Oyster Stout – Upright Brewing (Portland, OR, USA)

Oyster Stout (a stout brewed with oysters) – Upright Brewing, 6.25% ABV, 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz. (Portland, Oregon, USA)

info from ratebeer.com:

Collaboration with Jason McAdam. A distinctly full-bodied and creamy stout with a touch of brine on the finish.

The “base” beer is a strong (medium strength by most standards, 16.6 plato) stout. We used chocolate wheat instead of the usual barley version along with a pinch of rolled rye.

In the end we decided to add roughly ten gallons of oyster “liquor” that Jason picked up fresh from the coast off a train. We didn’t want to brew an oyster stout without any oyster meat though so we also picked up eight dozen DeCourcy oysters from B.C. and cooked them during the kettle boil. After eating all the wort-soaked meat we cleaned and saved the shells to add later to the beer, post fermentation, like dryhopping.”

  • Style: (flavoured – oyster) Stout
  • Taste: Rich dark malt sweet molasses dark fruit mocha roast
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $11 (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep
  • What left an impression: rich, lengthy body

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Hefty bottle. Pours jet black-brown with a small 1mm head, a thin layer of bubbly retention, barely visible scattered micro slow streams.

Nose: dark fruity malts (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: creamy-crisp-thicker, sweet dark malt impression

Mid-palate: milky-creamy mocha, (lvl-5-sweetness), sweet roasted dark malt, oyster-fishy sour undertones, molasses-dark fruit, nutty

Finish: roasted coffee exhale, lingering bittersweet malty roast

Summary: A very bold and rich sweet stout with big dark fruit and roasted coffee notes, with the oysters seeming to add creamy depth a touch of salty-sour backdrop to an excellent base.

Upright Five (#5) – Upright Brewing (Portland, OR, USA)


Upright Five (#5) – Upright Brewing, 5.5% ABV, 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz. (Portland, Oregon, USA)

-It’s been awhile since I’ve had an Upright Brewing beer. From what I remember their beers were top notch and full interesting flavour accompanied by a rich textured body.

on the back label:

“Five is a well hopped saison featuring an aromatic nose of pale stone fruits with contrasting herbaceous notes, underscored on the tongue by firm bitterness that lasts through a dry finish.

Upright produces four ‘numbered’ beers using local malts, hops from the Annen Brothers farm in Mt. Angel, and a saison yeast perfectly suited to our open fermentation vessels. These beers are named after their starting gravity 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 them – 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.”


  • Style: Saison
  • Taste: Creamy full-bodied peach apricot sweet malt bread dry soft hopped
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn @ Hastings/Burnaby
  • How much: $12 (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., December 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: unlikely
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: YES!

Visual: Pours translucent dirty orange with a MASSIVE super-long-lasting ultra foamy head with sticky lacing, countless fine micro streams.

Nose: bretty citrus but not offensive. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: fruity full-bodied, alcoholic hit

Mid-palate: brettanomycitic tangy-acidity, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) elderflower, peach, apricot, barley malts, bready sweet

Finish: dry hoppy soft bitter, lingering malt finish.

Summary: I have not seen such a beautiful head like this in a long time. I have not tasted such unique and agreeable flavours in a long time. All-around quality.

Flora Rustica – Upright Brewing (Portland, OR, USA)


  • My Rating: A-

Flora Rustica – Upright Brewing, 5.1% ABV – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., (Portland, OR, USA)

from ratebeer.com:

“Flora Rustica is a Northwest-style saison that use yarrow (left) and calendula flowers (right) along with a handful of our favorite Oregon grown hops to produce a strongly aromatic beer. It’s very sparking and dry and makes an excellent aperitif as well as an interesting companion for certain foods like herbaceous and bitter salads or strong and fatty fish like mackerel.”

  • Style: (yarrow, calendula flavoured) Saison
  • Taste: Lager-like barley malt sweet citrus-chamomile
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $11 (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: (I saw the two unique ingredients and immediately put it in my shopping basket.) Pours almost clear golden marmalade yellow with a MASSIVE long-lasting head, huge creamy retention, sporadic thick sticky lacing, tons and tons of activity.

Nose: Chamomile-floral light honeyed malts (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-tingly mouthfeel, crisp bite

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) lager-barley malt, citrus chamomile, pepper, grassy-straw

Finish: burpy, subtle bitter hops, semi-sweet finish.

Summary: This drinks like a full-bodied lager that has been kicked up several notches. It has an evolved crisp-sweet barley malt profile with subtle floral nuances. Fantastic.

Gose – Upright Brewing (Portland, OR, USA)

Gose – Upright Brewing, 5.2% ABV

“A wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt

My notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I like: good body for low ABV
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek (?)
  • How much: ~$12 , 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours clear amber yellow with a sizable thick foamy head, some retention, lots of active CO2 streams, sticky lacing. Bright sweet wheaty malts and apricot on the nose. 7/10-level sweetness fruity banana, apricot up front, great fullness, medium malts, yeast, coriander in the background, creamy mouthfeel, and the salt kicks in near the finish, which is clean, crisp, and leaves only a hint of roughness on the tongue. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, great carry, great drinkability. Great balance of flavours and texture.


Four Play – Upright Brewing (Portland, OR, USA)

Four Play – Upright Brewing, 5% ABV, (Portland, Oregon)

“A Pinot barrel-aged sour ale with cherries”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: C+
  • Why I find it interesting: a much cleaner kriek than Belgians
  • Where I got it: W.16th
  • How much: $21 for 1pt 9.4fl oz (750ml), Summer 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: nah
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours translucent orange marmalade with a quickly dissipating head, almost zero CO2 head retention, a few barely visible slow-moving CO2 streams. Sour cherries and a bit of barnyard on the nose. Very 9/10 sharp sour-mouth-puckering tart start, followed by soft morello cherries in the mid mixed with green apples, a bit of oak in the backend and exhale, but a partially rough “aspartame” finish at the back of the throat. Not as intensely punchy and barnyard as Belgian lambics and krieks – this is softer and mellower. Medium complexity, low-medium depth, medium bodied, medium carry. Can’t say I’ll ever go for another bottle but glad I tried it.