Uppers and Downers Festival 2018

On the 19th of May, we’ll be pouring at the second London version of Good Beer Hunting Uppers and Downers Festival, which celebrates craft beer and coffee and collaboration between the two. This festival is the ideal event for us; we’ve always been fans of exploring the elements good coffee can add to beer. From our Coffee Porter range, where the collaborate with various roasteries to create robust, strong porters with all the best notes of the beans to our subtle coffee red ales and pales.

After our 21|16 Coffee Pale Ale collaboration with Round Hill Roastery for London Coffee Festival, we wanted to see if we could collaborate to push this style even further. We took inspiration from The Blended Union; Steve Georgiou from The Wigmore’s award winning cocktail, which uses the Wigmore Saison No. 1 (the first of our quarterly saisons we have created together to compliment the modern tavern’s amazing seasonal food) as a base. The cocktail won ‘Best Drink’ at London Cocktail Week in 2017.

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21|17 is hopped generously with Mosaic, with grapefruit peel added during the boil. We then added honey, supplied by our friends Hiver, and mango puree during fermentation, and Round Hill’s Gigessa coffee beans after fermentation had finished. Thus, this beer stands as a four-way collaboration with a group of people and companies we greatly admire within the craft food and drinks industries. To round off the beer, we will be adding a final, optional ingredient when poured- exclusively at the festival.

The beer will be launching at Uppers and Downers 2018 on Saturday 19th May, where the team from Round Hill Roastery will also be in attendance to brew some beautiful coffees. The last few tickets are still available here and include unlimited servings of both the beers and coffee, and the event will be held in Mick’s Garage in Hackney Wick.

We hope to see you there.

Team BBNo