It’s back! On February 20th, 2016 the great city of Chicago will play host to a second edition of Uppers & Downers, the world’s premiere coffee beer event. Last year’s event was a remarkable display of liquid cultural unity between the coffee and beer worlds, and this year’s event promises to be even bigger and better. Guests should expect dozens of coffee beer experiments from some of North America’s top craft breweries, alongside a high-flying multi-roaster espresso experience from several notable new wave coffee roasters.

Tickets are now on sale for this event! Click here to reserve yours today, with ticketing split into two sessions, both on Saturday, February 20th.

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Uppers & Downers is a collaboration between Michael Kiser, founder of the much-lauded beer culture phenomenon Good Beer Hunting, and Stephen Morrissey, a World Barista Champion and creative advisor currently based in Chicago. The duo co-founded Uppers & Downers event in 2015. This year’s event is presented in collaboration with Intelligentsia Coffee, La Marzocco Home, Goose Island Beer Co., and Thalia Hall, an extraordinary historic music venue in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood that will again host Uppers & Downers.

Sprudge is delighted to be participating in the main event this year, but for the truly beer + coffee geeky among us, we’re teaming up with Good Beer Hunting for a special Sunday session on February 21st, featuring favorite pours from the event and a live taping of the popular Good Beer Hunting podcast. This event will be hosted at 2pm the Good Beer Hunting Studios in Logan Square, with just 35 tickets made available for $15 apiece. Tickets for this intimate retoxification event will be on sale shortly.


Here’s the confirmed breweries and espresso service so far for the Thalia Hall event! More will be added as we draw closer to the big day, plus some exciting (and surely quite necessary) food vendors will be joining the fray. This post will update around once a week or so as more partners are added.


Goose Island Beer Co + Intelligentsia Coffee
Firestone Walker + Intelligentsia Coffee
Half Acre Beer Co. + Dark Matter Coffee
Perennial Artisan Ales + Sump Coffee
Solemn Oath Brewery + Intelligentsia Coffee
Angry Orchard + MadCap Coffee
5 Rabbit Cerveceria + Gaslight Coffee
4 Hands Brewing + Goshen Coffee
Metropolitan Brewing + Metropolis Coffee
Off Color Brewing
Penrose Brewing
Central State Brewing + Dark Matter Coffee
Whiner Beer Co. + 4 Letter Word Coffee
Begyle Brewing + Ipsento Coffee
Oskar Blues + Hotbox Roasters


Intelligentsia Coffee, Chicago, IL
Ruby Coffee Roasters, Nelsonville, WI
MadCap Coffee, Grand Rapids, MI
Gaslight Coffee Roasters, Chicago, IL
Goshen Coffee, Edwardsville, IL
Counter Culture Coffee, Durham, NC
Ipsento Coffee, Chicago, IL
Sump Coffee, St. Louis, MO
Metropolis Coffee, Chicago, IL

Much more information here via Good Beer Hunting.

Photos from the 2015 Uppers & Downers event by Eva Deitch, courtesy of Good Beer Hunting. 

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