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Chicagoist's "Beer of the Week:" Half Acre Gossamer Golden Ale

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Oct 1, 2010 8:20PM

2010_10_01_BOTW.jpg I've said it once and I'll say it again: the evolution of Half Acre from a contract brewed label to their own growing local brewery is one of the feel good food and drink in the past two years. I'm on record as declaring Daisy Cutter the best local beer available. The shift from the contract brewed lager they originally launched the company with to the Chicago market to aromatic ales is part of that story.

While Daisy Cutter gets most of the (deserved) love, session beer enthusiasts should give Half Acre's Gossamer a spin. This golden ale, weighing in at 4.2 percent ABV, has a lot of aromatic hops like its heavier kin. Gossamer's nose teems with grassy, herbaceous hops and grapefruit. the beer itself is crisp on the palate, with some mild bitter flavor and a touch of honey flavor. It's the kind of beer that you can have three in succession and not realize you've been drinking that fast.

Gossamer is part of Burger Bar's draft menu, but you should also pick it up in 16-ounce, four-pack cans or in growlers from the brewery.