If you believe in the philosophy that mixing two good things is bound to create something great, then Uppers and Downers is the event for you. A collaboration between Intelligentsia Coffee and Good Beer Hunting, Uppers and Downers is a series of events celebrating the coming-together of coffee and beer.
Brewers and coffee roasters deal with similar fermentation and brewing processes, so it seems like a natural match to bring the two beverages together. But in the decade or so that coffee beers have existed commercially, Intelligentsia’s Stephen Morrissey and Good Beer Hunting’s Michael Kiser felt that the product could be better. So, in an effort to bring innovative coffee and beer gurus to the table to see what magic would happen, Uppers and Downers was born.
Throughout 2014, Uppers and Downers hosted a series of four events throughout the city exploring how coffee beers are made. Hillary Schuster, designer for Good Beer Hunting, explained that the series, “took guests through the coffee roasting process, taught them the origins of different coffees, showed them how to use coffee in brewing a beer, and allowed them to participate and try different beers in a homebrew competition.”
The buttons created for Uppers and Downers celebrated the multitude of equipment used in making coffee and brewing beer. “The [button] designs were pulled out of a larger piece– it was a ton of silhouettes of coffee- and bee-related gear, arranged in a big diamond shape.” The coffee cup, bean, bottle and tulip glass were selected to represent each of the four events in the series.
This weekend, Uppers and Downers returns with a larger festival format. The event will take place this Sunday, 1/25 at Thalia Hall in Pilsen, with beer and coffee by many of our favorite makers, so it’s sure to be a feast for the senses!