Finally made it here, building on a strange island with 4 lane one way streets on 3 sides of it/ And its in the basement, which adds to the industrial dungeon quality, exposed walls & pipes, some seats and standing areas but folks also flop out in the hallway. Weíre here for the beer, which has a particular bent to most of their brews..
Man they make solid beers, but they make it very hard for you to buy the beers from them. Completely unmarked business building, unmarked how to get to the tasting room (through the elevator), once in the basement, minimal signage. Only open late afternoon/evenings (even on a Friday during CBC week, which I thought was a bit odd). Oh, and they are CASH ONLY. The bar tenders, are efficient, and polite, but are somewhat cold, and donít talk beer much (at least when I was there). That said the prices (CASH) are quite fair and the beers are very solid. Had a pint each of Fantasia and their Pilsener, also tried through the saisons (not having had them at the source), and some barrel blends. All excellent. I will return, for sure, but man, I wish they made it easier for a customer to buy beer at their tasting room (signage, credit cards, friendlier hours)!
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.
easy to get lost heading down to this subterrainian brewer, especially if youíve had a few. Love the place and the beer, though. Always multiple unique beers on, as well as special bottle releases, etc...
Probably my favourite brewery to drink in that we visited. Enjoyed sitting right in the brewery and enjoyed the record player. Prices were good and beers were great. Must visit place I think. Quite a few taps and some bottles too. Great place.
Location very strange and hard to find. Basement brewery and lots of barrels, brewing equipment and strange stuff everywhere with some chairs to sit. LP record player was maybe too hipster for me. This place is not open often but if you are visiting Portland and it is open this is must stop. Amazingly cool place. Their saisons were also great unlike saisons from USA usually.
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.
One of my favorite stops in Portland during our trip. Not the easiest to find and parking is horrible, but worth the search. Bare bones taproom in the basement of the building, but I dig the tables and drinking amongst their barrels and brewing equipment. Beers are super cheap and all very delicious. People were friendly and the selection was great. You cannot come to Portland and not make it to Upright.
You walk up to a cool old brick building that appears to be completely occupied by businesses that have nothing to do with brewing. It actually almost is completely occupied with other businesses. Thereís a little sandwich board sign out front that says "BEER" and thatís your cue that youíre in the right spot.
Inside, you wind your way through a coffee shop and down hallways looking for the door to the stairs. Then there are more hallways and staircases that feel like an MC Escher illustration at some points, then you finally zigzag your way to the back of the basement, where the brewhouse awaits. Itís not really that big, maybe a thousand square feet, and theyíve filled most of it with barrels and equipment. But they pull out some tables after the brewday is done, and the assistant brewers end up pouring beer many evenings. Thatís super cool--you really learn about the beers with them being the bartenders.
They have about a dozen taps, and often have bottles in the cooler that they will crack. Prices are good, and the tap stuff is often sparkling fresh (though many of their beers benefit from aging, so freshness doesnít automatically equate to quality here).
Their beers range from good to world-class, and they make many different styles (with a heavy emphasis on saisons). Prices and staff are everything you could reasonably ask for. If you dig beer and you hit Portland, you really have to check this place out.
Not much parking, hard to find in the basement, not much space to drink. But it is a MUST stop place, well worth the trouble of trying to find it. I didnít see any signs anywhere, good thing I went with Doug. Went for the Fantasia release.