Fire will temporarily halt distribution of popular Daisy Cutter beer
Half Acre Daisy Cutter canned beer. (Redeye / June 6, 2012)
A blaze over the Memorial Day weekend at the brewery’s supplier in Monticello, Ind. destroyed the Daisy Cutter cans, scrapping this week’s delivery, said David Bowers, controller for Half Acre.
The cans are now being made at a plant in Fort Worth, Texas, Bowers said, and, if all goes according to plan, will be delivered in one week, on June 6. The company estimates it will run out of its Daisy Cutter can supply on Monday, meaning fans may not see the 16 oz. tallboys in stores for about a week, Bowers said.
“We’ll definitely work diligently to resupply,” said Bowers. “Our other brands won’t be impacted to the best of our knowledge.”
In a Thursday blog post, the company notified fans about the fire, saying no one was hurt in the blaze, but “Chicago's Daisy Cutter can supply will suffer.”
Daisy Cutter, a West Coast pale ale with aromatic hops, is one of Half-Acre's year-round beers, sold at stores and on tap around the city.
“Draft will continue to flow,” the blog post read. “Rest up and we'll be back in no time.”
Half Acre is brewed at a 13,000-square-foot building in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood but the company plans to expand and move its offices to a 60,000-square-foot former fluorescent light assembly plant in Lincoln Square, according to a March 2014 Tribune article. It will continue to brew in its original location.
The current location does not have enough space to house the cans, forcing the brewer to order the inventory on a “just-in time basis,” Bowers said.
Bowers said the brewer has enough cans for its others brands, which will not be immediately affected by the fire. Half Acre officials are in the midst of figuring out if the supply for the other brews will be made at the plant in Indiana or Texas, he added.
The Daisy Cutter cans should be finished on June 2 and will hopefully be loaded onto a truck the same day to make the four-day trip to Chicago, he said.
According to Indiana news reports, the fire in the Monticello plant started on May 23 in an oven and later spread, causing an explosion.