Brewing Company
Active Beers: 94
Beer Ratings: 3,646
Beer Avg: 3.94
Taps: 9 / Bottles: 5
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
4.39/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
This was one of the coolest brewery experiences I’ve ever had. You walk into a coffee shop in an industrial building, and there’s a sign pointing the elevator that says "Upright, basement".
You literally walk into the brewery. There are 6 taps with amazing things to try. You hang out, listen to Vinyls, sand drink by all the barrels. Yay Portland! Go here!!
08-05-2013 02:04:36 | More by Fluffheady
4.12/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
basement, pay-to-park, cash only (ATM was broken)
Very interesting place - limited seating, amongst the tanks. Some vinyl playing in the background (of course, portland), a one-man operation slinging 10ish taps and a selection of bottles including 4 sole comp's on this particular day. Upright kind of does their own thing - much of it is very quality, though some is a little lackluster. All of the sole comp stuff i've ever had has been mostly great though.
I'll be back, not so much to hang out there, but to grab bottles and go hang somewhere a little more inviting.
04-22-2013 20:46:45 | More by dirtylou
3.6/5 rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
Well, easy enough to find the building...and bit tricky finding parking and then the actual brewery. Go inside, down the stairs (or elevator). It's a barrel room that serves beer. Fine enough
Small. Two picnic tables, a square table and small round top. No bar, just a register and taps with 9 beers flowing. Good local music playing on the old time stereo (alas, not on vinyl).
Service is one person and pretty good. Seemed a bit irked to be working on a Sunday. I don't blame him. Geeks like me seem to show up on odd days.
Beer is really good. I only had 3 tasters (at $1.50/ea) b/c I was driving. But did pick up some bottles.
Not a great destination, but if you like UR beers and want something not on shelves, hit this place.
07-22-2012 22:09:56 | More by Mebuzzard
4.19/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
One of the best breweries in Portland. Though, I might be biased because farmhouse ale is one of my favorite styles of beer (as broad as that category is!). If I'm at a restaurant that serves Upright on tap, I usually will go for that because it pairs wonderfully with food. Otherwise, I try to go to their tasting room once in a while to have one or two of their flagship beers and maybe try a couple of their special ones on offer at that moment. You can go for a bit of a wander to take a gander at their brewing set-up while you're drinking, which is nice if you're into that kind of thing (as I am). Check out their fermenting room with the two big open fermenting vats. There's a mirror mounted above them so you can sometimes see the yeast roiling away in there.
Of their flagships, my favorites are Six and Seven. I just tried their winter ale, Provisions, at the Holiday Ale Festival. Totally scrumptious and very complex flavor profile.
12-29-2011 16:18:39 | More by GreenCard
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is 'friggin cool. Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon a month ago on a PDX beercation, right across the street from where the great Bill Walton once injured himself. Easily accessible from the light rail, plus a 10 minute walk.
The "brewery" is located in the basement of an eco-friendly office building...you'd have no idea it was located there if not for the small folding sign outdoors. Inside, a cardboard sign tells you to ride the elevator to the basement for the brewery, and despite the rest of the building being completely desolate on the weekend, you take it on faith, and step into the elevator.
Downstairs you'll find a room with three picnic tables, a wall of taps, a beer fridge, a turntable playing 70's Herbie Hancock (on this day anyway), and a bunch of brew kettles not far away. Imagine drinking in Walter White's meth lab in Breaking Bad. It's very DIY, very Portland, and very cool.
The tap lineup consisted of Upright's numbered stand-by saisons, and a few exclusive creations, like the "Reggae Junkie Gruit," a very tasty summertime gruit similar to a berliner weise, and proving the all time adage that there's no reason to open a brewery unless you can name your creations after Ween songs.
I seem to recall a generous flight of five large tasters was a mere six bucks, standard for the area, but a goddamn bargain where I'm from. Service was very friendly/knowledgeable, and all of the saisons were delicious. I didn't see any food, but unlike with, say, Deschutes, you're not here to eat. A unique spot worth visiting.
