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Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer CompanyHalf Acre Beer Company
BEER AVG
3.98/5
Based on:
65 Beers
10,505 Ratings
Place Score: 98
Ratings: 279
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: 15
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

4257 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60618-2953
United States
phone: (773) 248-4038

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @halfacrebeer

Notes:
Place added by: rhoadsrage on 08-01-2008

Taproom
Tuesday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 2:00am
Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Sunday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

Store hours
Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday- Sunday: 11:00am - 7:00pm
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Ratings: 279 | Reviews: 55
Photo of Clutch5
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Daisy Cutter is the go to. Great room there though. If you can get a brewery tour i would recommend it.

Photo of ARoman
3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

The place is a relatively small store front that's been given a lodge feel with bizarre (but cool) artwork, and a good music selection - every once in a while it's a live, acoustic-type act. Unfortunately, this place is a weekend destination that gets crowded just before and after dinner, either plan on getting there early, or around the 6-8pm range to be able to get a seat. There's a dozen or so stools around the bar and another dozen or so park bench-style tables to choose from. Even though there is a bro-ey vibe sneaking into, it's still dominates by hipsters, yuppies, and dinks (and I use all those terms endearingly, because anything is better than bro-ey). They almost always have 8 to 12 taps rolling of their beers which typically include 3-4 from their primary lineupe, 3-4 seasonals or limited, then the rest are filled out by experimental type brews. Every friday, they tap a firkin that's usually an off-beat brew (pale ale with fruit peel or spice, for example) and goes until it runs out. They serve full pints, and half pints at roughly $5 /pint $3 /half. They can be a bit hit or miss on their seasonals, limiteds, and experiments, but their mainstays are pretty solid. The staff is generally chill, knowledgeable, and friendly.

Photo of donnierickles
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Great beers. Nice vibe. You will find a beer you love here.

Photo of april333
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Small selection. I think the line may have had issues when I was there as none of my beers had any carbonation happening. I missed my bubbles. Over all their beer is good, and I know it.

Photo of HartsyThaiFood
4.43/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Love Half Acre so much. The brewery can get very crowded and loud, especially during peak hours, but if you are able to grab a table, make a day/night of it.

PROS:
~ Warm feel to the bar
~ Bring your own food...they offer up some great suggestions on places to grab some good stuff from to enjoy while you're taking in some fantastic brews
~ The friendliest staff in Chicago
~ Firkin Fridays...always some great small batch brews worth checking out

CONS:
~ Can be a bit too cramped and loud during peak hours on Fridays and Saturdays
~ While I love Half Acre, I wish they'd offer up a bit more than only eight or so beers at a time...then again, with their current production facility they can't do much more, so I don't fault them.

Photo of Kraj30
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

love the selection here.. its a room. communal dining.. just not my style of place

Photo of kevanb
4/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Finally getting around to reviewing Half Acre, and their new(ish) tap room next door.

The vibe at the Taproom is always great, upbeat and fun music, typically of the indie rock variety, not too loud, but not just background noise either. The mood is always fun, usually a younger crowd, 20s - 40s, full of people having a good time. The walls are adorned by weird and interesting art and the giant bear head at the bar is amazing. The contrast of the brick walls on the interior and the drift wood on one wall is smartly done and the lighting is appropriate for the scene. The quality of the beers is always good, you can't go wrong with any of the staples, Daisy Cutter, Space, Pony and Akari Shogun are personal favorites, but beers like Over Ale and Gossamer are not to be overlooked, and the relatively new canned IPA, Heyoka, is fantastic. In addition to the usual suspects, there are often some tap room only exclusives that almost always hit the mark, and they almost always put their seasonal bottle/can releases on tap as well, which is a big plus. The service is their lone slip up, occasionally there is a server of sorts to help bus table and refill empty glasses though most of the ordering is done at the bar and it isn't always the easiest thing to flag down a bartender, despite the bar being so small. The selection is another small knock, they run about 8-10 lines at once and with many of those lines dedicated to their staple beers, there isn't always a ton of new or interesting things to try. That being said, over in the shop, there are often more beers that are available for growlers with small samples offered at the filling station.

Verdict: One of my favorite spots in town for sure, mostly because of the vibe and ambiance and its a sure bet to get some fresh Daisy Cutter. I wish a little more was offered in terms of variety of beers, but all in all, a great place to hang out. A side note, you can bring in your own food or have it delivered there, which doesn't pigeonhole you into a small menu, a plus in my book.

