Alex Ganum is a craft brewer living and quaffing in Portland, Oregon. Ganum has held various brewing gigs, perhaps the most notable were his work at Ommegang Brewing in Cooperstown, New York and as lead brewer at BJ’s in Portland, Oregon. His culinary skills, and love for “grubbin” brews have fostered a keen palate for flavorfully unique styles. His latest venture is his greatest. Ganum is working hard to uncork Upright Brewing Company, a distinct hybridization of artisan styles in brewing unlike any around. “Imagine combining the spirit and methods of rustic French and Belgian style farmhouse brewing with the positive energy and downright beautiful ingredients the Pacific Northwest offers us” says Ganum. His craft is inspired by historical records and those who have kept alive a tradition of utilizing raw, renewable resources as well as the music of Charles Mingus, whose stylings, like Ganum’s own, are beyond categorization.
It is certain that barrel-aged beers will play a role in Ganum’s repertoire. He has obtained about a dozen wine barrels from vineyards in the Willamette valley for his undertaking. Ganum and Upright Brewing have gone to great lengths already to close in on an opening date some time in early 2009. The brewery-a production-only endeavor-is situated in the dynamic Left Bank Building on 240 NE Broadway close to the Rose Quarter. Ganum, a 28-year-old Argentinian Michigander, possesses a skill far beyond his years and anyone who has sampled his “homebrews” know he is no joke. The only problem with his beers at this juncture is that we still have to wait for them. I hit Ganum up with the questions I’ve been dropping on others in the craft beer industry lately. Here goes:
What sparked your interest in craft beer?
AG: Having my older brother pick up six-packs of Bells Porter when I was a teenager sparked some interest. I still love that beer.
If trapped on a dessert island with just one tap line, what beer would you choose to drink (yeah that’s a tough one)?
Angelo grew up in Maine and is proud to call New England his original home. Cascadia is now his home. He fell in love with great beer in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California.
He has been a correspondent for the Portland Tribune’s Guest on Tap column, LivePDX.com, and has been featured in publications such as Beer Northwest and PDX Magazine. Angelo also has a great interest in independent music, and has been a booker and organizer for shows around the Portland under the name Pop Tomorrow! Angelo garnered much knowledge regarding beer from his experiences homebrewing, working at Belmont Station, Pyramid Brewing, Upright Brewing, By the Bottle, Beer Revolution, Olde Depot Public House, Falling Sky Brewing, Cascade Brewing, and from many many knowledgeable, passionate, and loving people along the way. It is Angelo’s mission to bring “infotainment” and “edumation” to the readers of this website. If you have any questions or comments, or would like to contribute, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org