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Mixed Cultures: A Night of Wood Aged Wild Ales & Artisan Cheese

  • The Beer Temple 3137 North Elston Avenue Chicago, IL, 60618 United States (map)

Join us Saturday, November 10th at 5:00PM at The Beer Temple for a special night of pairing Half Acre and Off Color wood aged and fermented beers with wonderful artisan cheeses from Pastoral. 

Barrel-Whisperers John Laffler of Off Color and Lee McComb of Half Acre will be on hand to take you through a guided tasting of the most time-intensive beers made by each brewery - some having never been served at an outside event before now. 

Space is limited and tickets are required for this event. 

Source and tickets available here.

Half Acre:

  • Raukar: Brewed in February of 2017 with Pilsner, Vienna, and wheat malt, Raukar began its fermentation in stainless with a Belgian yeast before spending 16 months in neutral wine barrels. An exploration of the interplay between brettanoymyces and hop profiles over extended periods of time ~ the final beer is a keynote example of the tropical expression in brett. Fluffy mouthfeel with mild acid, canned pineapple, honey and tangerine.

  • Passing Lands: Fermented with our house mixed culture and aged eight weeks in French Oak, Passing Lands carries aromas of lemon and stone fruit, with Alphonso mango, white pepper and light grass. Medium in body, a mild brett presence and soft acidity carve a laid back, level finish.

  • Haunting Pattern: Haunting Pattern is a blend of three barrels: an 18 month, amber colored mixed culture beer brewed with aged hops , a 20 month barrel fermented saison, and a 16 month barrel aged Belgian Blonde. The result is a medium bodied, lower acid beer that weighs orange peel and papaya against pumpkin pie and hay. Complex, balanced and fit for autumn.

Off Color:

  • Predator Noir: A blend of Foedre aged wild ale and fresh saison refermented with blackberries and jasmine. A rush of blackberry seeds, peach nectar and tangerines finishes with lingering traces of soft oak, inky merlot and jasmine flowers.

  • Cygnet: A foedre aged wild ale with koji brewed in collaboration with Jester King. Expect a pleasant intertwining of our two breweries’ mixed cultures showcasing the nectarine/stone fruit ester profile of our wild yeasts alongside the more lime forward, mineral character of Jester King house culture. White grapes, papaya, and guava overlay a spritzy acidity with elegant oak structure from a 13 month rest in our Barolo foedre and a subtle perfume from the koji inoculated sake rice.

  • Staveyard: A blend of batch lactobacillus soured, malty young ale and biere de garde aged in neutral oak barrels for 50 weeks, you can expect multiple complex layers to integrate malty sweetness, rounded acidity, sweet honey oxidation, and wood tannins with a light mahogany hue.

Off Color beer descriptions taken from

Earlier Event: November 6
Half Acre Beer Co at The Beard House
Later Event: November 16
Benthic 2018