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Upright Brewing Company

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Upright Brewing CompanyUpright Brewing Company

45 Ratings
Ratings: 45
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Active Beers: 102
Beer Ratings: 3,908
Beer Avg: 3.94
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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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.1/5  rDev -25.5%

Wow, I am not hip enough for this. The pours are cheap and good, the "tap room" sexy (barrels and concrete, a fine view of the mashtun) and the selection reasonable. % taps, a small display of bottles, all above average beers but nothing that really shook my world.

But, in the end, I will just remember these guys for the snobby service and dickish attitude. Guy wasn't busy, just bullshitting with a buddy. I'm not a local, I don't know your selection, I don't know your beers. Don't be a dick when I ask a few questions about your beer. My two buddies, the locals, they are not coming back here, nor am I.

I'm sure the brewers are great guys, I'm sure they are fighting the good fight and all that jazz, but come on, your tap jockey is a prick.

olympuszymurgus, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of Mothergoose03
3.46/5  rDev -16.8%

This was stop #23 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy their beers. (Actually we had stopped out front the day before after driving around the building a few times, but did not realize it was the correct place and moved on to the next brewery, so the visit this day was a success.) The brewery is located in the basement of this large red brick building, but there is no brewery sign (or a building address number that we could see) other than a small sandwich board that they put out on the sidewalk in front of the entrance door when the taproom is open.

After winding our way to the basement we walked into an obvious brewery setting with equipment all around. In a corner was a tap arrangement with an employee who was the bartender that day. Five ounce, 12 oz. and pitchers are available, and the price is right at this brewery. Tables are spread out around the area where some brewing equipment is sitting, so you get a true feeling of drinking at the brewery in this place.

We ordered a sampler of 6 of the 9 beers that were available (a cider was also listed), and went back later to get samples of the other three. All of these beers are very well made, and we got bored assigning the same B grades to all of them, but it was an enjoyable ‘bore’ session. There are some packaged snacks available, but no food.

This was an enjoyable experience, and we’re glad that we tried again to find this place after using up so much of our drinking time the day before in our search to find this brewery. We’d come back again when we’re in Portland.

Mothergoose03, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of RedDiamond
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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".

RedDiamond, May 03, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Gobzilla, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of atpca
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

atpca, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

Mebuzzard, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of squaremile
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%

This is the basement home for one of the best up and coming breweries in PDX. I have been there twice, the first was for Zwickelmania and they were pouring generously from bottles and the firkin. The second time was before a Blazers game and the atmosphere was somewhat different but still fun. The basement makes you feel like you're in some kind of secret club. There is one guy associated with this place that has the worst attitude I've seen in the beer community, you'll know who he is, and it unfortunately puts a damper on things a bit. It's also cool checking the open fermentation tanks. Their beers are all over the map but stay with the Five, Billy, and Late Harvest and you should be OK.

squaremile, May 18, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

claspada, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Gig2828
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Gig2828, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of djbreezy
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%

It's a really rad experience to hop down on the elevator to the basement. The open fermentation tanks are cool and the taps and everything else are pretty sweet. It's cool how exposed everything is and it's nice that you get to go into the place where the beer is brewed to taste it. A comfortable setting.

I can partially agree with the reviewer below. I've had mixed experiences with the staff. However, I recently spoke with the owner at Farmer's Market where he was staffing a tent and he was very receptive and courteous to my questions. Seemed like a good dude.

djbreezy, Mar 12, 2010
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Upright Brewing Company in Portland, OR
92 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.