At Upright one beer is produced year round only for draft, the Engelberg Pilsener. It's made in an artisanal north German-style, using a classic Munich lager yeast that showcases the simple recipe while providing plenty of character. Named after Mt.Angel, where the Tettnanger hops in this beer are grown, the Engelberg hits the palate with a firm bitterness but remains light and with a delicate balance. It's the house draft at the Grain and Gristle and can be found at many Portland area bars and restaurants. 4.75%, 35 IBU's
Throughout the year Upright also brews one-off draft only batches in a range of styles. The most recent ones are detailed below:
Upright Lite is the brewery's first foray into the world of industrial lagers. While ours is made very much by hand like all of our brews, it does a solid job of emulating the king of beers by using a blend of six-row barley, rice, and maize along with an authentic yeast strain from St. Louis. 4.35%
Steamroller is here just in time for spring. Brewed as an extra pale saison for hop lovers using mt.hoods and cascades in the kettle plus a post-fermentation addition of columbus and an experimental variety that has nice black pepper notes. At only 4.9% abv it just about qualifies as a session beer, so enjoy one or three with you friends!
Kopstootje, one of our own favorites here at the brewery is making its third appearance around Portland. The biere de garde style beer is formulated to be the perfect back to the wonderful Bols Genever. Sharing many of the same ingredients - barley, wheat, rye, maize, ginger, angelica, juniper, clove, and more, the Kopstootje shows an exciting nose but drinks light and crisp, thanks to a careful lager fermentation at elevated temperatures in one of our open tanks. Try it with a pour of the Bols for the complete experience! 5.8%
Supercool IPA is making a return here in late February. Using a slightly altered recipe than the first batch, it remains a classic-tasting NW IPA with enough flavor and balance to be both potent and drinkable. Hop varieties include columbus, cascade, santiam, and an experimental one that has a nice resiny profile. 6.9%
Chocolate Stout is a one-off brewed with cacao nibs from artisan producer Neapolitan Printing & Company. The beer is based on a simple oat stout recipe and incorporates the chocolate in a way that enhances the profile all around, bringing the roast elements forward and providing a pleasant bitter edge. At only 5% abv, the medium bodied beer drinks nicely and is a great pint pour for the thick of winter.
Captain Beefheart is a collaborative brew between Jason McAdam of Burnside Brewing and Alex Ganum of Upright, both of whom can be described as meat enthusiasts. The idea behind Captain Beefheart was to create a complex beverage with savory flavors rooted in the kitchen. We started with a malty copper colored base and added Turkish bay leaf, long pepper, and sixty pounds of charred beef hearts to the kettle boil. Rounding it all out was a fermentation carried out by a soft finishing Scottish ale yeast. The beer drinks with pleasant aromatics from the spices and has a light minerality accentuated by the pound of salt also thrown in the kettle. 5.85%
Spollen Angel is Upright's first foray into a classic abbey style. Named after friend and colleague Chris Spollen of Amnesia Brewing, this Belgian-style tripel uses the same yeast strain as the recently released Todo Modo but in a very different recipe, yielding our strongest brew to date. Look for lots of bubblegum and other fruity notes wrapped around Mt.Hood hops which provide contrasting floral and grassy flavors. While the Spollen Angel clocks in at 10.6% abv, it remains surprisingly drinkable thanks to an extra dry finish. Cheers Chris!