Upright Brewing Company
Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
4.39/5 rDev +6.6%
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%
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 -12.6%
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 +1.7%
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 +0.2%
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%
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
Upright Brewing Company in Portland, OR
92 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.