Half Acre Beer Co.'s store opened in 2009, the tap room in 2012. Pondering the rapid change in the business, Half Acre President Gabriel Magliaro, said, "it's so different now for us as an individual brewing company and the industry as a whole."
Cans and barrels of Half Acre beer wait to be shipped. The company is pondering how to expand.
Gabriel Magliaro, president of Half Acre Beer Co., likes to be reminded of home in the brewhouse. The brewery's graphic expert designed the picture of Magliaro's daughter, Lucia, that decorates the tank behind him.
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau/Andrea Mayeux, MEDILL
Beer manufacturing is down slightly in early 2013 compared with the strong output in the same months of 2012.
Last month's Chicago Craft Beer Week provided evidence that the local brewing business is a lucrative one.