Photo of RamboII
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Good place to visit in Chicago. The people that work there are very friendly and like to talk beer. The are doing some very good stouts, IPAs, and Pale ales. The vibe in the tasting room is very good. I would definitely go again. I do not believe they had food.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%

this place is awesome, one of my favorite spots in chicago (a city that i am only beginning to become familiar with). smallish taproom, but very comfortable. amazing art adorns the walls, sparking more questions than resolutions, with a lot of wood on the walls, a cool bear sculpture behind the bar, a chalkboard menu, and plenty of beer on tap. a wonderful atmosphere to drink beer in cold weather. all of the beer here is outstanding, i just expected the place to be bigger given the proliferation of their product. the shrub tundra coffee brown is among the best beers ive ever had, but all were enjoyable. people could not have been nicer from the crew that works there to the other patrons, we were welcomed into a busy spot, treated well, served promptly, and made to feel very at home. the brewhouse is sick too, just a 15 barrel system feeds 19, yes 19 fermenters, which i think is pretty cool. i love the heavy workload for the system, and the brewers obviously have it dialed. blue collar meets hip, i really dig that mesh. fairly priced with a cool little shop attached. one of my favorite brewery visits in a long time, these guys are doing it up right!

Photo of Rosebrook
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Great place especially when they pair up with FFF!

Photo of snaotheus
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Went there when they opened on Saturday September 6th, 2014.

Space is clean and attractive, service is good, friendly, and knowledgeable and excited about beer. Selection is not huge, but apparently everything they make is to notch. Sat there for a couple hours with my wife and father in law and we had nearly every beer they offered.

Highly recommended.

Photo of MurphyAguilu
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%

Hard to give perfect scores but when I die I want those who attend my funeral to drink half acre beers!

Photo of FATKIDREVOLUTION
4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The Half Acre Side Pub.
The only real problem with this place is the crowds it gets do to it's popularity.
Located just outside the heart of Lincoln Square, minutes away from the Brown Line L, it rests in the friendly confines of the neighborhood.
The Taps vary as would be expected for a Brewery and the atmosphere is always friendly and clean. They always have a collaborative effort on tap that is rarely packaged outside of the brewery.
Worth a visit if in or around the neighborhood.

Photo of ZS881107
4.65/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I am mixed about half acre. I love the tap room so much. You can get many awesome beers there. I drank a Mean Old Marty with my brewing partner after picking up brewing supplies. The barleywine had been aging for at least 2 years and was awesome. What puts me on the fence though is that I wish more of their stuff were available to buy at a store.

Photo of LANDRY
4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is a review of the Brewery store I have not had the pleasure of the brewpub as of yet a review of that to follow.

It may intimidate the uninitiated but please feel free to come in and taste and hopefully buy some of the best beers being brewed in Chicago. A very eclectic and knowledgeable staff will help guide you to the correct beer for you. Stock up on some growlers and get them refilled on Tuesdays for $2off each growler, I'm sure most people coming in if they have heard or drank anything from Half Acre it would be the Daisy Cutter which is an excellent brew but just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to beer selection here, if they have Double Daisy Cutter on draft make sure to buy as much as you can carry. Great place, great service, great beer, shitty parking. (park at Jewel and walk) also Bad Apple bar at least used to serve a lot of Half Acre beers(this was before the brewpub) and have an amazing Poutine (actually the only poutine ive had but still)

Photo of maxcoinage
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Brewery Tour is awesome! Went with a big group for my 30th bday, one straggler showed up after the tour was full, and they were cool enough to let him in. Get there early though! They serve 3 full glasses of beer for the tour and you get to keep a glass, so quite the deal for $10.

Photo of joe1510
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Half Acre has two seperate entrances on Lincoln Ave. The north entrance is to the storefront. A tasting table, unique art and swag decorate the walls. Growlers are for sale, t-shirts, glassware, etc. The south entrance is the taproom. The interior is modern with concrete floor, long block communal seating, and exposed brick. A crazy bear head hangs behind the bar and some art (both Half Acre and Ween) prints hang along the back wall.

10 house beers pour from the taps, most of which are draft only. The draft list is kept updated online. On Fridays they throw a firkin up on the counter until it's gone.Everything is fresh and there are three seperate serving sizes available so you can easily sample everything. The service is and always has been some of the best in the biz. This place has some of the most all around friendly people you'll find anywhere.

