Upright Brewing Company

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

Type: Brewery, Bar

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:
70
Reviews:
1,129
Ratings:
4,306
PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
95
Avg:
4
pDev:
5.5%
 
 
Taps:
9
Bottles/Cans:
5
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 95
Reviews by portlandjeff:
Photo of portlandjeff
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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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 jrsaffert
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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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

Photo of markgugs
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of SadMachine
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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Upright Brewing Company in Portland, OR
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