Half Acre Beer Company
Ratings: 171 | Reviews: 44 | Display Reviews Only:
4.69/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
11-14-2013 23:03:05 | More by joe1510
4.57/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
11-09-2013 17:42:26 | More by stercomm
4.11/5 rDev -7%
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.
10-27-2013 22:16:33 | More by Chibeerguy1
4.64/5 rDev +5%
This place is pretty easy to find and parking never seems to be a problem. Then again, I tend to frequent Half Acre in the early afternoon on Saturdays and Sundays. Not sure what its like later in the evening.
I love the atmosphere in this place. Really unique and beautifully designed interior. White tile, concrete bar, dark wood booths and seating and an amazing weathered wood wall opposite the bar that a server informed me was salvaged from a 100 year old grain mill in Wisconsin. A really awesome and stylish touch. They spared no expense with this tap room.
The bartenders are all pretty cool guys: friendly, knowledgeable, and not averse to talking beer. Their house brew, a bold and juicy IPA called Space, is amazing. They can't seem to make enough because there's been a couple of times they've tapped out, to my extreme disappointment. They usually have between 8 and 10 different beers on tap. What really makes this place worth visiting, aside from the atmosphere, is the fact that most of the beers aren't available anywhere else. Their Space IPA being one of them, which that alone is reason enough to visit.
They have a store next door to the tap room where you can buy merchandise and fill growlers with both their year-round beers and their specialty brews. Overall, a great little place and probably my favorite place in the city to relax with some friends and grab a few beers.
01-10-2013 18:29:30 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
4.86/5 rDev +10%
This is a very small brewery with about 8 employees. I went for the tour on New Years Eve Saturday. The $10 tour fee included a free pint glass, and 3 full pints of beer--any of their year round stuff to choose from [daisy cutter, over ale and gossamer] and the day I went they had two of the seasonal brews to sample as well: callow knife and alpenglo. The folks with free reservations from the old system didn't have to wait in line (this way of honoring old reservations seemed absolutely fair to me) but got smaller, plastic cups to drink beer from. They are very strict about the 60 person limit, so if you don't have a reservation get there early.
The atmosphere is awesome for a small, young brewery, the shop is very small, but it seemed like they made it very nice and comfortable for what they were given with the space. Further, the tour I was on had an impromptu live band performing (they wanted to do something special for New Year's Eve). The tour guide showed up in a tux (again a New Years Eve surprise) and was very encouraging of questions and speaking with the tour goers individually. Although the group seemed a bit big, he made sure to project his voice so everyone could hear.
For what you get with the tour, and by the sheer fact that their beer is so good, the price and quality is spot on.
One of the older people in my group got a bit over heated and faint from standing for most of the tour (about 1.5 hours) on top of standing in line for the tour (about 1 hour), and the staff was very gracious about getting her a chair, and some water. The crowd is definitely younger, but it is very reassuring that the staff is welcoming and considerate of all customers. It might be a good idea to bring a bottle of water with you and have a good meal beforehand.
Selection got a 4.5 because they do have a limited selection at any time. However, because of the quality of their beer, and the fact that it is a small brewery and the just don't have the capacity for a larger selection, the limited selection is understandable. They are very good about having seasonal beers come out quite frequently, beyond their year round selection.
The beer is a must try and the tour can be a really fun way to spend a Saturday.
12-31-2011 23:15:24 | More by MelissaJ
4.16/5 rDev -5.9%
this must be some sort of a beerfly loophole...
I love Half Acre - the place, the cans, the people, the creativity, the Ween-ness, everything. I could survive on cans of Daisy Cutter for years on end.
I love stopping at Half Acre, but be aware of what you are walking in to...This place is not a brewpub or a bar - they wont sell you a pint but rather will offer very small samples of whats on tap. The taps are pretty consistent with usually one specialty flowing at a time. They will fill growlers, which arent particularly cheap, but are handy.
The store component is minimal - almost always cans of daisy cutter and gossamer, specialty bottles, and guest bottles.
That said, I can't think of one visit to Chicago in the past 2 years that I havent been to Half Acre (large sample size there...). Bad Apple is right across the street and Fountainhead aint much further. Parking is free and easy and who doesnt need fresh daisy cutter cans?
the people are great - always a fun stop.
07-27-2011 00:40:07 | More by dirtylou
Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.