Our next tasting on Thursday, March 25th is with one of the OG’s of craft beer, Chicago’s Half Acre Beer Co. Since opening in 2008, Half Acre has invested in each end of the brewing spectrum: time-honored classics and experimental, sensory-expanding releases. They have become well-known for their hoppy beers and classic drinking beers. What some may not know is they also have a great wild program which has mostly only been available for purchase at the brewery. I discovered that a couple years back and, as a wild ale lover, have been extremely impressed with what they are producing.
So, for this tasting, we will start with their roots and then explore their somewhat “secret” WYLD program. We will be joined for the tasting by Bennett Thompson, Quality Control Manager and rep John Barabas to talk about the brewery’s beginnings, how they got into their wild mixed fermentation program, and more.
Reserve your bundle ($55) now for this virtual event and receive:
Bundles will be available for pickup 3/24 and 3/25 at both Longtable Beer Cafe and Brasserie V.
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You must be over 21 to purchase a ticket. IDs will be checked at event material pickup.
More about the beers:
*Fader – Our Welcome! beer, Fader has a lot of champions inside the brewery. Clean, fresh, uncomplicated.
*Daisy Cutter – This crisp pale ale was the beer that first caught fire from the brewery.
*Heavy In the Air – Mixed Culture Lager with Honey and Melons 6.7%
Brewed in collaboration with Burial Beer Co out of Asheville NC. This lager base is brewed with NC malt and WI honey, and aged 12 months in fresh chardonnay barrels before being refermented on honey, cantaloupe, and canary melons from Seedling Orchard in Michigan.
* Red Raspberry Loam – Mixed Culture Saison with Honey and Raspberries 5.9%
This vintage is a mixed culture saison, barrel fermented with a generous dose of honey. After almost 2 years in barrel, it was finally blended with a small amount of mature beer from Half Acre’s foeder, then refermented with 2 pounds per gallon with raspberries from Mick Klug Farm in Michigan.