Half Acre (2021)

Discussion in 'US - Midwest' started by Vitamin_Hop, Jan 2, 2021.

  1. whatruDOINdragic

    whatruDOINdragic Initiate (172) Aug 22, 2013 Illinois
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    I’m not begrudging the Philly distro. It’s just that I was expecting a quantity of GA brewed to allow availability along the lines of the most recent Vallejo release that was all over the city including my local Mariano’s, but according to @P739397 this is for whatever reason not the case.
     
  2. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (391) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois
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    I guess I never thought about it before, but a balmoral is a super inconvenient place to buy retail items.

    You have to check out at the bar for beer, or if it’s non beer, go to the back of the dining room. With the brewery doing so many beers that don’t see distribution, exclusively having cans at balmoral could be a pain in the ass for any kind of release.

    I wonder if they’ll set up an second “shop” area somewhere in the balmoral space.
     
  3. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Savant (993) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Aim higher- a drive through.
     
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  4. CityofWind_brew

    CityofWind_brew Devotee (412) Jan 15, 2014 Illinois
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    Benthic release info tomorrow?
     
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  5. BillMueller

    BillMueller Initiate (95) Nov 27, 2011 Indiana
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    would seem that way.
     
  6. Vitamin_Hop

    Vitamin_Hop Initiate (143) Mar 26, 2015 Illinois
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    just the release info gets a cryptic Instagram post? Seems over the top as I was hoping for a new ba release tomorrow
     
  7. ktr5010

    ktr5010 Aspirant (235) Dec 12, 2014 Illinois
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    [​IMG]
    Seems similar to last year's. Diggin it
     
  8. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (5,431) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    So I stopped in to Half Acre tonight to pick up some KT bottles and I mentioned the online ordering stuff to the staff and both of the people working there said that outside of special big releases (i.e. Benthic) online ordering is gone and probably not coming back ... I will admit I am pretty disappointed. It was nice knowing I could order something and pick it up without risking a drive out there just for them to not have it. Oh well.
     
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  9. DeadWax

    DeadWax Initiate (150) Dec 29, 2016 Illinois

    I am similarly disappointed in their abandonment of the online shop and wonder what is behind the strategy.

    At least they are keeping online for special releases! Those truffles won’t sell themselves in person.
     
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  10. GuyFawkes

    GuyFawkes Poo-Bah (5,454) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
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    Jokes aside...fuck, those truffles were great.

    One of my better decisions in life was to NOT ask for the refund.

    #chocoholic
     
  11. BillMueller

    BillMueller Initiate (95) Nov 27, 2011 Indiana
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  12. thewimperoo

    thewimperoo Zealot (584) Oct 1, 2006 Illinois
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    Did you notice if they still had cans of Goneaway?
     
  13. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (5,431) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    I didn't see them, but honestly I wasn't looking at the can cooler closely. I'd just give them a call and ask.
     
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  14. Vitamin_Hop

    Vitamin_Hop Initiate (143) Mar 26, 2015 Illinois
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  15. rmpic82

    rmpic82 Disciple (315) Jan 27, 2017 Kansas
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    After last year’s experience, I am ALL IN on Benthic. Late bloomer - was my first time and I can’t understand why I had never heard of it before. Phenomenal. Especially enjoyed the Xtradubl, but they were all great.
     
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  16. vicodin_tears1

    vicodin_tears1 Initiate (72) Jun 22, 2019 Illinois
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    Two packs of On & On: part 1 available at Balmoral, per the Half Acre Instagram.
     
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  17. ChiPez66

    ChiPez66 Initiate (151) May 21, 2018 Illinois
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    2 packs of Orin have landed in Binny's stores, also.
     
  18. CityManOli

    CityManOli Initiate (31) Oct 16, 2019 Illinois
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    The cryptic Benthic posts are fun
     
  19. Quilentro

    Quilentro Disciple (342) May 12, 2017 Illinois
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    @flat_lander - did you read the Benthic post description?


    halfacrebeer * One way is to make sound. A note
    from @ronripper from @Bongripperdoom on creating
    incredible sound.
    Let's talk about volume. The two loudest bands I've
    seen live are Sunn and My Bloody Valentine, both
    remarkable in different ways. Sunn was loud in that
    you didn't just hear the music, you felt every note in
    your body. This wasn't because they had more amps
    or more volume, it was how they used the volume.
    The depth of the overall low end they were producing
    was so encompassing that there were points where it
    bordered on being uncomfortable to be in the room.
    With My Bloody Valentine, they did not have the body
    encapsulating vibration that Sunn had, though for
    their last song they played "You Made Me realize."
    On the record, there's a 20-30 second noise break in
    the song, but during the show they extended this
    break to be 20 minutes long. The band just
    continuously built-up noise and textures until it truly
    sounded like a jet engine. Then just when it seemed
    like they could not possibly be any louder or take up
    any more sonic frequencies, the band comes back in
    together to play the last chorus of the song over the
    wall of sound they just spent 20 minutes building. It
    was an unbelievable reward for those of us still in the
    crowd. The fact that they were still able to come back
    even louder than everything that came before it,
    changed the way I have thought about dynamics ever
    since.
    For Bongripper, being an instrumental band has a
    unique opportunity in there is not a traditional
    narrative being told. When we write a song, it's not
    just tuning low and playing loud, it's knowing the
    sounds, textures, and timbre of each instrument.
    Each new song and album has been a chapter in a
    journey that I never see ending.
     
