15 Ways to Enjoy Chicago Beer & Coffee Simultaneously

Chicago beer and coffee

Ross Perkins / The Chicago Traveler

When you combine the Chicago Beer scene with the equally phenomenal Coffee scene– great things happen to your mouth. Some coffee infused beers are served year ’round, such as Aquanaut Brewing, but most tend to be seasonal and available in the colder months of the year. However– Dark Lord, by 3 Floyds, is only available one day a year..in April. The majority of Chicago beer and coffee creations stay true to the city by collaborating with local Chicago coffee roasters– two of the most popular being Dark Matter Coffee and Intelligentsia. The coffee taste is typically complimented by a stout, porter or a brown ale– since the creamy richness of those styles can tame down the bitterness of some coffee. Plus, many dark beers have hints of chocolate– and I am a sucker for coffee and candy.
However, the Graveyard Shift Coffee Pale Ale by Arcade Brewery breaks away from that tradition and infuses a lighter, hoppier beer to create a unique tasting experience.

Coffee beans backgroundThere is even an event called Uppers & Downers that is dedicated to this whole Chicago beer and coffee infusion craze. It is a celebration of both the Chicago beer and coffee scenes– which have a lot more in common than one may think. Many of the breweries that showed up created infusions only served at Uppers & Downers, so if this is your cup of tea (or beer or coffee..) then I suggest you look into it. 2015 was their first year, but hopefully this will turn into an annual event and continue to grow and push the limits.

Chicago Beer Infused Coffee
..or the other way around:

Beer tanks at Aquanaut Brewing in Chicago

James Podrasky / The Chicago Traveler

Big Hugs – Half Acre

Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Bourbon Country Coffee Stout – Goose Island

American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.40% ABV

Cappuccino Stout – Lagunitas

American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.20% ABV

Coffee Eugene – Revolution

American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Coffee Tough Guy – Begyle

American Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Creepy Barista – Solemn Oath

American Brown Ale | 6.60% ABV

Dark Lord – 3 Floyds

Russian Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Fulton Street Blend – Goose Island

American Blonde Ale |  5.50% ABV

G.F.Y. Coffee Stout – Spiteful

American Stout |  8.00% ABV

Ghost Freight Coffee Stout – Flossmoor Station

Nitro Stout | 6.00% ABV

Graveyard Shift Coffee Pale Ale – Arcade

American Pale Ale (APA) |  7.00% ABV

Misterioso Coffee Porter – Aquanaut

American Porter |  6.30% ABV

Mourning Wood – Local Option

American Amber / Red Ale |  7.30% ABV

Northwind Imperial Stout – Two Brothers

Russian Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Yodo Con Leche – 5 Rabbit Cerveceria

American Porter |  8.20% ABV

Occasionally special releases will pop up at different breweries, so it is best to follow your favorite breweries on Social Media to stay up to date with all of their releases.

Who makes your favorite coffee infused creation?
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Ross Perkins

Ross Perkins is the Executive Editor & a connoisseur of all things enjoyable– at least in his mind. He is an avid traveler in the name of inspiring sights, music, food & cars. He is a published photographer & writer that is looking for any reason to get out and explore his surroundings.

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