Feb 24, 2018 (Chicago) — Uppers & Downers Festival

CHICAGO 2018 FESTIVAL OF COFFEE BEERS
February 24, 2018
Thalia Hall - 1807 S Allport St, Chicago, IL
Session 1 // 11a - 3p
Session 2 // 4p - 8p
$65/session (+ service charges)

Last year we featured more than 20 one-off experimental coffee beer collaborations of all styles (see the 2017 program!), and nearly a dozen roasters over two sessions all serving single-origin espressos, whiskey coffee cocktails, cold brews, and more.

This year we have even more. 


AN ENTIRE WEEK OF EVENTS!

We're expanding this year's Chicago festival into a week of activities. Join us for more coffee + beer experiences at our partner locations.


CASE STUDIES

These special feature breweries will be pouring a series of beers that showcase collaboration and experimentation with a coffee roaster across a variety of styles and techniques. 

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Brewery Bhavana + Counter Culture Coffee
Brewery Bhavana from Raleigh, NC has been named one of America's Top 10 new restaurants by Bon Appetit and was recently featured in a stand-alone case study Uppers & Downers event at Counter Culture's headquarters in Durham, NC in which they featured a number of single origin coffee beers.

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Prairie Artisan Ales
Prairie Artisan Ales from Oaklahoma City has been making some of the most sought-after beers in the country—a full spectrum of farmhouse, Belgian-inspired, and barrel-aged beers. And this year they're venturing into on-site coffee roasting as well, giving them a unique platform for experimentation in coffee beers. 

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4 Hands Brewery + Goshen Coffee
4 Hands Brewer in St Louis, MO is returning to their fourth Uppers & Downers with a unique showing of four microlot selections of the same coffee blended with a single beer profile to highlight the uniqueness of origin and process. It's a deep dive into the nuances of terroir.   

 
 

SPECIAL EXHIBITS

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EDUCATIONAL SESSION
Guinness has always been on the forefront of beer innovation — from being the first to use nitrogen in beer, to taking control of their ingredient production and roasting their own barley (at the same temperature as some coffee roasts, coincidentally). They're keen to share their 259 years of experience and also learn a little something from some of the best coffee experts in the industry today.

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IRISH COFFEE COCKTAIL BAR
Powers Irish Whiskey will be showcasing their whiskey through an Irish Coffee Cocktail, created by a local Chicago bartender (winner of the Cocktail Competition earlier in the week). This has been a highlight of the fest three years running.

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ESPRESSO BAR
Brought to you by La Marzocco Home, the multi-roaster espresso bar will feature a hands-on demo station in collaboration with Counter Culture Coffee and espresso from five other innovative roasters from around the country.  

Featured roasters
Counter Culture Coffee
Intelligentsia
Gaslight
Metric
Kickapoo
Onyx


17 ADDITIONAL BREWERS POURING

Allagash Brewing Company - Portland, ME
Anchor Brewing - San Francisco, CA
Burial Beer Co. - Asheville, NC
Central State Brewing Co. - Indianapolis, IN
Cruz Blanca Brewery - Chicago, IL
Goose Island Beer Company - Chicago, IL
Hop Butcher For The World - Chicago, IL
Hopewell Brewing Company - Chicago, IL
Maplewood Brewery & Distillery - Chicago, IL

Metropolitan Brewing - Chicago, IL
Middle Brow Beer Co - Chicago, IL
Off Color Brewing - Chicago, IL
Penrose Brewing Company - Geneva, IL
Perennial Artisan Ales - St. Louis, MO
Pollyanna Brewing Company - Lemont, IL
Sketchbook Brewing Co. - Evanston, IL
Temperance Beer Company - Evanston, IL



CASE STUDIES

These special feature breweries will be pouring a series of beers that showcase collaboration and experimentation with a coffee roaster across a variety of styles and techniques. 

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Burial Beer Co. + Counter Culture Coffee
Burial Beer Co. from Asheville, NC makes a variety of mixed ferm saison and sour beers, as well as a wide variety of stouts and lagers, and has been collaborating with Counter Culture for some time. Expect a wide spectrum of unique offerings exploring the acid/fruit side of coffee beers. 

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Cruz Blanca Brewery + Sparrow Coffee Roasters
Cruz Blanca from Chicago, IL is inspired by a Mexican flavor palate, creating beers with a culinary cross-over appeal. Their recent release, Marigold, a Belgian strong ale with blackberries and coffee highlights the balance of flavors and aromas we can expect to see from this Chef Rick Bayless brewpub. 

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4 Hands Brewery + Goshen Coffee
4 Hands Brewer in St Louis, MO is returning to their fourth Uppers & Downers with a unique showing of four microlot selections of the same coffee blended with a single beer profile to highlight the uniqueness of origin and process. It's a deep dive into the nuances of terroir.   

 
 

SPECIAL EXHIBITS

guinness-8.jpg

EDUCATIONAL SESSION
Guinness has always been on the forefront of beer innovation — from being the first to use nitrogen in beer, to taking control of their ingredient production and roasting their own barley (at the same temperature as some coffee roasts, coincidentally). They're keen to share their 259 years of experience and also learn a little something from some of the best coffee experts in the industry today.

Powers-Logo-Simplified-black.jpg

IRISH COFFEE COCKTAIL BAR
Powers Irish Whiskey will be showcasing their whiskey through an Irish Coffee Cocktail, created by a local Chicago bartender (winner of the Cocktail Competition earlier in the week). This has been a highlight fo the fest three years running.

 

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ESPRESSO BAR
Brought to you by La Marzocco Home, the multi-roaster espresso bar will feature a hands-on demo station in collaboration with Counter Culture Coffee and espresso from five other innovative roasters from around the country.  

Featured roasters
Counter Culture Coffee
PT's
Four Letter Word
Ruby
Stumptown
Sump


17 ADDITIONAL BREWERS POURING

5 Rabbit Cervecería - Bedford Park, IL
18th Street Brewery - Gary/Hammond, IN
Allagash Brewing Company - Portland, ME
Anchor Brewing - San Francisco, CA
Brewery Bhavana - Raleigh, NC
Central State Brewing Co. - Indianapolis, IN
Gathering Place Brewing - Milwaukee, WI
Goose Island Beer Company - Chicago, IL

 

Hop Butcher For The World - Chicago, IL
Hopewell Brewing Company - Chicago, IL
Illuminated Brew Works - Chicago, IL
Off Color Brewing - Chicago, IL
Perennial Artisan Ales - St. Louis, MO
Prairie Artisan Ales - Oklahoma City, OK
Solemn Oath Brewery - Naperville, IL
Whiner Beer Company - Chicago, IL



More info coming soon. All details subject to change.