Half Acre Beer Launches in Southern Illinois


Effingham, IL – Koerner Distributor President and Chief Executive Officer, Paul Koerner, announces that his organization will begin distribution of the highly acclaimed and anticipated Half Acre Beer Company in their 52 county territory in Central and Southern Illinois.

Koerner will launch their lower 47 counties on Monday February 15th, encompassing cities such as Effingham, Mattoon, Charleston, Carbondale, and the Saint Louis Metro East.  The remaining five counties in the Champaign-Urbana area will launch Monday March 7th.

The brand is led by flagships such as Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Pony Pilsner, Lead Feather Black Ale, and the current IPA seasonal Gone Away IPA. Half Acre comes to market in 4pk 16oz cans as well as draft.  Limited quantities of their specialty beers will be available for the launch, namely Big Hugs Coffee Imperial Stout, Chocolate Camaro, and Double Daisy Cutter.

“We have concentrated on building our portfolio with the best craft breweries available.  Adding Half Acre to our book makes it stronger than ever.  The success that the team at Half Acre has had in Chicago is incredible. We have no doubt that we will see a warm reception to the brand in the outstate market.  I couldn’t be more excited about selling Half Acre in our markets.”  Ben Quinn, Regional Manager of Craft Beer at Koerner.

As part of the two phased launch, several events will be held throughout the state.  Launch locations include, Global Brew Edwardsville, Global Brew O’Fallon, Elijah P’s in Alton, Pinch Penny Pub and Hangar 9 in Carbondale, Crane Alley, Blind Pig, The Accord, and Watson’s Shack and Rail of the Champaign area will all be a large part of the launch.

About Half Acre Beer Company:

Half Acre brews purposefully rough, American beers that push for raw intensity through the careful selection of plush hops, grains, and yeast strains.  Founded in 2007 on Lincoln Ave in Chicago, Half Acre opened their first brewery in 2008 and was one of the first production breweries to open in city limits.  A retail store was soon added, in 2009, and then a tap room in 2012.  This location has grown in to a Chicago favorite and recently introduced a select food menu.  In late 2015 Half Acre opened a production brewery on Balmoral, giving them the ability to further production and space to experiment with barrel aging and develop a sour beer lineup.  Their beer is currently distributed only in Chicago, Philadelphia, and soon New York.  The ability to join forces with Koerner Distributor to fill out the rest of Illinois was a natural progression.

About Koerner Distributor, Inc:

Since 1982, Koerner Distributor, Inc. has been family-owned and operated, and has grown to become one of the largest beverage distributors of beer, wine, liquor and non-alcoholic beverages in Illinois. Headquartered in Effingham, IL, Koerner Distributor, Inc. has offices located in Carterville, IL, New Baden, IL and Champaign, IL. 

The successful growth of Koerner Distributor, Inc. has been the result of our ongoing efforts in promoting our products, supporting the communities we serve and building relationships with our supplier partners.

Our Koerner team is passionate about the products we sell. And, we have a direct stake in the success of the brands we represent. We believe in the quality of the products we sell and continue to expand our portfolio of products to meet the ever-changing needs of the consumer.