Portland’s Upright Brewing has been making quite a name for themselves since opening in Portland last year. In their own words, Upright Brewing “specializes in farmhouse inspired beers rooted in France and Belgium but made with local ingredients and a Pacific Northwest twist. The name is a reference to Charles Mingus and his primary instrument, a musician whose compositions defy categorization. At Upright we use a special saison yeast and open fermenters to produce beers that are a true hybrid style, sharing Mingus’ spirit of exercising creativity and craft.”
As of this week, select Upright beers are available in the Seattle market through distributor Browar Polska. According to the brewery, there are currently 750ml bottles of Four, Five, Seven, Gose, Pure Wit, and Oyster Stout available (I think someone mentioned that their Flora Rustica is around as well). They will also send bottles of Six and some limited kegs at a later date. Upright will also be in town for Seattle for Beer Week at the Malt and Vine on May 17th and The Dray on May 18th. Details are still being worked out on those parties but they plan to have a keg of the very limited Apricot Farmhouse Anniversary beer.
If you are wondering about the origin of some of their beer names (Four, Five, etc…) their year-round beers are named after their starting gravity in Belgian brewing degrees. You can read more about their year-round lineup here, and their seasonal beers here.
Bottleworks and 99 Bottles have definitely received shipments of Upright already. The other usual suspects (Full Throttle, Malt & Vine, etc…) should be getting some as well.