Half Acre Big Hugs Imperial Stout 2016 is coming in December. 2016 marks the 8th release of this imperial stout.
The imperial stout hails from Chicago, and so does the Dark Matter Coffee used in this well-known creation. Half Acre calls Big Hugs a thug. We call it delicious.
…Big Hugs has grappled with natural order and twisted the pillars of existence. While you hang in the balance, steal time to sit steady and spill this black rumble into your center. Big Hugs Imperial Stout is liquid char scraped from the bowels of eternity, soaked with the free spirit of an adolescent feline. Heed him and rejoice.
Half Acre Big Hugs Imperial Stout 2016 will be available in 22 ounce bottles and draft at the brewery starting on December 11th, 2016.
Check out the artwork from previous Big Hugs releases…
Half Acre Rainbow Never Ends, a collaboration with New York’s Other Half Brewing, releases this month.
Earlier this year, Half Acre started distributing (in limited quantities) to New York City. One of the Chicago based brewery’s close friends in the Big Apple is Other Half. If know know anything about beer at all, that means – collaboration.
Half Acre Rainbow Never Ends is an imperial IPA dubbed “a frankenstein of empiricism”. Allow us to explain. The hoppy dankness of this IPA comes form Idaho 7, Equinox, and Citra hops. The malt bill features oats, rice syrup soilds; fermented with a blend of American ale yeast and German kolsch yeast.
Chicago folks will get a shot of this beer on July 15th in 22 ounce bottles and draft. The New York release will be announced shortly.
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Idaho 7, Citra, Equinox
Malts: Oats, Rice Syrup
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft
Image: Half Acre Beer
Half Acre Freedom of ’78 was brought out of retirement last year, after the recipe took 5 years off.
The beer – originally brewed at Short’s Brewing in Michigan, is an India pale ale, brewed with guava. Incidentally, Half Acre touts this beer as “outlandish and crushable, channeling the effect of Ween on the brain.”
Freedom’s label depicts the brewery family crowded a porch in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. The house has a very special brewery history:
Our owner and his wife lived there first, then our head brewer and the woman who would become his wife, then another brewer and his wife and now a couple that met at Half Acre and got married. When they move out, someone else will sign the lease and continue the custom, making sure to preserve the Half Acre lineage.
Half Acre Freedom of ’78 is now available on draft and in 22 ounce bottles.
Half Acre Powder Blue
Half Acre Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, a year-round offering by the Chicago, Illinois based brewery. First released in 2009 as a special release bomber, the beer because quite popular outside the brewery.
At the time, 2009, there were some local pale ales that 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.
Half Acre Daisy Cutter Pale Ale is available in 16 ounce cans, and draft.
Style: Pale Ale
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Year-round.
Pic: Beer Street Journal
Half Acre Quakerbridge Barleywine, the brewery’s annual ode to thankfulness, returns in November, 2015.
The brewery has not yet announced the exact release details. Half Acre Quakerbridge Barleywine was once known as Marty Stouffer’s Wild America Barley Wine.
…this weighty beer is a choose-your-own-adventure experience. Freshly plugged, this beer is a gooney 10% hop guster to bring your holiday retreat to its knees, but time allows this brew to round and settle into an ever maltier bomb of balance.
Half Acre Quakerbridge Barleywine is a draft, and 22 once bottle offering. Release details for 2015 announced soon.
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft.
Return: November, 2015
Half Acre Meat Wave India Pale Ale returns June 26th, 2015. An English-style IPA.
Half Acre Meat Wave was brewed years back, “celebrating” Chicago’s love of meat. Meat Wave was released once before in cans. Half Acre indicates this will happen again, once the Governor of Illinois signs a recent piece of legislation.
Dry hopped with weight, this beer drinks with an herbaceous and earthy quality.
Half Acre Meat Wave India Pale Ale is will be available in 22oz bottles and draft, starting at 12 noon.
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Note: This post will be updated with each re-release.