10-02-2011 17:50:34 | More by dmgnyc
4.16/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
This is the exact opposite of the MegaPubs like McMenamins and Deschutes. This quaint tasting room is located in the middle of the brewery and cellar. You are literally tasting and drinking beer at one of four tables (two standing tables, two small picnic bench tables) right next to several barrels.
What I love about this spot is the selection of quality beer (with four rotating selections and usually a few bottled limited release brews), and the knowledgeable staff. They also seem to put on good tunes. I've been in and heard old blues, jazz, old country, and on other days Radiohead. Fun mix.
Business is sporadic and since it's a small place, you never know what to expect. Their hours are odd since it is a working brewery so please check ahead.
They do close at 9pm on Friday and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Oh and be aware: CASH ONLY.
The closest ATM is a couple of blocks away.
I have seen food there a few times (charcuterie and mustard) but being a vegetarian I have not partaken. But they don't always have food. Actually only once have I seen food there.
08-21-2011 23:03:30 | More by cbarrett4
4.1/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
In its still fairly brief existence (opened Spring 2009), I've been to Upright at least a couple dozen times - so I feel safe in finally passing off an honest review of the place.
Hidden away in the basement of what's now known as the Lefttbank Building (an odd name since it's eastside location places it, geographically, on the RIGHT bank of the Willamette), a place that has served its time as a hoppin' jazz club, an amalgamate of a plastics factory/showroom and varying functions between, Upright's modest brewery seems a fitting step in the further evolution of the block. Down the elevator, to the right and through a pair of modest wooden doors one goes to enter; caution: this is brewery first, tasting room second. During afternoon hours (when open), a jaunty daylight may filter down through street level grating - otherwise expect an aesthetic that's spartan, still industrial. Of course, people add to the atmosphere; whether it's the humming pre-game for a Trailblazers game (my most frequent visits), the bustle of a special release event, or the quieter laziness of a weekend folksy jam, Upright covers its bases and draws its varying crowds. See the above info for dates/hours when open to the public.
To enter Upright's tasting room is to enter the guts of the brewery itself: immediately to the right are stainless fermenting vessels, straight ahead is a room for storing malted grain, to the left is a small area of benches, stand-up tables and tap handles mounted to the walls of a cooler, all surrounded by aging barrels in varying degrees of distress. On tap there's a bare minimum of 6 beers a-flowing; often add 1-3 more special one-offs, creative concoctions brewed with yeasts strange and familiar, adjuncts from ordinary to absurd. Never once have I visited the taproom and NOT been surprised by at least a couple of their quirky tap handles.
You can't beat freshness, and no fresher Upright taps can be found in Portland. Nos. 4 - 7 are always on, and a variety of seasonals and experimental beers fill other handles. Prices are an absolute steal here; for 8 oz. pours, standards are $2 and even the rarest and oddest of the lot are $3. Samplers are available and so are growlers, all at fair prices. 750 bottles are there, too, priced lower (thanks to avoiding the middle man, I guess?) than anywhere else.
I've read a gripe or two about service, but I've hardly ever had less than 'good'. Ezra (a fine BA and a skilled craftsman when it comes to label design) tends often - not only is he quick to point out favorite pours, but he has an excessive knowledge of and passion for beer. Chat him up, he'll serve you right.
Usually little/no food to speak of, besides the occasional basket of bread or rare homemade charcuterie, so I'll defer giving a score... hint: watch for new restaurant "Grain & Gristle" in NE Portland, an upcoming venture shared in by brewer Alex Ganum...
All in all, one of my favorite 'hidden' beer spots in Portland for any number of reasons. Visiting? Mark your calendar for the days/hours that Upright is open and go... I hope you enjoy like I do.
