Brewery: Half Acre Beer Company (Chicago, Illinois)
Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest
It’s been a while since I have reviewed a new Half Acre release, so it’s very appropriate that I come back with a look at their return to lagers: Lager Town. According to one of the guys at the brewery, this is their first lager in years, as they have been focusing heavily on ales since their initial days. It’s nice to see them go back to their roots, even if it is temporary.
When poured out of a growler and into a glass, Lager Town has a hazy, dark amber appearance. It has a pleasant aroma of caramel and toffee, and this translates to the taste as well. This is a malty, sweet beer that also brings out hints of rye bread. Hops are modest, with only a slight lingering bittnerness.
As far as Oktoberfest-style brews go, this is one of the better offerings in the Chicago area. Lager Town goes down smooth and is very drinkable — a wonderful fall beer. Hopefully Half Acre continues to experiment with more lagers in the future.
Lager Town is only available in growler pours at Half Acre Brewery. It won’t be around for long!