We made a limited run of Big Hugs long sleeve T's, featuring the skull-teddy printed on the arm. If anyone wants one, then come and pick one up while supplies last.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Big Hugs, the imperial stout that we've been working on is officially tapped in our brewery store. I have to say that we're really pumped about this beer. We took an interesting approach to making it and collaborated with Dark Matter Coffee to do a very low volume coffee extraction that was added. The result isn't a total coffee beer, but a 9.5% brut of a stout with with fully flexed flavor that rounds out the spectrum nicely. Stop by and grab a growler to take home and enjoy.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
We want to congratulate all those on the Half Acre Cycling team for another great year of racing. We've been fortunate enough to collaborate with a great group of folks who enjoy racing bikes since we started Half Acre. We've been coming up together, so here's to another great year of racing bikes and making beer.
Monday, December 7, 2009
December is running off quickly so it's time that we discuss some of the goings on.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The Winner of the Thanksgiving Hunt has yet to bring back the capsule.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
2009 is coming a close.
We brewed 10 different beers so far this year. Something we feel good about.
And we have at least one more coming. To round things out and finish this year with a punch, we’ve brewed the first of two fifteen BBL batches of an Imperial Stout we’re calling Big Hugs. This will be a 9.5% thug of a stout that boasts a ton of raw flavors that you can experience for yourself. We’re just about to crash the first batch, so you can expect to see this beer on tap and in 22oz bombers at select establishments around town and at our brewery store before the holiday. Scheduled to be released on 12/18...
In other holiday cheer, we have a lot more Beer Soap and gift certificates (by Friday) available at the store. Come get your loved ones the gift of cleanliness and beer.
Half Acre Beer Co
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Chains and helmets cross here one final time for lasting glory = Location of the final Chicago Cyclocross Race also the State Championship.
The “And I'll crush you to bits, body and bones” part is from the Three Billy Goats Gruff. The troll lives under a bridge.
Half Acre Beer Co
Friday, November 20, 2009
Ladies & Gentlemen,
We’re happy to announce that the Half Acre Hunt is back in action. This hunt is in celebration of Thanksgiving, a holiday centered on the consumption of delicious items in mass quantity.
This week’s lucky winner will get to add some handcrafted Half Acre Beer to their menu. Odds are that we’ll have a special T-Giving Beer that will be available for the occasion.
For all of you that don’t seize the capsule, our store will be open till 8:00pm the Wednesday before, so stop by and grab an array of handcrafted beer for you and your fellow holiday diners. Growlers of frothy nectar will be getting filled all day, so bring home the bounty.
As you may remember, the last capsule was lost in a tragic scavenger hunt snafu. The capsule has been replaced with an Altoids tin that we covered in Half Acre stickers. So that’s what you’ll be looking for.
Another twist, we now have help from you, the Half Acre Fan & Friend. This week’s clue is brought to you by one of you. We carefully perused a group of eager participants to find a sly and fiendish collaborator. We hope you enjoy the handy work of Scavenger Dan.
A reminder of the rules:
The only clue or info given is below. Regardless of what you email or text us, we will not increase your level of information. No hints. If you find the capsule, you have to immediately call or text: 773 351 5709. This is important – fellow hunters will appreciate knowing this.
So, without further nonsense here is your clue.
Cleats and chains will cross here for lasting glory.
If you run into trouble down below just repeat these words:
"Well, come along! I've got two spears,
And I'll poke your eyeballs out at your ears;
I've got besides two curling stones,
And I'll crush you to bits, body and bones."
The capsule is hidden in a corner crack in the wall on the north side. Remember. "Chicago Can"
Half Acre Beer Co
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
We've been offering free tours every Friday at 5:00. No sign up was necessary, just show and enjoy the tour. We decided to move the tour to Saturdays so that folks didn't have to tick off their employers by skipping out of work early.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
You likely noticed that we haven't been running the hunt. The capsule was lost during the last hunt, which put a little bump in the road, but the main reason we've been hunt-free is lack of time.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
As of yesterday the store has been open one full month. It’s taken all the free time we didn’t have, and all hands have been on deck non-stop. Fortunately it’s been a lot of fun and an exciting new endeavor for Half Acre. We spent a year under brewing lockdown, and now we’re breaking out of our beer cocoon. It’s good to be out and mingling with you all.
Our actual growlers come in next week, so we can step into the high tech world of actual growlers and leave our mason jar roots in the past.. We have new pint glasses coming, as well, so all you folks that thought we were lame when we said we were out of glasses – wait a couple weeks, head back in and prepare to be leveled by their transparent wonder.
