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Half Acre Beer Company

Not Rated.
Half Acre Beer CompanyHalf Acre Beer Company
Based on:
74 Beers
12,025 Hads
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 59
Visits: 322
Avg: 4.28
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

Place added by: rhoadsrage on 08-01-2008

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
Place: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 59 | Visits: 322
Reviews by MelissaJ:
Photo of MelissaJ
4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of myuncle
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of petermethot
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of gatorlove
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of MarkFrankosek
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Boilerup
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of amano_h
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Half Acre's Tap Room, much like the neighborhood it inhabits, is pretty much a mix of everything geared for, well... everyone.

During the day, Half Acre is a mecca for Mid-West beer geeks in search of its fabled nectar (a.k.a. Daisy Cutter) -- during the afternoon, it turns into a drinking hole for the locals and the college students getting out of class; at night, it turns into a classy lounge for the young and hip elite of Northern Chicago.

No matter what time of the day you set your foot into Half Acre, the beer is always flowing and delicious; the knowledgeable wait staff are nice and friendly, but of course in the urban Mid-Western kind of way. They don't serve food, but they're very laissez-faire about letting patrons order/bring food in -- they also don't seem to set limits on the amount of beer you can take home, in case the draft offerings weren't quite enough.

Now if only Double Daisy Cutter was available year round...

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Really nice space north of downtown. Not so easy to get to by train, so you may have to use Uber. Large tasting room is adjacent to the brewhouse and brewery store. They don't have food, but they encourage you to order in from area restaurants (they even provide menus, which is a nice touch).

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Photo of Rolanjs
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of BeerLover99
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25

First of all, my three favorite animals are: bears, owls, and octopuses. What animals does this establishment feature prominently? Bears, everywhere, and owls and octopuses on the coasters. Major points won already.
-Beyond that, the decor is pretty nice. Wood and concrete mostly, with cool indigo/pink stalactites. Clean, well lit with natural light.
-No food is available, but they let you bring in your own grub. They also have a selection of nearby vendors for your convenience.
-Service was good. It was busy when I visited, with only two bartenders and maybe a busser or two, but they kept up with the pace and were perfectly friendly, even outgoing.
-Unless my memory fails me, selection is exclusively their own beers. No other liquor available. I'll let you decide if that is a good or a bad thing.
-Growler/howler fills available. Didn't get one, I assume they do a fine job.
-They also have a gift shop, which doesn't feature even close to enough shirts with bears, owls, and octopuses on them.

All in all, a cool venue to sit down with friends or solo and grab a beer. ('Quality' score reflects my opinion on those beers.)

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Photo of JoeMans
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of DWittmann
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of BeerTailor
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of MattMorin
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of invalid665
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of boothbeer
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of slipperysoup
4.11/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of muskiesbadgersnbeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of eppCOS
4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Maybe (maybe) my favorite brewery and taproom combination of all time. The beers are certainly of a kind, more on the hop trail than the malt road, but there's very few beers they make that I cannot drink with pleasure. Daisy cutter was the conversion point, but Space IPA is my end point. If they have Golden Tuna, Vallejo, Tundra, or Big Hugs on tap, try those too. Great place, definitely "men with beards" country but the 20-somethings are tolerant of us older-timers, too.

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Photo of HLD1970
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Such a cool spot! Super friendly and knowledgeable staff with a great atmosphere. Sat at the bar, easy going vibe even when things got a little busy. Bartender suggested ordering Lou Malnati's from down the street and having it delivered (best deep dish in Chicago) so that was great. Lots of different beers available, some bottles to go....overall, the coolest brewery in Chicago imo.

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Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago, IL
94 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.