Upright Brewing – Portland, OR

Now that the Portland Trailblazers 2010-2011 season is now over ūüôĀ

I can now share with you my pre- Trailblazers game tradition ūüôā

I’m lucky enough to attend Blazer games on a regular basis. ¬†While I am a big fan of the Widmer Brothers, I’m not a big fan of shelling out $8.75 per drink per person at the Blazer games. ¬†This is where Upright Brewing comes into play.

Upright Brewing is located right across from the Rose Garden in the Left Bank Project. ¬†The Left Bank, is a collaborative space, where small businesses that are mission-focused can come together to make Portland even better. ¬†In the basement is Upright Brewing, a relatively new brewery to the Portland scene, but has already amazed my taste buds! ¬†I think it’s because Upright Brewing specialized in farmhouse inspired beers from France and Belgium but is made with local ingredients with a bit of that Pacific Northwest “Keep Oregon Beered” twist. ¬†At Upright they use a special saison yeast and an open fermentation process to produce beer that is a true hybrid style.

Back to the Blazer games. ¬†Here’s what you do. ¬†There is free parking near by (send me an email if you really want to know) or just take MAX (Portland’s light rail system). ¬†Head to Upright Brewing, which opens two hours before each Blazers home game. ¬†Meet up with your friends there, grab beers for $3 or a pitcher for $12 and hang out. ¬†Make sure to get there early since the place gets packed the closer to the start of the game.

Since I can only drink two beers before a game, that means I spend $6 total, plus my standard $1/beer tip, totals me up to $8. ¬†Still $0.75 CHEAPER than a beer in the Garden! ¬†Plus I got TWO! ¬†Pretty simple decision for me. ¬†I’m sure you’ll agree.

Jenna’s Tips:

  • Chances are Alex (the owner and head brewer) or Ezra (chief beer pourer and artist) are working. ¬†Be sure to say “hi” if you see them. ¬†Alex wears a slick pair of glasses and Ezra is usually hanging out by the cash register.
  • The Number Four is my favorite. ¬†But I also always make sure to try what ever seasonal they have on tap too.
  • Also, while they do have some snacks, make sure you plan on eating before heading to Upright (or grabbing food at the Garden). ¬†Your stomach will thank you later.

Been to Upright Brewing before? ¬†What did you think? ¬†What’s your pre-sporting event beer tradition?