Our story begins with boat loads of optimism, is rooted in the naive, and full of piss & vinegar.
Having been exposed to rich brewing environments where men made their living turning out beers with friends, the idea of creating that for ourselves in Chicago felt essential. In 2006 Half Acre sparked to life in a spare bedroom. With no brewery and no real means to build one, beers came to life with the crucial assistance of a contract brewer in Wisconsin. Half Acre Lager was the first beer to have a Half Acre label. It was brewed on a 20bbl JV Northwest brewhouse, came to life in 40bbl Fermenters, pushed into 12oz long necks and dropped on a truck back to Chicago where a team of one angled to get it sold. Humble and wayward beginnings.