Conversely, Half Acre Beer Company, also in Chicago, keeps things small. They generally have three beers on tap at their Chicago storefront, with a much more modest regional distribution than Goose Island. However, there are a number of things that make Half Acre unique. One is the weekly free tour of their brewery (with samples included), and another is their eco-friendly practice of growlers, which are half gallon jugs that customers purchase to be filled and refilled directly from the brewery's own taps.
New Glarus Brewing Company, located in New Glarus, Wisconsin has built a reputation for being a bit of an enigma. The company takes special care to limit the distribution of their beers to bars or liquor stores within Wisconsin state lines. For the uninitiated this might paint a picture of a mom and pop operation that is reliant on state pride to generate beer sales. However, New Glarus is a surprisingly large operation, and they continually push the envelope with dozens of different styles of beers, including their renowned Raspberry Tart Framboise. The location and small scale distribution make this one of the most unique Midwestern craft breweries.
These breweries represent just a sampling of the delectable and under the radar beers that Midwestern craft breweries have to offer beer drinkers. As an aspiring connoisseur, it is important to focus on trying new beers. This way you can discover the breweries that you deem worthy of a visit. Remember to drink responsibly, and happy travels.