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Chicagoist's "Beer of the Week:" Half Acre Daisy Cutter Pale Ale

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Jul 1, 2009 7:20PM

2009_07_01_BOTW.jpg At the time of our visit to Half Acre's new Lincoln Square brewery in April we said of the limited edition Baume' Rye Stout:

"Baume' answers the question definitively that Gabriel Magliaro is in this for the long haul."

Magliaro and head brewer Tommy Nicely had another beer waiting in the wings back then that was even better than Baume'. Now it's starting to reach more tap handles, back bars and shelves around the city. Daisy Cutter was inspired by West Coast-style pale ales, which often use multiple blends of hops for aromatics and flavor. Christ, does Daisy Cutter emit some of the most floral notes you'll ever find in a pale ale. With five different hops thrown into the mash, this beer is surprisingly mild in its bitterness. Dark copper in color, it's also balanced out by some very fine malts. As Magliaro wrote on Half Acre's website, horde this.

In the past week we've had some Daisy Cutter at Bar DeVille (1958 W. Huron) and Uncommon Ground Devon (1401 W. Devon) and we're hoarding even more at home. You might also find some Daisy Cutter if you're attending the City Provisions Farm Dinner next Saturday, July 11; Half Acre will be providing beer for the trip to River Valley Mushroom Farm in Burlington, WI. The cost of that all-inclusive trip is $125; call 773-293-2489 for more information or to RSVP.