Upright Brewing releases Shades and Hearts’ Beat Cherry Farmhouse Ales

Upright Brewing is releasing their annual cherry farmhouse ales Hearts’ Beat and Shades this Thursday, August 17th at the brewery tasting room. Each beer has a different base and highlights a different cherry yet are not to be confused with Kriek’s according to the brewery, and both will be available in limited 750ml bottles with just a few kegs on draft. Look for limited bottles distributed to finer bottle shops around Oregon through Point Blank Distributing.

Description from the brewery:

Hearts’ Beat is a barrel fermented cherry beer. Not to be confused with a kriek, the Hearts’ Beat, lime many of our beers, brings together elements from many styles. The character of the cherries is at the forefront, with a concentrated aroma akin to a spirit, like a subdued kirschwasser. That boldness shares the profile with soft esters and light oak spiciness, while the acids are a balance of acetic and lactic, a nod to the beers of Flanders. The Hearts’ Beat evolves, where fruit, oak, and acids come in and out over years, although we suggested enjoying it before the 2018 batch is released.

Grains two-row, melanoidin, special roast

Hops: 2013 harvest hallertauer, aged at room temp

Also: brooks cherries

Brewed: June 13th 2016, bottled on July 5th 2017

Yield: 93 cases, 2 kegs, 8% abv

Description from the brewery:

Shades is the companion brew to the Hearts’ Beat, using rainier cherries that don’t add much in the way of color, yet their flavor contribution is enormous. Extended contact time on the whole fruit yields a beer with an intense tannic profile reminiscent of a tannat wine. The fruit also contributes firm acidity that works with multiple brettanomyces strains in the flavor profile, making for a forward beer that uses oak to round out the edges in what is our most aggressive sour beer.

Grains: two-row, caramel

Hops: 2013 harvest hallertauer, aged at room temp

Also: rainier cherries

Brewed: June 14th 2016, bottled on June 28th 2017

Yield: 98 cases, 4 kegs, 8% abv

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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