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Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Nachos4two, Jan 4, 2019.
first release of the year
Argh, I didn’t see you started the thread for Half-Acre (2019) and I thought I even checked the forum thoroughly. I’ll reach out to a moderator to erase the one I started.
Probably my favorite half acre beer
Went to Lincoln taproom this evening with fiancé, ordered a pint of Dungeons, took one sip, left taproom, and went straight to shop and picked up two 4-packs before returning to finish pint. I swear this beer gets better (and yet less appreciated) with each batch.
Grabbed a 4 pack of Dungeons last night, drank my first can. Now I'm considering returning for another 4 pack. Phenomenal beer.
HA are doing themed brewery tours at their Balmoral facility this year. Seems like a cool idea to me. First up is an in depth look at their canning line.
I’ll need to keep my eyes open for Dungeons here. Sounds tasty. Haven’t bought any Half Acre since we recently started getting them, but I’d really like to try this if gets here.
Anyone know of this is only a local market offering?
I live a few hours south of Chicago and we saw it last time. I liked it so much I flew with a few cans to Denver to have with my brother when out in CO last summer. When he took me to the craft beer shop by his house they had 4 packs in the cooler. It's an excellent beer and definitely worth a 4 pack. I bought one last time, opened one that night, and promptly went and bought a second 4 pack after work the next day.
I know the last batch of dungeons made it to Portland, so you can be hopeful. Send them a note on social media, they’re typically very responsive.
Thanks guys. Shot em a note on Instagram. I am hopeful!
Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dooooooog!
I mean...its like....just.....its beautiful.....
Now, give me Navaja year-round again (and/or in 12-packs).
Moved to a one month limited release, same as Deep Space, for 2019.
Wait, one month?!?
It should be renamed "Going, Going, Gone Away"
This is terrible news about Navaja.
Buy a case immediately. Store it cold. It should last ya 3/4 months just fine.
Half Acre is listening to the market. The market wants new skus every week. Not a 6 month shelfy
I think there’s a part of the market that definitely wants new SKUs every week.
There’s also a part of the market that enjoys top quality easily available beers & isn’t necessarily in the ticking phase of the hobby that the sku chasers are. They also tend to be the more loyal customers to a brand or brewery. I hope Half Acre & other breweries don’t forget about us trying to please the trend chasers
I think 12 packs of Pony and Daisy Cutter should help with that.
I’m with you man. I have daisy on tap in my house quite regularly, but next up is dungeons, so I’m not sure I’ve proven my point. But I’ve narrowed down my brands. I typically drink beer from 5-7 breweries now. That could be core, or it could be an “one off” like dungeons from HA or a hazy from Brickstone. But I’ve figured out which breweries make my kind of beer and that’s what I stick to now. It’s why i joined HA keg club membership.
I’ve heard a quote somewhere - If your favorite beer gets discontinued, it probably wasn’t your favorite beer. A little extreme but it makes a point.
I’m guessing Navaja didn’t sell well enough in the later stages of the six months it’s been out. You can come on here and imply they are just following a trend chasing part of the market I hope, but I doubt anyone on here knows how their own beer sold better than they do.
Love Navaja but I noticed it was turning into shelf turd at my local Binny's which definitely surprised me.
Speaking of the Keg Club, they’ve been down to just a few kegs available for the last month or so. Hoping the selection returns to what it was earlier in the year!
I would argue that part of Navaja's issue is that they went from originally releasing it (the canned version) as year-round to a summer beer. I personally think it is a good summer beer (it's got a really nice dry finish for a high ABV DIPA), but honestly, who is buying 10% DIPAs in the summer? There's a reason everyone brings out their lightest beers in the season. Plenty of us (myself included) are guilty of buying mostly "new" beers, but I still find it pretty surprising that HA doesn't have a year-round (or 6 month, now) DIPA.
I pass on pretty much all of their year-round releases (I'm not a big fan of Pony, Daisy Cutter, etc.), so it's a shame that the one I do buy is no longer even here for a half a year. At least their one-offs somewhat fill that void (although I haven't run into a good replacement for Navaja yet).
Yikes, I thought you guys were joking. I pick up Navaja pretty much every time I see it since it often would be sold out at Schaumburg Binny's. That is a real bummer that it won't be coming out as much...
I don't know what it was about Navaja, but I just never liked that beer, which strikes me as odd considering how much I enjoy so many of HA's hoppy beers (BHA, Double Daisy, Plane Wave, Sailor's Kush, Deep Space, Gone Away...). I can't put my finger on it, but there was just something off-putting.
What is this "Keg Club" you speak of?
Imo it's just way different than most of their hoppy beers, so I'm not surprised you don't like it. It's super dry but really high ABV. I'm not a huge fan of Space or Deep Space (I think it might be the malt), and Sailor's Kush is just a really out there beer (and way more towards NE style).
Put another way, I feel like Navaja (and Sailor's Kush) are two of the most unique DIPAs HA puts out; the rest may have varying hop profiles (and most are delicious), but they all taste unmistakably like Half Acre hoppy beers.
Anyone see dungeons in the wild yet?
Binnys on Grand has it
HA is clearly capable of making a shelfie DIPA as good as NvU but Navaja was not it.
I think I prefer Navaja honestly. I like NvU a lot, but I love Navaja.
Heavy Gem drop tomorrow
Based on these pics. Are these beers meant to be combined? Or am I crazy?
It showed up downstate yesterday. Love this beer. Really glad to see it back.
We prefer to use the term differently special.