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Talking Portland’s Craft Beer Scene with Alex Ganum of Upright Brewing

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For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table — managing editor Nicole Raney, food and drink editor Sam Slaughter, and host Greg Nibler — travel to Portland, Oregon’s Upright Brewing to speak with founder Alex Ganum about the city’s beer scene and what’s next for the world of craft beer.

If you’ve never been to Portland (or listened to any of our other beer-related podcasts), then it probably still doesn’t come as a surprise that the hippest city in Oregon is one of the meccas for craft beer in the country. With 117 breweries in the Portland metro area as of June 2018, it’s hard to go a block or two without finding a decent brew. To find out more about the scene as a whole and how it has grown and changed, we sat down with Alex Ganum of Upright Brewery, which just celebrated its tenth anniversary.

In such a rapidly-changing industry, it’s always fun to hear how it has changed from the perspective of someone who has been in the business for a while. Ganum tells the gang what it was like when he first started his brewery and how the scene has shifted — not just in terms of the number of breweries, but the types of beer being brewed and the people brewing those beers. From there, the conversation switches to Upright’s beers and beer philosophy, as well as a discussion about lagers and why more and more craft breweries are producing them.

If you live in Portland, love Portland craft beer, or just love a good brew every now and again, then this episode is for you.

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