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Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer CompanyHalf Acre Beer Company
BEER AVG
3.97/5
Based on:
64 Beers
10,116 Ratings
Place Score: 98
Ratings: 261
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.44
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

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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: 261 | Reviews: 51 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by MelissaJ:
Photo of MelissaJ
4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Hop_God
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Chris-1911
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.07/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of DrinkDrankPunk
4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Macsimus
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of HartsyThaiFood
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
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 ChicagoFanatic1
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of BeerOps
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Bearshawks85
4.66/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of almostjay
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of feeger22
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of shredder83
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of pbessett
3.79/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Kraj30
4.19/5  rDev -5.6%
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 ScottJWing
4.13/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of treywinkle
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of kevanb
4/5  rDev -9.9%
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 enelson
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of OKFine
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of RamboII
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
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 mothman
3.86/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of The_Beer_Shark
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.