Last night I stopped by the Brass with the intention of doing a one-and-done. This seldom happens. My mission was to get my mouth around the Five from Upright Brewing. I know it may make brewer Alex Ganum cringe to hear this, but Upright is all the hype right now. Checking Twitter last night at work, I saw several tweets about the five on tap about town. Bailey’s Taproom, Saraveza, and my Southeast watering hole, the Brass. The good news about this kind of hype is that it doesn’t go unwarranted. Let’s face it, anyone who has tasted Ganum’s beers knows they’re the shiznit. Producing funky fresh brews is his steez.
The Five is indeed a hoppy brew, but the rich hop character doesn’t overwhelm the palate like, say Boulder’s Mojo Risin’**. In fact, Five begins in one place and finishes somewhere else. This is a testament of the beers complexity and a sign that it is a superb brew. So many rich herbal, yeasty, zesty notes that I won’t go into a high falutent schpeel. Just try it. NGL, It’s delishbeer.
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