Steph’s New Brew Review: GoneAway

Steph’s New Brew Review: GoneAway

Half Acre Beer Company GoneAway, a 7% ABV India Pale Ale

Appearance Golden orange color, long-lasting fluffy white head. Beautiful lacing.
Aroma Piney, citrusy, tropical fruit goodness.
Taste Bright hop flavors, subtle malt sweetness. Wow.
Mouthfeel Creamy, moderate carbonation.
Overall Deeeeelicious. #inacan

Half Acre Beer Company, located in Chicago, Illinois was founded in 2006 by Gabriel Magliaro. Initially, Half Acre beers were brewed at Sand Creek Brewery in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

They moved to a 13,000 square-foot space on Lincoln Avenue in the North Center neighborhood of Chicago in 2007 and began brewing there in 2008. There is a taproom at this location, offering both food and beer.

The 60,000 square-foot Balmoral location was built in 2015, allowing Half Acre to expand their capacity and distribution. A restaurant is currently being built at this location.

This seasonal offering from the Chicago-based brewery was not always called GoneAway. Originally called Heyoka, the beer won a silver medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival.

The word “heyoka” is a Northern Plains Native American word describing a sacred person who does things backward and plays an important role in medicine ceremonies. Half Acre changed the name of the beer after an aggressive campaign from the American Indian Movement.

For a short time, Heyoka was rebranded as Senita. A senita is a type of cactus native to Mexico and southern Arizona. In June 2015, the beer was renamed once more to GoneAway after another brewery claimed the name Senita was too close to another beer name.

Whatever it’s called, this India Pale Ale is super delicious, and I want more.

Wanna pick this one up? Contact Half Acre here.
Check out… this Yeast Seminar featuring Matt Young from Half Acre Brewing Co.

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