grain & gristle

Leftbank’s own Alex Ganum (of Upright Brewing) has teamed up with Ben Meyer (of Ned Ludd) and restaurant designer Marcus Hoover to bring Portland Grain & Gristle. Tony Perez reviewed G&G for Portland Mercury here last week. Back in December the New School offered an early look that included some lovely photos, and Yelpers love it, on the whole. I confess I haven’t made it there yet, but it’s absolutely my next night out. Perez says: “Alex Ganum’s beer is reason enough for a visit. Not only are his own Upright brews among my favorite in town, but he administers his tap list with all the care and knowledge of a good sommelier.”

Way to go, Alex. Can’t wait to come check out your work.

And the winner is….

Pats on backs and hearty handshakes are in order for Alex and the crew at Upright Brewing.  Last weekend, hot on the heels of Upright’s one year anniversary party,  Alex found himself on a plane headed to the World Beer Cup 2010 in the windy city of Chicago where he had entered six of his wonderful brews.  We are happy to announce that he won a bronze medal for his German-style sour ale, Gose.  Congratulations Alex and Gerritt!

Click here for more information on the World Beer Cup 2010.

And here is a blog Alex wrote on his way to the award ceremony, published on Brewmaster’s Corner.