Upright & Stillwater Kopstootje Night @ Roscoe’s

Bartender at Circa 33 serves Bol Genever Dutch gin with Upright Kopstootje backRoscoe’s will be celebrating the Dutch tradition of “Kopstootje” on Friday June 1st at 6PM. Kopstootje is the directly translated as ‘little head butt’.  It is the century old Dutch tradition of a shot and a beer. The traditional liquor is ‘Genever’, an herbal liquor made by Lucas Bols.  Upright brewing and Stillwater Ales have both created beers to be paired with Genever.  This years version of Upright ‘Kopstootje’ and Stillwater ‘Kopstootje’ will both be featured on tap at the event.  Alex Ganum of Upright brewing and Jacob Grier of Lucas Bols will be in attendance to answer questions about the beers and liquor. We will also be featuring other beers from both brewers including the new ‘Supercool IPA’ from Upright.

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This post was written by admin on May 29, 2012

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Upright Brewing Gives Beer Geeks Many Reasons to Rejoice

Upright Brewing's Alex Ganum bottling Four Play Ale

Upright Brewing When Upright Brewing opened in 2009, there was a a lot of buzz surrounding the Northeast Portland brewery. As many beer geeks like us were anticipatory of the French and Belgian farmhouse-inspired beers that former BJ’s brewer and Ommegang apprentice Alex Ganum would make, others expressed skepticism regarding the viability of a brewery that didn’t march to the beaten drum. Brewing in an open barrel fermenter might have lead many to think the guy was just crazy, but this never deterred our man.

Since the bold undertaking of Ganum three years ago and his apparent success, a number of other daring regional craft beer adventures have broken ground. These include Cascade Brewing’s Barrel House, Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Block 15, Breakside Brewery, The Commons Brewery, and more. To say that Ganum is a visionary of what craft beer in our region could sustain, seems in retrospect a bit of an understatement.

Upright bottlesUpright’s core lineup of numerological named beers that include his sessionable wheaten Four, a more aggressively hopped Five, a rich dark rye Six, and his boldest and most assertive Saison, Seven, exemplify just how originative Upright is. But, these are just the tip of the iceberg, and in someways, seemingly pedestrian when considering the risks Ganum has been willing to take when devising and executing many of his beers over the past three years. Delving into barrel-aging and blending of wild ales, Ganum’s vision for beer is more than just a quaff for the average dude, it involves a mindful approach to the culinary arts and ties in elements of history and science. As a parter in the restaurant and bar, The Grain & Gristle, Ganum continually illustrates his appreciation for a vast range of flavors in beers that he achieves by a variety of means. Whether it is unfolding new flavor profiles with beers like his Flora Rustica Saison which employs the addition of calendula flower and yarrow, or revamping historic styles like the Oyster Stout or the German-inspired Gose, it is evident that Ganum refuses to let himself get complacent, therefor, his audience is seldom bored.

Upright Brewers Gerritt Ill (left) and Alex Ganum

As an example of Upright’s constant evolution, Ganum has altered its house strain of yeast for the Number Series three times since the brewery’s inception.  “Five is also hoppier now and the aroma is more pronounced” says Ganum. “With our new yeast, the Four, Five, and Six are now coming across as more French Biere de Garde styles.” he adds. “This allows them to come across as more ingredients-driven and way less floral and fruity.” Ganum says the boisterous Seven is perhaps the only beer of the regular lineup that has remained mostly the same.

Over the past month, Upright Brewing has brewed a handful of noteworthy beers that are sure to inspire salivation in the mouths of beer lovers and foodies alike. Not playing on the popularity and hype of barrel-aging, Ganum’s reserved and humble demeanor channel an inclusive vibe to his trade. Further, Upright’s beers when compared to many other daring brewers bottling in 750ml champagne bottles, is considerably affordable.

Here is a look at more than a handful specialty beers that you can expect to find in bottles and on tap from Upright. Get them while you can because they may disappear soon. Read More…

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Kopstootje! @ The Hop & Vine

Upright Brewing & Bol’s Genever Ambassador Jacob Grier have done it again. Kopstootje is a Biére de Garde that has been made with the same herbs & botanicals as Bol’s Genever & we will be pairing the bier & Genever together Friday the 13th for an Awesome deal of 8 bucks! Alex Ganum of Upright Brewing & Jacob will be on hand for some conversation & toasting.

