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Growing Presence of Breweries In and Around Edgewater

By Keely Jones | Wednesday, April 16, 2014


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We at the Edgeville Buzz enjoy an occasional local and fresh beer, and we have done our best to be aware of local businesses that continue to keep our glasses full and plenty. We also look forward to businesses that are planning to move into our community and lucky for us, Half Acre is expanding their operations and our neighborhood gets to be their new home!

Half Acre has recently announced their purchase of 2050 W. Balmoral Ave right here in Bowmanville (also referred to as West Andersonville). This will be the company’s second home in Chicago. The original Half Acre is located at 4257 N Lincoln Ave. and consists of a three-vessel 15bbl brewhouse, one hot & one cold liquor tank, 19 fermentation vessels, 3 bright beer tanks, a 5-head canning line, a battle axe bomber filler and an amazing staff doing what they love while serving brew that they feel passionate about. The new location is set to open in October, and will enable the Half Acre team to plan out the next chapter of their expansion in beer making. For those who indulge in their many flavored beers, we will be able to walk from the brewery on Lincoln Ave to the new space on Balmoral in less than 10 minutes.  The two locations will work together to accomplish the demand for expanding Half Acre’s brewing capabilities.

The additional space will allow Half Acre to expand their distribution footprint in the Chicago metropolitan area, add more space to their two locations for people to hang out, and explore other brewing possibilities. The expansion process won’t  happen overnight, but they will be in a better place to think about expanding their beer making capabilities. If all is successful, there is even talk about opening a restaurant and tap room in the new space. Fingers crossed!

Half Acre will join other breweries in and around Edgewater. In the past couple years Hamburger Mary’s started brewing their crafts which include the Blonde Bombshell organic golden ale and Metropolitan Brewing has been offering their German inspired creations which includes the popular Krankshaft Kölsch style beer. Not to be limited to beer, Edgewater is also a proud home to Koval Distillery who offers an outstanding selection including everything from whiskey to brandy.

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| Sunday, April 6, 2014
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