Half Acre is Hip – not Flawed Anymore? – REVIEW
I went to Half Acre Brewery’s retail outlet (4257 N. Lincoln Ave.) recently. You know it’s hip by the neighborhood it’s in; I knew it was even hipper because I unexpectedly ran into Andrew Huff, the grand poo-bah behind the highly recommended gapersblock.com, and we were able to sample beers there together.
The Great: free samples of their many beers, along with an unusual soft drink, on tap, on request, free
The Good: a nice supply of beer-related stuff at the retail store – not only Half Acre Beers, but other “guest” beers, and some spirits, including Koval, along with non-liquid beerianna.
The Ugly: growlers. I understand they want to be distinctive. They certainly are. But their growlers (1/2 gallon containers of beer fresh from the tap) don’t go into the typical half-gallon jugs. Instead, they use half-gallon Ball canning jars. A jug, with its relatively small opening, is easy to pour into your beer glass when you get home. A wide-mouth Ball jar is also easy to pour, but only if you want your beer all over the counter and floor.
C’mon, Gabriel [Half Acre Manager] – get real growler jugs for my next order of your excellent Daisy Cutter (compare it to Three Floyds’ signature beer, Alpha King).
I’ll reserve real opinions on their beers’ flavors for a future article.