Uppers & Downers event mixes the best in coffee and beer

Uppers & Downers is an unlikely name for an event called a “case study in coffee and beer.”

But the June 2 event, organized by Good Beer Hunting, celebrates the collaboration of Counter Culture Coffee in Durham and Brewery Bhavana in Raleigh.

The event, according to a description, features a progressive tasting of coffees, beer and a series of experimental coffee beers.

Brewery Bhavana, a brewery and dim sum restaurant combined with a bookstore and floral shop, opened in downtown Raleigh this spring.

A trial run of Bhavana’s Single Origin Coffee Saison, made with Counter Culture Coffee, was brought to an Uppers & Downers event in Chicago. “The delicate aromatics, texture, and balance of fruit, acid, and funk made for an enlightening experience in coffee beers,” event organizers wrote.

The next Uppers & Downers event will extend the theme of the beer with additional variations that show off the coffee. It will be held 7 to 10 p.m. at Counter Culture Coffee Headquarters and Training Center, 812 Mallard Ave., Durham.

Small bites from Brewery Bhavana will be served. Tickets are $40 with proceeds going to the Frankie Lemmon School & Developmental Center.

In other Counter Culture news, the roaster recently was named one of the 25 best in the country, according to Men’s Journal magazine.

The Counter Culture training center is open to the public every Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. for a free coffee tasting.

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Jessica Banov: 919-829-4831, @JessicaBanov