Half Acre are Chicago and Chicago is Half Acre. When exploring the Windy City's independent brewing scene, it's hard to think of a better place to start than the North Side brewery.
Since opening up in 2008, they've become hugely respected, not only in their home town but also the wider beer world, and it's not hard to see why. Beers like their session pale Daisy Cutter and IPA Vallejo stand out as stunningly clean, balanced and thirst-quenching representations of their respective styles - the kind of beers you can go back to day after day.
But they certainly aren't limited to those easy-drinkers and also produce a series of big, intensely-flavoured DIPAs, TIPAs and Imperial Stouts that allow them to really push the boundaries. Since opening a new production facility in Balmoral in 2015, there has also been an increased focus on mixed-fermentation, with the original brewery in Lincoln housing this more experimental arm. Half Acre's Wyld programme is producing a range of delicious creations, included fruited wild ales, mixed-culture beers fermented in oak, and blended sours.
Half Acre joined us in Manchester to brew A Tool For Conviviality, a heavily-hopped Triple IPA, in early 2018.
FESTIVAL BEER LIST
Daisy Cutter, 5.2% Pale Ale (vg)
Move Through the Hills Like a Ghost, 6% Mixed Culture Ale (vg)
VIM, 11% Baltic Porter aged in bourbon barrels (vg)
Benthic, 12.8% Imperial Stout with coffee and coconut aged in bourbon barrels (vg)
* (vg) = vegan