We’ve been offering free tours on Friday’s at 5:00. We realize that it’s a tough time for some to get here, so even though we’ve been getting very good turnouts, we’re going to avoid the ongoing issue of folks being bummed out because they’re still chained to their desk at that time. So beginning the weekend of 11/14, the tour officially moves from Fridays to Saturdays. See you here.
In the last month we’ve released three special release beers. Each one is designed to appear and disappear; we’re just having fun and making new beers. You likely won’t find these in the bulk of the places that sell our beer. We don’t make enough of them and don’t plan on setting up the distribution paths for those beers – unless we roll one out full scale, but you can swing by the store to grab a sample and take home a 22oz bomber or growler. We’ll try to continue with these offerings as a way to keep all of us on our toes.
To the good fight,
Half Acre Beer Co
Friday, October 23, 2009
After some long bottling days, we're packaging Magnus into kegs and it will begin to fill growlers later today.
Monday, October 19, 2009
In celebration of Magnus, the jacked-up Schwartz beer we’ve been raising for the last seven weeks, we made ourselves a bang-up lunch, opened up the garage door and sat in the autumn sun to take it down. Lets discuss it:
On our paper plates a passer-by would see Prosciutto, and not some low-rent Prosciutto found pre-sliced in bad packaging, but thin slices carved from a whole slab of Proscuitto smuggled over from Italy in the luggage of friends. Beside the Prosciutto was a Mortadella (the Italian, workingman’s boloney that also entered the country as contraband) sandwich with cheese, olive oil and balsamic vinegar between two freshly sliced pieces of bread baked. The anchor was some homemade pasta with olive oil, cheese and cherry tomatoes.
A fine lunch with workmates enjoyed in what will likely be the last of the warm weather while the neighborhood strolls by is a treat.
This week we bottle and keg Magnus. We’re really looking forward to this and can’t wait to invite you guys to try it. Keep a look out, the time is rapidly approaching.
Half Acre Beer Co.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Everyone at Half Acre is charged up because the new store & tasting area opened at our brewery. You can now come to the brewery to sample some beer and buy brew to go. We have 6-packs, 22 oz bottles, growlers (1/2 gal. jugs / mason jars), 1/6th bbl kegs and 1/2 bbl kegs. We'll have scheduled tours Friday's at 5:00, so come check out the brewery, sample some beer and get some to go.
We’re bottling Daisy Cutter Pale Ale in 22’s today, so by the time you get free of employment you can pop into the brewery and get your weekend started off correctly.
Today's hunt is a little different. In honor of the new Half Acre Truck rolling around town, the truck is this week’s capsule. If you haven't seen it, keep your eyes peeled and camera / phone out. The first five people to send us a new photo that we haven't seen - and we'll know if you didn't take it - will get some free beer.
text 773 3351 5709 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Half Acre Beer Co
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
The web-site seems to be clear and readable, what is very important for an older man. That’s very good, that I can find a lot of interesting information concerning your products and technology. Now I can have the knowledge about different processes and believe me or not; I have never known that so many different kinds of beer are produced all around the world. That’s great! Thanks to the internetthe World comes to our homes with a lot of information. Now, when retired I can focus on different sides of live and forget about daily underground coal mining from the past. I have also started to collect some beer items, as beer is one of the most recognizable item of coal miners culture. I am just the beginner collector and there are only few things like glasses and coasters. So, maybe you can help me tomake it bigger? Is it possible to have some samples of labels, coasters or crowns? I would be so grateful if it’s possible.
Wish you all the best and God bless you all
Maybe I’ll put my postal address below:
(Removed because we're not total jerks)
P.S. As Benjamin Franklin said one day: "Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy."
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
We’ve been getting a ton of questions about the store and upcoming changes.
Here is a general overview and some quick answers.
Our goal with the store and thought behind building a production brewery right in the middle of a busy neighborhood was to make it a place where people could connect with our brewery, the process and those making the beer they drink.
It will also allow us some flexibility. To be more specific:
The Half Acre store is not a bar and will not serve food. We will sell our beer to-go and the beer & spirits of brewers and distillers we want to support. We will have six draft lines that will allow for sampling and the purchase of growlers (1/2 gallon jugs) to-go. We’ll also have a soda that we’ve made on draft as much as time allows. You can buy our beer in 6packs, 22oz bottles, growlers, 1/2bbl kegs and 1/6th bbl kegs. We’ll also sell Half Acre merchandise to outfit your entire neighborhood.
Enjoying what we do very much and doing our best to continually offer new / different beer, we will have things available here that might not be available at other locations. Not everything we brew lands in bars, stores and restaurants – it’s time consuming and expensive to develop visual identities and distribution paths. The store will allow us to share some of the things that usually don't make it out of the brewery.
Basically, the store will grant us some flexibility to readily offer you Half Acre Beer in as many forms possible in the freshest state imaginable.
