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Half Acre: Big Hugs Release

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Mjmoser, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser Savant (420) Illinois May 6, 2012

    Big Hugs will be released Dec 16th this year (Sunday) at 11:00 am. $12 bottle limit 6....

    Love this beer!
  2. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    sweet. this hit distro last year so fear not lurkers.
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  3. ppohio

    ppohio Aficionado (220) Illinois Aug 5, 2011 Verified

    What's the scene like for this release? I have been to a couple Half Acre releases and even though the line is just basic out the door and into the place, I have always had a good time meeting folks as I am relatively new to city.

    Also, I can see the reviews for this beer are pretty solid, have folks picked up six in the past and held on to it for a couple years?
  4. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser Savant (420) Illinois May 6, 2012

    Last year the line started early, but was really unnecessary. There is enough to go around and you coud have gone a couple days after and bought bottles. It was only 4 bottles last year. This year could be interesting with the tasting room and the crazy hype train that is Chicago.
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  5. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    you can get there for release time if you enjoy meeting new peeps. other than that. it's only crowded during the release. once it gets in the later afternoon, 2-4, you're good to wait in line inside the merch room for about 4 or 5 minutes maybe.

    moser is right, with the tap room, i'm sure it'll be much busier.
  6. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Michigan Mar 17, 2010

    I'ma be ISO this beer right here lookin' for some IP trades over the holidays.
    MIA4IPA likes this.
  7. trbergman

    trbergman Savant (485) Illinois Nov 17, 2006 Verified

    Last year was the first that this was an event. I'm planning to line up, but I'd expect it to stick around for the afternoon.

    Half Acre ran this really well last year - should be a great time for everyone.
  8. I pitched my tent tonight and have buckled down for the long haul.
  9. dvelcich

    dvelcich Savant (360) Illinois Feb 6, 2008

    This guy gets Chicago beer releases.
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  10. Treebs

    Treebs Advocate (640) Illinois Apr 18, 2011

    As already said, there isn't a need to get in line early. I was able to get my max allocation last year about 3-4 days after the release.

    It is fun to shoot the shit with local BA's though so I'm not discouraging the line, only the the need to get in line 5 hours early.
  11. Which line is usually faster, cash or card?
  12. Wseitz

    Wseitz Aficionado (155) Illinois Apr 25, 2010

    I don't recall any issues from last year's release, though I seem to remember the limit was three. I was heading out of town the next day for the holidays, so I picked up my limit plus a growler.

    As to your second question, I'm pretty sure I have three bottles from 2010, and the three I picked up last year that have been sitting in my closet, but I haven't popped one open to see how they've aged yet. I figured I'd do the last three years together at some point after picking up 2012.
  13. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    can you explain how it was an event last year? i don't recall. did they have snacks and what not? or what it just an everyday release? they always tweet of what is coming up and most releases are on a friday. i don't recall it being a big deal last year.

    there's only one register and 1 line. i guess if everyone paid with cash it'd be faster. but the line slows a bit too while they are growler filling and doing samples.
  14. steebo777

    steebo777 Advocate (580) Michigan Jun 30, 2009 Verified

    In on this fo sho!
  15. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser Savant (420) Illinois May 6, 2012

    Not true Marco. Cash line was in the back with the bottles and credit was at the register inside.

    Thought it would be pretty obvious which line would move faster....
  16. burica2020

    burica2020 Savant (440) Illinois Nov 17, 2009

    last year there were two lines, one in the brewhouse, one in the normal shop. I cant remember which one was cash/credit, but both moved and both were doing growlers with multiple employees working both. I don't think anyone was in line for more then like 20 minutes. In the brewhouse Dark Matter was selling coffee and possibly small snacks.
  17. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    i stand corrected. this is news to me. i guess i didn't know since i always went the day after and waited for distribution for another bottle. the only time i went in line was for dub daisy and galactic dub daisy since it's always limited and tends to sell out by the evening. i also went for captain fantasy, a collab with short's.

