Upright Brewing Hosts Beer & Wine Grape Varietal Fest


Upright Brewing is inviting you to discover the harmonious marriage between beer and wine on Black Friday at the Beer & Wine Grape Varietal Fest. The event will feature ten unique, sometimes tart, dry and wine-like beers that are brewed using actual wine grapes or wine grape juice in an attempt to bridge the two worlds in exciting hybrids. Adding to the complementary experience, there will be wines and cheeses served from the Pacific Northwest alongside the beers with special appearances by Patton Valley Vineyards and others.

Join Upright Brewing and other beermakers and winemakers at the Upright Brewing tasting room on Black Friday, November 25th, from 2 – 9pm for this non-ticketed, cash only event. Featuring 4oz beer pours for $3 and 12oz glasses for $6 of some very rare and special beers with free wine samples and individually priced glass pours. The beer selection will be from some of the region’s best farmhouse and Belgian-style brewers and attempts to harmonize and marry wines and wine grapes like Pinot, Beaujolais, Viognier, Tempranillo, Muscat and more with styles like saison, Flanders red, blonde, grisette, Helles, and others.

In addition to the beers and wines, there will be cheese and charcuterie pairings available from Old Salt Marketplace and Upright bottles for sale to-go.

Upright Brewing will open early for all your post-shopping, post Thanksgiving, sampling needs at 2pm. Snacks will be available but not a full food menu. Please bring cash.

Beer List: 

Almanac Beer Co.: White Label
This beer pairs two “blancs”: California-grown Muscat Blanc grapes and German Hallertau Blanc hops. Blended together in wine barrels and large oak foudres, White Label emerges from the casks as a unique hybrid of beer and wine. The combination of white grapes and tropical-aroma hops creates a luscious nose of ripe apricot, lychee and lemongrass. Finished with a touch of coriander, this complex sipper is a perfect pairing for dishes like mussels steamed in coconut curry, fresh pad thai, and macadamia crusted halibut. 7.5% Abv.


Almanac Beer Co.: Grand Cru Red and Grand Cru White
Grand Cru Red blends a Flanders Red-style sour ale with California red wine grapes, locally grown raspberries and whole vanilla beans to craft something truly unique. We combined lush Zinfandel and Petite Sirah grapes with a special imperial version of our oak-aged Dogpatch Sour ale and finished it with Santa Cruz Mountain raspberries and fragrant vanilla beans.

Grand Cru White is an ode to our favorite aromatic white wines. We combined California Muscat Blanc grapes with an imperial version of our Farmer’s Reserve sour blonde base and fresh, locally-grown apricots before aging them for over a year in French oak barrels.

Breakside: Beaujolais Avec Brett ’14
A strong sour ale fermented with wild yeast and bacteria that pours a beautiful violet color. The Oregon-grown Gamay grapes used in this beer come to us courtesy of Tom and Kate Monroe of the SE Wine Collective. Bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces for added complexity and cellarability. Wine and beer together forever! 8.2% Abv.


The Commons Brewery: Viognier Grisette
An adjunct based grisette fermented with saccharomyces, then aged in stainless with one of our house brettanomyces cultures, followed by a short aging in 3rd fill gin barrels with pressed viognier juice and more of the house brettanomyces culture added to ferment out the juice. ABV: 4.8%

De Garde Brewing: The Lily 
One of the oldest barrels from our stock, a lambic influenced sour ale. We added a hefty harvest of whole cluster Southern Oregon grown Tempranillo grapes from a favorite vineyard. Big rustic and spicy fruit aromas with a bracing acidity, and earthy backdrop. We expect this beer to evolve positively in the bottle over a long period, but the brightness and fruit character is very enjoyable now! 7% Abv.

Deschutes Pinot Suave

Deschutes Brewery: Pinot Suave 
This Belgian style ale was aged in Pinot Noir barrels that were filled with Pinot grape must. The result, a unique flavor profile with some delicate notes of acidity and wine tannins. The light malt body makes sure the berry flavors stay at the forefront. 11.8% Abv.

Fort George Brewery: Deck the Helles 
One helluva Helles Lager brewed with Pinot Noir grapes (stomped by the brewers), hibiscus petals, black currant, and aged in Penner-Ash Pinot Noir barrels. Is it Christmas yet? Who knows? Deck the Helles. 9.5% ABV – IBU ?

Great Notion Brewing: Señor Blanc
Saison fermented with Kiwi, Pear, & Sauvignon Blanc grapes. It was fermented in a Pinot barrel with our house sour culture for 9 months.

The Labrewatory: Member berries
Farmhouse ale fermented with 500 lbs of gewurtztraminer grapes from the willamette valley . Brettanomyces , sacchromyces and lactobacillus .Notes of dry grape, spicy pear and bright lemon! 6.5%

Upright Brewing: Oregon Native
A barrel fermented beer made in collaboration with Derek Einberger of Patton Valley Vineyard, using their pinot noir grapes and indigenous yeasts to unique effect. 7.75%

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1111889095591341/

Save the Date:
Friday, November 25th 2 – 9pm
No Tickets, Cash Only

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Upright Brewing, Tasting Room
240 N. Broadway Suite 002 in the basement of Leftbank Project
Portland, OR 97227
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Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com