The month of September has been less than joyous for the Tigers. Frustrating losses, lack of run support, and the wrong pitch at the wrong time have led to a 2-5 record in the month thus far. Combine that with the nagging injuries affecting about half the lineup including the defending Triple Crown winner as well as the most dominant pitcher in the game the last two years doing his Tim Lincecum impression, and it looks as though the Tigers may stumble into the playoffs instead of stroll. It was so bad last week, even Max Scherzer lost.
The White Sox are probably not the best team to play for a struggling offense. Despite the Pale Hose being mired in the cellar of the AL Central, they still feature a solid rotation with a better ERA from their starters than the Royals. Fortunately, the positives end once you get past the mound. Hopefully, the Tigers leave Chicago with a magic number closer to Andy Dirks or Jim Leyland than Brandon Inge.
As for the beer, our last trip to the Windy City brings us to Half Acre Brewing Company. Another great brewery that cans its offerings, Alongside several great seasonal offerings is one of the better pale ales found in the Midwest: the Daisy Cutter Pale Ale.
The beautiful copper-orange hue with a tan head carries a mossy floral aroma. The lightly hopped character still packs a solid punch, though. A nutty malt flavor blends nicely with the aggressive hoppiness that subsides quickly to allow the flavor to spread. The finish is sightly sweet and dry, allowing the palate to recover for more. Refreshing and drinkable, the 5.2% ABV and 60 IBU figures pair nicely with the grill and the fleeting moments of summer as well as the coming of the cooler temperatures of fall.
Half Acre Brewing Company is located in Chicago, IL.