No Half Measures at Half Acre
Chicago doesn’t lack for breweries, but Half Acre Beer Company might be the most stylish one out there. From the graphics on their beer bottles to the industrial chic taproom, Half Acre sets trends while respecting classic styles. Honoring time-old beer methods as well as mixing experimental ales, Half Acre’s “wyld” beers combine different types of malt in barrels which might have housed Champagne in Reims, or whiskey in Tennessee. They make Belgian Trappist-style fruit ales, such as the exquisite Paw Paw loam made with papaya puree. Like everything they do, Half Acre’s food menu is a twist on all-time favorite bar snacks such as fried pickled vegetables, hoisin pork shoulder burritos, and giant homemade burgers.
For the initiated, try the “obscenely dry” Daisy Cutter—one of the earliest and most famous beers brewed here. They don’t quite claim that it started the pale ale craze, but when you taste it you can see why it might have.