Upright Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.95/5
Upright Brewing CompanyUpright Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(503) 735-5337 | map
uprightbrewing.com

Notes:
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

BEER STATS
Beers:
76
Ratings:
4,269
Reviews:
1,110
PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Ratings:
97
Reviews:
29
Avg:
4
pDev:
5.5%
 
 
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Reviews by RedDiamond:
Photo of RedDiamond
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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:
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.48/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BeerMeCJS
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of cd34
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of cultclassic89
4.36/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Photo of elNopalero
4.86/5  rDev +21.5%
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 +0.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of PDXSOUR
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jakemn91
4.4/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Intlpostman
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of South2NW
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of BDeibs
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of MaximumYuks
4.08/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of kristinc
4.86/5  rDev +21.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of schroeder1200
4.4/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
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 +14.8%
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 -6.5%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of beerserk
4.28/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of CTJman
3.56/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

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