11-05-2010 08:57:08 | More by msubulldog25
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Once you find upright brewing, it's pretty sweet. Buried in the basement of a somewhat empty newly redeveloped building in north portland (which, for out-of-towners, is different from north EAST portland - an important fact to keep in mind when looking for the address...) upright is the epitome of working brewery/barrel aging facility type tasting room. It's not a bar, it's a brewery, and you're in it. Despite that, it's quite accommodating and attractive for anyone with a passion for beer. Refashioned oak barrel tables, full barrel's everywhere, and tons of shiny brewing equipment. On top of that, there's the open fermentation room, which you can safely view through a glass window installed in the side - pretty unique!
The quality here is really good. These are among the most unique beers in the city, and they're very distinct and well executed. This is not a big place, and you get the feel that the people that serve you there are "part of the family", not just employees. This is evident in the pride and knowledge everyone has in the beers.
Service is good. It's kind of tough to rate compared to other places. This isn't a brewpub or bar; it's a brewery that has someone available to answer questions and pour beer. There's no table service, and not much for the staff to do to serve you, but I wouldn't expect more, and everyone does what they're there to do, and they do it well.
Selection is really good. They generally have their standard core line-up of beers available on one list, plus a nice selection of special beers on another which might be seasonals, or special one-offs, who knows! The neat thing here is that NOTHING that upright makes is replicated anywhere else, so everything is unique compared to what other breweries offer. These are almost always belgian/french farmhouse inspired beers, but the range of beers they manage to produce within this criteria is still wide, and interesting for BA's that try several of their offerings.
No food at upright, but sometimes they have bread to munch at each of the tables. Eat somewhere else. Come here to DRINK.
I think one of the great things about upright is the value. Drinking great, rare, unique beers here is cheap. Also a great value: park nearby for free, drink a few beers here before a blazers game, and then walk the short distance to rose garden and laugh at everyone that's showing up sober, paying $20 to park, and $8 a plastic cup of thunderhead when they get inside.
10-20-2010 01:12:19 | More by portlandjeff
3.97/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | $
Just my opinion, but I really don't see much point in this place being on beerfly. The tasting room is tiny, has no food (despite what the BA info says... maybe I was just here on an off day?), and just a couple of tables (some with chairs, some without). Nothing wrong with the layout I suppose, but it's really not all that conducive to hanging out and having a beer or three.
Have to confess I'm a pretty big fan of Upright beers, and across the board the quality is pretty high with all their beers. Had a redwood lager and a five when I was here, and both were excellent. Otherwise, this day they had 4 regular selections, three seasonals, and one guest beer (the Walking Man brown... for the life of me I can't fathom the reason for having the walking man beer available).
Service was good I guess. Aside from myself, there were 7 or 8 other patrons, and the brewery had one staff member standing by the tap handles, pouring sample trays and 12 ounce glasses for customers. He wasn't all that communicative, but would answer any questions you had, and seemed fairly pleasant otherwise. As one might expect, he was pretty knowledgeable when it came to Upright beers or the PDX beer scene in general.
Prices were good I thought. 12 ounce glasses were $2 for the regular line-up, and $3 for the seasonals and guest beer. Got a 4 ounce sample size glass of the lager and that was $1.
I can see where someone might stop by for a beer before a blazers game, but otherwise I can't see any reason to come here again. Really like Upright beers, but for the most part, they're available all over town. At least that's my impression based on a single visit, but hope to make it here some time when there's a one off or some other rare beer on tap (today it was the fresh hop and redwood lager listed as speciality items.... nice beers, no doubt, but as already mentioned, both can be found around town).
Edit from 2/14. Still don't come by here all that often (for the reasons noted in my original review), but they have expanded the space somewhat, and so now there's a bit more room for hanging out and having a few of Upright's excellent beers. Quality has never been an issue or concern here, but lately their special release beers have been so outstanding, I feel as if I have to give my original quality rating a bump as well. As before though, unless you're in the area for a Blazer game, or unless there is some special, limited release going on, there's really little reason to stop by the tasting room (IMHO).
10-11-2010 01:18:11 | More by John_M
Upright Brewing Company in Portland, OR
91 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.