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  20. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,454) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    Picked up Tend, HA's 'Winter IPA'. I'm digging this beer. If you are a fan of Celebration Ale, I think you will enjoy it as well although it does not have the Centennial rose qualities which Celebration Ale typically has. Solid beer from HA and will revisit over the coming months. Will try a side by side once Celebration Ale hits the area too.
     
  21. flat_lander

    flat_lander Champion (860) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    I had not.

    Dear HA, I love you. Thanks for being you.

    This also reminds me about Bongripper getting rained out at the last Rev Oktoberfest party. That was a sad night. Stuffing my gob with Cuvee de Grace and other DW helped ease the pain some.
     
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  22. rmpic82

    rmpic82 Disciple (315) Jan 27, 2017 Kansas
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    Holy hell - what’s that, three Half Acre Benthic-related posts without any details? I’d reaaally like to know some info so I can plan my trip into town and grab some!
     
  23. ChiPez66

    ChiPez66 Initiate (151) May 21, 2018 Illinois
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    Yeah, they're really building that hype. Haha.
     
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  24. rmpic82

    rmpic82 Disciple (315) Jan 27, 2017 Kansas
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    I’m new to the greatness of the Benthic and found more info on the re-release of 2020 than the actual release of 2020 (if that was a thing). I’m guessing it can be expected to be Friday, Nov 19 through the weekend? I think that’s what 2019 showed as an equivalent date for 2019. It would also be tough to make a dedicated trip if limits were very low. So, guess I’m just waiting here (im)patiently for answers. Stoked either way! Be it trade or in person.
     
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  25. Dactrius

    Dactrius Poo-Bah (1,677) Apr 23, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I've loved the recent Benthic art, but I do take issue that it really seems to look like pelagic, not benthic creatures. I'm also pretty confident that very few (if any) other people have been bothered by this.
     
  26. Quilentro

    Quilentro Disciple (342) May 12, 2017 Illinois
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    You’ve triggered a real deep dive into the ocean’s weirdest lowlifes for me.

    I keep trying to crack the code of Benthic sediment and whether that explains how the base beer doesn’t have coffee in it. Yes, I’m salty about it.
     
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  27. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Crusader (739) Apr 8, 2017 Ohio
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    Serious question out of left field from a strictly philosophical POV: Does any “base” actually have ‘adjuncts’ like coffee? Isn’t the base always just the straight up stout, even if the “base” for a line of beers always includes coffee?
     
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  28. Quilentro

    Quilentro Disciple (342) May 12, 2017 Illinois
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    yes, I think that’s right - but “Benthic” always has coffee in it. Some “Benthic variants” don’t contain coffee. So are those variants really Benthic? And if yes, is it correct to say that Benthic doesn’t have coffee in it? If you magically took each component of Benthic out of Benthic, and re-composed those elements in a cup in the barroom of the Ship of Theseus, but left out the coconut, would that be Benthic?

    Unrelated, I increasingly think I’m allergic to coconut (terrible headache every time I drink a coconut beer). Which is the worst, and also won’t stop me from bathing in a bathtub full of benthic dressed as a narwhal, which, from my earlier research, is the king of the Benthic Zone. Thanks Altavista!
     
  29. flat_lander

    flat_lander Champion (860) May 11, 2016 Illinois
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    Orin coming in at $14.99 a 2 pack. Such a great price again this year. Anyone tried it yet? I'll be popping one tomorrow night.
     
  30. VinHalen54

    VinHalen54 Initiate (168) Jun 4, 2014 Illinois

    Picked up my 2pk on Monday. Both were gone by Tuesday - I love a good strong ale.
    Trying to NOT pick up more - I enjoyed it very much.
     
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  31. gudbrande

    gudbrande Devotee (474) Jul 10, 2009 Minnesota
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    Kinda surprised this hasn't been mentioned yet.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CVlb7FSMv4m/

    Sounds like another great KT saison. I picked up a bottle of From the Outer Edge of Inner Space when I was there in September, I totally should have bought more.
     
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  32. rmpic82

    rmpic82 Disciple (315) Jan 27, 2017 Kansas
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    My reaction to an obvious Benthic Instagram post hitting my phone: “Yes!!!”

    Reading said post: “No!!!”
     
  33. Jplachy

    Jplachy Devotee (456) Feb 12, 2012 Illinois
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    We shouldn't be burying KT releaes in the HA thread when there's a perfectly good KT thread.
     
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  34. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Savant (993) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Wait, I thought KT was leaving the city. Can you provide a perfectly good update in the KT thread?
     
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  35. gudbrande

    gudbrande Devotee (474) Jul 10, 2009 Minnesota
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    I added it to the KT thread (which was buried 3 pages back, totally forgot there was one). It was on HA's instagram page, so it seems like status quo for the time being. Disclaimer: I know nothing on the status of KT except that I wish I could try more of those saisons.
     
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  36. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (5,431) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Its fine, don't sweat it.

    KT/Averie is done brewing at Half Acre, and is shortly headed to a new (not yet named) location for "new things". However she has a handful of releases still to come between now and the end of the year which will be sold out of HA-Balmoral.
     
  37. FlaviusG

    FlaviusG Initiate (146) Aug 15, 2009 Illinois
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    Sipping Tend now, it’s pretty good

    Had Orin the other night, it was very good as usual
     
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  38. marcgo2

    marcgo2 Initiate (75) Nov 16, 2010 Illinois
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  39. CityofWind_brew

    CityofWind_brew Devotee (412) Jan 15, 2014 Illinois
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    Proxies? Cmon HA, you’re better than this
     
  40. CityManOli

    CityManOli Initiate (31) Oct 16, 2019 Illinois
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    How will I get my truffle fix this year?
     
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