We're on the pursuit of hoppiness.
On May 10, we ventured to Lincoln Square to check out Half Acre Beer Company. The brewery holds tours each Saturday at 11 a.m., and they only allow 60 people inside. We arrived around 9:30 and ended up being first in line. The queue grew quickly, so show up early and bring your coffee.
Be prepared to drink 3 pints in about an hour and a half–you’re going to get quite tipsy. Going to the Bad Apple down the road and then getting a double piercing at Mastermind are great ways to sober up! The tour costs $10, and you’ll get a golden souvenir ticket and an owl pint glass to keep.
[American Pale Ale, 5.2% ABV]
Caroline: I’ve always loved DC, and there’s nothing better than getting it fresh at the brewery. If you like something lighter but hoppy (we’re hopheads here), then DC is perfect for you. I could smell its nice and refreshing aroma all day (hop candles should be a thing). It’s the Half Acre classic in my opinion.
[Kölsch, 4.7% ABV]
Caroline: Or as they call it at Half Acre, Get Ripe. I believe they classify it as “styleless” because, although it’s a Kölsch, it’s unlike any other. Light and flavorful, it’s the perfect match for a warm summer day in the backyard.
Megan: Get Right is the kind of beer I want to drink on the porch on a warm summer evening. It is super light and carbonated with a low hop presence. If you’re new to the world of craft beer, this would be a great one to try because it’s approachable and refreshing.
[American Pale Wheat Ale, 5.5% ABV]
Megan: This one might have been my favorite taste of the tour. It’s a light, fruity American Wheat and goes down super smooth. Plus, there’s a pretty good hop presence, which doesn’t tend to happen much with wheat beers. Win.
[American Brown Ale, 6% ABV]
Caroline: I haven’t been to the dark side much, but I actually really enjoyed this brew. It has a nice balance of maltiness and bitterness. What makes me want to go back to it is its dry quality.
Megan: I’m not usually a drinker of darker beers, but this one isn’t even super dark. It’s more malty and sweet than my usual beers of choice, but with the great balance between malts and hops, I was happy. It’s a pretty light beer with the slightly bitter finish I love.
You’ve seen our review, and here’s one we liked when we were checking out what others said about their Half Acre experiences. Cheers, Jason.