For this week’s BfT I hope to paint a portrait of urban life in the city I call home. I recently recast my anchor in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. Nestled between Halsted to the west and Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan to the east, I’m only beginning to get used to the hustle and bustle of the city of broad shoulders. One thing that has comforted this transition from my sleepy suburb to the big city lights has been the increased consumption of Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter.
Billed as West Coast Pale Ale, the Roscoe Village brewery’s flagship brew is quickly climbing my short list of default beers. Named after one of these, Daisy Cutter’s big bold taste will leave your mouth feeling bombed out with goodness. Great carbonation and grassy citrus notes spring forward with a nice hoppy bitterness that’s not too overpowering.
Half Acre’s future is looking bright. If they keep producing great brews like this, the young brewery will fit nicely in a niche once occupied by Goose Island. So, next time you need to clear some jungle in Vietnam, or just looking for a great pale ale to wow some friends at a cookout, grab a Daisy Cutter.
Best Enjoyed: Preferably from my rooftop patio enjoying a perfect sunset shimmer against the panes of my favorite skyline. If that’s unattainable, I hear poolside consumption is pretty neat.
Where to find it: Unfortunately it seems like only in Illinois at the moment.
Best paired with: Some of the best barbecue in the city à la Twin Anchors.