Now that the Portland Trailblazers 2010-2011 season is now over 🙁
I can now share with you my pre- Trailblazers game tradition 🙂
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.
- 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?