LINCOLN SQUARE — Half Acre will say farewell to its Lincoln Avenue taproom through September before Hop Butcher for the World moves in this fall.
Half Acre announced the celebration on social media Tuesday. The 4257 N. Lincoln Ave. taproom will be first come, first served 4-11 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays starting this week and going until the end of the month.
Guests must show their vaccination card to enter and be masked. Sales will be credit card only.
Gabriel Magliaro, Half Acre’s founder, originally started selling beer from the Lincoln Avenue address in 2008. In 2017, with the popularity of its beers booming, Half Acre expanded into the Bowmanville production facility at 2050 W. Balmoral Ave.
Half Acre announced in May it will consolidate its operations at the Bowmanville location and sell the Lincoln Avenue location to Hop Butcher.
Serving beers one last time at the original taproom was always part of the plan, but Magliaro and Hop Butcher’s co-owner Jeremiah Zimmer waited to announce the event until they were sure the pandemic wouldn’t delay their timeline.
“We’re excited to welcome people back for a quick spin in here,” Magliaro said. “We had a great experience on Lincoln Avenue, all the history our brewery got to experience here. It was important to us to do it in this way, to hand it off to some people that we really respect, who will treat the building with a similar level of care while putting their own stamp on it.”
Hop Butcher is scheduled to close on the property in October and to be fully operational before the end of the year.
Zimmer and co-owner Jude La Rose launched Hop Butcher in 2014 with a name inspired by Carl Sandburg’s famous poem about Chicago. They’ve relied on contract brewing since then, having other breweries make their beer, most recently Miskatonic Brewing Company in suburban Darien.
“We wanted to have some fun with friends around all this seriousness of closing on the property,” Zimmer said.
IPA Your Way, which Half Acre and Hop Butcher brewed together, will be available at Lincoln Avenue this week.
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