    thanks for the info.
  18. stevegoz

    stevegoz Savant (335) Illinois May 5, 2008

    I recall cash moving a little quicker. Gabe came through the line several times offering tiny samples of Big Hugs, and the Dark Matter folk also ponied up some free small pours of coffee. Dark Matter was selling the coffee that was used in Big Hugs in addition to other product.
  19. thereal

    thereal Aficionado (200) Illinois Apr 20, 2010

    There was a coffee beef jerky type situation that was pretty outstanding.
  20. Bottles and Cans - just south of Half Acre on Lincoln, will be offering 10% storewide to anyone that shows a receipt or bottle from Half Acre on Sunday... just a heads up!
  21. How much do they make? Might be worth a trip to the nort side after my soccer game. Missed the release and any left overs last year.
  22. ravot

    ravot Advocate (515) Illinois Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    i think a lot. when i mean a lot, it hits distro. i've seen this hit whole foods. that being said, any HA stuff that hits distro takes a week or two after release.
  23. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Advocate (600) Illinois Jan 31, 2012

    Last year, I didn't go until much later in the afternoon and they had plenty of bottles. If you're looking for a growler fill, you better plan on getting there early in the morning. I won't be able to make it over there until the afternoon this year as well.
  24. TapeDeck

    TapeDeck Savant (250) Illinois Mar 31, 2011

    Favorite coffee stout, favorite coffee roaster. Now if I can just avoid getting rear ended at like 55 mph on the Stevenson on the way in unlike last year, I'mma get me some coffee behr.
  25. zieglemt

    zieglemt Aficionado (205) Illinois Apr 25, 2011 Verified

    can't believe you pussies aren't in line with me yet.
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  26. burica2020

    burica2020 Savant (440) Illinois Nov 17, 2009

    its not barrel aged! Lines only form for sh*t that comes out of barrels.
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  27. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser Savant (420) Illinois May 6, 2012

    Not in new world Chicago. Matt is waiting in line for the chance at a lotto pick to wait in line on Sunday! Besides, maybe BA Big Hugs on tap that day too? Hype Train... roll!
  28. bahns

    bahns Aficionado (165) Illinois Mar 22, 2011

    As others have said, they make quite a bit and you should be able to find it around even if you miss the release at the brewery. Also wanted to give a shout to your avatar (and our similar lack of abilities/effort to size an image correctly).
    ravot likes this.
  29. Man I messed with it a few times and gave up. Can't wait for the season to start. Yelling at my tv is not nearly as enjoyable as doing it at a game.
  30. Jaycase

    Jaycase Champion (960) Illinois Jan 13, 2007 Verified

    Per Half Acre's blog,
    "We brewed more Hugs than previous years."

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  31. Deadm8

    Deadm8 Aficionado (105) Illinois Sep 28, 2010

    T-11 hrs til release...it's gonna be an awesome day!
  32. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Advocate (560) Illinois Apr 23, 2010 Verified

    Anyone there? Curious as to how its going, and whats on tap.
  33. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Advocate (640) Illinois Feb 27, 2009 Verified

    No line. Free nachos and dark matter coffee!
  34. burica2020

    burica2020 Savant (440) Illinois Nov 17, 2009

    A little line for credit cards, cash has nothing.
  35. foobula

    foobula Savant (340) Illinois Dec 14, 2009

    The tap room looked pretty full as you might expect. Got a couple of snifters for $7 ea filling a huge void in my glassware collection
  36. Askchucky

    Askchucky Savant (285) Illinois May 2, 2011 Verified

    It was a breeze as always. CC took a while, but no biggie.
  37. Jaycase

    Jaycase Champion (960) Illinois Jan 13, 2007 Verified

    Outside cash line was no longer there ~2pm. All purchases inside. Not much wait at all.
  38. mpwdoyle

    mpwdoyle Aficionado (190) Illinois Apr 29, 2011 Verified

    I was in the tap room at 12 PM or so and was easily able to grab a seat. Even after that there was plenty of standing room space available.

    Great event by Half Acre, and this was my first go around there. It was really nice to get free coffee and free nachos both outside and in the tap room. Everyone was friendly and I had a great time. The BA Baume in the tap room was out of this world. Definitely worth the $3 or $6 depending on the pour.
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  39. JimGlonke

    JimGlonke Savant (490) Illinois Apr 27, 2012 Verified

    Was there around 3:30pm and was about 20th in line to check out with my 2 bombers. They were rocking some Tribe on the speakers and had free samples of Big Hugs while waiting in line. Another easy release event. Thanks, Half Acre!
  40. foobula

    foobula Savant (340) Illinois Dec 14, 2009

    I was there around 1pm. Does my characterization of "pretty full" conflict with yours of "plenty of standing room space"? Because to me if I can't get a seat, it's pretty full.

    It was an awesome event. Makes me think of Half Acre as sort of a hidden gem.