The number of micro-brews in Chicago is growing, with a notable addition being made by Gabriel Magliaro and his Half Acre Beer Company, soon to be opening up shop in the North Center neighborhood any day now.
Although Half Acre has been on the Chicago market for a few years now, debuting its company’s offering with their Half Acre Lager, the brewery and tasting room opening up on Lincoln Avenue will be the first facility they’ve owned and operated in the city, having previously outsourced the task to a Wisconsin company.
Focused on using just a handful of ingredients for each beer, making for a purer drink, they also direct a lot of attention on the brewing process itself, for a more traditional, and time consuming brewing process. Their dark, hoppy Lager and their milder, brighter Over Ale, are easy to enjoy in any weather, and both bear their snappy label with its signature silhouette of one of Chicago’s famous water towers on it.
On tap at local bars and restaurants in a smattering of neighborhoods, including
Small Bar, the Heartland Café, the Twisted Spoke and the Blind Robin, as well as local food marts and liquor stores, such as Food Smart and Vas Foremost, Half Acre is getting into the hands of an ever-increasing audience, making it a microbrew that is sure to give the other more macro-microbrews, such as Goose Island and their Honker’s Ale, a run for their money.
--Thea Liberty Nichols