As first reported by the LA Times, our friends and partners at Intelligentsia have themselves partnered with Good Beer Hunting, a 2012 Saveur Magazine “Best Food Blog Awards” winner, to throw an epic ticketed beer and coffee event at Intelligentsia Pasadena. The event, called “Uppers And Downers“, will feature a wide variety of coffee beers, as well as a panel discussion led by Good Beer Hunting’s Michael Kiser and featuring speakers from noted craft breweries like Three Floyds, Solemn Oath, Goose Island, Stone, Lost Abbey, Firestone Walker, and Angel City. It takes place on October 19th from 7:30-9:30 PM.

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The big ticket item at “Uppers and Downers” is a chance to try Three Floyds’ much-loved “Dark Lord”, a Russian Imperial Stout traditionally only available for purchase once a year, on “Dark Lord Day” each April. The “Dark Lord” is legendary in the high-end beer world, with a World Class score of 96 from Beer Advocate and rafts of emotional tributes up online across the beer blogosphere. There’s no real comparison in the coffee world, save for maybe Esmeralda Gesha back in the “God In A Cup” days. Tickets for this event cost $95 and are available via Eventbrite. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to The Keep A Breast Foundation, a “youth-focused, global, nonprofit breast cancer organization.”

Uppers & Downers is also an interesting avenue of collaboration between Intelligentsia and Good Beer Hunting, whose publisher, Michael Kiser, clearly has the brand consultancy thing on lockdown, but is also very much in the business of publishing a beautifully written and photographed website. Indeed, look on as both threads co-mingle in this lovely introduction to Mr. Kiser’s piece on a peanut brittle / Sam Adams Octoberfest pairing:

“Regardless of what side of the battlefield you find yourself on regarding pumpkin beers, ’tis the season to lay down your arms and ponder a pairing that brings to life the flavors of fall with a healthy separation. So no, it’s not a pumpkin beer. Rather, it’s a recipe for a brittle that will fall on your tastebuds as gently as a red-orange leaf drifts to the ground in the Autumn using pumpkin seeds, or pepitas.” 

Explore more fun to read, lovingly detailed beer content at Good Beer Hunting.

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