Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Beer Dinner at Isla Pilipina

We patronize Isla Pilipina, a local filipino establishment on Lawrence.
They enjoy beer and we enjoy food: a barter system is born.
Through this enjoyable give and take we decided to kick up a beer dinner highlighting our collective offering.

Isla Pilipina will be dropping their main menu to pull out some filipino classics just for the evening.

Isla is a BYOB, so register for this food explosion and we'll bring the glug.

June 9, 2011

Check out the registration info on their site.

Half Acre Beer Co
Chicago, IL

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Growlers Show Tomorrow.

We will be giving away 100 tickets to the Growlers show tomorrow night, where we'll have a bunch of beer and good times to be had.

We'll make it easy. First come first serve at the Bottle tomorrow night. We'll have a man with the tickets outside the Bottle at 9:00pm. If come come and he still has tickets, then you get in free. You can buy tickets here. Additionally -- all Half Acre beers will be $3.50. You can't beat that. To top it off, slather some of the The Growlers "Beach Goth" all over it and you have a night to remember.

See you there.

Half Acre Beer CO
Chicago, IL

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Growlers

Ladies & Gents:

This Thursday 5/26 we are setting up shop at the Empty Bottle for the "Half Acre Presents, The Growlers," show. We are taking over the taps, selling beers for $3.50 per pint and looking to let our collective hair down. That, to me, sounds like a trip worth making. We'll be pouring some off the funkier froth.

We're also going to give away a bunch of tickets for free -- details coming tomorrow.

You can buy tickets here to insure you'll be there, only $8.

Come and do this.

Half Acre Beer Co
Chicago, IL

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Meat Wave

Meat Wave will be released tomorrow at our brewery @ 12noon, when we open.
Our event with Floyds & Dogfish begins @ 8:00pm in Bridgeport.

In addition, we're going to be grilling Brats at the brewery during the release. So, if you swing by for the Wave, we will also get you dining on meats that have been guided into casements for your scarfing pleasure. Brats are on us.

Lets get fired up, Chicago.

Half Acre Beer Co
Chicago, IL

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Our ode to Chicago and its affinity for pork products rolls out.....

We're pumped about this beer. And now we can all drink it together. Earthy hops abound.

We release Meat Wave this Friday May 20.... We will dole out 22oz bottles & growlers.

22oz: $8.99

Growler Fills: $15 ($19 w/ growler)

T-shirts: $20


Squeal Chicago,

Half Acre Beer Co
Chicago, IL

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bread & Cheese

This post comes to you from our own Matt Gallagher:

My brother/sister in-law, Andrew and Blair, own and operate Elmore Mountain Bread, baking bread in a wood fired oven attached to their house in northern Vermont. They're located a few miles up a dirt road from the town of Elmore, which consists of a general store and a one room school house...the only one room school house left in Vermont. Their bread is historic....a country french, seven grain, baguettes, a brewers bread made with spent grain and beer from their local brewery, maple cinnamon raisin, and a few focaccia, which are intense. My wife and I were just out for a visit and I got fat eating and drinking.

Here is what we had for dinner one night: spoonable Winnimere from Jasper Hill, Hartwell from Ploughgate Creamery, Cabot clothbound cheddar from the Jasper Hill Cellars, Edward from Hill Farmstead Brewery, and Elmore Mountain country french. All procured while touring the mud roads around the area stopping in for visits at these innovative producers. Shaun E. Hill took some time to show us around his awesome farm brewery, Hill Farmstead, located in rural Greensboro. Inside Shaun's tasting room we ran into Vince, who works down the road at the Jasper Hill Cellars. He offered to show us around and we were blown away by their cheese cellaring facility built into/under their farm. We were also lucky enough to visit with The Alchemist and The Three Penny Tap Room. Both amazing.

You may have read about these places in the NYT, or any number of national food publications. Northern Vermont food producers are trending. And deservedly so. They all work extremely hard dedicating their lives to producing something authentic. And this dedication shines through in their products. We hear these words thrown around a lot in the craft beer world, so much so that they sometimes lose their meaning....hand crafted....artesian....small batch...local. Spending time in Vermont brought meaning back to these words. Here are some photos.


Half Acre Beer Co
Chicago, IL

Monday, May 16, 2011

An Event

Chicago Craft Beer Week is racing toward us. Last week we posted some details about Half Acre events during that time.
A few of these nights are going to be especially great events for us; events that we hope you don't miss.

We'll be posting on each of these events to be a bit more descriptive and shed some more light on details and cause for the event.


This Friday May 20, 2011 we are doing a collaborative event with Three Floyds -- and we just tagged in our friends from Dogfish Head, as well -- at Maria's Package Goods & Community Bar + The Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport.