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This post was written by admin on January 3, 2012

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Brewing Up Cocktails: Winter Edition @ The Hop & Vine

Brewing up Cocktails: Holiday Edition

This holiday season welcome back Brewing up Cocktails for a special winter warmer/holiday themed evening of Beer Cocktails at The Hop & Vine. Last winter’s edition was perhaps the most popular installment of Brewing Up Cocktails ever, featuring acclaimed drinks like the Hot Scotchy, Wassail, and the Furburger, all three of which will make their return on December 10th. There will also be four brand new beer cocktails to set your head right and warm the cockles of your heart as the holidays near.
The new beer cocktails run the gamut of styles:  Three varieties will be served hot to fend off the winter cold, an effervescent and citrusy take on the French 75, a fruity and hoppy punch made with IPA, and a silky smooth beer flip. There will be something for everyone at this event, even an ugly Christmas sweater contest! Drink list…

Hot Drinks Wassail
Returning from last year’s hit Brewing up Cocktails is the hot mulled classic Wassail made with a base of Deschutes Jubelale slowly heated in a crockpot with brandy, sherry, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange. Served warm in a mug with a lemon slice.


Hot Scotchy

Beervana described  the Hot Scotchy as “The Greatest Beverage in the World.” Perhaps the most popular beer cocktail to date, made with hot unfermented beer and Scotch. It may be the perfect winter brewers beverage.


Hot Choklat


A new creation served steaming hot, it is one boozy treat. Starting with a base of dark rum, a little Galliano Ristretto is added and then topped off with steamed 9% abv Choklat Imperial Stout and a float of whipped cream. Served with or without a dash of chili powder.


Cold Drinks


Trade Winds Punch: Rum, gin, vanilla Beans, grapefruit zest, ripe guavas, Chinese five spice powder, and a stalk of lemongrass are infused over night and then built into a tasty beer punch the next day with fresh lime juice, citrusy IPA, and sugar. This is our recreation of punch originated by Washington, DC bartender Jon Harris. You have never had anything like it, we promise you.


Euclidean 75

The lightest and most refreshing of the bunch, the Euclidean 75 is made with gin, lemon, and sugar,  then topped off with an effervescent and refreshingly tart Berliner-Weisse. A creation from Denver bartender and beer cocktail afficionado Ryan Conklin of Euclid Hall. FurburgerThe lovingly named Furburger returns from the very first Brewing up Cocktails. Black and thick as night with chocolate and roasty creaminess from Great Divide’s Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, balanced with herbal Chartreuse and bourbon.

Smoked Vanilla Bean Flip

This creamy dessert of a beer cocktail has an incredible melange of flavors, from the anise-tinged aquavit to cream sherry, rhubarb and chocolate bitters, one whole egg, and Stone Brewing’s Smoked Porter.

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This post was written by admin on November 29, 2011

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Brewing Up Cocktails: Winter Edition

Brewing up Cocktails: Holiday Edition

This holiday season welcome back Brewing up Cocktails for a special winter warmer/holiday themed evening of Beer Cocktails at The Hop & Vine. Last winter’s edition was perhaps the most popular installment of Brewing Up Cocktails ever, featuring acclaimed drinks like the Hot Scotchy, Wassail, and the Furburger, all three of which will make their return on December 10th. There will also be four brand new beer cocktails to set your head right and warm the cockles of your heart as the holidays near.
The new beer cocktails run the gamut of styles:  Three varieties will be served hot to fend off the winter cold, an effervescent and citrusy take on the French 75, a fruity and hoppy punch made with IPA, and a silky smooth beer flip. There will be something for everyone at this event, even an ugly Christmas sweater contest! Drink list… Read More…

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Brewing Up Cocktails Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Brewing up Cocktails 1 Year Anniversary Party

Inventive cocktails made with beer are what you can always find at Brewing Up Cocktails events. Test out new flavors that will open doors into what you might never have imagined. All this is going down at the Hop & Vine (1914 N. Killingsworth Street, Portland, Oregon). Join the crew including Ezra, Jacob, and Yetta for some back yard sun soaked fun and even a frozen margarita machine. Here’s the details: Read More…

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Brewing Up Cocktails One Year Anniversary Party at The Hop & Vine

Brewing Up Cocktails 1 Year AnniversaryIt has been just One Year since Ezra Johnson-Greenough, Jacob Grier and Yetta Vorobik founded Brewing up Cocktails with the intent of exploring the gray areas and overlap of the craft spirits and craft beer scenes both of which Portland, OR is known for. Since the first experimental event as part of last years Oregon Craft Beer Month at The Hop & Vine the beer cocktails movement has exploded into a full blown nationwide trend attracting the attention of everyone from NBC News to The New York Times and local publications like Imbibe Magazine and Portland Monthly. Spearheading the movement the Brewing up Cocktails crew has put on seven different events across the west coast including one internationally in Vancouver, BC in just the last 12 months and this July 30th along with sponsors Kona Brewing and Groupon present the eighth installment with a summer Tiki Party theme at the original location Yetta Vorobik’s The Hop & Vine.

