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Drink Wed Aug 11 2010

Three New Half Acre Specialty Brews on the Way

Bairn-Farmhouse.jpgThe beer pioneers over at Half Acre have been busy lately. Last Friday they introduced 'Freedom of '78' - a guava-infused, Wheat India Pale Ale (see reviews here). Now we have word that they will be releasing three new, limited edition specialty brews over the next month.

So to what can we attribute Half Acre's newfound, pre-Autumn prolific spell? Perhaps it's a response to Goose Island's release of ex-three-namer Graham Elliot's lychee-flavored 'Grahampagne'. Or perhaps it's because they know that Chicagoans demand uniquely-flavored, craft beer like New Yorkers demand dumpsters to swim in.

From the Half Acre blog:

"1. Long Thai Rainbow Rye

This all draft beer, which will be mostly available at the brewery, but will pop up in some of our favorite beer bars, is a Saison brewed with Long Thai peppercorns and Rye malt. This beer should drop on Friday (8/13).

2. Bairn Farmhouse

Bairn will be available in both bombers and draft at the brewery, plus some jaunts around town. This beer is an ode to all things Phil. Our friend, coworker and brewing confidant, Phil Wymore, has been busy having a child and gearing up to start his own brewery in St. Louis. This beer is a nod to his beautiful little girl, Lily -- probably the most sincere and "nice" label you see come out of Half Acre. So, as Phil departs from Half Acre he's leaving us and you with this Saison brewed with lemon and chamomile.

3. Sticky Fat American Dark Ale

Last and certainly not least, we're brewing a hop harvest beer. This morning a farmer we work with in northern CA picked organic hops fresh from his field and put them on a plane to us to arrive tomorrow morning. We're going to take these sticky cones and brew a wet hop beer tomorrow afternoon. This is our first wet hop beer and one we've looked forward to. You can expect a hop forward dark ale that pays homage to the lore of Sticky Fat."

Oh, and if you have yet to experience 'Freedom of '78,' head over to the brewery. It sounds like they have plenty left. [via]

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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