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Upright Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 77
Beer Ratings: 2,560
Beer Avg: 3.98
Taps: 9 / Bottles: 5
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$ - inexpensive
[ Brewery, Bar ]
240 N Broadway St, Suite 002
phone: (503) 735-5337
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:
) 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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Reviews by portlandjeff:
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.
10-20-2010 01:12:19 |
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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!!
08-05-2013 02:04:36 |
More by Fluffheady
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
basement, pay-to-park, cash only (ATM was broken)
Very interesting place - limited seating, amongst the tanks. Some vinyl playing in the background (of course, portland), a one-man operation slinging 10ish taps and a selection of bottles including 4 sole comp's on this particular day. Upright kind of does their own thing - much of it is very quality, though some is a little lackluster. All of the sole comp stuff i've ever had has been mostly great though.
I'll be back, not so much to hang out there, but to grab bottles and go hang somewhere a little more inviting.
04-22-2013 20:46:45 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
Well, easy enough to find the building...and bit tricky finding parking and then the actual brewery. Go inside, down the stairs (or elevator). It's a barrel room that serves beer. Fine enough
Small. Two picnic tables, a square table and small round top. No bar, just a register and taps with 9 beers flowing. Good local music playing on the old time stereo (alas, not on vinyl).
Service is one person and pretty good. Seemed a bit irked to be working on a Sunday. I don't blame him. Geeks like me seem to show up on odd days.
Beer is really good. I only had 3 tasters (at $1.50/ea) b/c I was driving. But did pick up some bottles.
Not a great destination, but if you like UR beers and want something not on shelves, hit this place.
07-22-2012 22:09:56 |
More by Mebuzzard
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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.
12-29-2011 16:18:39 |
More by GreenCard
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.
10-02-2011 17:50:34 |
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