We will open the week of Oct 5, 2009. We’ll be gearing things up slowly, so some things might not be available right away, but keep your pants on – we’re on it. We will offer formal tours Friday’s at 5:00pm and will add Saturday’s in the coming months. People can go out to the brewery at any time to see the machine at work. During regular working hours it will be like being at the zoo, watching us work in our native habitat kind of vibe. However at tour times we will chat it up and answer any questions anyone might have.
This should be awesome. See you here.
Half Acre Beer Co
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
To The Hunters:
Friday, September 11, 2009
As the blog hopefully turns a corner and ends its ongoing updates on construction, licensing and coming soon promises, we’d like to thank all of you.
I can’t tell you how many people have helped, offered to volunteer or yelled random messages of support while walking or driving by the brewery. So, we thank all of you who lent a hand physically and those who spewed positive vibes along the way.
With that said, the blog will hopefully focus on new beers, rants on various topics, collaborations and goings on at the new store that we plan to have open at the beginning of October.
With that thought – look for a specialty release called Magnus in the coming weeks. It’s a big Schwartz beer that will be offered on draft and in 22oz bombers. We’ll let you know where when the time comes.
So as the next chapter rolls in, lets head out and hunt.
Remember to call, email or text as soon as one of you has found it. 773.351.5709 or Gabriel@halfacrebeer.com
Here is today’s clue:
“Couldn’t find the Crier of Little Fort Road, but found a bag instead. Promptly put the capsule in and left it with the foliage.”
Good luck! The winner gets some Daisy Cutter 22’s that were bottled today.
Half Acre Beer Co
Friday, September 4, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
In an effort to pass a grand inspection on Tuesday we have all hands on deck working round the clock to get this place done. That's right, done. If all goes as planned, which it usually never does, we will have 99% of all construction done by Tuesday.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
This August we acknowledge our second anniversary of selling beer in Chicago.
A lot has changed, but we’ve steadily focused on having a lot of fun being part of this experiment.
The capsule is out there so maybe take a trip and find it. We'll give you free beer if you bring it back to us.
Remember to call, text or email to announce that you’ve found it so we can call off the folks running around the city in hopes of doing the same.
773 351 5709
"Why did they name it so, no one seems to know. The asphalt gives way and the earth slopes down into the current. Leaves hide the capsule. Watch your step."
Thursday, August 6, 2009
This means that all that is Half Acre will be tossing back frothy beverages in another state when the Hunt would normally take place. As a result there will be no Hunt. However, if you come to the Taste and find us we will pour you as much beer as you like: a different type of Hunt. Don’t be shy.
Half Acre Beer Co
Friday, July 31, 2009
Ok, today is another hunt. In honor of summer and the backyard party, we’re offering the winner of this week’s hunt a keg of Daisy Cutter for their own backyard affair. We wish you luck in finding the capsule.
If you find it, you have to immediately call, text or email 773 351 5709 / Gabriel@halfacrebeer.com
So, go ahead, find it and bring it to us.
Find the power “Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”
Best of luck,
Half Acre Beer Co
Another big week in the brewery. Pictured above you'll find the latest in handicap accessibility, chicago safety features and brewery allure.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
We officially have a storefront. After 10 months of living in darkness, light now shines through. Now that we look like those kids from "Flowers In The Attic," we can finally begin to restore pigment in our bodies. Fortunately no one was slowly poisoning us with donuts.
Monday, July 20, 2009
We're going to be pouring beers and having a good time at The Great Taste of the Midwest. Are you going? If not, you'll probably want to alter your schedule and change that. Check things out here.
Hope to see you there,
Half Acre Beer Co
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Half Acre Beer Co
Friday, July 17, 2009
This week we got some new gear. See the 60bbl tanks above, thanks to Three Floyds, and some new kegs thanks to those in China who monopolize the stainless steel market. We also got a new second floor that’s capable of supporting tremendous amounts of weight. All the grain can now move upstairs and out of the way. All this has put a good vibe in the brewery and we finally feel like we’re getting close to finishing the “buildout,” on the brewery. The store is close behind, which is great for us both. The store will allow you, the faithful fan, to come and hang out and leave with beer in hand.
In addition, today is Friday and the hunt is on. So, go out and find it. Bring it to us and be rewarded with 22oz bombers of Daisy Cutter and a chance to check out the progress first hand.
It’s very important that you call, text or email when / if you find the capsule: 773 351 5709 or Gabriel@halfacrebeer.com. And just a reminder, the capsule is a tin cylinder approximately 3” round by 1”deep. Our logo is on its top.
Enjoy the weekend, good luck and here is your clue:
“They used his name twice in Illinois alone even though he only visited the USA once and never touched Chicago soil. Look to where the sun and wind power this place.”