We’re announcing some big news this week for New Jersey craft beer fans! Half Acre Beer Company is heading our way from North Chicago to introduce this killer lineup of their most popular brews. They’re kicking off a series of “Drift By” events (dates below) and the Half Acre team will be out and about to show us why they’re considered one of Chicago’s best breweries. Be one of the first in NJ to get out there for some of Half Acre’s finest, and help us show these guys a good time!
“We brew classic american micro styles, weighted barrel offerings, and wyld beers that traverse the landscape of mixed fermentation. Our aim is to brew technically raw beer for the collective odyssey.” -Half Acre Beer Co.
The Half Acre crew is drifting through the locations below and following is a list of brews you can expect to see on the menu (availability may vary by location). Get out there and come have a beer with the Half Acre crew!
**UPDATE: Unfortunately, the snow storm prevented the Half Acre team from making it out to NJ in time for the Drift this week. We are working on rescheduling all events effected and the Half Acre reps are planning a trip after the snow melts. Stay tuned for details!
HALF ACRE DRIFT BY EVENTS
|DAISY CUTTER: 6/4C cases | 1/2 kegs
Daisy Cutter Pale Ale is one of the first beers we brewed at our brewery on Lincoln Ave. It began as a special release bomber beer, but caught fire both in and outside the brewery. At the time, 2009, there were some local pale ales that hit with natural power, but not many. Daisy Cutter’s lush and dank characteristics steadily carved out a place within the Chicago brewing landscape. Today, Daisy Cutter is a call brand that we continue to keep raw and relevant. Blended pine, citrus, papaya and mango. Dank. Apparent biscuit, lingering, obscenely dry. ABV: 5.2%
|PONY: 6/4C cases | 1/6 kegs | 1/2 kegs
Proof that the entire arc of beer has been realized. We brew this beer because humans should drink clean, lager beer without unnecessary adornment. For centuries, technically driven utility liquids have made people happy. Its time consuming life cycle touches a special place in our quest as brewers. Bright lager aromatics, noble spiciness, botanicals, juniper, sweet pilsner malt chewiness, light bodied, really dry finish. ABV: 5.5%
|GONEAWAY: 6/4C cases | 1/2 kegs
If you’ve been trailing us for a while, you know that GoneAway is a beer that’s had two other names that both succumbed to peril. This beer has classic IPA heft. Many hop forward beers of the modern are defined by omission. GoneAway shines from raw material impact on both sides of the equatorial flavor hemispheres. Big grapefruit, green strawberry, resin, pine, dank, light honey, cracker, tropical mango/guava, assertive bitterness, pine sap, clean, dry finish. ABV: 7.0%
|TUNA: 6/4C cases | 1/6 kegs | 1/2 kegs
Why is the beer called Tuna? We don’t know. Just say it, “I’ll take a Tuna.” It feels good. The ocean is a magical place. The antipode to Navaja, Tuna is rife with attributes that make for ongoing pleasure without the heft. Too much weight while exploring the ocean is dangerous. Watermelon, peach, guava. A denser body to hold up to the sweeter finish. Lemon lime citrus zest, tropical fruit juices. ABV: 4.7%
|NAVAJA: 6/4C cases | 1/6 kegs
Navaja was the first Double IPA we brewed. It became a brewery favorite partly due to its potent and resinous attributes, but also due to its psychoactive impact. Sometimes you gently tap, sometimes you hammer. Spicy, herbal, piney, tropical, cut grass, sweet marmalade, corn bread, biscuity, boozy effect but not flavor, really dry. ABV: 10.0%
|DAISY CAPRA: 6/4C cases | 1/6 kegs | 1/2 kegs
With an eternal grist, Capra pursues a totally new hop blend, based around the grigio-esque, raspberry and cantaloupe of Enigma. Citra, Equinot, Centennial and CTZ cut the rest of its tones, a dense and tropical edible arrangement. Daisy Capra will be released at our brewery locations on Friday, March 2nd in 4packs of 16oz cans. It will see full distribution the following week, hitting trusted beer vendors throughout Illinois, New York City, Philadelphia, and portions of Wisconsin. ABV: 7.5%
|BIG HUGS: 1/6 kegs
Russian Imperial Coffee Stout. This beer is a thug. Available each year sometime in December, we work with Dark Matter Coffee to keep each batch as ruthless as it is tender. ABV: 10.0%
|THE GRIP: 1/6 kegs
A Brett fermented ale, conditioned for 8 months. Extremely light bodies with soft mandarin orange and lemon. ABV: 6.1%
|VANILLA BEAN BIG HUGS: 1/6 kegs
Our Imperial Coffee drinking Stout, made richer with a spike of the woody-sweet power of whole vanilla bean. ABV: 10.0%
|BARREL AGED BIG HUGS: 1/6 kegs
A weightier tilt to the original Big Hugs recipe aged in bourbon barrels. A more dense, darker, and deeper experience. ABV: 12.0%
|ORIN: 1/6 kegs
Orin was brewed to pound on the ceiling of lush character and opulence. Its recipe was an opportunity to introduce the richest raw materials without the confusion of elements you’d find in black beers of similar scale. An original gravity of 25º Plato begins its cellar course to a terminal 7º Plato. Its total size and depth is amplified by 9 months in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels.