Half Acre (2020)

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  1. mbockstruck30

    mbockstruck30 Aspirant (299) Dec 31, 2010 Illinois
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    The peking duck at Sun Wah is to die for! And Demera is excellent if you're in the mood for Ethiopian.
     
  2. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,081) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    We successfully converted my family from eating at a place in Chinatown for Christmas dinner, to Sun Wah this past Dec. While I don't love all their dishes, the ones I've had have at least been good, the prices are reasonable, and yeah, if you go there for the Peking/Beijing duck, that shit is awesome.
     
  3. CityofWind_brew

    CityofWind_brew Devotee (409) Jan 15, 2014 Illinois
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    Damn catch hell sounds incredible. Hope it’s not a shit show on Friday
     
  4. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,081) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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  5. Jagrmaister

    Jagrmaister Initiate (38) Jan 13, 2018
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  6. miniditka77

    miniditka77 Aspirant (203) May 21, 2015 Illinois
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    FWIW, I definitely did not love Navaja. I thought it needed either more bitterness or less alcohol. FFF can put out a 10%+ DIPA because their strong hop bitterness covers the alcohol. With Navaja, I could literally taste the alcohol, like someone poured a shot of vodka into a regular IPA.

    Now Vallejo...... that was a really good beer. From what I have heard, they use Nelson Sauvin heavily in Vallejo, which is probably why I like it.
     
  7. ryno0384

    ryno0384 Initiate (104) Apr 11, 2015 Illinois
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    Yeah.....it supposed to be brutally cold.....so hoping itll last until 2pm or so. No info on limits or pricing yet.
     
  8. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,081) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    Pricing is $24.99 a 2-pack, I think.
     
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  9. GuyFawkes

    GuyFawkes Poo-Bah (4,402) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
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    As a Benthic convert, I'm going to make a pass at getting this! Not a huge cinnamon fan, but I think they'll integrate it nicely with the other delicious-sounding ingredients.
     
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  10. Jplachy

    Jplachy Disciple (386) Feb 12, 2012 Illinois
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    Just saw that Tome will retail for $10.99 which is odd considering Bodem and Daisy Cutter, etc are $9.99. Not sure I need to pay an extra dollar for a hazy Pale Ale.

    EDIT: Also, why is Bodem $19.99 for a 12 pack when Daisy and Pony are $17.99 when the 4 packs are all the same price?
     
  11. Jagrmaister

    Jagrmaister Initiate (38) Jan 13, 2018
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    Benthic was a huge surprise and one of my top beers of the year. I'm a cinnamon nut and will have to find my way down to the city somehow as result.
     
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  12. ravens_wood

    ravens_wood Initiate (51) Dec 21, 2017 Illinois

    Damn!

    If that's the mindset I have no chance. I was thinking of heading there after work like 6pm-7pm. Oh well, none for me. :grin:
     
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  13. eppie82

    eppie82 Meyvn (1,260) Apr 19, 2015 Illinois
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    It will all depend on expected trade value. No trade value/small trade value = no worries about lines or running out that quickly. Trade value = shitlord neckbeard bum-rush.
     
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  14. Jagrmaister

    Jagrmaister Initiate (38) Jan 13, 2018
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    I just want some because Vanilla, Cinnamon, and Buffalo Trace were mentioned...
     
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  15. SeanBond

    SeanBond Meyvn (1,081) Jul 30, 2013 Illinois
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    So you want the beer because you think it'll taste good? Typical entitled BA'er, always looking to consume the beer themselves instead of selling it for 4x MSRP online!
     
  16. mbockstruck30

    mbockstruck30 Aspirant (299) Dec 31, 2010 Illinois
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    This is the question of the day.
     
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  17. flat_lander

    flat_lander Defender (622) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Agreed. And yet, I'm still going to buy it even if not provided a satisfactory answer.
     
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  18. ryno0384

    ryno0384 Initiate (104) Apr 11, 2015 Illinois
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    So if I arrive at open (11am) tomorrow would one be good for a 2pack? Hard to gauge this one since it wasnt known for a long period and hyped like Benthic releases.
     
  19. Jagrmaister

    Jagrmaister Initiate (38) Jan 13, 2018
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    The only way to find out is go there at open and report back your findings.
     
  20. TomFoolery_x

    TomFoolery_x Initiate (163) Oct 4, 2012 Illinois
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    I plan on making it there early-ish. Not 11 but most likely between 12-1. It’s releasing at Lincoln and Balmoral so logistically, people shouldn’t have too hard a time getting some with it being split between both locations. Who knows though.
     
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  21. HawksBeerFan

    HawksBeerFan Aspirant (270) Dec 24, 2011 Illinois
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    Anyone going today, your early reviews would be much appreciated :slight_smile:
     
  22. Hang_Over

    Hang_Over Initiate (48) May 12, 2017 Illinois
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    How's the line?
     
  23. flat_lander

    flat_lander Defender (622) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    I'm going with cold AF.
     
  24. joeyknuckles

    joeyknuckles Initiate (97) Apr 27, 2014 Illinois
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    Where do people line up at balmoral? Was in neighborhood and drove by little bit ago and didn’t see anyone though I just drove past the parking lot side of the building. Even with the bitter cold, I was surprised to see no one
     
  25. ravens_wood

    ravens_wood Initiate (51) Dec 21, 2017 Illinois

    It'll be on tap per Half Acre instagram. Nice!

    Are people lining up WFHers? 4x10ers?
     
  26. Jangoon24

    Jangoon24 Disciple (323) Jul 25, 2015 Illinois
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    Well I'm WFH today due to UP-N being all sorts of jacked up, and I can say that I will not be standing in any sort of line. It's way too cold for that nonsense today, so I'll swing by at 11 to check it out, and just turn around if it's a long wait.
     
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  27. ryno0384

    ryno0384 Initiate (104) Apr 11, 2015 Illinois
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    Sold at both locations.....not a long known release or hyped like Benthic, bitterly cold out....I'm guessing cans last into the evening......hopefully
     
  28. jbecke2

    jbecke2 Initiate (154) Oct 22, 2011 Illinois
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    Quick drive by at Lincoln... 7 people in line
     
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  29. ryno0384

    ryno0384 Initiate (104) Apr 11, 2015 Illinois
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    Yeah Id say were good to stroll in for cans later today then.....thanks
     
  30. Jagrmaister

    Jagrmaister Initiate (38) Jan 13, 2018
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    Nobody wants to stand in line in this hot freezing garbage weather for beer.
     
  31. DragonflyJones

    DragonflyJones Initiate (63) Mar 22, 2018 Illinois

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    Is this one of them?

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  32. HawksBeerFan

    HawksBeerFan Aspirant (270) Dec 24, 2011 Illinois
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    You seriously underestimate some of the psychos in the Chicago beer scene.
     
  33. Jagrmaister

    Jagrmaister Initiate (38) Jan 13, 2018
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    At Balmoral. They've got "enough" but not enough to see distro. Pretty tasty off first cold sip. Gonna let it warm up a bit to see how many 2 packs I'm taking with me.

    Cold sip reminds me of a really really good Dark Lord if vanilla and cinnamon were involved in the variant.
     
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  34. ryno0384

    ryno0384 Initiate (104) Apr 11, 2015 Illinois
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    Cheers sir. You think cans will last the day then? Or into the evening at least?
     
  35. Jagrmaister

    Jagrmaister Initiate (38) Jan 13, 2018
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    Hard to say as they're bringing it out only a few cases at a time so I can't see the full allotment. Guessing it'll last a few hours at least from the nonchalant "Oh yeah, we've got a good amount." My distro question came after that response. Plus, it's at both locations so they must have a bit of it.

    Yeah, as this warms, if you like Dark Lord, you'll like this. An improved, less soy DL with subtle vanilla & cinnamon.
     
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  36. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Crusader (752) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    8 of them are loopers.

    Yeah, he rolled in with these guys:
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  37. mbockstruck30

    mbockstruck30 Aspirant (299) Dec 31, 2010 Illinois
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    Do we know if this is a different base than Benthic?
     
  38. Jagrmaister

    Jagrmaister Initiate (38) Jan 13, 2018
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    Didn't taste like it. Way more "spice". I asked just now to confirm and was told it was a whole new bag, baby. Surprise!

    I grabbed a 2 pack since I'm sitting on so much beer already and a pack for a buddy. The bartender mischarged the pour size so it's another 5ozer for me. The longer I sit with it the more I want to buy another pack.

    If this was a Dark Lord variant with a great year's base, it would be Dark Lord S'more. Toasty, Cinnamon and spice, a burnt marshmallow from the vanilla, smoke from the fire/barrel, and none of the bullshit sweetness of all those other overly sweet smore abominations on the market. It could be the 14% going to my head, too. Cheers!
     
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  39. ryno0384

    ryno0384 Initiate (104) Apr 11, 2015 Illinois
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    Just leaving Lincoln....good amount still in the cooler.....some in back as well. Consistent stream entering but not crowded by any means. Lincoln looks to be a safe bet for at least another few hours. Balmoral someone else spoke on earlier which sounds like a similar bet

    Cheers all.
     
  40. mbockstruck30

    mbockstruck30 Aspirant (299) Dec 31, 2010 Illinois
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    Just got to Lincoln myself. No line for cans or the taproom right now. I wasn’t going to even bother if there was a line, so this is a very nice surprise.