Upright Brewing founder Alex Ganum and brewers Garret iLL and Bobby Birk have been busy brewing up a whole slew of new draft and bottle releases from the small artisinal Portland farmhouse-style brewery.
CURRENT BOTTLE RELEASES
Sometimes the small brewery-set tasting room is out of all bottles but the main four year round offerings; that’s not the case right now, with no fewer than six rare one-offs or seasonals available.
Flora – Recently released, this will be the last for the foreseeable future as the beer will be retired or at least on hiatus. If this is the final batch, we’re sending it off in good form as this 2016 vintage is showing a wonderful botanical complexity.
Flora Rustica – This brewery favorite is still available and really hits the spot during the summer months. Virtually unchanged in formulation since the first batch back in 2009, this beer really expresses what we love about saisons and farmhouse ales.
Special Herbs – Updated with a fifth barrel that previously held brandy, this vintage shows that the Special Herbs welcomes additional layers. The extra cask lends a bit more spirit character and plays well with the Sichuan peppercorns in the recipe.
August IPA – Our latest release, this saison/IPA hybrid was made as a one off for the Rare Beer Club, but we have a bit extra to distribute here. The beer was bottle conditioned with a very aromatic brettanomyces and is drinking great right now.
Oregon Native – The inaugural vintage of our pinot noir laden beer in collaboration with Patton Valley Vineyards is tasting better than ever, reinforcing our belief that while very long contact time on whole fruit demands a lengthy conditioning time, the result is typically very well structured and just plain tasty.
Sole Composition series: Oregon Native – The still single cask version of the Oregon Native is a unique experience. If a dry dessert wine existed and combined with a barrel fermented ale, it would taste like this.
Currently conditioning are 2016 bottlings of Hearts’ Beat, Shades, Fantasia, and more, so stay tuned for release dates.
NEW DRAFT BEERS
There are a lot of current one-off’s available on draft around town but the place to find a wide selection is at the brewery tasting room. Currently available:
Supercool IPA employs open fermentation with our house blend of saison yeasts at cool temperatures, allowing the profile to only hint at its Belgian-esque roots. The Supercool drinks like a classic American IPA, with hop character hitting notes of lemon & orange with wood & pine, while the unique processing and yeasts lend background flavors of apricot and white pepper. The bitterness is firm but smooth all the way to the extra dry finish. 6.5%
Oktoberfest is a nice departure from the slew of hoppy pilseners being made by many local breweries, including ourselves. This classic take emphasizes round malt flavors with a contrasting brightness rooted in the lager strain selection, capped by a soft finish that shows how well suited the Bull Run water supply is for the style. 4.8%Dry Hopped Berliner Weisse is a straightforward open fermented brew that’s nicely balanced with only moderate acidity. The addition of opal, willamette, and an experimental hop variety lends the beer an interesting nose with apple and jackfruit showing alongside floral notes. The jackfruit character carries into the flavor which finishes with a bit of wood and pine coming from that experimental hop. 3.9%Upright America is the fourth annual release of our crisp macro-style lager. Previous batches were under the name Upright Lite, but you can still expect the same clean flavor, high drinkability, and ultimate refreshment that the Lite is known for. The America pairs well with spicy cheddar and jalapeno summer sausage, and meats like a charbroiled filet mignon. Brewed the hard way! 5%
COMING SOON FOR DRAFT
Thu 5 – 9 pm
Fri 4:30 – 9 pm
Sat 1 – 8 pm
Sun 1 – 6 pm