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Upright Brewing Company

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Upright Brewing CompanyUpright Brewing Company

46 Ratings
Ratings: 46
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Active Beers: 106
Beer Ratings: 4,030
Beer Avg: 3.91
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

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 Friday from 4:30-9:00pm and Saturday/Sunday from 1:00-6:00pm, 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).

(Place added by: msubulldog25 on 04-22-2009)
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4.39/5  rDev +5.3%

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!!

Fluffheady, Aug 05, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +4.6%

Visited several times, most recently last weekend.

Located in the basement of a historic building just north of the Memorial Coliseum/Rose Garden complex, Upright Brewing is one of the newest members of the Beervana beer scene. Owner and brewmaster Alex Ganum honed his craft at Ommegang, so his devotion to Farmhouse style ales should be no surprise.

The tasting room, open weekends 1-6 pm and approximately two hours before home Trailblazer games, has attracted a devoted following in its short history. Several handmade tables and benches, along with barrels turned into tables, make for a funky and cool atmosphere among the numerous barrel aging beers. Six regular taps, featuring the base offerings (Four, Five, Six, Seven) and two rotating handles, have been recently supplemented by a small 3-tap cold box. Recent seasonals and one-offs on tap last weekend included Congo Pale Ale, a pepper-infused Four, and a home brewed imperial stout. All the beers are of outstanding quality, and each has its own devoted fans.

The beers are a particular good value, with $2 12 oz. pours of the regular offerings and $3 for the seasonals. A six-pour of 4 oz. samples is an exceptionally good value at $5. Better yet, bottles and growler fills are available and a good value compared to some of PDX bottle shops. I scored a vertical of all the base beers and a couple of bottles of Billy the Mountain for my cellar last trip.

There isn't much food to speak of, though there are usually some nice bread plates to cleanse your palate between beers. There is a small meat plate available, but with the lack of a kitchen, not much in the way of food offerings.

Service is always good and especially friendly, Alex is usually on premises, ready to answer any questions and greet you with a smile.

The packed premises last weekend testify that the Upright tasting room is no longer a secret. With beer of this high quality, the sky is the limit for Upright. Highly recommended.

jdense, Jan 22, 2010
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tjcamm, Jun 02, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

GreenCard, Dec 29, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

I visited the Upright tasting room on 3/26/2010 while in Portland on business.

First of all, I enjoyed this place tremendously! The tasting room is basically the corner of the brewery, and the brewery is in the basement of an old brick building. Thus, the whole thing reminded me of going to college kegger parties in the basements of rental houses just off campus. But I digress...

There were a couple picnic tables and some folding chairs, but not nearly enough seating to accomodate the people who showed up for the tasting room's limited hours. Many people just stood around, but that added to the "party" atmosphere.

We got a couple of beer sampler trays, which included everything they had on tap at the time. They also had 750s of some of their other beers, t-shits, etc available for sale as well.

The beers were innovative and well made. I can't say I loved them all, but I could tell someone with skill and care is making those beers. The standouts for me were the saison and the oddly named turkey on rye.

Prices were fair (cheap) and the smell of hops being added to whatever they were brewing in the brewhouse that day added just the right vibe to the whole operation. Really a fun experience and one I would repeat often if I had the opportunity.

spointon, Mar 29, 2010
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4.16/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

cbarrett4, Aug 22, 2011
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4.16/5  rDev -0.2%

This place had a fun little feel to it. The wife and I entered from the street and rode the elevator down to the basement. There were nine beers on tap and we were able to try tasters of them all for $9. A full glass was $2 or $3 depending on what I got. I also picked up a bottle of the Oyster Stout to go for $8. I didn't know it at the time but my twitter update from them said that Portland's Mayor Sam Adams (yes that is his real name), was there the same night.

High quality beer, exceptional value, and a fun happy hour. Check this place out for some terrific saisons.

hopsbreath, Mar 23, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev -1%

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.

dmgnyc, Oct 02, 2011
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Upright Brewing Company in Portland, OR
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