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large_uprightlogoTonight I look forward to celebrating one of my favorite breweries first anniversary, Upright Brewing.  A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to try a sample of the draft-only apricot farmhouse ale and Four Play.  While they were both good beers, the clear stand out to me was the apricot ale. Learn more about this event from the press release below:

1st Anniversary and Four Play bottle release Party!
Friday April 7th 430-9pm

240 N. Broadway, Portland, OR
‎ 97227(503) 735-5337

During the normal Friday tasting room hours of 4:30 – 9 pm Upright will be celebrating it’s first anniversary with two special beers – a draft-only apricot farmhouse ale and Four Play, the brewery’s second batch brewed in late March 2009 which was barrel aged with cherry puree, lactobacillus and brettanomyces. The Four Play yielded just 80 cases and five kegs and will be available only at the brewery. Kir Jensen, the woman behind the Sugar Cube modeled for the label and we’ll have some of her amazing sweets available to pair with the beer.

The draft only anniversary Apricot beer is a simple recipe that uses nearly all pale malt and a pinch of wheat to let the yeast (our house French saison strain) express itself clearly. At the tail end of the fermentation about 300 pounds of apricot puree was added which was subsequently fermented out leaving the beer with a delicate fruity nose along with a tart and juicy flavor. The finish is dry and lasting making this beer a quenching beverage to break in Portland’s Spring season. 6% abv

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