Chicago Craft Beer Week, for us, is about getting out with our brewing brethren and celebrating what we do. It's also about highlighting Chicago and the beer scene that's rumbling in this city. There's plenty of places on the northside that spread craft beer cheer, but Friday we'd like to take you south to Bridgeport. Chicago's other hemisphere deserves to shine and Friday we'll shine with it.

Each brewery will have numerous beers pouring. We'll have something freaky on at Maria's, then an array of beer at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, which is a block away. The Sphere has an Urban Cowboy exhibition, we'll have someone spinning and some minor edibles to keep you on your toes.

Time: 8pm - 11pm
Cost: $10 at the door at Co-Prosperity

See you there,

Half Acre Beer Co
Chicago, IL

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Half Acre on you iThing

Hey, so who wants Half Acre wallpaper for your favorite iOS device? Below you will find links to Meat Wave and Small Animal Big Machine wallpapers. In the future, forthcoming (and possibly past) label designs will also be appearing in device-portable format, so get excited already.

For your iPad

For your iPhone

I don't know anything about the dimensions of all the various Android devices out there. I'm strictly iOS myself. But if one of these sizes can't be adapted for Android, give me pixel dimensions you need in the comments and we will see what can be done.

- Phineas

Friday, May 6, 2011

Small Animal Big Machine

On Wednesday we brewed a collaboration beer with Pipeworks and De Struise.
This beer is called Small Animal Big Machine. I would say that each influence had a chance to impact this beer and the result will be something of its own.

We did a traditional sour mash, used Urbain's yeast from Belgium and are incorporating a slew of fruit. This beer will be here soon.

22oz bottles will be yours.

Half Acre Beer Co
Chicago, IL

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Chicago Craft Beer Week

Ladies & Gentlemen,

As you know, last year was the first real Chicago Craft Beer Week. It was a great week filled with your favorite froth from around town. This year, we as a city, are celebrating again: May 19th - May 29th (we're extending it to the 29th, but the technical closing party is on the 27th)

What does this mean for you and the breweries of Chicago? It's time to expand the range of what's possible in the art of consumption.

If you want to check out the Chicago Craft Beer website, please do. It should consistently be updated.

We're planning to leave it all out on the field that week. We're hoping to see you, the beer public, out at events all week long. We have a number of events that are sure to be kick-ass.

Here are the basics on where Half Acre & Friends will be. We plan on dragging out special release beers to all these events. You will want to check with the individual establishments when gauging event times / reservations, etc.

1. 5/19 (5:30pm - 8:30pm) Beer Under Glass. All local breweries at the Garfield Park Conservatory

2. 5/20 (Times TBD) Three Floyds / Half Acre collaboration event down south at Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar and the Co-Prosperity Sphere. This will be killer.

3. 5/21 (1pm - 5pm) Map Room and FIZZ bar & Grill for a Craft Day Afternoon

4. 5/25 (5ish - late) Half Acre Hike. We will start at our brewery with a special tour (registration will happen at the participating bars) then travel to Hopleaf, Acre & Fountainhead, where we'll be pouring funky beers.

5. 5/26 (9:30 show start) Half Acre Presents The Growlers at The Empty Bottle. Half Acre is taking over the Empty Bottle and their draft lines while throwing down with the sounds of The Growlers (awesome name). We will be giving away 150 tickets to this show.

5. 5/27 (night time) Half Acre will be joining our friends at Revolution Brewing for the closing event.

6. 5/29 (brunch time) Half Acre is gearing up with Small Bar Division to offer you guys a beer brunch. Delicious foods - including home-made pork roll, a New Jersey classic.

These will be some great events. Let us help you to embrace Chicago and it's culture of mixing intoxicating potions.


Half Acre Beer Co
Chicago, IL

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Meat Wave

Chicago Craft Beer Week is rapidly approaching -- May 19th through May 29th.

We're leaving it all out on the field this year. We have a load of events, which we will post shortly. It is our request that you abandon any real life responsibilities and celebrate the mirth of craft beer with us for a full ten days. Details to follow.

We're going to release a number of beers in the coming weeks, but for one we aimed at capturing the essence of what Chicago is and how it's people do what they do. Clearly our city hosts all kinds of interests, but we combed the fabric of this town and came back with: Pigs.

Chicago has been romancing pigs and their tasty bodies in ways like never before. Pigs are hot, totally trending, and part of what we do. Chicago popular culture is running rampant with our succulent friends, while our history is steeped in pork parts.

What we're saying, is that Chicago has been entrenched in the pig for ages and we're about to climax. Meat Wave is an english-bent India Pale Ale that will be our Chicago Craft Beer Week beer. Earthy delicious, this meat centric offering is for you, Chicago.

T-shirts too....


Half Acre Beer Co
Chicago, IL