Half Acre has been a favorite of mine since day one. I can't comment enough on how great everybody has always been that's worked there over the years. It was and remains a great addition to a bustling neighborhood and while it certainly gets its fair share of visitors from everywhere it's still a neighborhood spot. I cannot recommend Half Acre highly enough.

Photo of stercomm
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Nothing fancy about their taproom, but who really cares when the beer is good. Visited here with my son on an early Friday afternoon. By the time we left at 4 PM the place was full. Wait staff very friendly and engaging, more than willing to pour us a number of tastes before we made our selection.

Beer selection was good with a slant toward the dark and toasty fall beers. Ample selection of beers. After an enjoyable couple of hours hit the storefront to get a growler filled. Once again very friendly crew here as well.

Photo of Chibeerguy1
4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Half Acre currently only has a storefront and taproom, but I visit it every so often to grab the latest from them. Every time I go in to buy beer, they literally offer me tastes of other stuff. Last time I visted, the guy at the growler filling station gave me sample of 3 different beers just because he wanted me to try them. I hate when places make it seem weird to ask to sample stuff before buying it. The taproom is pretty nice, I love the artwork. Half Acre makes some pretty kick ass beers, and they frequently have a few taproom only beers. They always have lots of glassware, t shirts, stickers and some other stuff to buy.

Id probably go to hang out more if they served food, but they are currently working on opening up a small place next door to serve food. If you're ever in Chicago, definitely stop by and try some of their taproom only beers. It will be worth the visit.

Photo of ms333
3.69/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

A- cool place. a little too hipsterish, but these days, hey, this is the world we are in. gaming available and encouraged.

Q- i really like half acre beers. i put them in the outstanding category, but barely. i will say i haven't had a LOT of there beers. so i may not be giving them enough credit w.r.t. their reputation.

S- kinda weak service. a little weird, actually. i think they want you to go to the counter to get your beer. but they do have servers on the floor. last time, i think they gave me the wrong beer, but to my own fault i couldn't say for sure from the taste and appearance of the brew.

Selection- very good. they have about 7-10 tappers of their current stuff.

F- NONE. bring your own, which can be totally fine.

Value- average.

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Visited Brewery and spent the afternoon at taproom. Very friendly staff and the bouncer is a nice guy, not rude. Beer is delish and they give 10% for IMBIBE members. I recommend Wild Goose next door for grub. Prices are extremely reasonable. All in all Half Acre is a great place to have a few beers and BS with a friend.

Photo of Rainblows
4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Half acre is one of my favorite beer spots in the city whether I'm looking to sit down for a a pint or just grab a quick growler from the bottle shop. The taproom has plenty of seating and great decor, no food but they do allow you to bring or order in food! Cheers.

Photo of dcloeren
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Recently took a trip with my wife and another couple to Chicago for a long weekend and stopped by Half Acre for their tour before going to the Cubs game. It was probably the best decision that was made that trip with out a doubt!

The tour was awesome. They limit it to 60 people so it's not over crowded and $10 gets you in the door with 3 beers and a pint glass to take home with you. I am a huge beer nerd, my wife loves craft, my friend enjoys trying new beers and his wife is a miller lite die hard. So we had the whole spectrum covered in our group and every one had a great time and enjoyed their beers.

Outside of the tour they have a retail store on one side of the brewery and a tap room on the other. We visited both for souvenirs and to have some post tour beers to sample the other beers they had to offer. Everyone that worked there was super friendly and helpful with any questions we had.

Overall, we had a blast and I would definitely do it again on my next trip to Chicago.

Photo of SeanBond
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

While Half Acre doesn't have a food menu, they allow you to order your own, and even have menus available if you want something local.

In terms of their beer menu, while it isn't the largest in the world, they've always got a bunch of beers you can only have on tap, and the prices are pretty reasonable. The staff is nice, and the location is extremely informal (it's basically a small room adjacent to their store that they added a few tables and a 5 or 6 person bar to).

Highly recommended!

Photo of 4amepiphany
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Probably my favorite local brewery tasting room. All beer. No food. Tables to congregate across other tables with. Woody, natural decor.. I felt flashbacks to nature exhibits at the Chicago Children's Museum when I was a child in the 80's. I had Annica. Oh boy. I wish that was bottled. A mosaic IPA brewed in collaboration with Three Floyd's. I forgot what other beers were there after that. I think I had a chocolate stout that same night. Who knows. And I usually go straight for the stouts. I have yet to try Big Hugs. They keep selling out on me. Hopefully I'll get a chance soon.

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Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.