With the Tigers' loss last night (and their inability to sweep the BoSox for the second time this season), the logjam in the AL Central is an interesting picture. Since Brad's Blessed Boys have only played 59 games, they are only one game ahead of Cleveland in the win column, but FIVE games up (up?) in the loss column. Since they've had so many rainouts (and not just the Bull Durham-style "run the sprinklers" rainouts) as well as already had two scheduled five-game weeks, the games are going to come fast and furious right now. They will only have two more (scheduled) days off before the All-Star break, and they had more scheduled days off in April than in May and June combined. It's not the dog days, but it's close.
On this trip to Chicago, we'll be looking at Half Acre Beer Company. Half Acre was the first Chicago brewery to can all of its offerings, and they do 16 oz cans for their regular lineup of beers. The cans are all colorful, wild, and not out of place on a acid trip. This series examines the Akari Shogun American Wheat.
This beer will definitely fit the mold for a block party or a day spent on the Lake Michigan shoreline throwing the frisbee with friends. The golden orange wheat beer has a meaty ivory head that the empty can could easily float on and a translucent distortive color that would make an albino blush. The flavor is light and spicy, opening up a hint of citrus and walnut, but giving way to a sharp hop bite to clean off the tongue. Not too filling, but much better than your American pilsners and Old Styles of the world, the beer definitely fits the ballgame palate fatigue criteria, aka can you drink three pints during the game on their own without needing to change it up or choke the last one down? At only 5.5% ABV, this is a beer to get a fill of without going overboard on the lubrication.
Half Acre Beer Company is located in Chicago, IL.