Thursday, May 24th - The Sands by Half Acre Beer Company @ Montrose Beach – Chicago, IL

The Half Acre team knows how to throw a party, and they decided to kick-off Chicago Craft Beer Week with an event all their own. They haven’t put on a big celebration since their Christmas party back in 2010 – On Photon (photos from that party are here). Unlike On Photon, The Sands was their first party outside of the brewery, and the weather at Montrose Beach could not have been better for an outdoor event. Over 350 people attended and were able to sample beers from some great local and regional breweries, including Three Floyds, Revolution, Cigar City, Shorts, Firestone Walker, Piece, Dogfish Head and many more. In addition to the beer, Big Star and Belly Shack provided the food, while a DJ, mariachi band and the Jesse White Tumblers provided the entertainment (video of these guys tumbling is on the way). It is great to see Half Acre thriving in Chicago, and I can’t wait for the next big party.

Thanks a lot to the Half Acre team for letting me photograph their event and drink their beer. I’ve posted a lot of photos below, and at the very bottom, you can view the whole gallery from the evening.

The Sands by Half Acre Beer Company @ Montrose Beach - Chicago, IL

The Sands by Half Acre Beer Company @ Montrose Beach - Chicago, IL

The Sands by Half Acre Beer Company @ Montrose Beach - Chicago, IL

The Sands by Half Acre Beer Company @ Montrose Beach - Chicago, IL

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