This Saturday July 30th join us for a full on Luau and Pig Roast complete with a thatched outdoor Tiki bar, tiki torch’s and more at the infamous bamboo’d garden patio of one of North Portland’s highest rated bars The Hop & Vine known for its combination of Beer, Food, Spirits, Wine and even it’s own Bottleshop. Teaming up with Kailua Hawaii based Kona Brewing known for their refreshing tropical craft beers and the deals giant startup with a love of Portland’s craft beer passionate culture Groupon. No cover charge for this event with drinks individually priced.

About Brewing up Cocktails
Founded by Ezra Johnson-Greenough, a brewer, writer, artist and event coordinator, Brewing Up Cocktails started as a one-time event for Oregon Craft Beer Month in July 2010 and has turned into something much larger. Johnson-Greenough asked hot local bartender/mixologist and writer Jacob Grier to collaborate with him in crafting some unique beer cocktails in the hope of proving that craft beers can be as good in mixed drinks as they are on their own. The venue they chose had to have great beer and an outstanding selection of fine spirits, and that is where partner Yetta Vorobik’s property, North Portland hotspot The Hop & Vine, came in. In addition to a great location for events, Vorobik adds her creative spirit and an adventurous third palate to the mix.
The July 2010 event was met with great interest, but it was not until the partners decided to do a follow-up event in the fall that the critics and public started to catch on. Beervana described one of Brewing Up Cocktails’ signature drinks, the Hot Scotchy, as:

“The Greatest Beverage in the World”

Mix Magazine opined:

“Straight-ahead beer fan that I am, I have to agree that beer cocktails open up a brave new world.”

And Portland Monthly Magazine said:

“A merger of Portland’s craft beer and quality cocktail cultures could push the next evolution of our increasingly sophisticated drinking scene.”

And finally the Associated Press caught on, with a story carried internationally, including on ABC News.

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Brewing Up Cocktails One Year Anniversary Party at The Hop & Vine

Brewing Up Cocktails 1 Year AnniversaryIt has been just One Year since Ezra Johnson-Greenough, Jacob Grier and Yetta Vorobik founded Brewing up Cocktails with the intent of exploring the gray areas and overlap of the craft spirits and craft beer scenes both of which Portland, OR is known for. Since the first experimental event as part of last years Oregon Craft Beer Month at The Hop & Vine the beer cocktails movement has exploded into a full blown nationwide trend attracting the attention of everyone from NBC News to The New York Times and local publications like Imbibe Magazine and Portland Monthly. Spearheading the movement the Brewing up Cocktails crew has put on seven different events across the west coast including one internationally in Vancouver, BC in just the last 12 months and this July 30th along with sponsors Kona Brewing and Groupon present the eighth installment with a summer Tiki Party theme at the original location Yetta Vorobik’s The Hop & Vine.

This Saturday July 30th join us for a full on Luau and Pig Roast complete with a thatched outdoor Tiki bar, tiki torch’s and more at the infamous bamboo’d garden patio of one of North Portland’s highest rated bars The Hop & Vine known for its combination of Beer, Food, Spirits, Wine and even it’s own Bottleshop. Teaming up with Kailua Hawaii based Kona Brewing known for their refreshing tropical craft beers and the deals giant startup with a love of Portland’s craft beer passionate culture Groupon. No cover charge for this event with drinks individually priced.

About Brewing up Cocktails Read More…

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Brewing Up Cocktails @ The Hop & Vine

New School Beer Blog writers, mixologist Jacob Grier and Oregon brewers will have a discussion and tasting of beer cocktails. More info here


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This post was written by admin on June 22, 2011

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Breakside Brewery Whiskey Ginger Release

Finally, on May 11, the Whiskey Ginger will be on tap at Breakside Brewery. This beer finds its origins in a cocktail called Six Lengths Ahead, which was on the original drink menu at Portland’s cocktail hotspot Beaker and Flask. This beer also aged in a Whippersnapper barrel and has blueberries, fresh ginger, lime peel, and a touch of grenadine.

Breakside Brewery's Ben Edmunds loads a randall with cucumbers and juniper berries

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