Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Upright Brewing - new to The Wine and Cheese Place!

Upright Brewing - Portland, Oregon

In stock now at Forsyth
Upright produces four year round "numbered" beers with a similar theme, all of which incorporate regionally grown and malted grains, hops from the Annen Brothers farm in Mt. Angel, and a special saison yeast perfectly suited to our open fermentation vessels. These beers are named after their starting gravity (density, or pre-fermentation sugar content) in Belgian brewing degrees. This method is a nod to the days when breweries solely distributed to their respective neighborhoods with nothing but a number on the cap to distinguish the beers – a time before the overly branded products of today. We hope that you appreciate the absence of gimmicks at Upright and enjoy the beers in the same sincere fashion that they are made.

Upright Four....$11.99 / 750ml
Four is a wheat beer embodying the spirit of country-style French & Belgian ales. It's light but nuanced with floral and herbal aromas and flavors, capped by a dry and mildly tart finish.
Malts: pale, wheat, vienna
Hops: santiam
4.5%, 18 IBU's

Upright Six....$11.99 / 750ml
Six is a rye beer displaying the great spicy notes the grain is known for along with a deep caramel core and delicate bubblegum note rooted in its open fermentation. Despite being dark in color, the beer finishes quite dry and refreshing.
Malts: pale, caramel, rye
Other: roast barley
Hops: magnum
6.7%, 25 IBU's

Upright Five...$11.99 / 750ml
Five blends three hop varieties with pale caramel malt to create full flavors. Subtle pale fruit aromas produced during the fermentation brighten the profile and provide contrast to its bitterness.
Malts: pale, caramel
Other: rolled barley
Hops: willamette, liberty, perle
5.5%, 37 IBU's

Upright Seven...$11.99 / 750ml
Seven is the most Belgian-esque of the numbered beers, where the house yeast is fully expressed with a big fruitiness while the hops provide spicy and herbal elements. The beer has some heft mid-palate but finishes dry.
Malts: pale, pilsener, vienna
Hops: magnum, mt.hood, columbia
8%, 23 IBU's

The brewers at Upright thoroughly enjoy developing different styles of beer ranging from old German and English styles to individualistic brews that only borrow a bit from tradition. These beers typically revolve around seasonal ingredients, barrel aging, or unusual yeasts and bacteria that make their time of release somewhat variable each year. Always produced in small batches, the seasonals come and go quickly with very limited distribution, but as the brewery continues to find room for oak barrels expect to see more new beers down the road.

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