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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Monday, December 20th - Half Acre Beer Company On Photon Party – 12/18/10

BEER (Half Acre, Goose Island, Metropolitan, Pipeworks, Piece and more) + FOOD (Urban Belly, Derek’s Dogs and Nice Cream) + MUSIC (Mucca Pazza) + ALL YOU CAN DRINK & EAT = ON PHOTON.

When tickets went on sale a couple weeks ago, they sold out in less than an hour. This party did not disappoint. I’m sure the Half Acre guys will put on several more successful events like the On Photon party, and the tickets will be even harder to get your hands on once word of this party spreads. Having a brewery like this in Chicago is great for the city and great for fans of craft beers. Can’t wait for the next event.

Note: Pipeworks was one of the highlight breweries for me at this party. I loved their Abduction Ale and Smoked Porter. These local Chicago guys are running their own Kickstarter campaign as I write this – looking to raise $30k before January 1st – and they are oh so close to their goal. Spend a little bit to help them get started (click here) – their beers deserve to be in your refrigerator.

Here are some of my favorite pics of the evening. You can see them all below – or click here for the full Flickr set.

Half Acre Beer Company On Photon Party - 12/18/10

Half Acre Beer Company On Photon Party - 12/18/10

Half Acre Beer Company On Photon Party - 12/18/10

Half Acre Beer Company On Photon Party - 12/18/10

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