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Upright Brewing CompanyUpright Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar

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

(503) 735-5337 | map

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 Thu 5 - 9 pm, Fri 4:30 - 9 pm, Sat 1 - 8 pm, Sun 1 - 6 pm, 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).

Added by msubulldog25 on 04-22-2009

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 93
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

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".

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More User Reviews:
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4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of cd34
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of cultclassic89
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

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4.86/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

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Photo of tim007007
4.03/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of PDXSOUR
4.63/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jrsaffert
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Intlpostman
3.99/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of South2NW
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of BDeibs
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of MaximumYuks
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of kristinc
4.86/5  rDev +21.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of schroeder1200
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.79/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Samboyer2
4.59/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of SFCraft
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of beerserk
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of CTJman
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of markgugs
4.15/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of SadMachine
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of nickfl
3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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