Uppers & Downers Returns To London this May
London has always been the central hub for everything Craft Beer and boasts some of the finest festivals to celebrate the diversity in beer and its breweries. Good Beer Hunting’s Uppers & Downers, a festival which solely celebrates coffee beers, returns to the capital after a sold-out event in 2017.
The event, which will take place at Mick’s Garage, Hackney Wick on Saturday 19th of May, will more than double in size this year. Taking place over two sessions, festival goers will have the chance to experience some of the most progressive coffee and beer hybrids ever to be poured in the UK, created by some of its top brewers and roasters.
Uppers & Downers is a collaborative coffee beer series of events created by Good Beer Hunting’s Founder & Director Michael Kiser and World Barista Champion Stephen Morrissey. The goal of Uppers & Downers is to focus on coffee as a speciality brewing and blending ingredient with origin. At this event, you’ll experience coffee beers in a range of unexpected styles, extraction methods, and blending techniques that showcase the innovative flavours, aromatics, and textures in the finished beer.
Recently Uppers & Downers has released the following brewers that will be pouring at this year’s festival:
Beavertown, Boundary, Brew By Numbers, Cloudwater, CRATE, Fourpure, Fyne Ales, House Brewery, Magic Rock, Northern Monk, Siphon, Siren, The Five Points Brewing Company & Weird Beard.
Also confirmed, are the following coffee roasters who will be collaborating alongside the above brewers as well as serving up coffee are:
Artisan Roast, Caravan, Clifton Coffee, Dark Arts Coffee, Dark Woods, Has Bean, North Star, Or Coffee, Roasted Brown, Roundhill, Square Mile & The Roasting Shed.
Uppers & Downers recently celebrated its fifth successful year at Good Beer Hunting’s hometown of Chicago. Over 1,000 people gathered Thalia Hall in what was its largest event to date. GBH Founder Michael Kiser explained why he’s thrilled to be bringing the festival back to London this year:
“Bringing Uppers & Downers to London for the second time is both an incredible outreach and homecoming for us. We’ve had people from all over the globe venture to Chicago for the fest, and because of that interest and awareness, we’re now able to bring it to them, which creates a platform for local brewers and roasters to showcase their own beer and coffee cultures and experiment through collaboration. And no place outside the States has been more important to us than the U.K.”
Also taking the time to say a few words is World Barista Champion and Uppers & Downers Co-Founder Stephen Morrissey recently moved back to London added:
“People drink coffee and beer differently here in London than other cities, the line between the two considerably more blurred. Coffee shops open later and seem to serve the community till it’s appropriate to have a drink, which happens far earlier in the day than in the U.S. Bars have coffee machines, coffee shops have beers and as evident by this year’s festival–the companies behind them are fans of each other, and work together often. I can’t wait to see the results of that work at this year’s festival.”
Uppers & Downers London will take place between 11am-3pm and 4pm-8pm on Saturday the 19th of May at Mick’s Garage in East London’s vibrant Hackney Wick neighbourhood. Tickets for each session are available here at £45.00 (plus booking fee) with a discount available for members of Good Beer Hunting’s subscriber community, The Fervent Few.