Good Beer Hunting

Feb 20th, 2016 — Uppers & Downers Festival of Coffee Beers

Coffee and beer don't make the world go round. They make it go up and down. 

Uppers & Downers, a collaboration between Good Beer Hunting's Michael Kiser and World Barista Champion Stephen Morrissey, is returning to Thalia Hall with Intelligentsia Coffee for a day of coffee, beer, and coffee beers. 

Last year's festival was an amazing success, with more innovative coffee beers being poured than ever before. More than 20 coffee beer experiments only existed for this festival experience, and this year we're offering free educational and sensory seminars for guests during the sessions. 

We're also bringing back the incredibly popular multi-roaster espresso bar by La Marzocco Home, highlighting some of the country's best and most exciting roasters who work with breweries. Like last year, each roaster will be pulling single shots of their best espressos from La Marzocco Home machines. And this year we're offering a hands-on demo station for guests.

Many brewers are returning with new experiments, complete brewery case studies with Intelligentsia coffees, and many new brewers will be included in one or both sessions. Watch GBH for announcements and a behind-the-scenes look at the process as it develops. 

Local Foods, Butcher & Larder, Stock Cafe + Dusek's will be serving delicious small bites throughout the event. 

We'll have more exciting elements to share soon. 

Note: each session's mix of brewers and roasters will be slightly different, but equally awesome

Goose Island Beer Co + Intelligentsia Coffee
Firestone Walker + Intelligentsia Coffee
Half Acre Beer Co. + Dark Matter
Perennial Artisan Ales + Sump Coffee
Solemn Oath Brewery + Intelligentsia Coffee
Angry Orchard + MadCap Coffee
5 Rabbit Cerveceria + Gaslight Coffee
4 Hands Brewing + Goshen
Metropolitan Brewing + Metropolis Coffee
Off Color Brewing + Metric Coffee
Penrose Brewing + FreshGround Coffee
Central State Brewing + Dark Matter
Whiner Beer Co. + 4 Letter Word Coffee
Begyle Brewing + Ipsento Coffee
Oskar Blues + Hotbox Roasters
Brewery Vivant + MadCap Coffee
Braxton Brewing + Carabello Coffee
Widmer Brothers + Stumptown Coffee
Forbidden Root + Dark Matter

Intelligentsia Coffee, Chicago, IL
Ruby Coffee Roasters, Nelsonville, WI
MadCap Coffee, Grand Rapids, MI
Gaslight Coffee Roasters, Chicago, IL
Goshen Coffee, Edwardsville, IL
Sump, St. Louis, MO
Ipsento, Chicago, IL
Kickapoo Coffee, Viroqua, WI
Blueprint Coffee, St. Louis, MO
Counter Culture, Durham, NC
Metropolis Coffee, Chicago, IL


Each ticket includes at least 15 beer tokens in addition to espressos, small bites, and educational sessions. Plus more announcements coming soon. 


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