Half Acre (2019)

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Nachos4two, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Zealot (580) Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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    first release of the year
     
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  2. eppie82

    eppie82 Meyvn (1,239) Apr 19, 2015 Illinois
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    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.
     
  3. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Disciple (384) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    Probably my favorite half acre beer
     
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  4. eppie82

    eppie82 Meyvn (1,239) Apr 19, 2015 Illinois
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    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.
     
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  5. IlCraftWjgman

    IlCraftWjgman Initiate (95) Mar 7, 2016 Illinois

    Grabbed a 4 pack of Dungeons last night, drank my first can. Now I'm considering returning for another 4 pack. Phenomenal beer.
     
  6. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,286) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    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.

     
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  7. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (2,024) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    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?
     
  8. flat_lander

    flat_lander Zealot (556) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    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.
     
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  9. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Disciple (384) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    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.
     
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  10. TheGent

    TheGent Poo-Bah (2,024) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    Thanks guys. Shot em a note on Instagram. I am hopeful!
     
  11. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Zealot (580) Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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  12. JimGlonke

    JimGlonke Disciple (365) Apr 27, 2012 Illinois

  13. Jplachy

    Jplachy Disciple (353) Feb 12, 2012 Illinois
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  14. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,041) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    Good start.

    Now, give me Navaja year-round again (and/or in 12-packs).
     
  15. RachelStarr

    RachelStarr Initiate (16) Nov 20, 2017 Illinois

    Moved to a one month limited release, same as Deep Space, for 2019.
     
  16. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,041) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    Wait, one month?!? :astonished:
     
  17. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Defender (665) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    It should be renamed "Going, Going, Gone Away"
     
  18. eppCOS

    eppCOS Savant (997) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    This is terrible news about Navaja. :rolling_eyes:
     
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  19. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Disciple (384) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    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
     
  20. lloydboss

    lloydboss Aspirant (291) May 9, 2014 Illinois
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    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
     
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  21. Jplachy

    Jplachy Disciple (353) Feb 12, 2012 Illinois
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    I think 12 packs of Pony and Daisy Cutter should help with that.
     
  22. lloydboss

    lloydboss Aspirant (291) May 9, 2014 Illinois
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    great point
     
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  23. beardown2489

    beardown2489 Disciple (384) Oct 5, 2012 Illinois

    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.
     
  24. Chuckdiesel24

    Chuckdiesel24 Meyvn (1,134) Jul 6, 2016 Illinois
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    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.
     
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  25. I_Have_The_Runs

    I_Have_The_Runs Initiate (37) Nov 19, 2018 Illinois

    Love Navaja but I noticed it was turning into shelf turd at my local Binny's which definitely surprised me.
     
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  26. cpferris

    cpferris Initiate (73) Jan 22, 2008 Indiana
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    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!
     
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  27. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,041) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    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).
     
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  28. Shriner

    Shriner Initiate (50) Mar 29, 2017 Illinois

    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...
     
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  29. CB_Michigan

    CB_Michigan Disciple (367) Sep 4, 2014 Illinois
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    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.
     
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  30. Thrillhouse82

    Thrillhouse82 Initiate (134) Sep 14, 2014 Wisconsin
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    What is this "Keg Club" you speak of?
     
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  31. lloydboss

    lloydboss Aspirant (291) May 9, 2014 Illinois
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  32. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,041) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    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.
     
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  33. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Zealot (580) Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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    Anyone see dungeons in the wild yet?
     
  34. Hodge0914

    Hodge0914 Initiate (75) Sep 1, 2013 Illinois

    Binnys on Grand has it
     
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  35. Acschoen

    Acschoen Initiate (64) Jan 22, 2015 Illinois

    HA is clearly capable of making a shelfie DIPA as good as NvU but Navaja was not it.
     
  36. THANAT0PSIS

    THANAT0PSIS Crusader (793) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin
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    I think I prefer Navaja honestly. I like NvU a lot, but I love Navaja.
     
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  37. RGP23

    RGP23 Initiate (44) Sep 14, 2016 Illinois

    Heavy Gem drop tomorrow

     
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  38. Jplachy

    Jplachy Disciple (353) Feb 12, 2012 Illinois
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    Based on these pics. Are these beers meant to be combined? Or am I crazy?
     
  39. flat_lander

    flat_lander Zealot (556) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    It showed up downstate yesterday. Love this beer. Really glad to see it back.
     
  40. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Defender (665) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    We prefer to use the term differently special.