Basement level brewery where you drink among the casks and brightening tanks. Great vibe, mostly locals and some dude playing blues on a guitar. Outstanding beers. Our favorite of 9 places we tried in Portland. Nice selection of bottles to go.
3fourths (1528) Boulder, Colorado | September 7, 2010| Updated July 8, 2013
difficult to find as itís located in the basement of an old bank building, but itís a fun place to stop in for a few sips and look around at the operation. the small size of the operation is clear as they only have a few tables stuck in and around the fermenters and barrel racks. beer quality ranges from okay to great, with some of their non-standard offering being the most interesting (such as classic german pils and gruit). people are friendly, prices are fair, and the whole experience was fun. itís nice to see them care about the ingredients and the process unlike so many other upstarts. itís probably a place more suited for travelers than locals, though, as there are a ton of other places in town in better neighbourhoods and with better facilities (and patios).
t0rin0 (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 17, 2013| Updated September 24, 2013
Parking is not easy here but if you use public transit or just walk itís not a problem. When I was here there was nothing on the ground floor, the place was empty. Take the elevator down to the basement and walk around the barrels lying all over the place and go to the back corner where there is a folding table set up with a guy hanging out in the vicinity that will serve drinks. They have some bottles available but the Sole Composition bottles are the ones that people go for. They do very good saisons for the most part. They do a lot of experimentation so they do miss on occasion but they do a good job all around. Theyíre also one of the few breweries that I know that does multiple goses through out the year. Prices are reasonable on all their bottles and the draft stuff as well. Iíd love to return some time soon.
Luckily we had several veterans to guide us on the way here. We walked from the Eastside Lodge here, which was a bit further than I really expected, though not necessarily terrible. Once you get to the building, you have to take the elevator downstairs and then take a couple turns. Apparently you will be in trouble if you have to take the stairs down.
This place is tiny. They had a few special taps on as well as their typical lineup of the Saisons and the Pils. Old school cash register. It is cash only...or check. What? Who the hell even carries around a checkbook anymore? At least the beers are cheap. One of our party members bought a pitcher (64 oz pitcher) of Pinot Barrel Aged Four for 18 American Dollars. Thatís nutters.
There isnít really a whole lot of space to sit or hang out here and itís small to begin with. Itís also kind of hot. So, itís neat to visit or pick up some special release bottles/taps, but I wouldnít come here to drink for an extended period of time. Slight score boost though for the quality of the beer and the value of it all.
An underground maze that leads you to a boiler room brewery. Kinda fight clubish and comes with a cute Colie that follows the brewer around. Tables scattered throughout the brewery. All this makes it seem like a great kept secret. Everything about this place is awesome and fun. A must with pretty good beer.
I absolutely loved my time at Upright. The kind of environment I always feel extremely comfortable drinking in, surrounded by brewing equipment, oak casks, the sight of open fermentation vessels quietly bubbling away. The tap room is basic, a few tables, chairs etc. Whatever, itís all about sampling wonderfully delicious beer. Impressed with the diversity too, not just a fantastic selection of farmhouse ales but there was also a pilsner, bitter and smoked available...all very good. The record player drifting out some killer tunes on vinyl completes it. Perhaps the basement feel would not make you linger for long if you came here regularly but if you havenít sampled Upright wares before itís a must.
Visited on a Sunday afternoon in November 2015. Brewery in the basement of a block over the river in Portland. A loop tram stops pretty much outside if youíre headed over from Pearl district. Tables and chairs are scattered around the brewery. Good choice of taps from standard and had 3 specials plus a few vintage bottles. Staff were super friendly and kept beer and music flowing. Beer was great too. Itís a great spot and one I recommend
Visited around 1pm on Saturday 25/05/13, just after opening.
Upright is located in the basement of a 3 or 4 storey building.
Downstairs is the brewery itself, lots of barrel ageing projects underway and you can pretty much sit amongst it all.
The place was pretty quiet on my visit, 2 groups of 2, plus my party of 6. The guy serving was friendly and informative. Thereís 10 taps and about 10 bottles (to drink in or go).
5oz pours weighed in at a very reasonable $1.50!
Really nice set up - a definate visit on a beer tour of PDX !
Visited before the Blazers game on a Thursday. Located in the basement, not super easy to find, though I followed the signs on the sidewalk and found it pretty easily. The layout is low frills, with benches and tables spread out throughout the active brewing and barrel rooms. There isnít even really a bar, they serve you straight from the taps in the corner. 9 total beers on draft, 3 of which were special or seasonal. Several sizes of pour available. Turntable was spinning soul and jazz, which really worked or the space. The crowd was really great, had several good beer and basketball conversations. I can certainly understand this space could get overcrowded, and perhaps the beer range is not as vast as other places in town, but this is really my kind of place.
94 = ★★★★Ĺ (World class)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
A quaint little tasting room in the basement of an unsuspecting building with a lovely charm. The brewmaster pours 10 (9 Upright) beers on tap in sampler sizes, 12 oz pours or growler fills for very reasonable prices, along with offering a few bottles to go. Great little place to stop in on a warm day for some of Uprightís saison specialties.