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Half Acre: Big Hugs Release

Discussion in 'US - Great Lakes' started by Mjmoser, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. mpwdoyle

    mpwdoyle Aficionado (155) Illinois Apr 29, 2011

    Yes, unequivocally.
  2. foobula

    foobula Savant (330) Illinois Dec 14, 2009

    Fair enough. I'm a guy with a bad knee who doesn't stand for long periods of time. Unless it's for Radiohead. So I guess we'll agree to disagree.

    Anyway, it wouldn't make much sense to stand at Half Acre when I could surely get a seat at Bad Apple, Fountainhead or City Provisions, while enjoying similar quality brews.
  3. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Michigan Mar 17, 2010

    Snifters?? Pic?
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  4. foobula

    foobula Savant (330) Illinois Dec 14, 2009

    Guy at the bottle counter called it a Holiday snifter. Seems like it'll work all throughout the year, as well.

    http://postimage.org/image/toq820chx/
    gpawned, bertram, Kubrickx and 3 others like this.
  5. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Michigan Mar 17, 2010

    Ooohhhhh, that's purty.
  6. fritts211

    fritts211 Savant (285) Tennessee Feb 19, 2011

    Is Half Acre still open? Website says 5 but yelp says 11. Was hoping to grab a few bottles of Big Hugs.
  7. InebriatedJoker

    InebriatedJoker Champion (800) Ohio Sep 16, 2010

    I have been wanting to try a Big Hugs forever , if someone has an extra BM (beer mail) me - I have some Jackie O's from the latest release I would trade for one.
  8. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Savant (270) Illinois Jan 13, 2012

    HA closed at 5 today. Also BA Baume in the taproom was outstanding!
  9. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Michigan Mar 17, 2010

    I'm a fan of the regular Baume, wonder if that will still be around when I get home next week... sounds tasty.
  10. foobula

    foobula Savant (330) Illinois Dec 14, 2009

    Also they're closed tomorrow for their holiday party. So the next shot is Tuesday at noon
  11. dmsulli

    dmsulli Savant (270) Illinois Jan 30, 2012

    The tap room is still open as of 6:45. I just walked in, purchased a couple Big Hugs bombers at the bar, and walked out the door within 5 minutes.
  12. foobula

    foobula Savant (330) Illinois Dec 14, 2009

    Oh ok. I called the taproom an hour ago and no one picked up.
  13. Durb777

    Durb777 Savant (415) Illinois Nov 30, 2011

    Should I assume there will be plenty left on Tuesday?
  14. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (535) Michigan Jun 30, 2009

    Got a couple bottles, gonna crack em next weekend. Def excited to try this!
  15. stevegoz

    stevegoz Savant (320) Illinois May 5, 2008

    After doing the line thing last year, decided to take it easy this year. Rolled in just before three, got my bottles, then enjoyed a BA Baume at the tap room. Surprised they didn't age this rye stout in a rye whiskey barrel, but used Heaven Hill bourbon barrels are probably more readily available.
  16. stevegoz

    stevegoz Savant (320) Illinois May 5, 2008

    Someone at the register told my buddy that they expected to sell out today.
  17. StoutLover4life

    StoutLover4life Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2012

    Is this still available I was planning on going Thursday
  18. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Savant (270) Illinois Jan 13, 2012

    My friends and I picked up our bombers at the very last minute, probably 4:55ish and the cooler was still full of bottles as well as some cases sittin on the floor. Shouldn't have a problem Tuesday but Thursday might be stretching it.
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  19. StoutLover4life

    StoutLover4life Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2012

    Thanks!
  20. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Savant (270) Illinois Jan 13, 2012

    Eit
    Either your buddy misunderstood them or the person at the register was way off cuz they def didn't come close to selling out. Good news for everyone that couldn't make it today and plan on going Tuesday or maybe Wednesday.
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  21. Perhaps they expected to sell out based on recent crazy beer hype in the city. I for one am happy to see a solid release that didn't turn so damn crazy in the city.
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  22. StoutLover4life

    StoutLover4life Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2012

    Big hugs is good but it definitely shouldn't get blown out of control. Especially with so many equally good beer available in Chicago.
  23. ravot

    ravot Savant (435) Illinois Mar 20, 2012

    both releases at rev were great.
  24. gpawned

    gpawned Initiate (0) Illinois Jun 5, 2012



    I've got one of each from the last releases...next time you guys are in Athens or we are going to be at the same bottle release I'll bring them so we can drink them...I've been looking for a good excuse to get to those.
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  25. otrejo

    otrejo Savant (270) Illinois Mar 8, 2011

    The one at the tap room was aged in bourbon barrels? They had barrel aged Baume on tap at Fountainhead on Tuesday and the description said that one was aged in Redemption rye barrels.
  26. stevegoz

    stevegoz Savant (320) Illinois May 5, 2008

    Now I'm very curious about what the tap room's description said exactly, dangnabbit. At some point I saw mention of Heaven Hill, and Untappd refers to it as a bourbon-barrel aged beer, but Heaven Hill does make several rye whiskeys (Pikesville and Rittenhouse -- Redemption comes from the LDI works in Indiana that also makes Templeton) as well so ???
  27. Half Acre made two different variations of BA Baume

    One in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels and one in Templeton Redemption Rye Barrels. Both came out well.
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  28. kreg02

    kreg02 Aficionado (175) Illinois Nov 19, 2012

    Yea they had plenty when we left right before close. I am sure they had more in the back also, but don't know for sure.
  29. dsal89

    dsal89 Advocate (505) Indiana Jul 6, 2008

    Holy crap!

    Want!
  30. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Advocate (545) Illinois Nov 26, 2011

    Anyone know if the holiday snifters are still available? Are these what went in the gift baskets if bought?
  31. kreg02

    kreg02 Aficionado (175) Illinois Nov 19, 2012

    I saw a few of these in the shop yesterday, dunno if they were in the Gift Baskets or not...

    I got a normal snifter for like $7 I think...
  32. dsal89

    dsal89 Advocate (505) Indiana Jul 6, 2008

    How big is that holiday snifter?
  33. On the smaller side. Like 10oz i think. Has dope gold rim though.
  34. dsal89

    dsal89 Advocate (505) Indiana Jul 6, 2008


    Want!
  35. mpwdoyle

    mpwdoyle Aficionado (155) Illinois Apr 29, 2011

    If you've got a bum knee it makes sense then.

    I also like how you make the exception for one of my favorite bands. :)
  36. Didn't end up making it yesterday. Wish HA showed some love to the South Side.
  37. foobula

    foobula Savant (330) Illinois Dec 14, 2009

    It's 11 oz. And yeah the gold rim is a nice touch. Can't wait to break it in later
  38. foobula

    foobula Savant (330) Illinois Dec 14, 2009

    What an awesome show over the summer. M83 is my new favorite. They put on a great show too.
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  39. Jaycase

    Jaycase Advocate (690) Illinois Jan 13, 2007

    Yes, these are the same which were in the holiday basket.
  40. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Advocate (545) Illinois Nov 26, 2011

    Awesome

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