Upright Brewing Company

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Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

240 N Broadway St, Suite 002
Portland, Oregon, 97227
United States

(503) 735-5337 | map

Notes: The tasting room relocated upstairs! We partnered with Portland Bottle Shop and softly opened June 2nd. The space will take a bit more time to button up, decorate, etc, but pints are pouring for the first time since March of 2020, and you can enjoy our beer with awesome PBS sandwiches and snacks!

Beginning hours: wed - sun / 11 am - 9 pm
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flagmantho from Washington

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I was down in Portland with some buddies a couple weeks ago and we stopped in at Upright. They have a cool industrial wood & iron taproom with a nice neighborhood feel. Service is friendly, and they have bass players on the wall. There's also a small but neat outdoor seating area.

There were 12 beers when I visited, including one on a beer engine. The table saison is excellent, and the summer ale on cask also quite good. I sampled a few other beers and each was quite good, though the Nocino stout was quite sweet indeed. Overall, I'm very pleased with my Upright experience!

Sep 09, 2021
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fmccormi from California

4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Upright is tucked away and unassuming, but you can't pass this place up if you're in Portland. It's located in the basement of a building near major roads near the urban heart of the city, but the beer they serve is all-farmhouse—even the IPA on tap when I was there was fermented with a blend of yeasts that included farmhouse yeast.

Inside, there's a small space to the left with a few seats at the bar, and a few at picnic tables in the corner; to the right, there's an open area near fermenters and brewing equipment with a few more seats. They have a turntable playing very chill music of whatever the bartended chooses, and it always matches their thoughtful, open-minded, introspective vibe. The beer is list is going to be longer than you'd expect for such a small space, but goddamn is it good. Every beer on the menu offers something different, something unique, and something that will make you take a step back and reflect on what just hit you, softly and savorously.

No food to be had, that I could tell, but they'll give you house-made mineral water in a glass if you ask—or to go in a crowler for just $2. Even the mineral water is bonkers-good! I seriously can't recommend this place highly enough.

Feb 20, 2019
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Roustabout from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Blessed respite from Portland yuppiedom—fluorescent-lit and technical, with open fermenters and a prime soundtrack of dub and Ethio-jazz at time of visit.

Better yet: subtle, often herbal farmhouse brews that skew low-ABV and highly evocative. Love this place.

May 27, 2018
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nowhyok from Oregon

4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Chill, low-key basement hang for a few drinks. Nice music and not too loud (and hey you get off my lawn). Great staff, very good selection, my . new favourite in Portland

Apr 29, 2018
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

I loved this place...hole in the wall, except you have to walk through a cafe and then past all of these offices, down a slightly winding staircase that seems like it might go nowhere, through a door that doesn't look like it leads to anything, and through a basement hallway that looks like it's used for storing something random, following the smell of beer being brewed the whole time, you finally come around to the little room with a few picnic tables, concrete floors, some small windows up toward the ceiling letting in a little light, barrels, and the taps in the wall right next to a little old-time cash-register...no bar, just a few people hanging out, drinking and talking about beer. The guy in charge was just hanging out, talking to a few other customers -- totally down-to-earth and nice. There's a connected room around the corner with more tables and space, and you're surrounded by all the brewing equipment...it was a great experience. The selection was heavy on saisons and barrel aged wild ales but there were also two lagers and a few ipas. I sampled a few and then enjoyed a pils and a nice barrel aged saison...good stuff.

Jan 08, 2018
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

I really enjoyed Upright with its cavern-industrial feel. Waitstaff was very knowledgeable and even did a bottle trade with something I brought from Wisconsin. Beer selection was interesting with several unusual bottles for takeaway.

Jan 01, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

this was possibly my favorite brewery out of the twenty or more we visited in oregon on our trip there, i knew these guys were good, but this exceeded my already very high expectations. when we finally figured out how to get down into the basement of this well hidden treasure, i was amazed to find such a humble taproom. almost dingy down there, a working brewery for sure, minimal light seeping in through small basement windows, wet concrete floors, and a sort of split layout, with the tanks and brew house and a smallish bar on the right hand side, and a few picnic tables with tap handles just sticking out of a cold box and a small cash register on the left, no bar there at all. tiny down here, but cozy. we sat among the barrels with a gentleman picking on banjo, very cool vibe in here, and hours passes like minutes. they didnt have a ton of different beers on, but the ones they did have were super heady. the four play with cherries in pinot barrels as life changing, and i loved the hop konducta 2, which was a rye beer with nectarines. oh man, they were so inventive and well done, the barrels and the wild yeasts are obviously a special talent of these guys. it was not busy at all in here, so we had a good chat with the guy pouring beers, humble too, but still engaging. we literally sat here until they closed enjoying the music and being blown away by the beers. pro tip: they also have some meat sticks they call slim jims but are hand made locally and delicious. cannot wait to visit this brewery again, one of the best in portland without a doubt!

Jun 14, 2016
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elNopalero from California

4.86/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Tiny unassuming hole in the wall. Day I visited this was literally a one man operation. But friendly and reasonably priced and ooooh the beers. The beers were incredible. Don’t be fooled by the location. Wish I could come back as a regular.

May 18, 2016
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev -10%
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.

Aug 01, 2015
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Samboyer2 from California

4.59/5  rDev +9%
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.

Jul 18, 2015
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nickfl from Florida

3.24/5  rDev -23%
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.

Apr 25, 2015
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Japsican23 from California

4/5  rDev -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.

Mar 30, 2015
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cptbenjamin from North Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Mar 09, 2015
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highTempo from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Feb 27, 2015
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almostjay from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Jan 19, 2015
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

3.46/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

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.

Jun 27, 2014
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ToddO from Washington

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

On a recent "beercation" to Oregon and happened to be in Portland for Uprights release of Jeux d'eau.

Enjoyed the new beer as well as a couple others on tap. The tasting room is literally in the brewery. Its in the basement of a multi story building and makes you feel special, drinking a beer right in the vary room its made in. I may be crazy but I thought it was pretty cool.

Mar 12, 2014
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Fluffheady from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
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!!

Aug 05, 2013
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dirtylou from New York

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Apr 22, 2013
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

3.57/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 2.75 | 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.

Jul 22, 2012
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GreenCard from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Dec 29, 2011
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dmgnyc from New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Oct 02, 2011
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cbarrett4 from Oregon

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Aug 22, 2011
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msubulldog25 from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Nov 05, 2010
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portlandjeff from Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Oct 20, 2010
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