Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Marty Stouffer's Wild America Barley Wine

As a brewery this is our first "tribute beer." A beer brewed specifically to pay homage to someone or something that we feel lent an interesting twist to life. With that we give you Marty Stouffer's Wild America, a barley wine in honor of wild life's quintessential badass.

Back in the mid 80's to early 90's, before nature shows were commonplace, you may recall a show on PBS by the same name of this beer. It chronicled Marty Stouffer romping through the North American bush with a camera capturing burly creatures existing in the wild. A lot of serious footage caught of some amazing things. Personally, I'd tune in with my dad and watch Grizzlies throw down over territory, bighorn sheep drive their skulls into one another, mountain lions take down mule deer and Marty raising one cute-as-hell baby critter or another. Good times.

We brew this tribute beer because 1. A bunch of us at Half Acre watched these shows as kids and really enjoyed seeing these things. And 2. Because there's a lot of paths you can take when deciding what to do with your time, and deciding you're going to chronicle yourself raising a bear cub is pretty awesome. "I was thinking after school I'd try to land an entry level job, but instead I figured I document my life with this Grizzly cub in the hopes that I can reintroduce Grizzlies to the Rockies." Path less traveled.

So, maybe you got to see Marty's footage after he spent many years trucking through the back country, maybe not. Either way, surely you can respect people that apply originality to their thought process then have the balls to get it done.

We thank Marty Stouffer for hearing us out, allowing us to do this and for sending a bunch of Wild America box sets for us to watch. One of these box sets will be given to a lucky customer the day of the release.

This beer is a month or so out, but we wanted to prime you for this special offering. 22oz bombers & draft.


Half Acre Beer Co
Chicago, IL


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Anonymous said...

Hells to the yeah!!!

Anonymous said...

While I find the label very homoerotic and disturbing, Half Acre and Barelywine are 2 of my favorite things in life so I will rake a case. "I can't quit you..."

Chris Quinn said...

"Enjoy our wild America"

That better make it on the label!!

Ethan said...

Thanks for the heads up. Really looking forward to trying this one.

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Tony said...

So late April is going to be the release date?

yeahnatenelson said...

Could you offer up some details about about the styling? Is it hop-forward or rich and malty?

I mean, it's a win either way, but inquiring minds would like to know.

Patrick said...

I'm so pumped for this brew combining two of my favorite things: barley wine and great TV show memory. One of my favorite shows as in kid was Wild America.

Nice work, Half Acre!

dave said...

will there be t shirts?

Burne said...

Wild America Rocks. Can Marty sign my - er , I mean, my wifes chest????